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Nearly $400,000 on the Line at $40 Grand Nationals & No Box Bonanza

Two famous and fabled events have been adjusted to be even more attractive to racers and race fans at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

The $40 Grand Nationals presented by Hughes Performance, formerly the $10 Grand Nationals which was in its 27th year, is set for Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2019.

The total payout for the event is an enticing $262,875. On Friday, the payout is $72,625 with $15,000 to win, while on Saturday, the payout is $110,125 with $40,000 to win and on Sunday, the payout is $80,125 with $20,000 to win. Buy-backs will be available for the first round of eliminations for $150, and payouts begin in the third round of eliminations.

The number of entries will be limited to 425 and the three-day fee is $600 for car and driver, $50 for adult non-drivers and $10 for children ages 6-12. The entry fee can be split into three payments of $200 each.

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ROBERT HIGHT TO MAKE ANNUAL APPEARANCE WITH AAA MISSOURI AT SAINT LOUIS AUTO SHOW

YORBA LINDA, CA — Two-time Funny Car World Champion and driver of the AAA Missouri Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, Robert Hight will make a special appearance at the annual Saint Louis Auto Show taking place Jan. 24-27th.

Hight, a 2019 championship frontrunner, will be at the AAA Missouri booth on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 26th to meet fans who he hasn’t seen since winning the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals in spectacular fashion in September of 2018.

“It’s going to be great to get back to St. Louis for the Saint Louis Auto Show this year,” Hight said. “It’s always nice after a long winter to get back to talk with fans about NHRA drag racing but I won the race here last year. Unfortunately, my car blew up and I didn’t have a chance to celebrate in the winner’s circle. So, it’s going to be extra special to get to high five the fans, sign autographs and take some photos with them.”

The AAA Missouri booth will be stationed near the display from Gateway Motorsports Park, which will once again host the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals this year on Sept. 27-29th.

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Lucas Oil, Pat Musi Racing Engines & Musi Racing Continue Longtime Partnership for 2019 Season

MOORESVILLE, NC — Lucas Oil announced today that its longtime relationship with Pat Musi Racing Engines and Musi Racing will continue for the 2019 season on a number of different fronts.

Lucas Oil will share the primary sponsorship with Edelbrock on Frank Brandao’s record-setting Pro Nitrous 2018 Dodge Dart driven by standout driver Lizzy Musi, while the partnership will also extend into the engine shop for Pat Musi Racing Engines. The company has proudly used Lucas Oil’s proven products for more than a decade with an impressive track record.

“Lucas Oil is extremely proud to return in 2019 with Musi Racing and driver Lizzy Musi,” Lucas Oil Motorsports Manager Tom Bogner said. “We’re always looking for partners that can help us bring awareness to our products, and we enjoy working with Pat and the entire Musi family. Lizzy is a very talented driver who has already put together a number of exciting records using Lucas Oil products, and I’m looking forward to seeing the results on the dyno and on the track in 2019. We also like the strong connection with Edelbrock on her Dodge Dart and in Pat’s engine shop, putting us alongside another strong American performance aftermarket company.”

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Houston Raceway Park ‘Making the Switch’ to Pennzoil

BAYTOWN, TX – Houston Raceway Park (HRP), the iconic drag strip located in the Houston suburb of Baytown, is “Making the Switch” to Pennzoil® through a new multi-year relationship that changes the name of the 30-year-old facility to “Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil.”

“Today’s announcement with Pennzoil marks another exciting chapter in the history of Houston Raceway Park,” HRP Vice President Seth Angel said. “The commitment Pennzoil has made to the sport of NHRA drag racing, specifically through its association with Don Schumacher Racing, is a testament to its faith in the future of our sport. We couldn’t be more thrilled to ‘Make the Switch’ to Pennzoil as we head into the 2019 race season.”

The agreement with Pennzoil includes naming rights, designation as the Official Lubricant of Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil, logo placement on numerous buildings throughout the facility — including the left-lane scoreboard and the VIP Tower Suites — as well as all of the high-traffic areas within the pits.

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FuelTech Signs as Presenting Sponsor of Season-Opening PDRA East Coast Nationals

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) officials announced today that FuelTech will be the presenting sponsor of the first race of the series’ sixth season. The 2019 PDRA East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech will take place April 4-6 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C.

“We are extremely excited to have a new partnership with a new sponsor for 2019,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “One of our goals for 2019 is to bring new faces and names to the PDRA and by offering a new event presenting partnership, we have opened the door to new partners like FuelTech.”

FuelTech has been an industry leader and a go-to company for drivers in classes across drag racing. Celebrating its 16th year on an international scale, FuelTech USA started in 2015 and has already shown impressive growth, offering innovative products that have been praised for their painless installation. The FT series ECU’s built-in interface allows the user to have full control of the engine without the use of a PC, allowing for extreme convenience.

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Ohio’s Thunder Capital, IHRA Reach Sanctioning Agreement

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Thompson Raceway Park, nicknamed “Ohio’s Thunder Capital,” has renewed its sanctioning agreement with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).

Located less than an hour east of Cleveland in Thompson, Ohio, it is the oldest drag strip in the Buckeye State, first opening in 1958 as Thompson Drag Raceway. It has undergone many upgrades over the last six decades and features a 1/4-mile drag strip with Sunoco Race Fuels offered on site.

The IHRA Division 3 (North Stars) track helped launch the career of such drag racing icons as “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and “TV” Tommy Ivo. For the last several years, it has featured such amenities as a pedestrian bridge and a paved pit area for the racers.

“There are only a handful of places left in the world where one can stand on top of two race cars as they leave the starting line,” IHRA Division Director Jon O’Neal said. “There’s a character that emanates from a track such as Thompson. The history, the amazing layout of the facility and the hard work that goes on behind the scenes are what make it notable.”

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Xtreme Raceway Park Completes Summit Sportsman Spectacular Schedule

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) announced today that a spring event at Xtreme Raceway Park, Ferris, Texas will complete the 16-race IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular schedule for 2019.

The double-race weekend will take place March 22-24 with competitors earning local track championship points.

Box, No Box / Footbrake and Junior Dragsters will have the opportunity to compete for the prestigious IHRA Ironman at each event as well as the coveted oversized championship checks.  Class runners-up will receive the limited-edition Summit Sportsman Spectacular silver medals in addition to their winnings.

The weekend program includes a test & tune session and features prizes for the best losing packages in the first, second and third-rounds.

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