PETERSBURG, VA – NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northeast division begins with Power in the Park at Virginia Motorsports Park on April 29 – May 1. The event is one of 45 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster and Top Sportsman Series’ presented by Select Performance will run in conjunction with the event as will the NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series featuring Pro Fuel Harley and Pro Stock Snowmobile.
Gates at Virginia Motorsports Park open at 7:30 a.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Qualifying and time trials start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and Comp Eliminator qualify Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. First round eliminations for Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and Comp Eliminator Saturday afternoon. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify Friday at 1 and 5 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car are Saturday at 2, 5 and 7 p.m. Eliminations continue Sunday at 9 a.m. for all other classes. Harley-Davidson classes qualify on Friday with eliminations on Saturday.
ENNIS, TX – In the final results from Texas Motorplex and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, several racers took home their first divisional wins and local racers dominated in the winner’s circle overall.
Three Texan racers made their first appearance in the final round, and all three captured their first win. In the final round of Stock Eliminator, Bill Basham, Azle, Texas, defeated Keith Bakies of Alexandra, La; David Bills from Marion, Texas, collected the Wally trophy in Super Comp by taking out Tony Brown of Hallsville, Texas; and in Super Street Brandon Millican, Waxahachie, Texas, earned his first divisional title defeating Donna Watson, Forney, Texas.
Dick Maris, Montgomery, Texas, raced to the final round and earned his fourth divisional win. Maris in his Comp Eliminator ProStart with a run of 7.004 seconds at 191.00 mph ran down Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, who had the starting line advantage and made a runner up pass of 7.311 seconds at 188.81 mph.
CHARLOTTE, NC – Megan Meyer and Kris Hool raced to victory at this weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods. Meyer scored her first NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national event win in Top Alcohol Dragster while Hool picked up his third in Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Meyer, out of Spring Hill, Kan., and running for her father and team owner Randy Meyer, advanced to her second final round in just her second start in the alcohol dragster class. The second generation driver recorded 5.20’s and 5.30’s throughout eliminations including a 5.325 second lap at 278.46 mph in the final against Josh Hart who suffered engine problems from the start and is still looking for his first national event win.
ENNIS, TX – Texas Motorplex host the NHRA South Central Division on April 22-24. The event is one of 45 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Sunset Performance Top Sportsman Series, KPE Top Dragster Series and NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson will also be run in conjunction with the event.
Saturday’s action will be highlighted by the NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout with racers from seven different classes battling it out for a posted purse of $15,000. Defending South Central Division Moser Sportsman Shootout Champion Slate Cummings has once again qualified for the 16-car field and is eager to defend his title. Former national champion Austin Williams is qualified in both Stock and Super Comp and is looking to dethrone Cummings.
CHARLOTTE, NC – In the final results from zMAX Dragway and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Jenny Treadwell scored in Comp Eliminator and Jonathan Anderson bagged his third win of the year in Super Street. Treadwell, Mont Plymouth, Fla., lined up against Randy Daniels, Grantsboro, N.C., and won it at the start with a .009 second reaction time to Daniels .180. She then ran it out to an 8.290 second 157.69 mph lap.
Anderson, out of Griffin, Ga., won on a double breakout with Michelle Furr, Galax, Va., 10.895 to a 10.891 to collect his third win of the year having won the season opener in Gainesville, Fla., and the second half of the double-header in Atlanta two weeks ago.
LAS VEGAS – Persistent rain showers and unfavorable forecasts forced NHRA and track officials to postpone the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at The Strip at LVMS scheduled for this past weekend. The event will be run in conjunction with the final NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event of the year, also held at The Strip in early November.
Eliminations are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 8 a.m. Super Stock will be run in random order while all other classes will race off their current ladder. Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car will run eliminations on Thursday, Nov. 3, along with any elimination rounds for other classes not completed on Wednesday. There will be a test and tune event held on Tuesday, Nov. 1, for all classes.
BELLE ROSE, LA – In the final results at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central Division, Nitro on the Bayou at No Problem Raceway Gord Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., and Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
Gingles, was the number one qualifier who worked his way through the field and earned his fifth divisional win. He ran 5.319 seconds at 269.29 mph in his final round victory over Megan Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., who had a runner up lap of 5.358 seconds at 270.97 mph.
Harker, faced off against Ro Yale, Bellaire, Texas, and posted a winning run of 5.711 seconds, 248.89 mph in his 2015 Camaro. Yale had a slight advantage at the light and drove to a 5.786 second, 231.52 mph lap for his runner up finish.