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NHRA DRAG RACING RETURNS TO FAMED ROUTE 66 RACEWAY FOR THIS WEEKEND’S LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT

INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time since 2019 there will be drag racing at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns to the track for this weekend’s Division 3 race.

It marks the first racing action at the popular facility in three years, with more than 400 cars expected to take part in an event that starts on Friday and runs through Sunday. The North Central Division race will feature a full slate of sportsman racing and some of the top drivers in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, including standouts in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car, with each team excited to return to the standout Chicago-area facility.

“There’s so much excitement for this weekend and the passion that has been displayed by the staff and management at Route 66 has been truly impressive,” North Central Division Director William Tharpe said. “We’ve all dedicated a lot of time to this event, and we want everything to go well. We all have the same mindset and want to relish and enjoy this weekend and put our best foot forward.”

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All Class Winners from the Flav-R-Pac Northwest Nationals

KENT, WA – Sunday’s final results from the 33rd annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways. The race is the 13th of 22 in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Tony Schumacher, 3.977 seconds, 251.34 mph def. Brittany Force, 5.145 seconds, 153.14 mph.

Funny Car — Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.975, 319.98 def. J.R. Todd, Toyota Supra, 3.978, 324.75.

Pro Stock — Troy Coughlin Jr., Chevy Camaro, 6.638, 208.68 def. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.644, 209.17.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Jackie Fricke, 5.668, 242.58 def. Kim Parker, 8.270, 139.04.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Jake Guadagnolo, Chevy Camaro, 5.565, 262.23 def. Brian Hough, Camaro, 5.567, 264.08.

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NHRA ADDS A/FUEL ENGINE PROGRAM TO TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR CLASS FOR 2023 LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES

INDIANAPOLIS – In a move designed to strengthen the class, improve participation, and drive innovation, NHRA officials have announced the addition of an A/Fuel engine program for the Top Alcohol Funny Car class beginning in the 2023 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

The Top Alcohol Funny Car class features some of the top drivers in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, with cars capable of reaching speeds of more than 270 mph and covering the quarter-mile in less than 5.4-seconds.

With the addition of the A/Fuel (injected nitromethane) engine program into the class, NHRA will look to increase participation in the class, and give drivers and race teams another viable, efficient option to run in the thrilling category.

NHRA officials have released a full ruleset for the new combination, which can be viewed at NHRARACER.com.

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NHRA.TV TO STREAM NHRA ‘BABY GATORS’ PLUS PRE-SEASON TEST SESSION

GLENDORA, CA – NHRA’s exclusive streaming service, NHRA.tv, will give NHRA fans free viewing access to both the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event the Baby Gators and the pre-season testing session prior to the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.

Fans are invited to create an account with NHRA.tv and will be granted free viewing access to both the Baby Gators race and testing at Gainesville Raceway.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring NHRA fans complimentary racing action,” said Jeffrey Young, NHRA Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Both pre-season testing and the Baby Gators will be a great kick off to the year and the 2021 Camping World Drag Racing season.”

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NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES TO CELEBRATE 20th YEAR WITH ACTION-PACKED 2021 SCHEDULE

GLENDORA, CA – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where NHRA’s top Sportsman competitors battle one another for national, regional, and divisional championships, will celebrate its 20th year during the 2021 race season as it competes at premier racing facilities across the country.

The 2021 season kicks off at Orlando Speed World Dragway in Orlando on Feb. 4-6 and concludes at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Nov. 4-7. During the year, the series will also feature a number of popular and exciting doubleheader events, including races at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio; Texas Motorplex in Dallas; Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka; Yellowstone Dragstrip in Acton, Mont.; Sonoma Raceway in Northern California and Mission Raceway, Mission, BC, CAN.

As part of the 70th anniversary of NHRA Drag Racing, the NHRA also plans to stream NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events on NHRA.TV. These events will be available complimentary with a NHRA membership, and each member will also be able to stream multiple devices simultaneously. In all, NHRA.TV plans to stream more than 20 NHRA Sportsman events during the 2021 campaign.

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NHRA ANNOUNCES REVISED LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE and JEGS SPORTSNATIONALS ADDED at NEW ENGLAND DRAGWAY

Glendora, CA – After suspending racing in early March, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is poised to make a return this weekend along with a full slate of events across all seven divisions between June and November.

The series will return to action this weekend at Texas Motorplex with a Top Alcohol only regional event. Action will intensify early June at Atlanta Dragway and Tulsa Raceway Park as all categories restart their season.

In addition to the full slate of Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events, a JEGS SPORTSnationals event has been added at New England Dragway on August 21-22. This is in addition to the JEGS SPORTSnationals “double header” at National Trail Raceway on July 16-19. Competitors attending the JEGS SPORTSnationals events will have an opportunity to earn national championship points and a grade point.

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NHRA ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE REVISED 2020 LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE

GLENDORA, CA – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where the future stars of the sport earn their racing stripes, returns to action after a hiatus stemming from the COVID-19 global pandemic. Drivers are eager to return to competition at premier racing facilities across the country.

The action-packed series will tentatively resume May 15-17 with events in Division 2 at Atlanta Dragway and Division 4 at Alamo City Motorplex.

A highly anticipated event this season, National Trail Raceway will feature double the sportsman racing action as it hosts a Division 3 points meet July 16-17 directly followed by the iconic JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals, July 18-19.

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NHRA ANNOUNCES 2020 LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE

GLENDORA, CA – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where the future stars of the sport earn their racing stripes, returns to action for the 2020 race season to compete at premier racing facilities across the country.

The action-packed series kicks off at Orlando Speed World Dragway, in Orlando, Fla. on Jan. 31 – Feb. 2.

New this season, National Trail Raceway will feature double the sportsman racing action as it hosts a Division 3 points meet July 16-17 directly followed by the iconic JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals, July 18-19.

The 2020 season will conclude for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series in Las Vegas, November 5-8.

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HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK HOSTS THE NHRA SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION TEXAS SPORTSMAN CHALLENGE

BAYTOWN, TX – Houston Raceway Park will host the NHRA South Central Division race of the 2019 season on March 23-24 with the NHRA Texas Sportsman Challenge. The event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers 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 NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series will run in conjunction with the event along with the Division’s SDPC Raceshop Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes.

Gates at Houston Raceway open at 7 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Qualifying and time trials start at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday with round 1 to follow in some classes. Eliminations will continue Sunday at 9a.m.

Tickets for Houston Raceway are $20 Friday, $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday. Children 12 years old and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

For more information call Houston Raceway, (281) 383-7223, or visit www.HoustonRaceway.com.

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THE BABY GATORS HOSTED AT GAINESVILLE RACEWAY

GAINESVILLE, FL – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeast Division arrives at Gainesville Raceway for The Baby Gators on March 7-10. The event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers 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, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Stott’s Ford Top Sportsman Series and Hickory Enclosed Trailer Sales Top Dragster Series will also be run in conjunction with the event.

Gates at Gainesville Raceway open at 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. The event begins Thursday at noon with qualifying rounds for Stock and Super Stock. Qualifying and time trials continue at 8 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualify Friday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify Friday at noon, 3:30 and 7 p.m. with all three rounds of eliminations set for Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. Final eliminations for all other classes will continue Sunday at 9 a.m.

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