Top Dragster, Top Sportsman to compete for NHRA national championships in 2015

NHchuckhawkjrRA’s Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes will compete for NHRA national championships beginning in 2015. Both season champions will be awarded with NHRA National Champion’s Wally trophies along with National Championship rings and jackets.

The two classes will be contested at 14 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events across the country, as well as the three NHRA JEGS SPORTSnationals events and at all NHRA Lucas Drag Racing Series divisional events. To earn NHRA National Championships, drivers in both classes will count their best three of their first five national events, and their best five of their first eight divisional events. The JEGS SPORTSnationals events will be counted as national events, with competitors earning national event points.

The six-second, 200-mph race cars featured in both classes have continued to increase in popularity and participation. The addition of three new events in 2015 will include the Route 66 NHRA Nationals which also plays host to the JEGS Allstars.

“We’ve seen the two categories grow since 2002 with the introduction of Top Sportsman and 2005 with Top Dragster,” said Josh Peterson, NHRA Vice President of Racing Administration. “Recognizing an NHRA National Champion in Top Sportsman and Top Dragster is the next step as interest by racers, sponsors and fans continues to grow.”

Class field sizes will not change as a 32-car field will be contested at all national events, including the three JEGS SPORTSnationals, and at Lucas Oil divisional events in divisions 1-5. Divisions 6 and 7 will continue to contest 48-car fields with the final Lucas Oil divisional event of the year held at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosting a 64-car field.

NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series to be sponsored by J&A Service

J&A Service, a leader in oil and gas well-servicing exploration, has signed an agreement to become the series sponsor for the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.  In 2015, the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will compete at 10 NHRA national events.

As part of its series sponsorship, J&A Service will provide a $200,000 purse that pays the national champion $50,000 and the series runner-up $20,000. Each individual event winner will earn $10,000 and the event runners-up will claim $3,000 each.

“We feel this is a tremendous opportunity to align our company with an NHRA drag racing series that has delivered excitement to the fans and shown positive growth each season,” said Jim and Annie Whiteley, owners of J&A Service. “We look forward to working with NHRA to continue to expand the Pro Mod Series and foster overall growth for the sport of NHRA drag racing.”

The series opens March 12-15 with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Florida. The series will once again race on Father’s Day weekend at Bristol Dragway, during the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals (June 19-21), and also again on the Independence Day weekend (July 2-5), at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. The series will conclude at the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas on Halloween weekend. A complete series schedule is below.

“The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series has evolved into a very competitive arena for a diverse mix of high-horsepower machines and has become a fan-favorite across the NHRA circuit,” said Gary Darcy, NHRA senior vice president of sales and marketing. “Through J&A Service’s commitment with the series entitlement we can continue to build upon the momentum that the Pro Mod Series has been gaining since it was launched in 2010.”

The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series is supported by the Real Pro Mod (RPM) Association, a group of NHRA Pro Mod Series team owners who works closely with NHRA on many initiatives to maintain the series.

“It was important for us to find a sponsor that has a great passion for NHRA Pro Mod Racing and we have done that with J&A Service,” said Danny Rowe, Real Pro Mod Association board member. “With this important piece of the puzzle in place we can now get on with the business of delivering an exciting product on the track for the great fans of NHRA drag racing.”

Featuring the world’s fastest and most unique doorslammer race cars, highlighted by ’68 Camaros, ’67 Mustangs and ’68 Firebirds, as well as a variety of late-model cars, the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series offers something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast.

In addition to J&A Service’s series sponsorship, other companies who support the series as event presenting sponsors are Precision Turbo, JEGS, Aeromotive and Mid-Atlantic Energy.

Series sponsor J&A Service is also a primary sponsor for the YNOT Racing team, which includes competition in the Pro Mod, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes, featuring drivers Jim Whiteley, Annie Whiteley, Steven Whiteley, Anita Strasburg and John Baker.

J&A Service, owned by veteran racers Jim and Annie Whiteley, is located in Grand Junction, Colo. The company, a national oil and gas well-servicing business, leases and operates all forms of well-completion equipment and is the innovator of its patented Green Completions Unit, a self-contained, high-capacity mobile flowback separator that contains 99 percent of all airborne contaminates. Mobile units are available for sale or lease.

2015 NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE
March 12-15 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Gainesville, Fla.
April 24-26 O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals Houston
May 15-17 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals Atlanta
June 4-7 Toyota NHRA Summernationals Englishtown, N.J.
June 19-21 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol, Tenn.
July 2-5 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Norwalk, Ohio
Sept. 2-7 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Indianapolis
Sept. 18-20 NHRA Carolina Nationals Charlotte, N.C.
Sept. 25-27 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals St. Louis
Oct. 29-Nov. 1 NHRA Toyota Nationals Las Vegas

Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series to Visit NHRA Tracks Across The Country Again In 2015

GLENDORA, Calif. –

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns for a 14th season with premier events taking place across the country in all seven NHRA divisions it was announced today by NHRA officials. The 2015 schedule will feature 45 divisional events with a minimum of six in each of the seven divisions. There will also be 25 regional events featuring the 260-mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes.

The 2015 season will see a return to Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. and Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, N.C. The 2015 season will begin in Orlando, Feb. 13-15, and concludes in Las Vegas, Nov. 5-8.

The new season will also include the addition of two doubleheader weekends at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kan., Aug. 13-16 and Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley, Utah, Sept. 24-27.

The ultra-competitive series will feature three sportsman-focused national events during the season, the JEGS SPORTSNationals events during the course of the racing season. The JEGS Cajun SPORTSNationals will be held at No Problem Raceway, March 20-22; the JEGS Pacific SPORTSNationals, returns to Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway, May 29-31; and the JEGS Northern SPORTSNationals, Sept. 18-20 at National Trail Raceway. Regional, divisional and national championship points as well as a purse of more than $500,000 in seven categories will be up for grabs in the season.

“Having come through the Sportsman ranks myself, I know how important it is to have the support you need to compete,” said Morgan Lucas of Lucas Oil Products. “These are our people, these are our customers. The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is the core of our sport. I know I speak for everyone at Lucas Oil when I say that we’re honored to continue title sponsorship of this series.”

Bonus programs available to competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series include the $100,000 JEGS Allstars. Individual divisions may also have additional bonus programs available to racers.

In addition to Lucas, some prominent graduates of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series who have gone on to successful careers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series include Brandon Bernstein, Shawn Langdon, Courtney Force, Erica Enders-Stevens, Alexis DeJoria, and Jeg Coughlin.

2015 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Schedule

Northeast Division
April 24-25          Virginia Motorsports Park                         Dinwiddie, Va.

May 22-24            Maple Grove Raceway                               Reading, Pa.

June 26-28           Lebanon Valley Dragway                            West Lebanon, N.Y.        
July 17-19           New England Dragway                               Epping, N.H.       
July 31-Aug. 2       Atco Raceway                                      Atco, N.J.

Aug. 14-16           Cecil County Dragway                              Rising Sun, Md. 
Sept. 11-13          Old Bridge Township Raceway Park                  Englishtown, N.J.

                
Southeast Division                                                           
Feb. 13-15           Orlando Speed World Dragway                       Orlando, Fla.
Feb. 20-22           Auto Plus Raceway                                 Gainesville, Fla.
March 6-8            South Georgia Motorsports Park                    Valdosta, Ga.      
April 17-19          Montgomery Motorsports Park                       Montgomery, Ala.

May 29-31            Rockingham Dragway                                Rockingham, N.C.

Sept. 25-26          Bristol Dragway                                   Bristol, Tenn.

Oct. 16-18           Silver Dollar Raceway                             Reynolds, Ga.

                                                                
North Central Division                                                    
May 1-3              Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis                 Brownsburg, Ind.
May 15-17            Summit Motorsports Park                           Norwalk, Ohio
June 5-7             Route 66 Raceway                                  Joliet, Ill.

July 24-26           National Trail Raceway                            Columbus, Ohio

Aug. 7-8             Gateway Motorsports Park                          Madison, Ill. 
Aug. 28-30           Beech Bend Raceway Park                           Bowling Green, Ky.         
                                
South Central Division                                                    
March 6-8            Royal Purple Raceway                              Baytown, Texas

April 17-19          Texas Motorplex                                   Ennis, Texas       
May 29-31            No Problem Raceway                                Belle Rose, La.   
June 12-14           Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park                   Tulsa, Okla.         
Sept. 18-20          Thunder Road Raceway Park                         Gilliam, La.
Oct. 9-11            Thunder Valley Raceway Park                       Noble, Okla.
                                                                
West Central Division                                                     
May 15-17            SRCA Dragstrip                                    Great Bend, Kan.

June 6-7             Brainerd International Raceway                    Brainerd, Minn.

June 19-21           Bandimere Speedway                                Denver
Aug. 13-14           Heartland Park Topeka                             Topeka, Kan.
Aug. 15-16           Heartland Park Topeka                             Topeka, Kan.
Sept. 11-13          Tri-State Raceway                                 Earlville, Iowa    
                                                
Northwest Division                                                         
May 15-17            Firebird Raceway                                  Boise, Idaho

June 5-7             Mission Raceway                                   Mission, B.C.      
June 27-28           Yellowstone Dragstrip                             Acton, Mont.
July 17-19           Woodburn Dragstrip                                Woodburn, Ore.

Aug. 21-23           Pacific Raceways                                  Kent, Wash.

Sept. 18-20          Woodburn Dragstrip                                Woodburn, Ore.

Pacific Division                                                   
Feb. 27-Mar. 1       Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park                  Chandler, Ariz.  
April 17-19          The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway             Las Vegas            
May 22-24            Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway           Fontana, Calif.

July 24-26           Sonoma Raceway                                    Sonoma, Calif.   
Sept. 24-25          Rocky Mountain Raceways                           West Valley, Utah  
Sept. 26-27          Rocky Mountain Raceways                           West Valley, Utah          
Nov. 5-8             The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway             Las Vegas            

JEGS SPORTSnationals 
March 20-22          JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals                        Belle Rose, La.
May 29-31            JEGS Pacific SPORTSnationals                      Fontana, Calif.
Sept. 18-20          JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals                     Hebron, Ohio


2015 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Regional Schedule

East Region
Feb. 20-22           Auto Plus Raceway                                 Gainesville, Fla.
April 24-25          Virginia Motorsports Park                         Dinwiddie, Va.

May 22-24            Maple Grove Raceway                               Reading, Pa.

June 26-28           Lebanon Valley Dragway                            West Lebanon, N.Y.        
July 17-19           New England Dragway                               Epping, N.H.       
July 31-Aug. 2       Atco Raceway                                      Atco, N.J.

                                                                
North Central Region                                                    
May 1-3              Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis                 Brownsburg, Ind.
May 15-17            Summit Motorsports Park                           Norwalk, Ohio
June 5-7             Route 66 Raceway                                  Joliet, Ill.

July 24-26           National Trail Raceway                            Hebron, Ohio                
Aug. 7-8             Gateway Motorsports Park                          Madison, Ill. 
Aug. 28-30           Beech Bend Raceway Park                           Bowling Green, Ky.         
                                
Central Region                                                    
April 17-19          Texas Motorplex                                   Ennis, Texas       
June 12-13           Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park                   Tulsa, Okla.         
June 19-21           Bandimere Speedway                                Denver
Aug. 13-15           Heartland Park Topeka                             Topeka, Kan.
Sept. 11-13          Tri-State Raceway                                 Earlville, Iowa    
Oct. 9-11            Thunder Valley Raceway Park                       Noble, Okla.
                                                                
West Region  
Feb. 27-Mar. 1       Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park                  Chandler, Ariz.  
April 17-19          The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway             Las Vegas            
June 5-7             Mission Raceway                                   Mission, B.C.      
July 17-19           Woodburn Dragstrip                                Woodburn, Ore.

Aug. 21-23           Pacific Raceways                                  Kent, Wash.

Sept. 18-20          Woodburn Dragstrip                                Woodburn, Ore.
Nov. 5-8             The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway             Las Vegas
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