Allen Johnson, Marathon Petroleum announce sponsorship agreement

NHRA Pro Stock racer Allen Johnson and Marathon Petroleum Corporation have announced a sponsorship agreement that ensures that Johnson, the 2012 NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock world champion, will remain on the dragstrip for the 2016 season.

“Both my dad and I, along with the entire Johnson & Johnson racing team, are setting our sights on another championship year thanks to the support of the Marathon brand,” said Johnson, racer and CEO of Johnson & Johnson Racing. “We are grateful for our partnership with Marathon Petroleum both on and off the track.”

Johnson also owns Greenville Oil and Petroleum, which consists of 37 Quick Stop Markets and three Lube X-Press oil-change facilities, all carrying the Marathon brand. “We’re pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Allen and his proven record of success, both on the track and in our industry,” said Bill McCleave, MPC brand marketing director. “Allen and his racing team strongly compliment the Marathon brand, and we’re proud to be aligned with such a great role model and champion in this sport.”

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events to be televised on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where the future stars of NHRA Drag Racing are born, will be showcased in 16 races throughout the season on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and FOX Sports 2 (FS2).

FS2 will televise a one-hour program of select 2016 Lucas Oil Series events in primetime from 9-10 p.m. on the Thursday following each national event. In addition, FS1 will re-air the one-hour telecasts within three days of the original FS2 Thursday broadcast.

Lucas Oil Series races also will appear in Canada and the Caribbean through FOX Sports Racing, as well as being available through FOX Sports GO, the critically acclaimed app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go and now is available to 86 million subscribers.

“The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is an important developmental series in NHRA Drag Racing, and we are thrilled to showcase those great racers in action on the FOX Sports Networks,” said Peter Clifford, NHRA president. “It is important for our fans to connect with the Sportsman level of competition, and we know that our new telecasts will succeed in that goal.”

The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is NHRA’s marquee Sportsman series. Racing categories include Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, and Super Stock, among others. 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 Morgan Lucas, Brandon Bernstein, Shawn Langdon, Courtney Force, Erica Enders, Brittany Force, Alexis DeJoria, and Jeg Coughlin Jr.

The first Lucas Oil Series telecast will air from the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals in Pomona (Feb. 18, 9-10 p.m.) on FS2 with a rebroadcast on FS1 (Feb. 19, 10-11 a.m.). FS1 will air a second rebroadcast of the season opener on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 8-9 p.m.

The season’s premiere event, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, will be telecast on Sept. 8 from 9-10 p.m. on FS2 with a re-air on FS1 on Sept. 11 from 3-4 p.m. The season-finale Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona will air on FS2 on Nov. 17 from 9-10 p.m. with FS1’s rebroadcast on Nov. 18 from 3-4 p.m.

2016 NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES TELEVISION SCHEDULE
All times ET. Schedule is subject to change. Please check local listings.
Event Air Date, Time
Circle K NHRA Winternationals Thursday, Feb. 18, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Pomona Friday, Feb. 19, 10-11 a.m. (FS1)
Thursday, Feb. 25, 8-9 p.m. (FS1)
Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Thursday, March 24, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Gainesville Saturday, March 26, 3-4 p.m. (FS1)
NHRA Silver State Nationals Thursday, April 7, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Las Vegas Friday, April 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (FS1)
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Thursday, April 28, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Charlotte Friday, April 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (FS1)
NHRA SpringNationals Thursday, May 5, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Houston Friday, May 6, 11-Noon (FS1)
NHRA Kansas Nationals Thursday, May 26, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Topeka Friday, May 28, 9-10 a.m. (FS1)
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Thursday, June 30, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Norwalk Saturday, July 2, Noon-1 p.m. (FS1)
Route 66 NHRA Nationals Thursday, July 14, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Chicago Sunday, July 17, 1-2 p.m. (FS1)
NHRA Northwest Nationals Thursday, Aug. 11, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Seattle Saturday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-Noon (FS1)
Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Thursday, Aug. 25, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Brainerd Saturday, Aug. 27, 1-2 p.m. (FS1)
Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Thursday, Sept. 8, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Indianapolis Sunday, Sept. 11, 3-4 p.m. (FS1)
NHRA Carolina Nationals Thursday, Sept. 22, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Charlotte Saturday, Sept. 24, 9-10 a.m. (FS1)
NHRA Keystone Nationals Thursday, Oct. 6, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Reading Sunday, Oct. 9, 1-2 p.m. (FS1)
AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Thursday, Oct. 20, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Dallas Friday, Oct. 21, 10-11 a.m. (FS1)
NHRA Toyota Nationals Thursday, Nov. 3, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Las Vegas Friday, Nov. 4, 3-4 p.m. (FS1)
Auto Club NHRA Finals Thursday, Nov. 17, 9-10 p.m. (FS2)
Pomona Friday, Nov. 18, 3-4 p.m. (FS1)

Addition of Langdon in Sandvik/DSR ProSeries Dragster for 2016 gives DSR World Champs

BROWNSBURG, Ind. — 

Shawn Langdon

Shawn Langdon has been hired to drive full time in 2016 for Don Schumacher Racing in the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season and that gives DSR a world champion in the cockpit of each of its three dragsters.

Langdon joins teammates Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown in the DSR lineup, a trio that has combined to win the last four NHRA Top Fuel world championships; Brown (2012 and 2015), Langdon (2013) and Schumacher (2014).

Langdon, 33, competed for DSR during the six-race 2015 Countdown to the Championship playoff on loan from Alan Johnson Racing after that team suspended its operation at the end of the 16-race regular season due to a lack of sponsorship.

Langdon joined DSR’s Sandvik Coromant/Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher team with crew chiefs Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler and closed the season by winning the NHRA Finals title at Pomona, Calif., for his first win with DSR and the second of the year for the Red Fuel team that ended the year ranked sixth and just one point out of fifth.

“After Pomona last month, Alan and I sat down and discussed 2016 and beyond,” said Langdon, a native of Mira Loma, Calif., who lives in Avon near Indianapolis. “Alan and I decided it was in both of our best interests to go our separate ways. That was tough. I had a great three years with Alan, Alan Johnson Racing and being part of the Johnson family. I’ll have special memories for the rest of my life.”

A new chapter opens at DSR as Langdon will become the seventh driver to compete in Top Fuel for the seven-team organization since its inception in 1998.

“We are adding one of the best drivers in our sport and a quality young man to our lineup and nothing could make me happier,” said DSR owner Don Schumacher. “He’s a second generation driver from a great family and that fits in perfectly here.”

Langdon, who owns 12 NHRA Mello Yello event titles, will receive sponsorship from DSR ProSeries, Schumacher Electric Corporation’s professional brand of battery chargers and jump starters that deliver performance and reliability in any heavy duty application, along with continued support from Sandvik Coromant. Langdon also will continue to be a Toyota Racing driver.

Shawn Langdon

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“We’ve watched Shawn from his first days in Top Fuel and knew he would be a champion one day,” Don said. “I really got to know him at the end of this season when Alan Johnson allowed him to join us for the Countdown so both would have a chance to win another world championship.

“You couldn’t ask for a driver to interact better with his team and everyone at DSR. He is just a class act. He wanted to win a race so badly for the Red Fuel team and I was thrilled when he pulled that off at the Finals with Todd and Phil.”

Langdon is the only driver in NHRA history to own world championships in Top Fuel (2013), Super Comp (2007 and 2008) in Sportsman competition and the Jr. Drag Racing Series youth program (1997).

“I’m very excited about this new chapter in my life,” he said. “Don gave me the opportunity to race with DSR in the Red Fuel/Sandvik car at the end of this season so I got a taste of racing for DSR. It was perfect to end the season the way we did at Pomona in the Finals. Hopefully that’s a sign of what’s to come in 2016.”

JEGS SPORTSnationals returns to its Kentucky roots in 2016

The 2016 JEGS SPORTSnationals will make its triumphant return to Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., May 27-29.

The JEGS SPORTSnationals will comprise one event in 2016, moving back to the historic Kentucky facility owned by Dallas Jones and the Jones family on Memorial Day weekend. Beech Bend Raceway Park was the host of the original NHRA SPORTSnationals from 1974 to 1981.

“We are excited to see the JEGS SPORTSnationals return to its roots in Bowling Green,” said Eric Lotz, NHRA director of field marketing. “The event has become an integral part of Sportsman competition in the NHRA and we think Beech Bend Raceway Park is the perfect setting to showcase this great race. We know that Memorial Day weekend will be a rousing success for the Sportsman categories.”

The JEGS SPORTSnationals, the premier standalone event in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, will continue to be a national event with national points being awarded for all classes except Super Street, which will earn divisional championship points. New in 2016, all racers will receive an NHRA national event grade point for attending the race.

“We worked with the NHRA to enhance the JEGS SPORTSnationals for 2016,” said Scott Woodruff, director of media and motorsports for JEGS. “The event payout and contingency postings will raise to the NHRA national event level and every racer will get a grade point. Our goal is to make this the most exciting event for NHRA sportsman racers. We think having one must attend event will resonate with the NHRA sportsman racing community. Bringing the event back to Beech Bend Raceway where it started in 1974 will be special.”

Beech Bend Raceway Park is a multi-use facility located in scenic Bowling Green. Comprising a quarter-mile dragstrip, oval track and an amusement park, Beech Bend Raceway Park is one of the most family-friendly race venues in the country. The facility has also been the host of an NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 3 event since 1971 and the NHRA Wally Parks Motorsport Museum’s Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance since 2003.

In addition to the first eight years at Beech Bend Raceway Park, the NHRA JEGS SPORTSnationals has also been contested at Houston International Dragway in 1982, then at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in 1983-‘84 and back to Beech Bend for the 1985-’86 seasons. The race went on hiatus until 2005 when JEGS began its sponsorship of the event. Since then the race has been held at several prominent tracks and was featured in multiple races during some seasons. Tracks that have hosted the JEGS SPORTSnationals since 2005 are National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio, No Problem Raceway Park in Belle Rose, La., The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, Calif.

JEGS been a strong supporter of the NHRA contingency programs throughout the years. JEGS is also the longtime sponsor of the JEGS Allstars race, NHRA’s most prestigious sportsman specialty race that will enter its 16th year in 2016.

Additional information on the JEGS SPORTSnationals will be released in the coming months.

Kyle Seipel’s Passion Play

As a driver, California’s Kyle Seipel is one of the most accomplished racers in the history of NHRA’s Pacific Division with a stunning 22 Division 7 titles. As a promoter, he is co-host to some of the richest races in the bracket racing world: the Spring Fling races at Bristol and Las Vegas. Seipel is deeply passionate about the sport, and it shows through his work on and off the track.

A passion for drag racing runs in the Seipel family, as Kyle proudly points out his parents’ longstanding involvement.

2015 NHRA LODRS 7-3 at Fontana, Calif.“Believe it or not, my dad has bracket raced the same car since 1958. My mom has run two different drag strips out here in Northern California since 1982, so we’ve been doing this for a long time, that’s for sure. My dad is 79 and my mom is 73, and she’s still the drag strip manager at Sonoma Raceway. Those two people love drag racing more than anyone else I’ve ever met.”

Kyle followed in the footsteps of his father, Ted, when he started racing at age 12 and the father-and-son duo competed as a four-car team during the late-‘80s and early-1990s. Seipel’s résumé boasts 10 NHRA Lucas Oil Series Division 7 championships and 12 Division 7 E.T. Finals titles, all acquired before he turned 30 years old. Racing in Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Stock, Seipel won six of those titles as double-ups in three consecutive seasons. His success isn’t limited to NHRA competition, though; in 2007 Seipel defeated close friends and hugely successful sportsman racers Jeg Coughlin, Jr. and Peter Biondo in the late rounds of the Thanksgiving Bracket Nationals to take home a $45,000 pay check.

For the past decade or so, Seipel has competed on a limited schedule, but he’s still a serious player whenever he shows up to race. Driving for Justin Lamb and his Henderson, Nevada-based family operation, he started off 2015 with a win in Stock Eliminator at the Phoenix national event. The second-generation driver also won in Top Dragster and runnered-up in Stock at the Las Vegas divisional and Sonoma Nationals, joining an exclusive list of drivers who have won at the national level in five different classes. Lamb joined him in the winner’s circle at some of those races, too, so the partnership has proven to be a successful one.

“It’s a cool deal. They give me two cars that are probably some of the best vehicles out at the track. We try to help each other as much as possible. We race four to five cars at every event, including the Comp car Justin drives for a team out of Canada. Justin’s sister, Ryen, also races. We work real well together as a team. Justin was able to win at Sonoma, also. He won at Phoenix, too. I get just as much satisfaction seeing him win as I do if I get in the winner’s circle,” Seipel says.

As if driving two of the top-contending sportsman cars on the West Coast isn’t enough, Seipel also co-promotes the Spring Fling bracket races with Biondo. Six years ago, the best friends went into business together to promote the first Spring Fling at Bristol Dragway in Tennessee. A second event was added in Las Vegas two years ago to give West Coast bracket racers a chance to compete on a big stage with even bigger prizes.

F053_226“We spend about nine months a year trying to get as many manufacturers as possible to support the race. We were fortunate this year that, on top of the prize money we guarantee regardless of car count, we had over $50,000 worth of manufacturer giveaways to give away to the racers at both events. That’s something we’re very proud of. We do as much as we can to give good value to the manufacturers and the racers.”

The 2015 Spring Fling races were considered a resounding success by everyone involved, with 388 entries at Bristol and a whopping 480 cars entered at Vegas. The Sin City event is expected to grow even more next year, due in part to Seipel and Biondo’s latest creation, the Spring Fling Million. Four of the five days will be contested as they have in the past, but Saturday’s race will have a 100-percent-guaranteed payout of $100,000 to the winner, $50,000 to the runner-up and $1,000 round money starting at the third round. The purse will increase accordingly with the car count, hence the Spring Fling Million title.

Sonoma LODRS July 23-26, 2015“Five years ago, if Peter and I sat down at dinner and said we were going to have a million-dollar bracket race we both would’ve thought we were completely crazy. We tested the market to some extent this year where we had a $2,000-to-enter bracket race that was $50,000 to win. We took 32 entries and very well could’ve taken 70 or 80 cars. We used that as a gauge to see if this type of high-dollar event could work on the West Coast.

“It’s definitely a gamble,” Seipel admits. “We’re taking a proven product and we’re altering it somewhat. One day is going to be completely different than what we’ve done in the past. We believe in the racers and the racers seem to believe in us. We’re willing to take that gamble.”

As much as it is a business venture, putting on the Spring Fling races is a passion project for Seipel, one from which he enjoys immense gratification.

“I would say promoting the races gives me a lot more satisfaction (than racing). I’ve been racing since I was 12 years old, so a little over 30 years, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have some success. That being said, when you put your heart and soul into something for nine months with your best friend, it’s very gratifying when it goes well,” he says.

“It sounds kind of weird, but it’s real similar to having a baby. You work nine months, you don’t know how it’s going to come out, and when you open the gates and you see hundreds of racers come into the track within the first couple hours … I’ve shown more emotion then than I ever will winning a race.”

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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