Lucas has new contingency program for sportsman racers

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Lucas Oil Products Inc., a longtime supporter of Sportsman racing, unveiled a new contingency program for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, honoring Sportsman racers across the country.

The new Lucas Oil Contingency program will award $300 to all winners of national events in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, as well as pay $100 to all runners-up. In addition, racers will be paid immediately, in the winner’s circle of each event.

There will be two different contingency programs, one for transmission and differentials lubricants and one for engine oil.

To be eligible for the new Lucas Oil Contingency program, racers must purchase applicable products from the Lucas Oil trailer that will be at all national events. Products must be purchased before the first round of qualifying.

Displaying Lucas Oil stickers on race vehicles is encouraged but not required. Racers can get stickers at the Lucas Oil trailer.

Australian 400 Thunder launches Pro Radial Sportsman bracket

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Stuart Henry is looking forward to the Pro Radial class. (Dave Reid photo)

Australia’s 400 Thunder Sportsman Series will add Pro Radial to their classes.

The class is open to a variety of engine configurations – four-, six- and eight-cylinder blocks, superchargers, turbochargers, and nitrous oxide-injection – but all running on conventional radial tires. 400 Thunder will manage the class’s technical regulations to ensure no engine combination becomes dominant.

The class will run the eighth mile in a heads-up format using a Pro Tree.

Three events will host the class this year beginning at Willowbank Raceway’s Easter weekend event, the Santos Super 3 on March 25-26, followed by Sydney Dragway’s Nitro Champs May 7-8, and ending back at Willowbank with the Winternationals on June 9-12.

SPORTSnationals returns to Beech Bend on May 27-29

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The JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals will return to Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29.

This year’s event is expected to be the largest sportsman-only national event ever with over $108,000 in cash purse and special bonus races plus product contingency awards.

Saturday racing will feature heads-up class racing in Super Stock and Stock eliminators along with bonus Fast Four Shootout races in Comp, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman and Shootouts in the three super eliminator categories including Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.

Qualifying will set a 32-car field in Competition, 128-car fields in Super Stock and Stock and expanded 64-car fields in both Top Dragster and Top Sportsman. All run fields will be contested in Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.

NMCA announces Factory Super Cars class

Since 2008 the factories have been turning out drag-spec muscle cars in low volume with the sole purpose of class drag racing. It began as a throwback to the ’60s era programs but has since evolved into modern warfare for drag strip supremacy. For 2016, the NMCA muscle car drag racing series is bringing these factory super cars together to single out the king of the hill – where Ford, Chevy, and Mopar can throw down in a 160-mph slugfest on the 1,320.

The new Factory Super Cars class is a heads up class that will be battling it out at all six 2016 NMCA events with a champion crowned during the NMCA Awards Ceremony. The class winner and runner-up are included in the NMCA Pro Contingency program at every event, along with trophies and payouts as part of the NMCA Aerospace Components Winners Circle.

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“When we re-introduced the COPO for the 2012 racing season, we knew it would just be a matter of time until we had the chance to race the Cobra Jets and Drag Paks in a heads up race,” said Curt Collins, COPO Marketing Manager. “NMCA is bringing this to the track not only for the manufacturers, but for racers and fans. This new class is going to crown the ‘King of the Quarter Mile’.”

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Dale Aldo, Mopar Motorsports Marketing Manager said, “Heads up racing is always exciting, and when paired with Mopar Challenger Drag Paks it becomes special. We look forward to following this new race series and wish the series and racers a great 2016 inaugural season.”

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“Ford racers are highly competitive among themselves, but nothing brings out their highest performance like racing against our cross-town competitors,” said Jesse Kershaw, Ford Performance Drag Racing Parts and Competition Manager. “It will be the first time all three brands are mixed up for an all-out fight to get to the finish line first.”

The rules for the NMCA Factory Super Cars class are consistent with traditional supercharged combinations, including the most recent ones that utilize a 2.9L Twin-screw supercharger. The naturally aspirated engine packages are also included but given a significant weight break to help speed up those entries to keep up with the blown combos. Factory Super Cars class rules can be found at http://www.nmcadigital.com/cat/rules_purses/docs/nmca/2016/fsc.pdf

“We’ve had several Cobra Jet Showdowns in both NMCA and NMRA events and we’ve seen plenty of COPO Camaros and Drag Pak Challengers enter some of the Index classes in NMCA,” said Rollie Miller, NMCA General Manager. “To have all these specialty race cars in one class and to do it heads up for the first time is going to be a whole lot of fun for racers and spectators alike.”

Moser Sportsman Shootouts move to new locations

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The NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootouts have moved to three new venues for the 2016 season in the NHRA Southeast, North Central and South Central Divisions.  The three events offer a combined purse of $45,000 with $5,000 up for grabs for each of the Division champions.

The Moser Sportsman Shootout is unique in that racers from the seven entirely different class structures Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman will be racing each other.  Eliminations will be in a dial-in/breakout handicap format on an eighth-mile.  The Christmas tree is in a full countdown mode with the CrossTalk feature not in use.

A season long divisional point battle will determine fourteen of the sixteen Moser Sportsman Shootout qualifiers for each event with the remaining two “Wild Card” positions added from a lottery draw of online registrations. Racers need to register online at www.moserengineering.com each year and may register for each eliminator category that they will compete in, at a minimum of three events in a single division.

The first of the Moser Sportsman Shootouts will take place at the North Central Division’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series final at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., August 27.  The Southeast Division Moser Sportsman Shootout will be held at the Division 2 final at Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, NC, Oct. 29. The 2016 South Central Division shootout will carry over to the 2017 season at Texas Motorplex in Dallas.

To be eligible for full posted purse qualifier must run the NHRA Moser Engineering Sportsman program decal and Moser Engineering axles and display the Moser Engineering product decal during the Sportsman Shootout Event. Qualifiers not utilizing Moser Engineering axles and displaying the Moser Engineering Sportsman Shootout program decal and Moser Engineering product decal for the duration of the Moser Sportsman Shootout event will receive 50% of the posted awards. Drivers are not required to have Moser Engineering axles to qualify or participate in the program.

FS1 and FS2 to show selected LODRS races

 

 

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will be showcased in 16 races throughout the season on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and FOX Sports 2 (FS2), it was announced today by NHRA officials.

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.

“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 first Lucas Oil Series telecast will air from the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. (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.

SHRA announces 2016 schedule

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Clay Cunningham (near lane), the 2015 SHRA NE1 Champion.

The Southwest Heritage Racing Association (www.shraracing.com) has announced the schedule for this season. All six classes will be in competition unless noted otherwise. The classes are NE1, NE2, NE3, Nostalgia Super Stock, Old School Electronics Bracket, and Old School No Electronics Bracket.

April 2: Little River Dragway, Temple, TX

April 16: Wichita Raceway Park, Wichita Falls, TX

May 7: North Star Dragway, Denton, TX

May 28: (Nostalgia Elim. and Nostalgia SS only) Thunder Road Raceway Park, Gilliam, LA

June 25: (Old School Brackets only) North Star Dragway, Denton, TX

July 2: (Old School Brackets only) North Star Dragway, Denton, TX

July 16: (Nostalgia Elim. and Nostalgia SS only) Thunder Valley Raceway Park, Norman, OK

Sept. 16: location TBA

Oct. 1: Championship Finals, North Star Dragway, Denton, TX

Last season Alkydigger.com became the sole sponsor of the Nostalgia Eliminator Shootout for the SHRA and this year they will sponsor the NE class for the entire eight-event season.

Winners of the NE1 class will receive $500 and winners of NE2 and NE3 will get $400. Alkydigger also will contribute to the championship points fund with the NE1 champion receiving $1,000 and NE2 and NE3 getting $800.

Mid Atlantic .90 schedule is released

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The Mid Atlantic .90 Association has announced its 2016 schedule. The association is made up of Super Comp (8.90), Super Gas (9.90) and Super Street (10.90). Separate races are held each of the two days of the events.

May 21 & 22: Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, PA

June 25 & 26: Maple Grove Raceway

July 16 & 17: Cecil County Raceway, Rising Sun, MD

July 30 & 31: Atco Raceway, Atco, NJ

Sept. 17 & 18: Cecil County Raceway

TREMEC to sponsor Stick Shift Shootout at NMRA Spring Break Shootout

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Long-time National Mustang Racers Association supporter TREMEC will host the 4th annual Stick Shift Shootout as part of this year’s Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout on March 3-6 at Bradenton (Fla.) Motorsports Park.

The rules are simple: Street-type transmissions only. May include race-oriented modifications such as face-plated or pro-shifted gears. Must be hand operated via a single shift hand. Transmissions with multiple levers or air/electronic/hydraulic actuation are not permitted.

The fastest eight stick cars in the True Street class will receive special shootout plaques and then the quickest two vehicles will race in a heads-up finale. The winner will go home with a brand new TREMEC transmission of choice.