JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals is this week at National Trail
In the midst of National Trail Raceway’s 50th anniversary celebration, the JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals, part of a trio of events designed to showcase the best drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, will celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend at the Hebron, Ohio, strip.
The second of the three annual events designed specifically to showcase NHRA’s grassroots racers, the JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals will crown champions in Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster, and Top Sportsman. There will also be a special Jr. Drag Racing League event held Sunday.
Racers have a wide variety of bonus features, including traditional class eliminations for drivers in Super Stock and Stock and the special DRAW/Racer’s for Christ Super Eliminator Shootouts presented by Moser Engineering for the top 16 qualifiers in Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street.
Last year’s event featured six first-time winners, including Steven Belanger (Super Stock), Chuck Beach (Stock), Leo Zynda (Super Comp), and Andy Johnson (Top Dragster). David Billingsley also scored in Comp, and former motorcycle racer Donnie Durenberger won in Super Street.
The 10th annual JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals also will mark the second of three races in the ongoing battle for the coveted JEGS Crown, which is awarded to any driver who can win the same class in two of the three JEGS SPORTSnationals events in a given season. The winners of the JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals in Belle Rose, La., are currently eligible for the prize. Later this year, the winners of the Belle Rose and Hebron events also will have the chance to travel to Las Vegas for the annual JEGS NHRA Pacific SPORTSnationals, where they will be eligible for another chance at the JEGS Crown.