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Thu, 27 Sep 2007, 11:54 AM

National Trail Raceway hosts JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals

HEBRON, Ohio --

Scenic National Trail Raceway will be jammed packed this weekend as several hundred of the nation's best sportsman drag racers make their way to Columbus Sept. 28-30 for the third annual JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals. The racers will be competing for a share of more than $65,000 in cash and $400,000 in contingency postings that are available in the following NHRA eliminators: Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman. The Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster class and the Dart Top Sportsman category will also run at this event, as well as the popular Mopar Performance Super Stock Hemi Challenge.

In addition to the huge cash prizes, the JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals presents one of the last opportunities in 2007 for sportsman racers to earn points towards NHRA Lucas Oil Series national and divisional championships. Racers in Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp and Super Gas can earn points towards national championships while Super Street, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman competitors will be racing for divisional points. The points battles in almost every eliminator are close meaning that this event could go a long way towards determining the 2007 NHRA champions.

While the sportsman racers are the undisputed stars of the JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals, fans who attend the event on Saturday will also be treated to a the Hot Rod Heritage car show and exhibition runs by nitro-burning front-engine Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragsters and Nostalgia Funny Cars.

Another highlight of Saturday's action will be the Mopar Performance Super Stock Hemi Challenge. The special race will feature a thundering herd of 8-second, 150-mph 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda factory-built race cars competing for a $5,000 top prize. Last year, Delaware, Ohio native Jim Pancake won the Hemi Challenge when he defeated Joey Wilkes of Zanesville, Ohio, in the final round. The Hemi Challenge will be part of Super Stock class eliminations. Stock and Comp will also feature class eliminations on Saturday.

JEGS Mail Order will also present the inaugural JEGS Top Dragster Shootout, which is schedule to take place on Saturday at 2 p.m. The special eight-car "race within a race" is open to the top four drivers in the Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster Series and the top four drivers based on qualifying at series events to date. The winner of the JEGS Top Dragster Shootout will receive $3,000 as well as a special jacket and trophy. As the current points leader, Team JEGS driver John Coughlin will be the No. 1 seed in the Top Dragster Shootout.

The action at the third annual JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 with qualifying and time trial runs. Qualifying will continue from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 and final eliminations will begin on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 8 a.m.

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