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Wed, 22 Feb 2012, 12:01 PM

Bill Reichert and Cassie Simonton Enter Spring Spectacle of Speed Lucas Oil Series Race at Lucas Oil Raceway
Courtesy of Scott Smith


The Spring Spectacle of Speed featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on April 27-29 and Top Alcohol Dragster legend Bill Reichert and up and coming Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Cassie Simonton, are among the first to register for prestigious race. The Spring Spectacle of Speed has become an incredible season kick-off event, featuring Top Alcohol Dragsters, Top Alcohol Funny Cars and the finest racers in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Reichert has won the event seven times in 11 final round appearances and is second only to Bob Glidden who has eight event victories in Stock, Super Stock and Pro Stock. Adding to his impressive resume is that he is a three time Mac Tools U. S. Nationals Top Alcohol Dragster winner, a two time Mac Tools U. S. Nationals runner-up, a five time consecutive Top Alcohol Dragster national champion (2006-10) and a nine time North Central Division champion.

Simonton will be in her third season at the wheel of a Top Alcohol Funny Car owned by Spiro Kontos with Randy Anderson serving as the crew chief.

"Randy has made some changes over the winter and we are all really excited to get out to the track and see what she can run," said Simonton. "This is my 3rd season in the Alcohol Funny Car, I am feeling very comfortable in the car and ready to get back out there and get a win for the team."

"We always look forward to the Spring Spectacle of Speed and are thrilled to welcome back a tremendous champion like Bill and a new talent such as Cassie," said Wes Collier, general manager of Lucas Oil Raceway. "The Spring Spectacle of Speed is a great way to get the 2012 season started and the three days of action is some of the best racing we see all year long."

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series features eight classes, encompasses 24 regional and 19 divisional events around the country, and showcases the skills and talents of tens of thousands of racers. The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is also conducted at all 23 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events with 16 showcasing the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car categories. These NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events are featured in 16 one-hour programs, produced in high definition and broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. The Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car categories are where many of today's NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series drivers got their start, including Alexis DeJoria, Courtney Force, Spencer Massey, Brandon Bernstein, and Morgan Lucas, among others.

Gates open at 7 a.m. each day and tickets are $15 on Friday and $20 for Saturday or Sunday with kids 12 and under free with paid adult. Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Cars will qualify on Friday (4 p.m.) and Saturday (1 & 5 p.m.) to set 8-car fields for Sunday's eliminations. Over 500 entries are expected for the 3-day event.

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