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Sat, 10 Nov 2012, 18:37 PM

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Returns for 12th Season in 2013
Courtesy of NHRA Communications





GLENDORA, Calif. --

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will return for its 12th season with 45 events taking place across the United States during the 2013 racing season. Three double events, two events taking place during the course of the weekend and the return to Rocky Mountain Raceways in Salt Lake City, will highlight the rich and diverse schedule. The 2013 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season will kick-off at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in February and will conclude at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in November.

During the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series there will be 24 regional events featuring the 250-mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes. There will be a minimum of six events in each of the seven NHRA divisions.

Regional, divisional and national championship points and a purse of more than $500,000 in seven categories will be up for grabs during the course of the racing season. The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series also includes three sportsman-focused national events: the JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals; the JEGS NHRA Pacific SPORTSnationals; and the JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals.

Adding to the excitement of 10 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events across the country will be the addition of the newly created NHRA Screamin' Eagle Championship Motorcycle Series. Top Fuel, Pro Gas, Draggin' Bagger, V-Rod, and Hot Street will all compete during the course of the weekend with a total purse of $152,800 among the five classes.

"The core of NHRA drag racing is the grassroots racers that compete in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series," said Forrest Lucas, owner and CEO of Lucas Oil Products. "It's important for the long-term health of drag racing to support these talented drivers and teams, which is one of the main reasons we continue to back this series. Many of these racers also benefit from our products, which further strengthens the bond between Lucas Oil and the competitors out there giving it their all every weekend."

Bonus programs available to competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series include the $100,000 JEGS Allstars, and the NHRA Perfectly Strange Performance Award, in which a total of $45,000 is up for grabs throughout. Individual divisions may also have additional bonus programs available to racers.

Some prominent graduates of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series who have gone on to successful careers in the NHRA Full Throttle Series include Brandon Bernstein, Morgan Lucas, Shawn Langdon, Courtney Force, Alexis DeJoria, and Jeg Coughlin.

2013 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Schedule

Northeast Division
April 12-13   Virginia Motorsports Park        Petersburg, Va.
May 24-26     Maple Grove Raceway              Reading, Pa.
June 14-16    Lebanon Valley Dragway           West Lebanon, N.Y.
July 19-21    New England Dragway              Epping, N.H.
Aug. 2-4      Atco Raceway                     Atco, N.J.
Aug. 16-18    Cecil County Dragway             Rising Sun, Md.
Sept. 6-8     Old Bridge Twp. Raceway Park     Englishtown, N.J.

Southeast Division 
Feb. 15-17    Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville   Gainesville, Fla.
March 8-10    South Georgia Motorsports Park     Cecil, Ga.
May 23-24     Atlanta Dragway                    Commerce, Ga.
May 25-26     Atlanta Dragway                    Commerce, Ga.
Sept. 20-21   Bristol Dragway                    Bristol, Tenn.
Oct. 11-13    Silver Dollar Raceway              Reynolds, Ga.

North Central Division  
April 26-28   Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis   Brownsburg, Ind.
May 17-19     Summit Motorsports Park             Norwalk, Ohio
June 7-9      Route 66 Raceway                    Joliet, Ill.
July 19-21    National Trail Raceway              Columbus, Ohio
July 27-28    Mid-Michigan Motorplex              Stanton, Mich.
Aug. 23-25    Beech Bend Raceway Park             Bowling Green, Ky.

South Central Division
March 1-3     Royal Purple Raceway               Baytown, Texas
April 19-21   Texas Motorplex                    Ennis, Texas
June 8-9      No Problem Raceway                 Belle Rose, La.
June 21-23    Tulsa Raceway Park                 Tulsa, Okla.
Sept. 13-15   Royal Purple Raceway               Baytown, Texas
Oct. 4-6      Thunder Valley Raceway Park        Noble, Okla.

West Central Division
May 4-5      SRCA Dragstrip                    Great Bend, Kan.
June 1-2     Brainerd International Raceway    Brainerd, Minn.
June 14-16   Bandimere Speedway                Denver
June 21-22   Cordova Dragway Park              Cordova, Ill.
Aug. 23-24   Heartland Park Topeka             Topeka, Kan.
Sept. 6-8    Tri-State Raceway                 Earlville, Iowa

Northwest Division
April 26-28  Firebird Raceway           Boise, Idaho
May 24-25    Spokane County Raceway     Spokane, Wash.
June 14-16   Mission Raceway            Mission, B.C.
July 12-14   Woodburn Dragstrip         Woodburn, Ore.
Aug. 15-16   Pacific Raceways           Kent, Wash.
Aug. 17-18   Pacific Raceways           Kent, Wash.

Pacific Division
Feb. 28-Mar. 1   Firebird International Raceway           Chandler, Ariz.
March 2-3        Firebird International Raceway           Chandler, Ariz.
March 29-31      The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway    Las Vegas
June 8-9         Top Gun Raceway                          Fallon, Nev.
July 19-21       Sonoma Raceway                           Sonoma, Calif.
Sept. 27-29      Rocky Mountain Raceways                  Salt Lake City
Oct. 31-Nov. 3   The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway    Las Vegas


2013 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Regional Schedule

East Region
Feb. 15-17    Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville   Gainesville, Fla.
April 12-13   Virginia Motorsports Park          Petersburg, Va.
May 24-26     Maple Grove Raceway                Reading, Pa.
June 14-16    Lebanon Valley Dragway             West Lebanon, N.Y.
July 19-21    New England Dragway                Epping, N.H.
Aug. 16-18    Cecil County Dragway               Rising Sun, Md.


North Central Region 
April 26-28   Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis  Brownsburg, Ind.
May 17-19     Summit Motorsports Park            Norwalk, Ohio
June 7-9      Route 66 Raceway                   Joliet, Ill.
June 21-22    Cordova Dragway Park               Cordova, Ill.
July 19-21    National Trail Raceway             Columbus, Ohio
Aug. 23-25    Beech Bend Raceway Park            Bowling Green, Ky.

Central Region  
March 1-3     Royal Purple Raceway             Baytown, Texas
June 21-23    Tulsa Raceway Park               Tulsa, Okla.
June 14-16    Bandimere Speedway               Denver
Aug. 23-24    Heartland Park Topeka            Topeka, Kan.
Sept. 6-8     Tri-State Raceway                Earlville, Iowa
Oct. 4-6      Thunder Valley Raceway Park      Noble, Okla.

West Region  
March 2-3        Firebird International Raceway          Chandler, Ariz.
March 29-31      The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway   Las Vegas
June 14-16       Mission Raceway                         Mission, B.C.
July 12-14       Woodburn Dragstrip                      Woodburn, Ore.
Aug. 17-18       Pacific Raceways                        Kent, Wash.
Oct. 31-Nov. 3   The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway   Las Vegas





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