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Fri, 26 Jul 2013, 13:38 PM

Michigan NHRA Lucas Oil Sportsman Challenge Returns to Mid-Michigan Motorplex
Courtesy of NHRA Field Marketing





STANTON, Mich. --

Mid-Michigan Motorplex will host the Michigan NHRA Lucas Oil Sportsman Challenge on July 27-28, 2013. The event is the fifth of six events in the North Central Division and one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division's Brodix Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman Series and Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster Series will also be run in conjunction with the event.

Gates at Mid-Michigan Motorplex open at 8 a.m. both days. Qualifying and time trials will run Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Comp Eliminator will qualify Saturday at noon, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Eliminations start Sunday at 9 a.m. with Comp Eliminator running at noon.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Mid-Michigan Motorplex are $25 Saturday and $25 Sunday. Children 6 to 12 years old are $5 each day and children 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

Mid-Michigan Motorplex is located 50 miles northeast of Grand Rapids at 2589 N. Wyman Road. For more information call the track, (989) 762-5043, or visit the web site at www.MidMichMotorplex.com.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES FACT SHEET

WHAT: Michigan NHRA Lucas Oil Sportsman Challenge, the fifth of six events in North Central Division competition where drivers earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division's Brodix/Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman Series and Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster Series will also run in conjunction with the event.

WHERE: Mid-Michigan Motorplex, Stanton, Mich. Track is located 50 miles Northeast of Grand Rapids at 2589 N. Wyman Rd., off M-66.

WHEN: Saturday through Sunday, July 27-28, 2013

SCHEDULE:
SATURDAY, July 27 - Gates open at 8 a.m. Qualifying and time trials begin at 10 a.m. Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Comp Eliminator qualify at noon, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, July 28 - Eliminations begin at 9 a.m. Round 1 for Comp Eliminator, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster begin at noon.

TICKETS:
GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS - $25 Saturday, $25 Sunday. Children 6 to 12 years old are $5 each day and children 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information please call Mid-Michigan Motorplex, (989) 762-5043, or visit www.MidMichMotorplex.com.

2012 EVENT WINNERS: Bruno Massel, Comp Eliminator; Nick Folk, Super Stock; Slate Cummings, Stock Eliminator; Steve Hoyt, Super Comp; Dave Klomps, Super Gas; Zack Running, Super Street; Mike Sowards, Top Sportsman; Rick Forish, Top Dragster

BONUS PROGRAMS:
NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS FUND: a $519,000 point fund from Lucas Oil, which will be shared by 2013 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional, regional and national champions. Regional awards include $10,000 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions with Divisional awards of $3,000 to the champions in both Competition and Super Stock; $2,000 each to the champions in Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The seven national champions will share a bonus of $135,000.

JEGS ALLSTARS: The best of the best from each of NHRA's seven divisions will compete for a share of the $119,000 point fund from Jegs High Performance. The 2014 Jegs Allstars event will culminate a year-long points battle between drivers in each of NHRA's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series' eight classes as well as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster. The top points earner in each category will qualify to represent his/her division at the 2014 Jegs Allstars. Points are based on in-division races only.

The winning division and regional team will share $20,000 and individual awards include $7,000 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions, $6,000 to champions in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock, $5,000 to Top Sportsman and Top Dragster champions, and $4,500 to the Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street champions. Runners-up in all categories will earn $2,000 apiece. Each Allstars competitor will also receive a share of a $25,000 towing fund to get to the event.

Event sponsor, Jegs High Performance, is offering a "double up" bonus to Jegs Allstars participants. Any 2014 Jegs Allstars champion who also wins the national event will have his/her Allstars prize doubled.

DRAW/RFC Super Eliminator Shootouts presented by Moser Engineering: The top 8 qualifiers in Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street compete in special Shootouts presented by Moser Engineering that benefit DRAW (Drag Racing Association of Women) and RFC (Racers For Christ). Qualifying and eliminations take place on Friday.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR BONUS: A $5,250 per event non-contingent round money bonus is awarded to Competition qualifiers by the following companies: Book Racing Enterprises; Browell Bellhousing; Bruno's Automotive Products; Bullet Racing Cams; Jim Butner Auto Sales; Coan Engineering; CTECH Aluminum Trailer Cabinets; Indy Gear; Jax Wax Car Care Products; Kamplain Machine; Liberty's Gears; Miller Electric Mfg. Co.; Ray Skillman.com; Speedco; T&E Auto Haulers; Total Seal Piston Rings. Plus a year-end Miller/JEGS Competition Eliminator Shootout presented by Steve Schmidt Competition Engines to be held Saturday, August 24 at NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.

SPITZER RACE CARS TOP DRAGSTER CLASS: Run in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster class are vying for division championships and a share in the $3,200 event purse as well as points leading to a divisional championship. Top Dragster racers may earn points at the six North Central Division Lucas Oil events as well as the NHRA Jegs Northern SPORTSnationals. Points may also be earned at other NHRA division Top Sportsman series events.

BRODIX/STEVE SCHMIDT TOP SPORTSMAN CLASS: Run in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Brodix/Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman Class are vying for division championships and a share in the $4,400 event purse plus contingency awards as well as points leading to a divisional championship and a year-end purse of $4,500. Top Sportsman racers may earn points at the six North Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events as well as the NHRA Jegs Northern SPORTSnationals and the NHRA Doorslammer National Open. Points may also be earned at other NHRA out-of-division Top Sportsman series events.

MOSER SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT: Drivers who compete in seven NHRA sportsman classes will be eligible to participate in a new sportsman shootout program sponsored by Moser Engineering. Moser Engineering Sportsman Shootout qualifying points will be earned by competitors in Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman at each North Central Division NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. The Moser Sportsman Shootout will be held at the 2013 JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals with a posted purse of $15,000, with the winner taking home up to $5,000.





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