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Fri, 12 Oct 2001, 03:34 PM

Titles on the Line at Final Southwest Division Federal-Mogul Event
Courtesy of NHRA Field Marketing

BRISTOL, Tenn. Bristol Dragway will host the final event of the NHRA’s Southeast Division Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series. The two-day event, starting on Oct. 12, will be the final opportunity for racers to gain points toward national and divisional championships in the region.

Claremont, Calif., resident Jay Payne will be looking to clinch his second consecutive division title and third straight division win at Bristol. Overall, he has won two national events and two divisional events this year. Before competing in Funny Car, Payne campaigned a Federal-Mogul Dragster where he has one national championship and four divisional titles to his name.

In Payne’s path is Oak Ridge, Tenn., resident Von Smith. The former IHRA standout is second in points to Payne, and has defeated him in three out of four races in Southeast Division competition. Smith started off the year in impressive fashion by winning the first three events in the division. He won at Gainesville Raceway and Orlando Speed World Dragway, both in Florida, and at Montgomery Motorsports Park in Alabama. Only a final-round loss to Payne at Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds, Ga., prevented Smith from taking four straight division wins.

In the Competition Eliminator category, Mike Saye, of Johnston, S.C., will be looking to win his fourth Southeast Division event in a row, and fifth event overall this season.

The Southeast Division’s events are a part of the nation-wide 43-race NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing.


WHAT: NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series, where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships. Categories include: Federal-Mogul Dragster, Federal-Mogul Funny Car, Competition, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The event is the last of six in Southeast Division competition.

WHERE: Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn. Track is located in Bristol at 151 Speedway Rd., off Hwy. 394. From the south, take Interstate 81 to I-181. Go to exit 11E and take Hwy. 394 east to Bristol Dragway entrance.

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, October 12-13, 2001.

SCHEDULE: Time trials and qualifying schedule for the Federal-Mogul Drag Racing.

FRIDAY, Oct. 12 -- Gates open at 9 a.m. Qualifying and time trials begin at 11 a.m. Federal-Mogul Dragster and Federal Mogul Funny Car qualifying sessions are scheduled at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

SATURDAY, Oct. 13 -- Gates open at 8 a.m. Final qualifying and time trials are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Eliminations begin at 1 p.m. Eliminations for Federal-Mogul Dragster and Federal-Mogul Funny Car begin at 5:30 p.m.

PURSE: The NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series competitors will compete for cash and contingency awards of $147,935, part of the 43-race, $6.5 million series.

2000 EVENT WINNERS: Cliff Bozzelli, Federal-Mogul Dragster; Craig English, Federal-Mogul Funny Car; David Rampy, Competition; Dan Fletcher, Super Stock; Toby Lang, Stock; Ed Richardson, Super Comp; Steve Cohen, Super Gas; Linn Bebout, Super Street

BONUS PROGRAMS: FEDERAL-MOGUL POINTS FUND -- a $561,000 point fund from Federal-Mogul, which will be shared by 2001 Federal-Mogul divisional champions and Federal-Mogul national champions. Divisional awards include $8,500 each to the Federal-Mogul Dragster and Federal-Mogul Funny Car champions; $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 Federal-Mogul national champions will share a bonus of $135,000.

SEALED POWER LOW QUALIFIER BONUS -- a $167,500 overall bonus fund from Federal-Mogul ’s Sealed Power brand to the low qualifiers at each of the 44 Federal-Mogul events and the 24 NHRA national events: $1,000 each in Federal-Mogul Dragster and Federal-Mogul Funny Car; $200 each in Competition and Super Stock; and $100 in Stock.

FEATURES: More than 350 drivers in the eight racing categories. Eight-car fields in Federal-Mogul Dragster and Federal-Mogul Funny Car, featuring five-second, 250 mph side-by-side racing.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS –Adults: $10 Friday and $15 Saturday. Children 13 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information please call Bristol Dragway, (423) 764-1161.

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