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Thu, 28 Feb 2013, 12:17 PM

Double Header Starts the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Pacific Division at Firebird
Courtesy of NHRA Field Marketing





CHANDLER, Ariz. -- International Raceway

Firebird International Raceway will host a double header event on February 28 through March 3 kicking off the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Pacific division. The NHRA Division 7 Double Header is one of 44 events 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.

Three Arizona racers will be looking to repeat their performance from this past weekend where they took home trophies for the NHRA Arizona National. Phoenix racer Kevin Kleineweber took the Super Street title, while Harry Doolittle, Wickenburg, Ariz., and Chuck Hawk, Tucson, Ariz., won in Super Stock and Top Dragster respectively.

Gates at Firebird International Raceway open at 7 a.m. each day. Race #1 qualifying and time trials start at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman will have two qualifying sessions beginning at noon and 4 p.m. Eliminations begin at 8 a.m. on Friday. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying session for race #2 is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Saturday's qualifying and time trials for race #2 starts 8 a.m. with Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator, and Top Sportsman qualify at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol qualify at noon and 4 p.m. Eliminations start Sunday morning at 8 a.m. First round of eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car are at noon.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Firebird International Raceway are $30 each day and children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

For more information call the track, (602) 268-0220, or visit www.firebirdreaceway.com.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES FACT SHEET

WHAT: NHRA Division 7 Double Header event is the first and second of seven in the Pacific Division 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 $519,000. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division's Hughes Performance Top Dragster Series, Pacific Division Top Sportsman Series, and Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event.

WHERE: Firebird Int'l Raceway, Chandler, Ariz. Track is located at 20000 S. Maricopa Road. Take I-10 to Maricopa Road exit.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 28 - March 3, 2013

SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (Race #1) - Gates open at 7 a.m. Qualifying and time trials begin at 8 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator, and Top Sportsman qualifying at noon & 4 p.m.

FRIDAY, March 1 (Race #1) - Gates open at 7 a.m. Eliminations begin at 8 a.m. (Race #2) Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying is at 3 p.m.

SATURDAY, March 2 (Race #2) - Gates open at 7 a.m. Qualifying and time trials begin at 8 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator, and Top Sportsman qualifying at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying at noon & 4 p.m.

SUNDAY, March 3 (Race #2) - Gates open at 7 a.m. Eliminations begin at 8 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car run first round of eliminations at noon.

TICKETS:
GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS -- $30 Thursday, $30 Friday, $30 Saturday, $30 Sunday. Children 12 and under FREE with paid adult. For more information please call Firebird Int'l Raceway, (602) 268-0200 or visit www.firebirdraceway.com

2012 EVENT WINNERS:
RACE #1- Justin Lamb, Comp Eliminator; Ken Etter, Super Stock: Leo Glasbrenner, Stock Eliminator; Ken Mostowich, Super Comp; Lynsi Torres, Super Gas; Gary Reust, Super Street; Brad Wagner, Top Sportsman; Jon Bradford, Top Dragster; Jay Thompson, Sportsman Motorcycle.

RACE #2- Megan McKernan, Top Alcohol Dragster; John Lombardo, Jr, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Matt Hartford, Comp Eliminator; Staci Smith, Super Stock: Scott Buron, Stock Eliminator; Thomas Bayer, Super Comp; Jimmy Lewis, Super Gas; Joseph Greco, Super Street; Jeff Gillette, Top Sportsman; George Slatten, Top Dragster; Tom Medlin, Sportsman Motorcycle.

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 2012 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 point earner in each category will qualify to represent his/her division at the 2012 JEGS Allstars. Points are based on in-division races only.

The winning division's 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, and $4,500 to the Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street champions. Winners in Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will each earn $5,000. 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 2012 JEGS Allstars champion who also wins the national event will have his/her Allstars prize doubled.

NHRA SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE SERIES presented by HARLEY DAVIDSON: The NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in NHRA's Sportsman Motorcycle class to earn points toward divisional championships. The $14,000 champions' purse posted by Harley Davidson will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers in NHRA divisions that host Sportsman Motorcycles.

PACIFIC DIVISION TOP SPORTSMAN SERIES: The Pacific Division Top Sportsman Series, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in the Pacific division's Top Sportsman class to earn points toward divisional championships. The $3,500 champions' purse will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers.

HUGHES PERFORMANCE TOP DRAGSTER SERIES: The Hughes Performance Top Dragster Series, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in the Pacific division's Top Dragster class to earn points toward divisional championships. The $3,500 champions' purse posted by Hughes Performance will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers.





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