2008 schedule announced

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES TO FEATURE 44 EVENTS IN SEVEN NHRA DIVISIONS IN 2008 GLENDORA, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2007) - NHRA officials released its 2008 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule today, which features 44 events, with a minimum...

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES TO FEATURE 44 EVENTS IN SEVEN NHRA DIVISIONS IN 2008

GLENDORA, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2007) - NHRA officials released its 2008 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule today, which features 44 events, with a minimum of six races conducted in each of NHRA's seven divisions.

NHRA Lucas Oil Series drivers in eight categories compete for valuable points leading to divisional and national championships and a share of the $561,000 purse. The series also includes three sportsman-focused national events: the Jegs NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals in Belle Rose, La.; the Jegs NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals in Columbus, Ohio; and the Jegs NHRA Pacific SPORTSnationals in Fontana, Calif.

The 2008 season marks the seventh year of Lucas Oil's support of NHRA sportsman racers in a partnership that extends through 2009.

"Each of the seven NHRA divisions presents a great challenge to determine the 2008 NHRA Lucas Oil Series champions," said Graham Light, NHRA senior vice president of racing operations, NHRA. "We look forward to another very competitive and exciting season."

Headlined by the powerful Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series allows racers to compete for a championship close to home. Other categories that compete in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series are Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. Some divisions also opt to run additional categories, including Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson.

"We are extremely proud to be involved with the dedicated racers who compete each weekend in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series," said Forest Lucas, owner and CEO of Lucas Oil Products. "We can't wait to start another successful and memorable racing season."

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

Some prominent graduates of the NHRA Lucas Oil Series who have gone on to successful careers in the NHRA POWERade Series include Gary Scelzi, Brandon Bernstein, Melanie Troxel, Jeg Coughlin, Morgan Lucas, Ashley Force, and Hillary Will.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. NHRA has 80,000 members and 140 member tracks. NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Drags presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17. For more information, please visit www.nhra.com.

-credit: nhra

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Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Gary Scelzi , Melanie Troxel , Brandon Bernstein , Morgan Lucas , Hillary Will