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Championship and big money on the line in Noble NOBLE, Okla. - The Division 4 Championship and big money from the Division 4 Comp Shootout Bonus Fund are on the line for Competition Eliminator racers during this weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil...

Championship and big money on the line in Noble

NOBLE, Okla. - The Division 4 Championship and big money from the Division 4 Comp Shootout Bonus Fund are on the line for Competition Eliminator racers during this weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series closer at Thunder Valley Raceway Park just outside of Oklahoma City, Okla. The event has the racing community buzzing as four racers still have shots at the Division 4 Championship along with the Roof-Tec Last Man Standing Bonus that will award $8,000 to one of the sixteen eligible drivers that goes the deepest into eliminations on Sunday. The Division 4 Comp Shootout will award an additional $6,000 to Comp Racers in addition to the posted NHRA payout.

Defending Division 4 Champ Craig Bourgeois enters the event with a 21 point lead over second place Scott Benham. Joey Tanksley trails by 32 points in third. Young Chase Williams trails by a seemingly insurmountable 86 points, but can add 104 points to his cause by closing the year out with two wins.

Racers in Comp Eliminator can claim points at their best five out of the first eight divisionals they attend. Bourgeois has contested at seven events thus far, and can add to his total by reaching the semifinals or better. If Bourgeois does not improve, Benham, who has been to five events, can overtake him with a semifinal or better showing himself. Tanksley can retake the points lead with a final round showing and no improvement from Bourgeois. Williams can take the points lead with a win and a runner-up at his next two events, barring no improvement by Bourgeois. Bourgeois could clinch with a win if Benham loses prior to the semifinals. One race remains on the Lucas Oil Divisional schedule in Reynolds, Ga., next weekend.

The Roof-Tec Last Man Standing Bonus started the season as the 'Luck of the Draw' Bonus. At each race, Roof-Tec put up a $1,000 bonus if a randomly selected qualifier went on to win the race. If the bonus was not collected at that race, the money rolled over to the next. Now that we are at the final event of the season, the bonus structure has changed to the 'Last Man Standing' format. To be eligible for the bonus, a racer must have attended four of the previous seven Division 4 events (Jeg's Cajun SportsNationals included). Those racers are: Chase Williams, Clark Smiley, Shane Heckel, Steve Kent, Ernest Watson, Scott Benham, Mike Trumble, Kevin Self, Joey Tanksley, Lamar Swindoll, Adam Hickey, Scott Cashio, Pete Carbery, Dennis Smiley, Charles Watson and Craig Bourgeois.

With all the bonus money on the line, it's possible a racer could win over $15,000 this weekend from the Roof-Tec Bonus, The Division 4 Comp Shootout and the NHRA payout.

The Division 4 Comp Shootout Bonus Fund awards $6,000 per event to Competition Eliminator racers on top of the event payout. The Shootout is supported by sponsors Roof-Tec, NAPA Auto Parts, Southern Sand Blasting, Kent Services, Johnson Truck & Trailer, Carbery Fabrication, Ballistic Race Craft, Elite Motorsports and Medders Construction.

Qualifying begins on Friday with two sessions, followed by two more sessions on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday.

-credit: nhra

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