Norwalk: Horsepower Challenge preview

TOP EIGHT PRO STOCK DRIVERS RACE FOR BONUS CASH IN K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE NORWALK, Ohio -- Greg Anderson will lead the K&N Horsepower Challenge field as the No. 1 seed for the fifth year in a row as the lucrative race-within-a-race bonus event...

TOP EIGHT PRO STOCK DRIVERS RACE FOR BONUS CASH IN K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE

NORWALK, Ohio -- Greg Anderson will lead the K&N Horsepower Challenge field as the No. 1 seed for the fifth year in a row as the lucrative race-within-a-race bonus event takes center stage June 28 during the second annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

A purse of $76,000 is available for the eight drivers competing in the 24th annual K&N Horsepower Challenge. The winner of the K&N Horsepower Challenge will earn $50,000. The runner-up will earn $10,000, the two semifinalists $3,000 each, and the four first-round finishers $2,500 apiece.

Anderson, from Charlotte, N.C., qualified No. 1 at six of the 24 NHRA POWERade Series events where drivers could earn K&N Horsepower Challenge points. It is Anderson's sixth career appearance in the special event.

The $148,000 K&N Horsepower Challenge showcases the eight best Pro Stock qualifiers during a 24-race span between the 2007 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, and 2008 Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. Besides the $76,000 available in the K&N Horsepower Challenge, bonuses of $72,000 were paid to quick Pro Stock qualifiers throughout the 24-race K&N Horsepower Challenge series.

Drivers accumulated points during qualifying at those events, and a $3,000 bonus was awarded to the No. 1 qualifier at each race.

This year's K&N Horsepower Challenge field features five of the bonus event's 10 past winners. Top seed Anderson, who won the event in 2004 and '06, will face three-time Challenge qualifier Ron Krisher in the opening round. No. 2 qualifier Allen Johnson will make his fifth appearance in the race against three-time winner Warren Johnson. Defending winner Kurt Johnson, who also won the race three other times, will face '05 winner Dave Connolly. Jason Line, a two-time runner-up in the bonus event, will face two-time winner Jeg Coughlin.

Other past winners of the K&N Horsepower Challenge include Larry Morgan, Bruce Allen, Bob Glidden, Darrell Alderman and Jim Yates.

K&N Horsepower Challenge rounds are scheduled for noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on June 28.

2008 K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE FINAL STANDINGS:
1. Greg Anderson, Charlotte, N.C., Summit Racing Pontiac GXP 3,600
2. Allen Johnson, Greeneville, Tenn., J&J Racing/Team Mopar Dodge Stratus 3,415
3. Kurt Johnson, Lawrenceville, Ga., ACDelco Chevy Cobalt 3,330
4. Jason Line, Terrell, N.C., Summit Racing Pontiac GXP 3,245
5. Jeg Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, Jegs.com Chevy Cobalt 3,105
6. Dave Connolly, Elyria, Ohio, Charter Communications Chevy Cobalt 2,925
7. Warren Johnson, Buford, Ga., GM Performance Parts Pontiac GXP 2,770
8. Ron Krisher, Warren, Ohio, Valvoline Chevy Cobalt 2,620

2008 K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE ROUND PAIRINGS:

FIRST ROUND (Noon):
Anderson vs. Krisher
Line vs. Coughlin
A. Johnson vs. W. Johnson
K. Johnson vs. Connolly.

SEMIFINALS (2 p.m.):
Anderson-Krisher winner vs. Line-Coughlin winner
A. Johnson-W. Johnson winner vs. K. Johnson-Connolly winner.

FINAL (4 p.m.)

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Darrell Alderman , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Greg Anderson , Ron Krisher , Larry Morgan , Bob Glidden , Bruce Allen , Allen Johnson , Jason Line , Dave Connolly