Series moves 2007 race from Columbus to Norwalk

NHRA POWERade DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT TO MOVE TO NORWALK RACEWAY PARK IN NORTHERN OHIO National Trail Raceway to continue very active racing schedule to meet the needs of the racing community in central and southern Ohio GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug.

NHRA POWERade DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT TO MOVE TO NORWALK RACEWAY PARK IN NORTHERN OHIO

National Trail Raceway to continue very active racing schedule to meet the needs of the racing community in central and southern Ohio

GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 29, 2006) - In an effort to optimize its current 23-race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season, NHRA announced that it will relocate the Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals from National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio, to Norwalk Raceway Park, just outside Toledo and Cleveland beginning in 2007.

"National Trail Raceway will continue to be a very active drag racing facility and one that will host a full schedule of racing throughout the season," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. "But in an effort to optimize our schedule, we feel the move to Northern Ohio will expand the reach of our schedule to new metropolitan areas such as Cleveland, Toledo and Detroit."

Although the series won't return to the quarter-mile facility east of Columbus, that won't mean the stars of the NHRA POWERade Series won't make a visit to the track in 2007. Next year National Trail Raceway will stage a summer extravaganza featuring some of the stars of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The date of the event will be announced along with the track's 2007 racing season schedule at a later date.

National Trail Raceway broke ground in the fall of 1963 and the 320-acre facility has hosted drag racing events ever since. In 1996, NHRA purchased the track and over the last 10 years has made significant improvements to the historic facility. The track serves a very strong sportsman racing community in the Columbus and southern Ohio area and will continue to operate with a full slate of scheduled events to accommodate the needs of the sportsman community in the region.

National Trail Raceway will continue to play host to an NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Divisional event as well as the popular JEG'S NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals designed to showcase NHRA's sportsman categories exclusively. In addition, the facility will run the NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA Street Legal Drags presented by AAA, and many weekly programs including the JEG'S E.T. Super Quick Series.

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 racers and members nationwide 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 Xplod Sport Compact 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 youths ages 8 to 17.

-credit: nhra

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