2003 "Extreme Rush" event announced

NHRA Sport Compact "Extreme Rush" event to be waged at two NHRA POWERade drag racing series national events in 2003. The Chicago race in the Spring and Dallas race in the Fall to play host to top competitors in the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag...

NHRA Sport Compact "Extreme Rush" event to be waged at two NHRA POWERade drag racing series national events in 2003.

The Chicago race in the Spring and Dallas race in the Fall to play host to top competitors in the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series

GLENDORA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2002) -- The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) announced today the competitors in the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series, in both the Pro FWD and Pro RWD categories, will battle in the "NHRA Sport Compact Extreme Rush" in front of tens of thousands of fans at two NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national events in 2003. 

The two specialty races will be contested at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago, May 29 - June 1, and the O'Reilly Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex, Oct. 9-12.

"No other sport compact series can deliver this kind of opportunity, this large of a forum, or this level of unparalleled exposure to its racers and race team sponsors," said Gary Darcy, vice president of marketing, NHRA.

The two races will provide unprecedented exposure for the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing competitors in the Pro FWD and Pro RWD categories.  Racers will earn the right to compete based on points and participation in the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series.  Qualifying passes will be made on Friday and Saturday, with the "Extreme Rush" eliminations to be run on Sunday of race day.   This marks the first time ever that NHRA will have a competitive event for the sport compact racer alongside those that compete in the pinnacle series in the sport of drag racing, the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.   NHRA will release details regarding rules and payout structure in the near future.

The event also will be featured on NHRA 2Day, NHRA's weekly magazine show, aired live from the track on Sunday morning on ESPN2 as a lead-in to the popular RPM 2Day show.

The 10-race, $1.4 million NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series will once again feature exciting competition at many of the nation's premier drag racing facilities with each race being showcased on ESPN2. A year-end championship bonus fund of $144,000 as well as purses at each event totaling $260,500 are guaranteed. The series also offers the sport's most lucrative contingency program.

The tour kicks-off with the Desert NHRA Sport Compact Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 15-16).  The series continues with the Florida NHRA Sport Compact Nationals at Moroso Motorsports Park (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., April 5-6); the Nitto Extreme Performance NHRA Sport Compact Nationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park (Englishtown, N.J., May 3-4); the Southeast NHRA Sport Compact Nationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway (May 17-18); the Northeast NHRA Sport Compact Nationals (Atco, N.J., June 7-8); the Texas NHRA Sport Compact Nationals (Dallas, Aug. 8-9); Northwest NHRA Sport Compact Nationals (Woodburn, Ore., Aug. 23-24); Tuned by Matrix GR Motorsports NHRA Sport Compact Nationals (Sonoma, Calif., Sept. 6-7); K&N Filters NHRA Sport Compact Nationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park (Englishtown, N.J., Oct. 4-5); and the Mazda NHRA Sport Compact World Finals presented by Toyo Tire (Pomona, Calif., Oct. 25-26).

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA's involvement in the sport compact scene culminates with the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series, featuring 10 events throughout the country with exclusive television coverage on ESPN2.

The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 130 member tracks.  The NHRA-sanctioned pro, sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The premier NHRA touring series is the 23-event NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, which crowns champions in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Bike. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17. 

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