2007 schedule announced

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES TO FEATURE 44 EVENTS, TWO NEW VENUES IN 2007 GLENDORA, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2006) -- NHRA officials released the 2007 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule today during a press conference at Auto Club Raceway...


GLENDORA, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2006) -- NHRA officials released the 2007 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule today during a press conference at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

The 44-event series features at least five races in each of NHRA's seven divisions where 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.com NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals in Belle Rose, La.; the Jeg's NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals in Columbus, Ohio; and the NHRA Pacific SPORTSnationals in Fontana, Calif.

The 2007 season marks the sixth year of Lucas Oil's support of NHRA sportsman racers in a partnership that extends through 2009. The growing series will reach two new markets in 2007. The North Central division has added Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, to the calendar and the West Central division is slated to run at Cordova (Ill.) Dragway Park.

"With 44 races, the NHRA Lucas Oil Series divisional program remains one of the most competitive championship series in motorsports," said Graham Light, senior vice president of racing operations, NHRA. "Each NHRA Division presents a great challenge to determine the 2007 NHRA Lucas Oil Series champions. We look forward to an 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 Comp, Top Dragster and Sportsman Motorcycle.

"We are very proud to be involved with the dedicated racers of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series," said Forest Lucas, owner and CEO of Lucas Oil Products. "And we're eager 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 Jeg's 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.

Based in Corona, Calif., Lucas Oil Products is one of the fastest-growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top-selling additive line in the American truck-stop industry.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the 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. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members and 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Drags presented by AAA. The NHRA also offers the O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17. <pre> 2007 NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE

NORTHEAST DIVISION May 4-6 Virginia MotorsportsPark Petersburg, Va. May 25-27 Maple Grove Raceway Reading, Pa. June 15-17 Atco Raceway Atco, N.J. July 6-8 Lebanon Valley Dragway West Lebanon, N.Y. Sept. 7-9 Old Bridge Township Raceway Park Englishtown, N.J.

SOUTHEAST DIVISION Feb. 16-18 Bradenton Motorsports Park Bradenton, Fla. Feb. 23-25 Gainesville Raceway Gainesville, Fla. March 9-11 Orlando Speed World Dragway * Orlando, Fla. April 13-15 South Georgia Motorsports Park Cecil, Ga. Sept. 28-30 Atlanta Dragway Commerce, Ga. Oct. 19-21 Silver Dollar Raceway Reynolds, Ga.

NORTH CENTRAL DIVISION April 13-15 O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis Indianapolis May 18-20 Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park Norwalk, Ohio June 15-17 Route 66 Raceway Joliet, Ill. June 23-24 Mid-Michigan Motorplex * Stanton, Mich. July 13-15 Gateway International Raceway Madison, Ill. July 27-29 National Trail Raceway Columbus, Ohio Aug. 24-26 Beech Bend Raceway Park Bowling Green, Ky.

SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION Feb. 16-18 Houston Raceway Park Baytown, Texas March 2-4 No Problem Raceway Belle Rose, La. March 23-25 Memphis Motorsports Park Memphis, Tenn. April 13-15 Texas Motorplex Ennis, Texas May 18-20 Cherokee County Motorsports Park Rusk, Texas Sept. 7-9 Red River Raceway Gilliam, La. Oct. 12-14 Thunder Valley Raceway Park Noble, Okla.

WEST CENTRAL DIVISION April 27-29 SRCA Dragstrip Great Bend,Kan. May 25-27 Brainerd International Raceway Brainerd, Minn. June 15-17 Bandimere Speedway Morrison, Colo. Aug. 3-4 Cordova Raceway Park Cordova, Ill. Aug. 24- 25 Heartland Park Topeka Topeka, Kan. Sept. 7-9 Tri-State Raceway Earlville, Iowa

NORTHWEST DIVISION May 11-13 Firebird Raceway * Boise, Idaho May 25-27 Mission Raceway Mission, B.C. June 15-17 Pacific Raceways Kent, Wash. June 29-30 Champion Raceway Eagle Point, Ore. July 6-8 Woodburn Dragstrip Woodburn, Ore. Aug. 17-19 Yellowstone Dragstrip Acton, Mont.

PACIFIC DIVISION March 2-4 Firebird International Raceway Chandler, Ariz. March 9-11 Southwestern International Raceway Tucson, Ariz. April 20-22 The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas May 4-6 Auto Club Dragway at California Speedway Fontana, Calif. June 1-3 Top Gun Raceway Fallon, Nev. Aug. 3-5 Infineon Raceway Sonoma, Calif. Sept. 8-9 Auto Club Famoso Raceway Bakersfield, Calif.

NHRA LUCAS OIL SERIES SPECIAL EVENTS April 20-22 Jegs.com NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals * Belle Rose, La. June 9 Jeg's Allstars Joliet, Ill. Sept. 28-30 Jeg's NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals * Columbus, Ohio Oct. 5-7 NHRA Pacific SPORTSnationals * Fontana, Calif.

* Top Alcohol classes not contested

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