Cajun SPORTSnationals pre-race notes

WHAT: Second annual JEG'S.com NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals, a national event exclusively for NHRA Sportsman competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Sportsman competitors in six categories will be featured in competition,...

WHAT: Second annual JEG'S.com NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals, a national event exclusively for NHRA Sportsman competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Sportsman competitors in six categories will be featured in competition, while five of those categories will earn points leading to 2005 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national championships. Featured NHRA Lucas Oil Series categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.

WHERE: No Problem Raceway Park, Belle Rose, La. Exit 1-10 at Sorrento (Exit 182). Follow exit to Hwy 70 (Sunshine Bridge -Donaldsonville). Cross Sunshine Bridge and remain in the left lane. Follow Hwy. 70 for 12 miles toward Morgan City. Three miles past the intersection of Hwy 70 & 1, turn right onto Hwy. 996. Track is one mile on the right.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, April 22-24.

PURSE: Guaranteed purse of more than $50,000.

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, April 22
Sportsman qualifying and time trials, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
TOP SPORTSMAN and COMP ELIMINATOR QUALIFYING at 1 and 5 p.m.
AMS PRO MOD QUALIFYING at 2 and 6 p.m.
PROFESSIONAL EXHIBITION RACING throughout the day

SATURDAY, April 23
Sportsman qualifying and time trials, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
COMP ELIMINATOR QUALIFYING at 2 and 4 p.m.
TOP SPORTSMAN ENGINE BUILDER'S CUP at 2, 4 and 6 p.m.
AMS PRO MOD QUALIFYING at 3 and 6 p.m.
PROFESSIONAL EXHIBITION RACING throughout the day

SUNDAY, April 24
Pre-race ceremonies, noon
FINAL SPORTSMAN ELIMINATIONS begin at 9 a.m.
TOP SPORTSMAN/COMP ELIMINATOR round 1 begins at 10 a.m.
AMS PRO MOD round 1 begins at 11 a.m.
PROFESSIONAL EXHIBITION RACING throughout the day

SPECIAL EVENTS: Stock and Super Stock class eliminations; Mopar Hemi Super Stock SS/AA Challenge; U/SA Shootout; Engine Builders Cup for Top Sportsman class; Best package award to Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street categories; "King of the Bayou" Shootout for Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street competitors; JEG's Gambler's race. Exhibition passes will be made by NHRA POWERade Series Top Fuel teams in addition to racing in the AMS Pro Mod category.

DEFENDING WINNERS: Vince Deceglie (Comp); Tim Cole (Super Stock); Jeff Hefler (Stock); Ross Laris (Super Gas); Craig Anderson (Super Comp); Jason Buckner (Super Street); Greg Lair (Top Sportsman).

ABOUT THE TRACK: No Problem Raceway Park is a 200-acre, multi-use motorsports park located 55 miles southwest of New Orleans in Assumption Parish on Hwy. 996. Nestled on a ridge in the backwoods of Southern Louisiana, the quarter-mile track sits 12 feet above sea level. In addition to the drag strip, the facility also features a 14-turn, 1.8 mile road course. The track was built in Oct. 2001 by four drag racers with a $5 million initial investment. Pat Joffrion is the track's general manager.

TICKETS: For tickets contact No Problem Raceway Park, (985) 369-3692.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) -- Friday: Adult, $20; Saturday: Adult, $20; Sunday: Adult, $20; Three-day pass: $55.

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