Pro Stock Challenge sponsor named

K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE POSTS BIG BONUS BUCKS FOR QUICKEST NHRA PRO STOCK COMPETITORS NORWALK, Ohio (June 30, 2007) -- NHRA officials announced today a multi-year agreement with K&N Engineering, Inc., to sponsor the K&N Horsepower...


NORWALK, Ohio (June 30, 2007) -- NHRA officials announced today a multi-year agreement with K&N Engineering, Inc., to sponsor the K&N Horsepower Challenge, a lucrative bonus event for Pro Stock competitors.

The K&N Horsepower Challenge is a special race-within-a-race bonus program for the top Pro Stock drivers in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The $76,000 K&N Horsepower Challenge will move venues in 2008 and will be conducted at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. The race features a special elimination pairing with the eight quickest Pro Stock drivers who have accumulated the most points in qualifying during the 23-race Challenge series.

Drivers will begin earning 2008 K&N Horsepower Challenge points beginning at this weekend's event in Norwalk and will continue to accumulate points through the race prior to next year's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

The winner of the K&N Horsepower Challenge will earn $50,000, and the runner-up will earn $10,000. The two semifinalists will earn $3,000 each, while the four first-round finishers will receive $2,500 each.

"K&N has developed racing filters for every form of racing in the world," said Steve Williams, vice president, K&N Engineering. "We have been working very hard to create new technology for the NHRA Pro Stock category. Now that we have both a new intake scoop and filter combination available for the world's fastest hot rods, we decided to put up the money to see who is really the fastest. We are very excited to have this event take place at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, as it is an awesome facility and should produce world record performances. The entire K&N family is excited and proud to be working with NHRA, Bill Bader and the entire Pro Stock community to make the '08 K&N Horsepower Challenge something very special."

The K&N Horsepower Challenge features an overall purse of $145,000. In addition to the $76,000 K&N Horsepower Challenge, K&N also will award $69,000 in qualifying bonuses to quick Pro Stock qualifiers throughout the K&N Horsepower Challenge series. Low qualifiers earn $3,000 at each of the 23 events in the Challenge series.

"This is absolutely one of the key attractions for our Pro Stock community, an event that the drivers and fans look forward to with great anticipation," said Gary Darcy, NHRA senior vice president of sales and marketing. "With K&N's support of this competitive bonus program, we're guaranteed many more thrilling side-by-side races in the future. The K&N Horsepower Challenge definitely adds drama and intrigue to the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals and provides an opportunity for the eight top drivers to showcase their talents in the competitive world of Pro Stock racing."

In Chicago, Kurt Johnson claimed his fourth title in the prestigious race-within-a-race. Past winners of the K&N Horsepower Challenge include Greg Anderson, Dave Connolly, Jeg Coughlin, Warren Johnson, Darrell Alderman, Larry Morgan, Jim Yates, Bruce Allen and Bob Glidden.

K&N Engineering has been a major NHRA contingency sponsor for many years and has been the title sponsor for several NHRA national events in the past.

K&N Engineering, Inc., with headquarters in Riverside, California, has been the world's leader in performance air and oil filter technology since 1969, serving the needs of the automotive, motorcycle, marine, industrial and military markets. K&N is heavily involved in nearly every form of motorsports from off-road and powersports to drag racing, stock cars and road racing. For more information about K&N Filters, please contact K&N Engineering, Inc., P.O. Box 1329, Riverside, CA 92502-1329, (800) 213-4182 for a dealer near you, (800) 858-3333 for technical service/questions, (951) 826-4001 Fax, e-mail, or visit

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 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 Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series, NHRA Summit 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.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Greg Anderson , Larry Morgan , Bob Glidden , Bruce Allen , Steve Williams , Dave Connolly
Teams Williams