K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE RETURNS WITH BIG BONUS BUCKS FOR NHRA'S TOP PRO STOCK COMPETITORS Lucrative bonus event will adopt new qualifying format and will feature special fan promotion GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2009) - NHRA announced today it...
K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE RETURNS WITH BIG BONUS BUCKS FOR NHRA'S TOP PRO
Lucrative bonus event will adopt new qualifying format and will feature special fan promotion
GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2009) - NHRA announced today it has reached an agreement with K&N Engineering, Inc., to renew its sponsorship of the popular K&N Horsepower Challenge, a lucrative bonus event for Pro Stock competitors. The bonus event will adopt a new qualifying procedure where a special fan vote will determine the final driver to make the starting lineup and a special fan promotion will center on a Harley-Davidson giveaway.
The K&N Horsepower Challenge is a special race-within-a-race bonus program for the top Pro Stock drivers in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The K&N Horsepower Challenge will continue to be conducted at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. The race features a special elimination pairing with eight Pro Stock drivers in the field, including seven who accumulate the most points in qualifying during the 24-race Challenge series and one driver who is selected to the starting lineup for the event via a special fan vote.
As part of the K&N Horsepower Challenge, K&N will conduct a fan promotion during the running of the series and will present a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle to a lucky fan during the finals of the K&N Horsepower Challenge at Norwalk. Details of the fan promotion and ways to qualify will be announced in the near future.
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.
"We are very proud to continue our relationship with all of the Pro Stock drivers and NHRA," said Steve Williams, vice president, K&N Engineering. "Our goal is to continue to make the K&N Horsepower Challenge a premier All-Star event held at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in 2010."
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 $72,000 in qualifying bonuses to quick Pro Stock qualifiers throughout the K&N Horsepower Challenge series. Low qualifiers earn $3,000 at each of the 24 events in the Challenge series. Those drivers who earned No. 1 qualifying positions at recent races from Norwalk to Sonoma will receive their points and bonus money retroactively.
Earlier this year Jeg Coughlin claimed his third title in the prestigious race-within-a-race bonus event. Other past winners of the K&N Horsepower Challenge include Greg Anderson, Dave Connolly, Kurt Johnson, 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 also is a primary sponsor on the K&N Filters Pontiac GXP Pro Stock car driven by Warren Johnson.