EARLY ENTRIES FOR KRAGEN O'REILLY NHRA WINTERNATIONALS SET STAGE FOR THRILLING COMPETITION IN POMONA Â POMONA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2009) - The field is beginning to take shape for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season-opener - the Kragen...
EARLY ENTRIES FOR KRAGEN O'REILLY NHRA WINTERNATIONALS SET STAGE FOR THRILLING COMPETITION IN POMONA POMONA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2009) - The field is beginning to take shape for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season-opener - the Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals - scheduled for Feb. 5-8 at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
The race, which will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, has been held every February since 1961 and continues to be one of drag racing's grandest traditions: the unveiling of new cars, drivers and teams for the new season.
At noon today, NHRA's competition department reported that as many as 18 teams in each of the event's three featured pro categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock) have confirmed their plans for participating in the first of 24 races in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
In Top Fuel, 18 teams have entered to date, featuring the following drivers: six-time champ Tony Schumacher, Brandon Bernstein, two-time champ Larry Dixon, Antron Brown, Doug Kalitta, Cory McClenathan, Morgan Lucas, rookie Spencer Massey, Clay Millican, David Baca, Mike Strasburg, Troy Buff, Joe Hartley, Arley Langlo, Rob Passey, Steve Chrisman, Urs Erbacher and Andy Carter, the FIA European Top Fuel champ.
In Funny Car, 18 teams also have entered, including: defending world champ Cruz Pedregon and brother Tony, John Force, Ashley Force Hood, Robert Hight, Mike Neff, Ron Capps, Jack Beckman, Tim Wilkerson, Gary Densham, Jeff Arend, Del Worsham, Bob Tasca, rookie Matt Hagan, Jerry Toliver, Jim Head, Bob Bode and Terry Haddock.
More than 20 Pro Stock cars are registered, including defending world champ Jeg Coughlin, Greg Anderson, Kurt and Warren Johnson, Jason Line, Allen Johnson, Greg Stanfield, Mike Edwards, Jim Yates, V Gaines, Ron Krisher, Johnny Gray, Rickie Jones, Steve Spiess, Larry Morgan and Vinnie Deceglie, among others.
In addition to professional racing, hundreds of racers will compete for victory in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where the future stars of the sport earn their racing stripes.
Professional qualifying begins on Feb. 5 with one round (2 p.m.), and will be followed by another round of qualifying on Feb. 6 (2 p.m.). The final two rounds of qualifying will be conducted on Feb. 7 (11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.). Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. on Feb. 8.
Tickets are available for the Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals by calling (800) 884-4762, or online at nhra.com or ticketmaster.com.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 24 national events through its NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. 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 Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17.