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Lucas Oil Series thunders into Yellowstone

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Coming in to the weekend, Delta, B.C., racer Shawn Cowie has a substantial lead in the Top Alcohol Dragster points.  Cowie has been to five races and scored five wins.  He opened the year with out-of-division races in Chandler, Ariz., and Las Vegas.  Then he raced at his home track, Mission (B.C.) Raceway Park, before heading to Spokane (Wash.) County Raceway and Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash.

Courtesy: NHRA Media Relations

ACTON, Mont. – Yellowstone Drag Strip will host the 6th Annual Summer Championships, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, August 21-23, 2009.  The race is the sixth of seven on the division calendar and will feature drivers in eight categories, including 250 mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car, vying for points leading to divisional and national championships.  The division's Auto Max USA Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series and the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event.

Coming in to the weekend, Delta, B.C., racer Shawn Cowie has a substantial lead in the Top Alcohol Dragster points.  Cowie has been to five races and scored five wins.  He opened the year with out-of-division races in Chandler, Ariz., and Las Vegas.  Then he raced at his home track, Mission (B.C.) Raceway Park, before heading to Spokane (Wash.) County Raceway and Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash.  Cowie has a lead of more than 160 points over the No. 2 racer, reigning division champion Joey Severance of Spanaway, Wash.  Severance was runner-up to Cowie in Spokane and Kent and has been to the semis in Las Vegas, Mission and Woodburn.

In Top Alcohol Funny Car competition, defending division champ Brian Hough and Ken Webster are tied for first place.  Both racers have a win and two semifinal-round showings to their credit.  Hough, a resident of Junction City, Ore., took the win in Mission and went to the semis in Spokane and Kent while Red Deer, Alb., racer Webster won in Spokane and reached the semis in Kent and at Woodburn (Ore.) Dragstrip.

Gates at Yellowstone Drag Strip open at 8 a.m. each day.  Qualifying and time trials start at 9 a.m. Friday and continue Saturday at 9 a.m.  Racers in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will qualify once on Friday, at 6 p.m., and twice on Saturday, at noon and 4 p.m.  Eliminations start Sunday morning at 9.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round of eliminations at noon.

Yellowstone Drag Strip is located north of Billings, at

8405 Raceway Road
in Acton.  Take US 3 from Billings, 17 miles to Acton and follow the signs to the track.  For more information call the track, (406) 669-3300, or visit www.YellowstoneDragStrip.com.

The NHRA Northwest division's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season will close out in Eagle Point, Ore.  Champion Raceway will host the season finale September 25-26.  In the meantime, racers may continue to earn points at out-of-division races.

WHAT: 6th Annual Summer Championships, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships.  Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and

Super Street
.  The event is the sixth of seven in Northwest Division competition. The division's Auto Max USA Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series and the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event.

WHERE: Yellowstone Drag Strip, Acton, Mont.  Track is located at

8405 Raceway Road, north
of Billings. 

 Take US 3 from Billings, 17 miles to Acton, follow signs to Yellowstone Drag Strip.

WHEN:  Friday through Sunday, August 21-23, 2009

SCHEDULE: Time trials and qualifying schedule for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series:

FRIDAY, Aug. 21 -- Gates open at 8 a.m.  Qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying is at 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, Aug. 22 -- Gates open at 8 a.m.  Final qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying sessions are scheduled at noon and 4 p.m.

SUNDAY, Aug. 23 -- Gates open at 8 a.m.  Eliminations begin at 9 a.m.  Eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car begin at noon.

PURSE: The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors will vie for cash and contingency awards of $157,875, as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $560,000.

2008 EVENT WINNERS: Jim Whiteley, Top Alcohol Dragster; Terry Ruckman, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Dale Giroux, Comp Eliminator; Norm La Pointe, Super Stock; Brad Burton, Stock Eliminator; Michael Dalrymple, Super Comp; Billy Maddox, Super Gas; Nikki Cannon, Super Street

BONUS PROGRAMS:  
NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS FUND -- a $561,000 point fund from Lucas Oil, which will be shared by 2009 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional champions and national champions.  Divisional awards include $8,500 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions; $3,000 to the champions in both Competition and Super Stock; $2,000 each to the champions in Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and

Super Street
.  The seven national champions will share a bonus of $135,000.

JEGS ALLSTARS: The best of the best from each of NHRA's seven divisions will compete for a share of the $119,000 point fund from Jegs High Performance.  The 2010 Jegs Allstars event will culminate a year-long points battle between drivers in each of NHRA's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series' eight classes as well as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.  The top points earner in each category will qualify to represent his/her division at the 2010 Jegs Allstars.  Points are based on in-division races only. 

The winning division's team will share $20,000 and individual awards include $7,000 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions, $6,000 to champions in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock, and $4,500 to the Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and

Super Street
champions.  Winners in Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will each earn $5,000.  Runners-up in all categories will earn $2,000 apiece.  Each Allstars competitor will also receive a share of a $25,000 towing fund to get to the event.

Event sponsor, Jegs High Performance, is offering a "double up" bonus to Jegs Allstars participants.  Any 2010 Jegs Allstars champion who also wins the national event will have his/her Allstars prize doubled.

NHRA SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE SERIES presented by HARLEY DAVIDSON: The NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in NHRA's Sportsman Motorcycle class to earn points toward divisional championships.  The $14,000 champions' purse posted by Harley Davidson will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers in NHRA divisions that host Sportsman Motorcycles.

AUTO MAX USA TOP SPORTSMAN SERIES: The Auto Max USA Top Sportsman Series, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in the Northwest division's Top Sportsman class to earn points toward divisional championships.  The $3,500 champions' purse Posted by Auto Max USA will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers.

NORTHWEST DIVISION TOP DRAGSTER SERIES: The Northwest Division Top Dragster Series, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in the Northwest division's Top Dragster class to earn points toward divisional championships.  The $3,500 champions' purse will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers.




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