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NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Invades State of Oregon

Shawn Cowie is leading the Top Alcohol Dragster points handily after scoring five wins in as many races.  The Delta, B.C., resident started the season with wins at out-of-division races in Chandler, Ariz., and Las Vegas then went on to win the three Northwest division races he’s attended.


Courtesy: NHRA Media Relations

WOODBURN, Ore. – Woodburn Dragstrip will host the Les Schwab Tires Challenge, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, July 10-12, 2009.  The race is the fifth of seven in NHRA’s Northwest division 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.

There is a tight battle brewing for the division title in the Top Alcohol Funny Car ranks where a scant 22 points separates first place from third.  Reigning division champion, Junction City, Ore., racer Brian Hough, is leading the charge after scoring a win at Mission (B.C.) Raceway Park and going to the semis at the division’s last two races, at Spokane (Wash.) County Dragway and Pacific Raceways in Seattle.  However, Ken Webster of Red Deer, Alb., is just one point back.  Webster won in Spokane and went to the semis in Seattle.  Klamath Falls, Ore., racer Clint Thompson is also in hot pursuit.  Thompson’s best showing was his runner-up finish in Seattle.

Things are much clearer in the Top Alcohol Dragster class.  Shawn Cowie is leading the points handily after scoring five wins in as many races.  The Delta, B.C., resident started the season with wins at out-of-division races in Chandler, Ariz., and Las Vegas then went on to win the three Northwest division races he’s attended.  Current division champion Joey Severance of Spanaway, Wash., is in second place after scoring runner-up points to Cowie in Spokane and Seattle.  In Seattle, former Northwest division champion Steve Federlin was back behind the wheel of his dragster for the first time in two years.  The Oregon City resident, who has four division titles to his credit, went to the semis.

Gates at Woodburn Dragstrip open at 8 a.m. every day.  Qualifying and time trials start Friday at 9 a.m. and continue Saturday morning at 9.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will have one qualifying run on Friday, at 3 p.m., and two on Saturday, at noon and 4 p.m.  Eliminations start Sunday at 9 a.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round at noon. 

Woodburn Dragstrip is located at 7730 Highway 219, 1½ miles off I-5 at Woodburn exit 271.  For more information call the track, (503) 982-4461, or visit www.WoodburnDragstrip.com.

The next NHRA Northwest division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event will be at Yellowstone Dragstrip in Acton, Mont., Aug. 21-23.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT: Les Schwab Tires Challenge, 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 fifth 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: Woodburn Dragstrip, Woodburn, Ore.  Track is located at 7730 Highway 219, 1½ miles off I-5 at Woodburn exit 271.

WHEN:  Friday through Sunday, July10-12, 2009

SCHEDULE: Time trials and qualifying schedule for the Les Schwab Tires Challenge:

FRIDAY, July 10 — Gates open at 8 a.m.  Qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying sessions are scheduled at 3 p.m.

SATURDAY, July 11 — 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, July 12 — 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 $151,875, as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $560,000.

2008 EVENT WINNERS: Thomas Bayer, Top Alcohol Dragster; Brian Hough, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Dean Carter, Comp Eliminator; Tony Mandella, Super Stock; Jody Lang, Stock Eliminator; John Young, Super Comp; Mike Ferderer, Super Gas; Thomas Golden, 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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