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Thu., June 18, 2009, 8 p.m.

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Heads To Pacific Raceway In Kent, Wash.

 (The Spokesman-Review)
(The Spokesman-Review)

After a successful event at Spokane County Raceway the teams of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for Division 6 invade the beautiful Pacific Raceway complex just East of Seattle.

Courtesy: NHRA Media Relations

KENT, Wash. – Pacific Raceways will host the Olympics of Drag Racing,  a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, June 19-21.  The race is the fourth of seven in NHRA Northwest division competition.  It 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.

Gates at Pacific Raceways open at 8 a.m. each day.  Qualifying and time trials start Friday at 10 a.m. and continue Saturday at 10 a.m.  Racers in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will have three rounds of qualifying on Friday, at 1, 4 and 7 p.m., and then run all three rounds of eliminations on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m.  Eliminations in other classes will continue Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Pacific Raceways are $15 Friday, $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday.  Children 7 to 15 years old are $5 each day and kids 6 and under are admitted free.

Pacific Raceways is located at 31001 144th Ave., SE, in Kent.  For more information call the track, (253) 639-5927, or visit www.PacificRaceways.com.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT: The Olympics of Drag Racing, 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 fourth 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: Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash.  Track is located at 31001 144th Ave., SE, in Kent.

WHEN:  Friday through Sunday, June 19-21, 2009

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

FRIDAY, June 19 -- Gates open at 8 a.m.  Qualifying and time trials begin at 10 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying sessions are scheduled at 1, 4 and 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, June 20 -- Gates open at 8 a.m.  Final qualifying and time trials begin at 10 a.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run all three rounds of eliminations starting at 1 p.m.

SUNDAY, June 21 -- Gates open at 8 a.m.  Eliminations continue at 9:30 a.m. 

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: Duane Shields, Top Alcohol Dragster; Dennis Taylor, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Doug Lambeck, Comp Eliminator; Jimmy DeFrank, Super Stock; Mark Faul, Stock Eliminator; Stefan Kondolay, Super Comp; John Whitmore, Super Gas; Tom Manfred, 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 $100,000 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.  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.  Runners-up in all categories will earn $2,000 apiece.  Each Allstars competitor will also receive a share of a $20,000 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.

Pre-Entered For Pacific Raceway

Top Alcohol Dragster
Mike Austin
Ashley Bart
Dale Carlson
Shawn Cowie
Bill Edwards, Jr.
Steve Federlin
Doug Hegge
Gregg Lawrence
Joey Severance

Top Alcohol Funny Car
Sean Bellemeur
John Evanchuk
Steve Gasparrelli
Dave Germain
Brian Hough
John Lombardo, Jr.
Keeter Ray
Jason Rupert
Dennis Taylor
Brian Thiel
Clint Thompson
Ken Webster

Comp
Adam Bowdish
Pat Byron
Dale Giroux
Ray Hadford
Rob Harrison
Brandon Huhtala
Doug Lambeck
Jeff Lane
Bob Marshall
Clint Neff
Scott Parks
Casey Plaizier
Bernie Plourd
Chad Perkin
Terry Spargo
Aaron Strong
Jim Warter
Mark Wolfe





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