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NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals at Woodburn Dragstrip

Top points earning drivers in seven classes will be on hand to compete for team and individual honors. Racers in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle/Snowmobile, Sport Compact, High School and two categories of Jr. Dragster will run in the event.


Courtesy: NHRA Media Relations

WOODBURN, Ore. —The best drag racers from tracks across NHRA’s Northwest division will be at Woodburn Dragstrip to square off in head-to-head competition at the NHRA Summit Racing Series Northwest Division Finals, September 4-6. Top points earning drivers in seven classes will be on hand to compete for team and individual honors. Racers in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle/Snowmobile, Sport Compact, High School and two categories of Jr. Dragster will run in the event.

Gates at Woodburn Dragstrip will open at 8 a.m. each day. Time trials will start Friday morning at 9 and continue Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Eliminations will start Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday’s action will also feature the Race of Champions where the best of the best in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle/Snowmobile will compete for top honors and a chance to compete for a national championship at the NHRA Auto Club of Southern California Finals at Pomona Raceway in Calif., in November. They’ll run against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions for a $5,000 winner-take-all purse.

Woodburn Dragstrip is located Track is located at 7730 Highway 219, 1 1/2 miles off I-5 at Woodburn exit 271. For more information call the track, (503) 982-4461, or visit www.WoodburnDragstrip.com.

SUMMIT RACING SERIES NORTHWEST DIVISION FINALS FACT SHEET

WHAT: NHRA Summit Racing Series Northwest Division Finals, where top drivers from NHRA member tracks across the Northwest division compete in seven classes for individual and team honors. Competing classes are: Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle/Snowmobile, High School, Sport Compact and two categories of Jr. Dragster. The Race of Champions, a race within a race where the top points earners from each participating track run head-to-head for individual honors, will run on Saturday. Winners of the Race of Champions in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle/Snowmobile will advance to a national run-off at the NHRA Auto Club of Southern California Finals at Pomona Raceway in Calif.

WHERE: Woodburn Dragstrip, Woodburn, Oregon. Track is located at 7730 Highway 219, 1? miles off I-5 at Woodburn exit 271.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, September 4-6, 2009.

SCHEDULE: Time trials schedule for the Summit Racing Series Northwest Division Finals:
FRIDAY, Sept. 4 — Gates open at 8 a.m. Time trials begin at 9 a.m.

SATURDAY, Sept. 5 — Gates open at 8 a.m. Final time trials begin at 8:30 a.m. Race of Champions is slated for 1 p.m.

SUNDAY, Sept. 6 — Gates open at 8 a.m. Eliminations begin at 8:30 a.m.

PURSE: The Summit E.T. Racing Series competitors in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle and Sport Compact will compete for cash awards of $16,290.

The winners of the Race of Champions in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle/Snowmobile will advance to compete against winners from NHRA’s other six divisions at the NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., in November. They will each receive $3,500 for competing in the Finals and the winner in each class will receive an additional $5,000.

Participants in the High School and Junior categories compete for trophies.

2008 EVENT WINNERS: Firebird Raceway, team champion; Derric Barr, Super Pro; Brian Gittings, Pro; Derrick Jackson, Sportsman; Mike Cragun, Motorcycle

FEATURES: More than 500 drivers in five racing categories: Super Pro (cars running 7.00 seconds to 11.99 seconds), Pro (7.50-13.99), Sportsman (12.80 and slower), Motorcycles (7.00-15.29), High School (11.00 and slower), Sport Compact (7.50 and slower), Jr. Thunder (Ages 8 to 12) and Jr. Lightning (Ages 13 to 17).


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