Protect The Harvest Named Title Sponsor of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Event at Pacific Racways in 2016

GLENDORA, CA – June 13, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  NHRA announced today that Protect The Harvest, a group founded in 2011 to assist in the fight for the rights of America’s farmers, ranchers, animal owners and sportsmen/sportswomen, has signed an agreement to become the title rights sponsor of the upcoming NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Pacific Raceways near Seattle.

The 29th annual Protect The Harvest NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Lucas Oil will be held Aug. 5-7, 2016, an event that is a tradition-rich stop in the legendary three-race NHRA Western Swing. The race will feature competition in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock and will feature live finals coverage televised on the FOX national broadcast network. Qualifying coverage will be telecast on FOX Sports 1.

The grueling Western Swing, where NHRA race teams travel more than 5,300 miles in three consecutive weekends from their Brownsburg, Ind.-based shops to Denver, Sonoma and Seattle, is a pivotal part of the Mello Yello Series regular season.

The Protect The Harvest NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Lucas Oil will be the final stop in the three-race adventure and in many years drivers have arrived at the event in position to complete a rare sweep of the Western Swing. Only seven drivers have done it in NHRA history, including most recently Antron Brown in 2009. Last season Funny Car driver Jack Beckman just missed out on adding his name to that impressive list, which also includes Joe Amato, John Force, Tony Schumacher, Larry Dixon and Greg Anderson among others.

“Forrest and Charlotte Lucas have been tremendous supporters of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series over the years and once again they have stepped forward to provide title sponsorship of the event at Pacific Raceways through their Protect The Harvest group,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president and chief development officer. “We appreciate their long term dedication and commitment to the sport and we look forward to working with them and Protect The Harvest during the final stop of the famed NHRA Western Swing.”

This is the first NHRA event entitlement for Protect The Harvest. The group has provided primary team sponsorship for Morgan Lucas, Hector Arana and Richie Crampton and several sportsman racing teams.

“We look forward to raising the profile of Protect The Harvest through its association with the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and this great event at Pacific Raceways,” said Forrest Lucas, founder and chair of Protect The Harvest. “The Seattle area is beautiful and we are anticipating a very exciting event to conclude the NHRA Western Swing.”

Protect The Harvest, with headquarters in Columbia, Mo., outlines three primary objectives in its mission statement. First, it serves to inform America’s consumers, businesses and decision-makers about the threats posed by animal rights groups and anti-farming extremists. It also works to protect American freedoms and way of life by creating lasting legal safeguards for farmers, ranchers, hunters, anglers, and animal owners. Finally, it responds to the activities of radical groups by opposing their efforts to pass laws or enact regulations that would restrict our rights, limit our freedoms, and hinder our access to safe, affordable food. For more information, please visit www.protecttheharvest.com.

About National Hot Rod Association

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 23 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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