GLENDORA, CA – January 31, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – In what has quickly become one of the finest weekends of sportsman racing the JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals returns to Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., for the third season on Memorial Day weekend, for three days of intense racing action.
“We know the racers and their families are excited to head back to historic Beech Bend Raceway Park again in 2018,” said Scott Woodruff, director of media and drag racing, JEGS Automotive Inc. “JEGS is committed to the racers on and off the race track, making the JEGS SPORTSnationals better each year with input from our customers and friends has been a priority since day one.”
The event is set to take place May 25-27 and will once again feature sportsman racers from across the country with a purse of over $108,000 along with special bonus races and national event contingency payouts.
New for the 2018 event will be the addition of the Sportsman Motorcycle category to the slate of racing action. Also, both the Top Sportsman and Top Dragster categories will compete in a 32-car field to optimize the competition for racers and fans alike.
“The JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals is one of the most sought after victories for sportsman racers across the country,” said Josh Peterson, NHRA vice president, racing administration. “The level of competition in each category has continued to grow with each season and the annual support of JEGS adds to the success of the event that we look to continue this year and into the future.”
The racing action begins on Friday morning as the racers take to the track for qualifying runs. Super Stock, Stock, Super Gas, Super Street, and Super Comp along with Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Comp Eliminator, and Sportsman Motorcycle will compete throughout the weekend.
Eliminations for all classes will be held on Sunday with National points at stake in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series including Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Sportsman, and Top Dragster categories while Lucas Oil Divisional points will be awarded in Super Street and Sportsman Motorcycle.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, and E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. 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 program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; 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.
Source: National Hot Rod Association