INDIANAPOLIS, IN – March 4, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – NHRA and Rooftec, owned by veteran NHRA sportsman and Pro Stock competitor Rodger Brogdon, have partnered for a unique bonus program set to take place at the prestigious Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
The Rooftec NHRA Competition Eliminator Cash Clash will be a specialty race at the Big Go where the top 16 drivers from the Rooftec Comp Eliminator Bonus Fund face off for a total purse of $50,000. The winner of the specialty event will earn $30,000 and the Rooftec NHRA Competition Eliminator Cash Clash will also be featured in a special 30-minute broadcast airing after the U.S. Nationals.
The specialty race is all part of Brogdon’s vision to help create a bigger spotlight for the category, going along the new Rooftec NHRA Competition Class Bonus Award that will debut in 2023 and the popular Rooftec Comp Eliminator Bonus Fund.
“There’s no bigger show than Indy. It’s the biggest show of the year and to have something like this at Indy is going to be great,” Brogdon said. We’ve had great support for this special event and I’m just excited to be in the position to help keep the class going and get it the attention it deserves. I just love the creativity involved in the class. There’s so many great racers and so many cool cars and I’m excited that everyone going to get more exposure through programs like this.”
The new Rooftec NHRA Competition Class Bonus Award will debut at the NHRA U.S. Nationals and Texas NHRA FallNationals in Dallas, awarding the winning driver at each race an $11,500 in additional to the national event purse.
These programs are in addition to the highly-successful Rooftec Comp Eliminator Bonus Fund in Division 4 that Brogdon started in recent years that awards the top 10 finishers in the category.
“With the Rooftec NHRA Competition Class Bonus Award at Indy and Dallas, I wanted to do something everyone could race for,” Brogdon said. “Last year, every race from our points system was won by a different racer, so the competition was incredible. The champion wasn’t decided until the last round of the last race and we’ve really seen growth in the class, which is a great sign. We’ve been able to grow and we’re looking forward to 2023.”
Adam Hickey claimed the Rooftec Comp Eliminator Bonus Fund in Division 4 in 2022, securing the title with his victory at the Texas NHRA FallNationals. At the first race of the Division 4 season in 2023, 28 competitors raced at No Problem Raceway, with six of the 10 top point earners living in other divisions. Some traveled as far as California and Washington to throw their hat into the Rooftec Comp Eliminator Bonus Fund in Division 4.
“It’s exciting to see the standout racers in Competition Eliminator have the opportunity to race for these bonuses and on such a huge platform. Rooftec and Rodger Brogdon have done a great job creating these new programs for the class and the results have been incredible,” NHRA Director of Advertising/Sponsorship Sales Jeff Morton said. “I know we’re all really looking forward to the Cash Class in Indy and the Bonus Award at both Indy and Dallas as well.”
Headquartered in San Dimas, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 21 national events featuring the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Flexjet NHRA Factory Stock Showdown™ and Top Fuel Harley Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and NHRA Street Legal™. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street® program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League® for youth ages 5 to 17. With 120 Member Tracks, NHRA allows racers to compete at a variety of locations nationally and internationally. NHRA’s Youth and Education Services® (YES) Program reaches over 30,000 students annually to ignite their interest in automotive and racing related careers. NHRA’s streaming service, NHRA.tv®, allows fans to view all NHRA national events as well as exclusive features of the sport. In addition, NHRA owns and operates three racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park; and In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip in Southern California. For more information, log on to www.NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Source: National Hot Rod Association