NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series - Atlanta fact sheet

30.09.2008: NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series - Atlanta fact sheet

WHAT: 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 fifth of six in Southeast Division competition. The divisionís Davis In-Motion Satellites Top Sportsman Series and Hickory Enclosed Trailer Sales Top Dragster Series will also be run in conjunction with the event.

WHERE: Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga. Track is located at 500 E. Ridgeway Road in Commerce, approximately 60 miles NE of Atlanta near the intersection of I-85 and Highway 441 in Banks Crossing.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, October. 3-5, 2008

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

FRIDAY, Oct. 3 -- Gates open at 8 a.m. Qualifying and time trials begin at noon. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman will each have one qualifying run, starting at 4 p.m.

SATURDAY, Oct. 4 -- Gates open at 8 a.m. Final qualifying and time trials are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman will each have two qualifying sessions, starting at 3:30 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying sessions are scheduled at 5 and 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, Oct. 5 -- Gates open at 8 a.m. Eliminations begin at 9 a.m. Eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car begin at 1 p.m.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS -- $10 Friday, $20 Saturday, $20 Sunday. A two-day ticket is $35 and a three-day pass is $45. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information please call Atlanta Dragway, (708) 335-2301 or visit www.AtlantaDragway.com.

PURSE: The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors will vie for cash and contingency awards of $224,550, as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $560,000.

2007 EVENT

WINNERS: Morgan Lucas, Top Alcohol Dragster; Frank Manzo, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Lee Zane, Comp Eliminator; Nick Morris, Super Stock; Jeff Adkinson, Stock Eliminator; Jim Perry, Super Comp; Sherman Adcock Jr., Super Gas; Leland Poppell, 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 2008 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 NHRAís seven divisions will compete for a share of the $100,000 point fund from Jegs High Performance. The 2009 Jegs Allstars event will culminate a year-long points battle between drivers in each of NHRAís Lucas Oil Drag Racing Seriesí eight classes. The top points earner in each category will qualify to represent his/her division at the 2009 Jegs Allstars. Points are based on in-division races only.

The winning divisionís 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 2009 Jegs Allstars champion who also wins the national event will have his/her Allstars prize doubled.

Davis In-Motion Satellites Top Sportsman Series: Run in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Top Sportsman class are vying for division championships and a share in the year-end purse.

Hickory Enclosed Trailer Sales Top Dragster Series: Run in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Top Dragster class are vying for division championships and a share in the year-end purse.

FEATURES: More than 400 drivers in the eight racing categories. Eight-car fields in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car, featuring five-second, 260 mph side-by-side racing.

www.AtlantaDragway.com  or www.nhra.com

- Brett Lyons-

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