JOLIET, Ill. – For 32 years, the JEGS Allstars has brought together the top racers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series to face off in a battle of the “Best of the Best”. The 2016 JEGS Allstars event will take place on Saturday, July 9, at Route 66 Raceway during the Route 66 NHRA Nationals. The $124,000 race within a race will pit the top point’s earners from NHRA’s seven geographic divisions and four Top Alcohol regions against each other in the culmination of a yearlong point’s battle.
Competitors in Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman will compete for team and individual honors and a share of the $124,000 purse. Event Sponsor, Jegs High Performance, has also offered a “double-up” bonus to racers. Any Allstars representative who wins the Allstars event and goes on to win the national event will have their Allstar prize money doubled.
The JEGS Allstars Top Alcohol Regional Team championship was introduced three years ago with the best Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car drivers from each of the four regions going head to head as the Central Region took home the championship in 2015. They were joined by the Southeast Division Team who scored their seventh win in the JEGS Allstar team championship competition tying them with the North Central and Northeast divisions.
There are a three drivers pulling double duty for their team this year. The South Central Division has Austin Williams looking to take home a title in Stock and Super Comp. While the West Central brought Trevor Larson who doubled up as the points leader in Super Comp and Super Gas. Mike Shannon, from the Northwest, is holding a spot in Super Comp and Super Gas.
Defending JEGS Allstars winners include Joey Severance (TA Dragster); John Lombardo (TA Funny Car); Jeff Lane (Comp Eliminator); Phil Unruh (Super Stock); Anthony Fetch (Stock); Kevin Brannon (Super Comp); Luke Bogacki (Super Gas); Scotty Reinschield (Super Street); Jeffery Barker (Top Sportsman) and Mike MacBrair (Top Dragster).
Former Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr., has been an Allstars representative for the North Central division six times, winning the Super Gas class twice. Several of today’s NHRA Mello Yello Series stars are past Allstars participants, including Top Fuel drivers Morgan Lucas (Top Alcohol Dragster, 2003 and 2004; won in ‘03) and Shawn Langdon (SC, 2005-07; won in ’05 and ’06) as well as Funny Car drivers Tim Wilkerson (Top Alcohol Funny Car, 1995), and Jack Beckman (Super Comp 2004 and 2005; runner-up ‘04).
JEGS Allstars Awards Bonuses
Category Winner Runner-up
Top Alcohol Dragster $7,000 $2,000
Top Alcohol Funny Car $7,000 $2,000
Comp Eliminator $6,000 $2,000
Super Stock $6,000 $2,000
Top Sportsman $5,000 $2,000
Top Dragster $5,000 $2,000
Stock $4,500 $2,000
Super Comp $4,500 $2,000
Super Gas $4,500 $2,000
Super Street $4,500 $2,000
Totals $54,000 $20,000
Team championships (shared between the members of the divisional and regional teams): $25,000
Tow Money (share based on each racer’s percentage of total miles): $25,000
Total JEGS Allstars award bonus: $124,000.