JOLIET, Ill. (June 6, 2009) – JEGS Automotive, Inc., has extended its agreement with the NHRA as title sponsor of the NHRA JEGS Allstars event, it was announced today. The extension will keep the JEGS name on the race-within-a-race bonus program for the best of the best NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors through 2013 and will also include the addition of the Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes beginning in 2010.

“We’re very excited to extend our relationship with JEGS Automotive through the year 2013,” said Gary Darcy, senior vice president, sales and marketing, NHRA.  “JEGS has always had a strong commitment to NHRA and sportsman racing.  Thanks to John, Troy, Mike & Jeg Jr , the prestige of the JEGS Allstars event has increased year-in and year-out and continues to be one of the most anticipated events during the season where individual and team bragging rights are at stake.”

The JEGS Allstars event pits the top points earners from NHRA’s seven geographic divisions against each other in the culmination of a year-long points battle.  Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors in Top Alcohol Dragster (TAD), Top Alcohol Funny Car (TAFC), Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street, along with competitors in Top Sportsman and Top Dragster, vie for team and individual honors and a share of the $119,000 purse. 

For the first time ever, the highly competitive Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes will be added to event in 2010. These two classes, which have grown immensely within just a few years, will bring an added feel of excitement to an already impressive annual event.

Next year will mark the 26th anniversary of the JEGS Allstars event, which is contested at the United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.   The event is televised on ESPN2 as part of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series show. The winning team splits $20,000 and the winners in the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car categories earn $7,000 each, while the winners in Competition Eliminator and Super Stock earn $6,000 each. Top Sportsman and Top Dragster earn $5,000 and Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street winners earn $4,500. Runners-up in all categories get $2,000.

“We’re excited to be a part of the ever growing all-star event and also the addition of Top Sportsman and Top Dragster, two of the fastest growing classes in NHRA,” said John Coughlin.  “It’s fun to be a part of an event that we are personally close to virtually all the racers. The best of the best to see who is the baddest. The Allstars race, JEGS SPORTSnationals and our contingency program is our way of saying thanks to all the racers who have helped support JEGS for almost 50 years. This is our way of giving back.”

Former Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin has been an Allstars representative six times, winning the Super Gas class twice.  Other NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series professional drivers who have competed in the JEGS Allstars event include Cory McClenathan, Morgan Lucas, Rod Fuller and Greg Stanfield. JEGS Automotive, Inc., with world headquarters in Delaware, Ohio, is a leading supplier of automotive and auto racing parts and equipment.

JEGS was founded in 1960 by Jeg Coughlin Sr. in an effort to supply the growing needs of customers throughout the Midwest. In 1986, JEGS became a leader in the high performance mail order business when the Coughlin brothers (John, Troy, Mike & Jeg Jr.) purchased JEGS with the assistance of their father. JEGS is a leader in the aftermarket high performance business and has grown into a multi-million dollar company.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 24 national events through its NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. The NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.



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