Racers in nine separate eliminations; Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Motorcycle, will compete for a share of more than $50,000 in cash and contingency awards at the event, which has annually become a highlight for sportsman racers across the country. Jet car and Top Fuel Harley-Davidson exhibition runs are also on the schedule.
Last year’s champions include Tommy Phillips, who won the Super Comp and Super Gas titles, as well as Kevin Self (Comp), Brad Zaskowski (Super Stock), Austin Williams (Stock) Mike DeSio (Super Street), Jeffrey Barker (Top Sportsman), Casey Spradlin (Top Dragster), and Alex Barmettler (Motorcycle).
While the JEGS SPORTSnationals races annually feature some of drag racing’s best sportsman drivers, the on-track action is just part of what attracts more than 500 competitors. No Problem Raceway Park track operator Pat Joffrion and his staff have created a fun-filled environment that includes several racer appreciation activities including a popular crawfish boil, which features a generous sampling of the local fare and much good camaraderie among competitors. The busy schedule will also feature the popular class eliminations for Super Stock and Stock competitors as well as Shootout races for the top qualifiers in Top Dragster and Top Sportsman and the King of the Bayou races for drivers in Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.
The champions who are crowned at this weekend’s Belle Rose event will also have the inside track to win the coveted JEGS Crown award. The JEGS Crown is a specially made handcrafted trophy that can be won only by winning two of the three JEGS SPORTSnationals events in a calendar year. The other events are the JEGS NHRA Pacific SPORTSnationals at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, Calif. (May 14-16) and the JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 24-26). Thus far, just one competitor, Pro Mod racer Mike Ashley, has captured the JEGS Crown trophy.
NHRA reintroduced SPORTSnationals seven years ago at No Problem Raceway Park to rave reviews from racers and spectators. Prior to that, NHRA had hosted the SPORTSnationals from 1974 to 1986 at a trio of tracks, Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky. (1974-80, 1985-86), the old Houston Int’l Raceway (1981-82), and O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis (1983-84). For additional information on the JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals, call 985-369-3692 or go to www.noproblemraceway.com .