BELLE ROSE, La. — NHRA will showcase NHRA Sportsman competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series when No Problem Raceway Park hosts the fourth annual NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals, April 20-22.

The NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals will feature a guaranteed purse of more than $50,000 and competition in six NHRA Lucas Oil Series categories, including Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. Racers will earn points toward their NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series National Championship quest in all categories except Super Street. The event will also include the division’s Top Sportsman and Top Dragster categories as well as a Pro Mod invitational race.

“We are pleased to continue our support the SPORTSnationals events for our Sportsman Racers,” said Len Imbrogno, NHRA’s director of Sportsman racing and member tracks. “It’s a great way to put the drivers in the spotlight who make up the foundation of NHRA. And we’re happy to partner with JEGS High Performance to offer this opportunity to so many of the men and women who make the sport what it is today.”

While the focus of the event will be on competition in the core NHRA Sportsman categories, other special attractions include Super Stock and Stock Class eliminations, the Mopar Hemi Super Stock Challenge, the Top Sportsman and Top Dragster Shootout and “King of the Bayou” Shootout for Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.

NHRA reintroduced the SPORTSnationals three years ago at No Problem Raceway Park to rave reviews from racers and spectators. Prior to last season NHRA had hosted the SPORTSnationals from 1974-1986 at a trio of tracks, including Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky. (1974-‘80; 1985-‘86), the old Houston International Raceway (1981-‘82) and Indianapolis Raceway Park (1983-‘84).

This season NHRA will host three SPORTSnationals events, including the NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals; the JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals in Columbus, Ohio in September and the NHRA Pacific SPORTSnationals in Fontana, Calif. in October.

TICKETS: General admission tickets for the NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals are $20 each day, $50 for a three-day pass, and $35 for a two-day ticket. For ticket information, contact No Problem Raceway Park at (985) 369-3692. For additional information about the event, visit or

ABOUT JEGS HIGH PERFORMANCE: In 1960, Jeg Coughlin Sr. opened JEGS High Performance in Columbus, Ohio. Jeg was a speed freak, but was limited by his Midwest location that made it difficult to find the parts he wanted. As he slowly found his parts, friends came to him to build their engines. Soon he opened a retail business. In 1988 Jeg’s four sons, John, Troy, Mike and Jeg, Jr., purchased the operation with the assistance of their father. After several expansions at the original location, what started out as a 4,000 square-foot speed shop now encompasses a 100,000 square-foot warehouse, a chassis shop, a call center and the original retail store. Two other stores and two additional call centers are also located in the metropolitan Columbus area. In the fall of 1999 a newly built state-of-the-art distribution center and headquarters opened. There are now over 300 associates. Four members of the Coughlin family will race in this weekend’s event: Jeg Jr., who also runs in NHRA’s Pro Stock class in the PowerAde Series, will compete in Super Comp and Super Stock; Troy will run in the Pro Mod invitational; Mike will campaign in Top Sportsman; and John will hit the quarter-mile in Top Dragster and Super Stock.


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