The three NHRA SPORTSnationals events, which is a part of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, are as follows: the JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, La.; the JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals at historic National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio; and the JEGS NHRA Pacific SPORTSnationals at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, Calif.
“JEGS Mail Order is pleased to return as the title sponsor of all three NHRA SPORTSnationals events,” said Scott Woodruff, director of media and motorsports for JEGS Mail Order. “We feel like the NHRA SPORTSnationals, a premier brand in the sportsman community, is a perfect fit for JEGS Mail Order. And going forward, we expect to add several new and exciting elements to the race program so that all three events continue to grow in popularity and remain must-attend races on the sportsman calendar.”
The JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals are NHRA national events designed to showcase several of NHRA’s Lucas Oil Series categories exclusively. Competitors in Comp Eliminator, Stock, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will compete for more than $50,000 at each of the JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals events. NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national event points will be awarded to drivers in all categories except Super Street, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster (drivers in these categories will be awarded divisional championship points).
In addition, all three events will feature NHRA class eliminations, including the Super Stock Hemi class at the JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals, along with a variety of specialty racing.
“The Coughlin family has such a successful heritage in NHRA sportsman racing,” said Gary Darcy, senior vice president of sales and marketing, NHRA. “All three races have become extremely popular and with the return of JEGS Mail Order we’re confident that the events will continue to grow and provide great experiences for racers and fans alike.”
The JEGS Mail Order sponsorship footprint in NHRA also includes the popular JEGS Allstars at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago, the JEGS Super Quick Series in NHRA Division 3, major contingency sponsorships as well as primary car sponsorships in a variety of NHRA classes.
The JEGS “yellow-and-black” paint scheme can be found on the family race cars that compete in several Lucas Oil Series classes, the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series, and most notably in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series where fans would immediately recognize the four-time NHRA Full Throttle Series world champion JEGS.com Chevrolet Cobalt Pro Stock car driven by Jeg Coughlin Jr.
NHRA renewed the popular SPORTSnationals event in 2004 after hosting the event annually 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 (1982-’83). A year later NHRA expanded the special sportsman-only events to a trio of races at diverse locations across the U.S.
With more than 330 associates, JEGS Mail Order, based in Delaware, Ohio, is a recognized leader in the sale and distribution of parts and supplies for the automotive aftermarket performance industry. JEGS Mail Order has two retail locations in central Ohio, a will-call pick-up office at its distribution center in Delaware, Ohio, and multiple call centers that service customers nationwide. Collectively, the Coughlin family – Jeg Sr., John, Troy, Mike and Jeg Jr. – have earned more than 100 victories in NHRA competition.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA has 80,000 members and 140 member tracks nationwide. As the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States, NHRA presents 23 national events featuring the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Two NHRA-sanctioned bracket racing series provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels: the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com <http://www.nhra.com/> , or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/pages/NHRA/64205041409> , YouTube <http://www.youtube.com/user/nhra> and Twitter <http://twitter.com/NHRA> .
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