WHAT: Ninth annual JEGS NHRA NORTHERN SPORTSnationals, a national event exclusively for NHRA Sportsman competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Sportsman competitors in eight categories will be featured in competition, while five of those categories will earn points leading to 2013 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series world championships. Featured NHRA Lucas Oil Series categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes will also run at the event.
WHERE: National Trail Raceway, Hebron, Ohio. 2650 National Road, SW, Hebron; approximately 20 miles east of Columbus on old U.S. Highway 40, one mile north of Interstate 70 at the Kirkersville exit. From Columbus, take I-70 to Highway 158 north and follow the signs, or take I-70 to Highway 37 north to U.S. Highway 40 and follow the signs.
WHEN: Friday through Sunday, September 20-22, 2013.
PURSE: Posted purse of nearly $65,000, plus over $300,000 in contingency postings.
FRIDAY, Sept. 20-Qualifying and time trials, 10 a.m. TOP DRAGSTER/TOP SPORTSMAN/COMP ELIMINATOR Qualifying at 4 p.m.
SATURDAY, Sept. 21 — Qualifying and time trials, 8 a.m. STOCK CLASS Eliminations at 11 a.m. SUPER STOCK CLASS Eliminations at noon. MOSER SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT at 1 p.m. TOP DRAGSTER Qualifying at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. TOP DRAGSTER JEGS SHOOTOUT at 2 p.m. TOP SPORTSMAN Qualifying at 2:30 and 5 p.m. COMP ELIMINATOR Qualifying at 3 and 5:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, Sept. 22 – FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 8 a.m. JR. DRAGSTER Time Trials at 10:30 a.m. COMP ELIMINATOR/TOP DRAGSTER/ TOP SPORTSMAN round 1 begins at 11 a.m. SPECIAL AWARDS CEREMONY at 12:30 p.m. WINNER'S CIRCLE at 5 p.m.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Stock/Super Stock Class Racing, Top Dragster JEGS Shootout and Moser Sportsman Shootout – Saturday.
TICKETS: For tickets contact National Trail Raceway, (740) 928-5706 or visit www.NationalTrailRaceway.com.
GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) – Friday: Adult, $15, Children (6-12), $5; Saturday: Adult, $20, Children (6-12), $5; Sunday: Adult, $20, Children (6-12), $5; Children 5 and under, free with a paid adult.
DEFENDING WINNERS: David Billingsley (Comp); Michael Beard (Super Stock); Bo Butner (Stock); Phil Smida (Super Comp); Gary Linkhorn (Super Gas); Ricky Shipp (Super Street); Jerry Albert (Top Sportsman); Ryan Smith(Top Dragster)
ABOUT THE TRACK: National Trail Raceway started out as a 320-acre facility built by Clark Rader Sr., along with sons Clark Jr. and Ben, in the fall of 1963. At that time it was the fifth largest of its kind in the United States. In 1972 the Rader family expanded and improved the facility and allowing them to play host for the first time to the Springnationals.
In 1996, the NHRA purchased the track, bringing an end to the Rader era. NHRA has made significant improvements to the historic facility including the addition of the three-level timing tower and corporate suites, a TV production area, asphalt-covered pit areas and staging lanes, concrete guard walls that run the entire length of the racing surface and an extensive drainage system to control water runoff.
Eric Lotz, NHRA Field Marketing, (626) 250-2287, office; (626) 688-8646, cell phone; firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Fornataro, National Trail Raceway, (740) 928-5706; email@example.com