GLENDORA, Calif. – The JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals, historically one of the finest weekends of NHRA Sportsman racing, kicks off Friday at National Trail Raceway outside of Columbus, Ohio. The event returns to National trail, the hometrack for the JEGS Mail Order team, for the first time since 2015, for three days of intense racing action, Sept 20-22.
National Trail Raceway has been in operation since 1964, and with new ownership and management, the facility has undergone multiple improvements over the past two years, inviting racers back to “The Super Strip” for an exciting weekend of NHRA Sportsman Drag Racing.
The event will once again feature Sportsman racers from across the country and a purse of over $108,000 along with special bonus races and national event contingency payouts.
Racing action starts on Friday morning as the racers take to the track for qualifying runs. Super Stock, Stock, Super Gas, Super Street, and Super Comp along with Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Comp Eliminator, and Sportsman Motorcycle will compete throughout the weekend.
On Friday night, all racers and crew are invited to “Pizza & Movie Racer Appreciation Night” as the NHRA, JEGS, and National Trail Raceway thank the participants with pizza and a movie. Talladega Nights will play on a 20 -foot outdoor projection screen, with catered-in pizza and soft drinks for all to enjoy. Fresh popcorn will also be available and, with a bonfire nearby, racers are invited to bring their Smores fixins’.
Saturday is packed with action on track featuring a slew of specialty events for all classes: heads up class racing for Stock and Super Stock; K&N Super Shootouts for Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street; CTECH Comp Eliminator Fast Four; and the Racing RVs Top Sportsman and Top Dragster Fast Four.
Final eliminations will begin on Sunday and run throughout the day culminating with winner’s circle celebration and the awarding of the coveted NHRA Copper Wally that is earned only at the JEGS SPORTSnationals.