GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 11, 2005) – The popular JEG’S Allstars Race, a lucrative bonus event for the best NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors, will continue to be contested at state-of-the-art Route 66 Raceway near Chicago, however the date for the 2006 event will move from fall to early summer.

The 22nd annual JEG’S Allstars Race will be held during the ninth annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, June 8-11, 2006. Due to the date switch, drivers in each of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series categories that are featured in the JEG’S Allstars Race started accumulating points for the 2006 event on July 1, 2005. Points earned in July and August 2005 will count for both the 2005 and 2006 JEG’S Allstars events.

NHRA officials, along with representatives from event sponsor JEG’S High Performance, felt that it was important to keep the event at the showcase drag strip in Joliet, Ill.

“The event works very well at Route 66 Raceway because of its central location and most importantly, the NHRA sportsman racers love the facility and seem to enjoy the atmosphere there,” said Graham Light, senior vice president of racing operations, NHRA. “Before we released the 2006 NHRA POWERade Series schedule we considered a few options for the JEG’S Allstars Race, but ultimately we felt it was in the best interest for all involved to keep the event at Route 66 Raceway.”

The best racers in the eight NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series categories from each of NHRA’s seven geographic regions compete for team and individual honors and a share of the $100,000 purse in the JEG’S Allstars Race. The winning team splits $20,000 and the winners in the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car categories earn $7,000 each, while the winners in Competition Eliminator and Super Stock earn $6,000 each. Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street winners earn $4,500. Runners-up in all categories will get $2,000. The top points earners in each category will qualify to represent his/her division at the JEG’S Allstars. Points are based on in-division races only.

“Our roots run deep in all levels of NHRA Drag Racing, but the JEG’S name has become synonymous with sportsman racing over the years,” said Scott Woodruff, motorsports marketing manager for JEG’S High Performance, whose company also sponsors the Cajun SPORTSnationals and the JEG’S Northern SPORTSnationals. “Through our sponsorship of the JEG’S Allstars Race and the JEG’S SPORTSnationals events, we have been able to solidify our support with the entire sportsman community, which accounts for a large portion of our customer base. This continues to be an excellent opportunity for JEG’S and we can’t wait to see some of the best drag racing anywhere on display at the 2006 JEG’S Allstars Race at the spectacular Route 66 Raceway.”

JEG’S High Performance, with world headquarters in Delaware, Ohio, is a leading supplier of automotive and auto racing parts and equipment. JEG’S was founded in 1960 by Jeg Coughlin Sr. in an effort to supply the growing needs of customers throughout the Midwest. In 1986, JEG’S became a leader in the high performance mail order business when the Coughlin brothers (John, Troy, Mike & Jeg Jr.) purchased JEG’S with the assistance of their father. JEG’S is a leader in the aftermarket high performance business and has grown into a multi-million dollar company by providing customers what they want, when they want it, at the price they want to pay — backed by the best customer service.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series’ provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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