GLENDORA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2015) – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns for a 15th season with premier events taking place across the country in all seven NHRA divisions, it was announced today by NHRA officials. The 2016 schedule will feature 43 divisional events with a minimum of five in each of the seven divisions. There will also be 25 regional events featuring the 260-mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes.

 

“Sportsman racing forms the foundation of NHRA and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is the pinnacle of sportsman racing,” said Peter Clifford, NHRA president. “The Lucas Series allows for fans to watch some of the best drag racing action at any level, and features high-level racing where many pro racers begin. We look forward to another thrilling season of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series across the U.S. in 2016.”

 

The 2016 season will see a return to zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C. and Spokane County Raceway in Airway Heights, Wash. The 2016 season will begin in Houston, Feb. 26-28, and concludes in Las Vegas, Nov. 3-6.

 

The season will include two doubleheader weekends at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kan., July 28-31 and Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah, Sept. 22-25. In addition, Woodburn Dragstrip in Woodburn, Ore., and The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, will both host two events.

 

“As always, the NHRA has done a great job incorporating some of the most historic racetracks in the country into the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule,” Morgan Lucas said. “We are proud to use the Lucas Oil name to support all of these events and wish participants from all four corners of the country the very best in 2016. Sportsman level drag racing remains a cornerstone of our sport and it’s vital for these racers to be given all of the tools necessary to safely race and participate in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, which starts with these wonderful NHRA approved facilities.”

 

Bonus programs available to competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series include the $100,000 JEGS Allstars. Individual divisions may also have additional bonus programs available to racers.

 

In addition to Lucas, some prominent graduates of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series who have gone on to successful careers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series include Brandon Bernstein, Shawn Langdon, Courtney Force, Erica Enders, Brittany Force, Alexis DeJoria, and Jeg Coughlin.

 

Headquartered in Corona, Calif., Lucas Oil Products was founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket. The Lucas Oil product line features engine oils, greases, gear lubes and problem-solving additives for everyday cars and trucks. In addition, Lucas Oil continues to be directly involved in the American racing industry at all levels through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing events. More information on Lucas Oil Products can be found by visiting www.LucasOil.com.

 

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Youth Racing for teens and the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

2016 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Schedule

 

Northeast Division

Virginia Motorsports Park                                           April 29-May 1

Maple Grove Raceway                                                 May 27-29

Lebanon Valley Dragway                                             July 1-3

New England Dragway                                                 July 22-24

Atco Dragway                                                                Aug. 5-7

Cecil County Dragway                                                  Aug. 19-21

Old Bridge Township Raceway Park                          Sept. 9-11

 

Southeast Division                         

Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville                              March 11-13

Atlanta Dragway                                                            May 20-22

zMax Dragway                                                               Sept. 23-25

Silver Dollar Raceway                                                   Oct. 8-9

Rockingham Dragway                                                  Oct. 28-30

 

North Central Division                                  

Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis                             April 29-May 1

Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park          May 20-22

Route 66 Raceway                                                        June 3-5

National Trail Raceway                                                July 22-24

Gateway Motorsports Park                                         Aug. 5-6

Beech Bend Raceway Park                                          Aug. 26-28

 

South Central Division                                  

Royal Purple Raceway                                                  Feb. 26-28

No Problem Raceway Park                                          April 8-10

Texas Motorplex                                                           April 22-24

Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park                            June 10-12

Thunder Road Raceway Park                                      Sept. 16-18

Thunder Valley Raceway Park                                     Oct. 7-9

 

West Central Division                                                 

SRCA Dragstrip                                                               June 3-5

Bandimere Speedway                                                   June 17-19

Heartland Park Topeka                                                 July 28-29

Heartland Park Topeka                                                 July 30-31

Brainerd International Raceway                                Aug. 13-14

Tri-State Raceway                                                         Sept. 9-11

 

Northwest Division                                                      

Firebird Raceway                                                           April 29 – May 1

Spokane County Raceway                                           May 20-22

Mission Raceway                                                           June 3-5

Woodburn Dragstrip                                                     July 15-17

Pacific Raceway s                                                          Aug. 19-21

Woodburn Dragstrip                                                     Sept. 16-18

 

Pacific Division                                              

Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park                            March 4-6

The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway                  April 8-10

Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway            May 20-22

Sonoma Raceway                                                          July 22-24

Rocky Mountain Raceways                                         Sept. 22-23

Rocky Mountain Raceways                                         Sept. 24-25

The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway                  Nov. 3-6

 

2016 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Regional Schedule

 

East Region        

Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville                              March 11-13

Virginia Motorsports Park                                           April 29-May 1

Maple Grove Raceway                                                 May 27-29

Lebanon Valley Dragway                                             July 1-3

New England Dragway                                                 July 22-24

Atco Dragway                                                                Aug. 5-7

 

North Central Region

Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis                             April 29-May 1

Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park          May 20-22

Route 66 Raceway                                                        June 3-5

National Trail Raceway                                                July 22-24

Gateway Motorsports Park                                         Aug. 5-6

Beech Bend Raceway Park                                          Aug. 26-28

 

Central Region

No Problem Raceway Park                                          April 8-10

Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park                            June 10-12

Bandimere Speedway                                                   June 17-19

Heartland Park Topeka                                                 July 30-31

Tri-State Raceway                                                         Sept. 9-11

Thunder Valley Raceway Park                                     Oct. 7-9

 

West Region

Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park                            March 4-6

The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway                  April 8-10

Mission Raceway                                                           June 3-5

Woodburn Dragstrip                                                     July 15-17

Pacific Raceway s                                                          Aug. 19-21

Woodburn Dragstrip                                                     Sept. 16-18

The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway                  Nov. 3-6