GLENDORA, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2016) – JEGS Automotive Inc., a leading supplier of automotive and auto racing parts and equipment, has signed an agreement with NHRA to continue as the title sponsor for the NHRA SPORTSnationals held at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., May 26-28, 2017. The sponsorship of the NHRA SPORTSnationals has been in the hands of JEGS for 12 consecutive years. JEGS came on board in 2005, one year after NHRA reinstituted the tradition-rich event.
The JEGS SPORTSnationals, the premier standalone event in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, will continue to be a national event with national points being awarded for all classes except Super Street, which will earn divisional championship points. New in 2016, all racers received an NHRA national event grade point for attending the race.
“JEGS and the Coughlin family are excited to extend our continued support of the JEGS SPORTSnationals,” said Scott Woodruff, JEGS Director of Media and Motorsports. “Dallas (Jones) and the entire staff at Beech Bend Raceway Park have been great to work with and we look forward to making the event even better in 2017 and beyond.”
Earlier this year, JEGS also announced that it extended its sponsorship of the JEGS Allstars event, a race-within-a-race bonus program for the best of the best in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
“Everyone at NHRA is very excited JEGS is continuing its sponsorship of the NHRA SPORTSnationals,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president and chief development officer. “JEGS and the championship-winning Coughlin family are heavily involved in many aspects of NHRA Drag Racing and we couldn’t be more appreciative of their support. We look forward to the coming years as JEGS will again bring fans exciting drag racing at two flagship Sportsman events the JEGS SPORTSnationals in Bowling Green as well as the JEGS Allstars in Chicago.”
The JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals are made exceptionally meaningful by the camaraderie evident throughout the ranks of Sportsman racers, the intense competition, and the overall NHRA Drag Racing fun inspired by the event.
The JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals showcases several of NHRA’s Lucas Oil Series categories exclusively. Competitors in Competition Eliminator, Stock Eliminator, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster compete for more than $100,000 at the JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals.
JEGS Automotive, Inc., with world headquarters in Delaware, Ohio, is a leading supplier of automotive and auto racing parts and equipment. JEGS was founded in 1960 by Jeg Coughlin Sr. in an effort to supply the growing needs of customers throughout the Midwest. In 1988, JEGS became a leader in the high performance mail order business when the Coughlin brothers (John, Troy, Mike & Jeg Jr.) purchased JEGS with the assistance of their father. JEGS is a leader in the aftermarket high performance business and has grown into a multi-million dollar company.
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 Hot Rod Heritage Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street for teens and the 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; Gainesville Raceway 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.