Story By: SCOTT SMITH / NHRA – GLENDORA, CA – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where the future stars of the sport earn their racing stripes, returns to action for an 18th year during the 2019 race season to compete at premier racing facilities across the country.
The 2019 season kicks off at Orlando Speed World Dragway, in Orlando, Fla. on Feb. 1-2. The schedule also includes a new location, as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series heads to Tucson Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. on March 1-3, also returning to Atlanta Dragway on April 12-13. During the year, the series will feature exciting doubleheader events at Texas Motorplex, Mission Raceway, Heartland Motorsports Park and Sonoma Raceway. The action-packed series will also feature two stops at Woodburn Dragstrip in Woodburn, Ore. and The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where the 2019 season will finish on Nov 7-10.
The upcoming 2019 schedule includes 44 divisional events with a minimum of six in each of the seven divisions. Additionally, there will also be 26 regional events featuring the 260-mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes during the 2019 campaign.
“The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series offers some of the most intense competition in drag racing and we are excited to showcase this talented group of drivers at tracks across the country for another action-packed season,” said NHRA president Glen Cromwell. “The Lucas family has demonstrated incredible dedication to NHRA’s sportsman racers and we are thrilled to continue that partnership.”
“Lucas Oil is synonymous with the NHRA and we have supported the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series since 2001,” said Morgan Lucas, senior vice president of sales. “We have enjoyed a fantastic relationship and are thrilled to continue our partnership in 2019.”
Bonus programs available to competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series include the $100,000 JEGS Allstars. Individual divisions will also have additional bonus programs available to racers.
Graduates of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series include 2018 Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence, 2017 Pro Stock world champ Bo Butner, former Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon, Courtney Force, two-time Pro Stock champ Erica Enders, 2017 Top Fuel champ Brittany Force, five-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin, former Funny Car champion Jack Beckman, Funny Car’s Jonnie Lindberg, three-time Pro Stock champ Jason Line, Funny Car’s Cruz Pedregon, Pro Stock’s Drew Skillman and Funny Car’s Bob Tasca.
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 Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; 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, Instagram and Twitter.
2019 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Schedule
Maple Grove Raceway (Regional) May 24-26
Numidia Dragway June 7-9
Lebanon Valley Dragway (Regional) June 28-30
Atco Dragway (Regional) Aug. 2-4
Cecil County Dragway Aug. 16-18
New England Dragway (Regional) Sept. 6-8
Virginia Motorsports Park (Regional) Oct. 4-6
Orlando Speed World Dragway Feb. 1-2
South Georgia Motorsports Park Feb 22-24
Gainesville Raceway (Regional) March 7-10
Atlanta Dragway April 12-13
Galot Motorsports Park Sept. 27-28
Rockingham Dragway Oct. 18-19
North Central Division
National Trail Raceway (Regional) May 3-5
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park (Regional) May 17-19
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Regional) July 5-7
Route 66 Raceway (Regional) July 12-14
Beech Bend Raceway Park (Regional) August 23-25
Gateway Motorsports Park (Regional) October 4-6
South Central Division
No Problem Raceway Park (Regional) March 1-3
Royal Purple Raceway March 22-24
Texas Motorplex (Regional April 4-6) April 4-5
Texas Motorplex April 6-7
Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park (Regional) May 24-26
Thunder Valley Raceway Park July 12-14
West Central Division
Bandimere Speedway (Regional) June 14-15
Heartland Motorsports Park (Regional July 26-28) July 25-26
Heartland Motorsports Park July 27-28
Brainerd International Raceway Aug. 10-11
Tri-State Raceway (Regional) Sept. 6-8
SRCA Dragstrip Sept. 20-22
Firebird Raceway May 3-5
Mission Raceway (Regional June 21-23) June 20-21
Mission Raceway June 22-23
Woodburn Dragstrip (Regional) July 12-14
Pacific Raceways (Regional) Aug. 16-18
Woodburn Dragstrip (Regional) Sept. 13-15
Tucson Raceway March 1-3
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Regional) April 12-14
Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway May 18-19
Sonoma Raceway (Regional July 19-21) July 18-19
Sonoma Raceway July 20-21
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Oct. 11-13
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Regional) Nov. 7-10
Schedule subject to change