Drag Racing Press Release



Harley-Davidson expands NHRA Drag Racing Series classes

MILWAUKEE (February 18, 2013) - Harley-Davidson Motor Company is pleased to announce that it has worked with NHRA to include the popular nitromethane-burning Pro Dragster class in the newly formed NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series.

Pro Dragster joins the previously announced classes that will compete at all 10 rounds of the series:  Top Fuel, Pro Gas, Draggin’ Bagger, Street Pro and Hot Street. The NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series begins in March at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston.

With quarter-mile elapsed times in the low 7-second range and speeds at more than 190 mph, the Pro Dragster class offers fans and racers a thrilling entry to the thundering spectacle of nitro-powered Harley-Davidson drag racing that is capped by the awesome 6-second, 225-mph Top Fuel class.

“Anyone who loves the smell of burning nitro can share our excitement with this announcement,” said Harley-Davidson Racing Manager Kris Schoonover. “Pro Dragster will be a great addition to the NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series, and we can’t wait for the season to get started.”

To support racers in all six classes, Harley-Davidson will offer a $177,250 purse, with payouts for event winners ranging from $4,000 to $400 plus additional payments down to the quarter-final round. In addition, class winners at each event will receive a coveted NHRA Wally trophy in the winner’s circle.

The NHRA Harley Davidson Drag Racing Series will compete at the following 10 scheduled events in 2013:

  • March 1-3, Royal Purple Raceway, Houston Texas
  • April 12-13, Virginia Motorsports Park, Petersburg, Va.
  • May 17-19, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio
  • May 25-26, Atlanta Dragway, Atlanta, Ga.
  • June 14-16, Bandimere Speedway, Denver, Colo.
  • June 21-22, Cordova Dragway Park, Cordova, Ill.
  • June 19-21, New England Dragway, Epping, N.H.
  • Aug. 17-18, Pacific Raceways, Seattle
  • Sept. 6-7, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.
  • Oct. 31- Nov. 3, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev.

For more information, including complete rules and contingency programs, visit www.nhraracer.com.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles
and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit harley-davidson.com.

About the NHRA
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 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 the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 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.


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