NHRA Expands & Sets Dates for Factory Stock Showdown Series
The NHRA has announced the dates for the 2014 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown that will include stops at the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in Gainesville, Fla., Indianapolis, Reading, Pa., and Las Vegas….
The program in its third year will feature three new stops beginning with the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, March 13-16 and ending with the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Oct. 30-Nov. 2. The second stop on the calendar will be the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals held at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Labor Day weekend, Aug. 27 – Sept. 1, where the program was introduced in 2012, and will be followed by the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania, Oct. 2-5.
The event in Indy highlighted the 2013 series, featuring 27 entries as Chris Holbrook defeated Dave Connolly in the final round with his ’13 Mustang Cobra Jet. The NHRA Factory Stock Showdown was designed to showcase the NHRA Ford Mustang Cobra Jet, Dodge Mopar Challenger Drag Pak and the Chevrolet COPO Camaro.
The competition includes entries from both the FS/A and FS/B Stock Eliminator classes with each of the two classes running as a separate category within Stock Class Eliminations, and a winner being crowned in each. The two winners will then square off for the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown Championship using a three-tenths staggered start. Each of the two class winners will receive the NHRA Class Wally trophy with the run-off winner being crowned the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown Champion.
The two classes have new designations and indexes this year.
FS/A: Minimum weight 451 + CID 3200 pounds, all supercharged 3500 pounds, index 10.10
FS/B: Minimum weight up to 400 CID 3250Lbs, 401 to 450 CID (including maximum allowable overbore) 3350 pounds, index 10.40
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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