Pro Dragster class to join Top Fuel and others in new Sportsman Racing Series

MILWAUKEE, Wis., Feb. 18—Harley-Davidson Motor Company has announced that it has worked with the 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 seven-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 six-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 $400 to $4,000, plus additional payments down to the quarterfinal 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, Virginia
May 17-19, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio
May 25-26, Atlanta Dragway, Atlanta, Georgia
June 14-16, Bandimere Speedway, Denver, Colorado
June 21-22, Cordova Dragway Park, Cordova, Illinois
June 19-21, New England Dragway, Epping, New Hampshire
Aug. 17-18, Pacific Raceways, Seattle, Washington
Sept. 6-7, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tennessee
Oct. 31- Nov. 3, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada


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