NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series, February 18, 2013

Pro Dragster is IN at NHRA!

story and photos by Tim Hailey


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The Harley-Davidson Motor Company announced that it has worked with NHRA to include the popular little 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
April 12-13, Virginia Motorsports Park, Petersburg, Va.
May 17-19, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio
May 25-26, Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga.
June 14-16, Bandimere Speedway, Denver
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

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