BEST OF THE BEST TO BATTLE IT OUT IN PRESTIGIOUS JEGS ALLSTARS
JOLIET, Ill. – For more than a quarter of a century, the best racers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will square off in the 2011 Jegs Allstars event Saturday, July 9, at Route 66 Raceway during the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals. The $119,000 race within a race will pit the top point’s earners from NHRA’s seven geographic divisions against each other in the culmination of a yearlong point’s battle.
Competitors in Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street will compete for team and individual honors and a share of the $119,000 purse. Event Sponsor, Jegs High Performance, has also offered a “double-up” bonus to racers. Any Allstars representative who wins the Allstars event and goes on to win the national event will have their Allstars prize money doubled.
This year’s event will include a father and son representing their division for the first time in the events 27 year history. Alan Kenny and his son Jason are on the Northeast division Team with Alan running in the Super Gas class and Jason pulling double duty in the Super Comp and Super Gas classes. Jason is the division rep in Super Comp and is returning as the defending champion (blocker) in Super Gas. Along with Jason, there are three other drivers running in multiple classes: Slate Cummings in the South Central division (Stock and Super Stock), Tommy Phillips, South Central division (Super Comp and Super Gas), and Michael Miller, West Central division (Super Comp-blocker and Super Gas).
Defending Jegs Allstars winners include Jim Whiteley (TA Dragster); Frank Manzo (TA Funny Car); Bruno Massel (Comp Eliminator); Joe Santangelo II (Super Stock); Mark Faul (Stock); Michael Miller (Super Comp); Jason Kenny (Super Gas); Steve Domingues (Super Street); Keith Raftery (Top Sportsman) and Raymond Miller III (Top Dragster).
The NHRA Northeast division won its seventh overall team title in 2010, breaking the tie for most wins as the North Central and the Southeast division each have six. The South Central division team has five wins in the event’s history.
Former Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr., has been an Allstars representative for the North Central division six times, winning the Super Gas class twice. Several of today’s NHRA Full Throttle Series stars are past Allstars participants, including Top Fuel drivers Morgan Lucas (Top Alcohol Dragster, 2003 and 2004; won in ‘03), Shawn Langdon (SC, 2005-07; won in ’05 and ’06) and Spencer Massey (TAD, 2007 and 2008; won in ’07) as well as Funny Car drivers Tim Wilkerson (Top Alcohol Funny Car, 1995), and Jack Beckman (Super Comp 2004 and 2005; runner-up ‘04).
Jegs Allstars Awards Bonuses
Category Winner Runner-up
Top Alcohol Dragster $7,000 $2,000
Top Alcohol Funny Car $7,000 $2,000
Comp Eliminator $6,000 $2,000
Super Stock $6,000 $2,000
Top Sportsman $5,000 $2,000
Top Dragster $5,000 $2,000
Stock $4,500 $2,000
Super Comp $4,500 $2,000
Super Gas $4,500 $2,000
Super Street $4,500 $2,000
Totals $54,000 $18,000
Team championship (shared equally among all team members): $20,000
Tow Money (share based on each racer’s percentage of total miles): $25,000
Total Jegs Allstars award bonus: $119,000.