Upcoming Events in May for the Lucas Oil Regional and Divisional Series

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Lucas Oil sponsors two NHRA drag racing series, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Regional Series and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (LODRS). There are four regions in the series: East North Central, West, and Central.  The East (1) and North Central Regions (2) have events during the month of May. There are seven regions in the Divisional Series: Pacific, West Central, South Central, Northwest, North Central, Southeast, and Northeast. All seven series have events happening in May and there’s also a special event on the last weekend of the month. Starting with the Regional Series, let’s take a look at these upcoming events.


East Region

The East Region of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Regional has the Showdown at Sundown at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pennsylvania over the weekend of the 21st through the 24th (the 25th if rained out). Gates open at 7:30 AM on Thursday and Friday and NHRA inspections run from 10 AM until 4 PM. On Saturday and Sunday the gates open at eight. On Saturday, inspections begin at 8. The Northeast Division of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will also join in this weekend’s festivities.


North Central Region

The North Central Region has events on the weekends of the first through and 15 through 17 of May. The Spring Spectacle of Speed kicks off on Thursday, April 30th and runs through Sunday, May 3rd at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The Mickey Mart Rewards Cavalcade of Stars runs May 15-17 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.  The Lucas Oil North Central Division will also show up for this event.

Gates open on Thursday for the Spring Spectacle of Speed at 9 AM and at 7 the rest of the weekend.

The Mickey Mart Rewards Cavalcade of Stars is more than just a full weekend of drag racing, it’s a party with Friday and Saturday nights wrapping up with fireworks spectacles that rival many town celebrations on Independence Day. Summit Motorsports Park is one of the few NHRA venues where your general admission ticket also gains you access to the pits all three days.


The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeast Division Visits Rockingham in May

The weekend of May 28-31 the Southeast Division travels to Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, North Carolina for the Big Sportsman Weekend. This four-day event is billed as two races in one and looks to be an awesome event. Gates open at 10AM on Thursday and 8AM the rest of the weekend.


South Central Hits Belle Rose, La the Weekend of May 29-31

The Lucas Oil South Central Division goes to the No Problem Raceway Park in Belle Rose, La for the 2015 Lucas Oil Division 4 Championship. I wasn’t able to find any information concerning this event, so you’ll need to contact the track for specifics.


Lucas Oil West Central Division Heads to Kansas

Division 5, the West Central Division, heads to SRCA Drag Strip in Great Bend, KS. for Thunder on the Plains the weekend of the May 14-17. Gates open at 7AM all four days.


Boise, ID Hosts the Northwest Division

The weekend of May 15-17 sees the Northwest Division head to Firebird Raceway in Boise, ID for the 45th Napa Auto Parts Nitro Opener. The weekend’s events include cycles, rats, rails, and rods and festivities actually begin on the 14th with a Tune and Test.


Lucas Oil Pacific Division Surfs Over to Auto Club Dragway

Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, CA will be the scene for the LODRS event the weekend of May 22-24. You’ll need to contact the track for more event information as I was unable to find anything.


NHRASportSnationals at Auto Club Dragway

The last weekend of May has NHRA racing return to Fontana with the JEGS NHRA Pacific SPORTSnationals . SPORTSnationals is a series within a series and offers top-notch racing fun.

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Mike's love of cars began in the early 1970's when his father started taking him to his Chevron service station. He's done pretty much everything in the automotive aftermarket from gas station island attendant, parts counter, mechanic, and new and used sales. Mike also has experience in the amateur ranks of many of racing's sanctioning bodies.

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