K&N Engineering Inc. has signed a multiyear agreement to sponsor the K&N Horsepower Challenge, the longest running specialty event in the NHRA.
“The K&N Horsepower Challenge is an event the Pro Stock racers circle on their calendars each year and winning it denotes the racer and the team as one of the best in the highly competitive category,” said Gary Darcy, senior vice president of sales and marketing, NHRA. “We appreciate K&N Engineering’s continued support of this premier NHRA program.”
The 2014 K&N Horsepower Challenge will take place at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 29th. The Challenge is a race-within-a-race bonus event featuring the top seven Pro Stock drivers based on qualifying points accumulated beginning with the 2013 SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas and continuing through the 2014 Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals, taking place March 13th through 16th in Gainesville, Florida. An eighth driver will compete via a special fan vote on www.nhra.com/knhpchallenge.aspx.
The winner of the Challenge earns $50,000, with the runner-up receiving $10,000. The two semifinalists take home $3,000 each, and the four first-round finishers earn $2,500 each. In addition, the No. 1 qualifier at each NHRA event is awarded a $3,000 bonus.
Fans will be able to take part in an exciting sweepstakes giving one fan the opportunity to win a new Toyota Tacoma. Each of the eight sweepstakes finalists will be paired with one of the eight qualified drivers. The sweepstakes finalist who is paired with the winning driver will win the 2014 K&N Horsepower Challenge Edition Toyota Tacoma. The K&N Horsepower Challenge sweepstakes closes at noon on March 10th.
Six drivers have already clinched starting positions in the K&N Horsepower Challenge: Allen Johnson, Jeg Coughlin Jr., Shane Gray, Jason Line, V. Gaines and Vincent Nobile. One points position remains open and will be filled by either Erica Enders-Stevens, Rodger Brogdon or Larry Morgan. Two positions in the top seven were vacated by Mike Edwards, who has retired from competition, and Greg Anderson, who will miss the first part of the season to address a health issue.
The following NHRA Pro Stock drivers are currently eligible for the fan vote: Bruno Massel, Buddy Parkinson, Chris McGaha, Curt Steinbach, Dave Connolly, David River, Deric Kramer, Erica Enders-Stevens, Frank Gugliotta, Gordie Rivera, Greg Stanfield, Jerry Eckman, John Gaydosh, JR Carr, Kenny Delco, Kurt Johnson, Larry Morgan, Lee Zane, Lewis Worden, Mark Hogan, Mark Martino, Mark Perkinson II, Mark Wolfe, Matt Hartford, Paul Pittman, Richard Freeman, Rickie Jones, Rickie Stevens, Rodger Brodgon, Ron Krisher, Ronnie Humphries, Steve Kalkowski, Steve Kent, Steve Spiess, Tom Martino and Warren Johnson. Vote for your favorite at www.nhra.com/knhpchallenge.aspx.
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