The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series South Central Division opens its 2017 season at Royal Purple Raceway for the Texas Sportsman Challenge.  This is the first of seven events for the division that will run Friday through Sunday, March 24-26. Drivers will be racing to earn points leading to divisional and national championships, as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000.
Classes scheduled to run include; Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s SDPC Raceshop Top Sportsman Series and SDPC Raceshop Top Dragster Series will also be run in conjunction with the event. Tickets are $20 each day and children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. The schedule is as follows:
FRIDAY, March 24 – Single day ticket $20
Gates open at 8 a.m. 
Qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m.
SATURDAY, March 25 – Single day ticket $20
Gates open at 8 a.m.
Sportsman qualifying and time trials continue beginning at 9:00 a.m.
SUNDAY, March 26 – Single day ticket $20
Gates open at 8:00 a.m. 
Eliminations continue at 9:00 a.m. 
For additional information please call Royal Purple, (281) 383-7223, or visit Royal Purple Raceway is located at 2525 South FM 565.  It is east of the Houston Metro area, just south of Interstate 10 and east of Highway 146.