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MARTIN, MICH. – U.S. 131 Motorsport Park’s commitment to drag racing’s next generation got a big boost Friday with the confirmation the new season-ending American Race Cars Shootout in which one Jr. Dragster driver will win a $1,500 gift certificate toward the purchase of a new ARC chassis.

Mark Horton and Travis Colangelo, owners of American Race Cars in Millbury, Ohio, and Jason Peterson, General Manager of U.S. 131, jointly announced the program in which the top four point-producers in the Jr. Dragster Beginner division and the Jr. Dragster Advanced division will get a chance to race for the $1,500 certificate.

“At the end of the season, the top four in the Beginner class will race against each other to determine an overall winner,” Peterson said, “and the top four in the Advanced class will do the same. Then the two overall winners will race for the certificate. It’s a great addition to our program and I want to thank Mark Horton for his enthusiastic involvement.”

Not to be left high-and-dry, the loser of the showdown race will earn a gift certificate from Craig Blossom of Blossom Racing Engines in Sand Lake, Mich., for $500 towards a new engine purchase. Blossom already was heavily involved in the program as sponsor of cash awards of $150 and $50 to the Jr. Dragster drivers who are 1-2 in points in both categories at mid-season.

Overall, Jr. Dragsters will race on the high traction surface at U.S. 131 21 days this season starting with the opening event in the Lane Automotive Bracket Series on Saturday, April 30.

The Jr. Dragster points fund of the Lane Series is sponsored by Powershield Coatings of Niles, Mich., whose president, Artie “Buzz” McIwee III, made it possible to double this year’s point fund. The 2016 champions in both Jr. classes will earn a $300 bonus with the Top 5 drivers in both classes sharing in the Powershield point fund.

Class sponsorships comes from Sebright Machine of Holland, MI.