K&N Horsepower Challenge
The lucrative K&N Horsepower Challenge is a special race-within-a-race bonus event highlighting the top seven Pro Stock drivers who have accumulated the most qualifying points during NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events. An eighth driver is decided by a special fan vote on the K&N website.
Drivers began earning points for the 2017 K&N Horsepower Challenge at the 2016 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, and continue through the 2017 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 16-19. The top seven drivers in points clinch a spot in the challenge while the 8th spot if voted by fans.
The winner of the K&N Horsepower Challenge earns $50,000, and the runner- up receives $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 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event is awarded a $3,000 bonus.
The 2016 installment of the annual event featured Greg Anderson, Erica Enders, Jason Line, Chris McGaha, Drew Skillman, Shane Gray, Allen Johnson and Vincent Nobile.
Making his 12th appearance in the event, Anderson raced to the final round and faced off with longtime teammate Line, who earned his 12th appearance in 2016. Anderson claimed his fifth victory in the K&N Horsepower Challenge with a winning time of 12.336-seconds at 89.67 mph as Line broke on the starting line.
“It’s so much fun racing this race, you don’t have to worry about points, you don’t have to worry about screwing up or anything; you just go have fun and try to win the big cash,” Anderson said. “Fifty grand is big to us. It’s huge. It’s obviously the biggest payday we can make a year.”