Kershaw Named North Central Division Director

Courtesy of NHRA Communications

Jesse Kershaw will be NHRA’s North Central Division Director (Division 3). The North Central Division includes tracks in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and is home to four NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events.

“I’m excited to work with NHRA and continue the vision of Wally Parks,” said Kershaw. “Division 3 has a great amount of history and tradition.  I am eager to continue the great history and racing this division is known for, and to grow the sport of drag racing in the region even more.  I look forward to meeting and working with everyone– our member tracks, competitors, sponsors and fans.”

Kershaw has over two decades of motorsports experience and most recently was the drag racing parts and competition manager, performance parts segment manager at Ford Performance Parts. While there he created the Cobra Jet race program and led efforts that allowed Ford to win the NHRA Manufacturers Cup championship in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Kershaw also worked closely with NHRA to define the rules package for the School of Automotive Machinists & Technology NHRA Factory Stock Showdown, the popular sportsman series events.

“We are pleased to welcome Jesse to NHRA,” said Josh Peterson, vice president, racing administration. “Jesse’s extensive racing background is a major asset.   He brings a wide range of relevant experience that will enhance and grow the division.”

The Division 3 office will be relocated to the Detroit area.

NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.

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