NHRA RELEASES 1999 TELEVISION SCHEDULE

GLENDORA, Calif. -- Four networks will combine to televise all 22 NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series events and the inaugural Winston Showdown in 1999, National Hot Rod Association officials announced Nov. 15.

ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise 13 national events. ESPN will televise the Winston Showdown, NHRA's all-star race, to be held at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway July 8-10. TNN will feature five events, including the prestigious U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis Raceway Park. ABC and Fox Sports/Speedvision will each televise two events.

The television package will include extensive qualifying and race day coverage.

1999 NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES TELEVISION SCHEDULE

AUTOZONE WINTERNATIONALS ESPN2/ESPN Feb. 4-7 Pomona, California 2/7: (ESPN2) 10:30a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30-11:30 p.m. ET 2/11: (ESPN) 12:00 a.m.-1 a.m. ET (Pro highlights) TBA: (ESPN2) TBA (Federal Mogul highlights) ARIZONA NATIONALS TNN Feb. 25-28 Phoenix, Arizona 3/7: Noon-1:30 p.m. ET/PT

MAC TOOLS GATORNATIONALS ESPN2/ESPN March 18-21 Gainesville, Florida 3/19: (ESPN2) 5-6 p.m. ET 3/21: (ESPN2) 5:30-7:30 p.m. ET 4/5: (ESPN) 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET (Pro highlights) TBA (ESPN2) TBA (Federal Mogul highlights)

PENNZOIL NATIONALS TNN April 8-11 Houston, Texas 4/18: Noon - 1:30 p.m. ET/PT

CASTROL NATIONALS FOX SPORTS/SPEEDVISION April 22-25 Dallas, Texas 4/24: (Speedvision) TBA / 4/22 (Speedvision) TBA 4/25: (Fox Sports) 5-7 p.m. (Local Time)

PENNZOIL NATIONALS TNN April 29-May 2 Richmond, Virginia 5/9: Noon - 1:30 p.m. ET/PT

SOUTHERN NATIONALS FOX SPORTS/SPEEDVISION May 13-16 Atlanta, Georgia 5/15: (Speedvision) TBA / 5/16: (Speedvision) TBA 5/16: (Fox Sports) 5-7 p.m. (Local Time)

MOPAR PARTS NATIONALS ESPN2/ESPN May 20-23 Englishtown, New Jersey 5/23: (ESPN2) 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.ET / 7:30-9:30 p.m.ET 5/28: (ESPN) 1-2 a.m.ET (Pro highlights) TBA (ESPN2) TBA (Federal Mogul highlights)

FRAM ROUTE 66 NATIONALS ESPN2/ESPN June 3-6 Chicago, Illinois 6/5: (ESPN2) 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET 6/6: (ESPN2) 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET 6/13: (ESPN) 1-2 a.m.ET (Pro highlights) TBA (ESPN2) TBA (Federal Mogul highlights)

PONTIAC EXCITEMENT NATIONALS ABC/ESPN2 June 10-13 Columbus, Ohio 6/20: (ABC) 3-4 p.m. ET/PT TBA (ESPN2) TBA (Federal Mogul All-Stars)

SEARS CRAFTSMAN NATIONALS ABC June 24-27 Madison, Illinois 7/4: (ABC) 1-2 p.m. ET / 3-4 p.m. PT

* WINSTON SHOWDOWN ESPN July 8-10 Bristol, Tennessee 7/9: (ESPN) 9:30-10:30 p.m.ET 7/10: (ESPN) TBA

MOPAR PARTS MILE-HIGH NATIONALS ESPN2/ESPN July 15-18 Denver, Colorado 7/17: (ESPN2) 9-10 p.m. ET 7/18: (ESPN2) 12:30-2:30 p.m.ET / 6:30-7:30 p.m.ET 7/24: (ESPN) 1-2 a.m. (Pro highlights) TBA (ESPN2) TBA (Federal Mogul highlights)

PROLONG NORTHWEST NATIONALS ESPN2/ESPN July 30-Aug. 1 Seattle, Washington 7/31: (ESPN2) 10-11 p.m.ET 8/1: (ESPN2) 1:30-3:30 p.m.ET / 7:30-8:30 p.m.ET 8/9: (ESPN) 12:30-1:30 a.m.ET (Pro highlights) TBA (ESPN2) TBA (Federal Mogul highlights)

AUTOLITE NATIONALS ESPN2/ESPN Aug. 6-8 Sonoma, California 8/7: (ESPN2) 10-11p.m.ET 8/8: (ESPN2) 1:30-3:30 p.m.ET / 7:30-8:30 p.m.ET 8/15: (ESPN) 1-2 a.m.ET (Pro highlights) TBA (ESPN2) TBA (Federal Mogul highlights)

VISIONAIRE NORTHSTAR NATIONALS ESPN2/ESPN Aug. 19-22 Brainerd, Minnesota 8/21: (ESPN2) 3:30-5:30 p.m.ET 8/22: (ESPN2) 6-8 p.m.ET 8/29: (ESPN) 1-2 a.m.ET (Pro highlights) TBA (ESPN2) TBA (Federal Mogul highlights)

U.S. NATIONALS TNN Sept. 1-6 Indianapolis, Indiana 9/5: 4:30-6 p.m.ET (Pro Bike Dash / Big Bud Shootout) 9/6: Noon - 2 p.m. ET / 5-7 p.m. ET

KEYSTONE NATIONALS ESPN2/ESPN Sept. 16-19 Reading, Pennsylvania 9/19: (ESPN2) 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.ET / 6-8 p.m. ET 9/25: (ESPN) 1-2 a.m.ET (Pro highlights) TBA (ESPN2) TBA (Federal Mogul highlights)

PARTS AMERICA NATIONALS ESPN2/ESPN Sept. 30-Oct. 3 Topeka, Kansas 10/2: (ESPN2) 10 p.m.-12Mid ET 10/3: (ESPN2) 9:30-11:30 p.m. ET 10/12: (ESPN) 1-2 a.m. ET (Pro highlights) TBA (ESPN2) TBA (Federal Mogul highlights)

PENNZOIL NATIONALS TNN Oct. 7-10 Memphis, Tennessee 10/17: Noon - 1:30 p.m. ET/PT

REVELL NATIONALS ESPN2/ESPN Oct. 21-24 Dallas, Texas 10/23: (ESPN2) 9:30-11:30 p.m. ET 10/24: (ESPN2) 4:30-6:30 p.m. ET 10/29: (ESPN) 1-2 a.m. ET (Pro highlights) TBA (ESPN2) TBA (Federal Mogul highlights)

MATCO TOOLS SUPERNATIONALS ESPN2/ESPN Oct. 28-31 Houston, Texas 10/30: (ESPN2) 9:30-10:30 p.m. ET 10/31: (ESPN2) 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.ET / 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET 11/4: (ESPN) 1-2 a.m. ET (Pro highlights) TBA (ESPN2) TBA (Federal Mogul highlights)

WINSTON FINALS ESPN2/ESPN Nov. 11-14 Pomona, California 11/12: (ESPN2) 10:30-11:30 p.m. ET 11/14: (ESPN2) 1:30-3:30 p.m.ET / 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET 11/18: (ESPN) 1-2 a.m. ET (Pro highlights) TBA (ESPN2) TBA (Federal Mogul Highlights)

*NHRA's All-Star Event (Dates and times subject to change)