2006 schedule released

NHRA RETURNS TO VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK World's Largest Motorsports Sanctioning Body Announces 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Schedule GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 4, 2005) -- NHRA released its 23-race, 2006 POWERade Drag Racing Series...

NHRA RETURNS TO VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK

World's Largest Motorsports Sanctioning Body Announces 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Schedule

GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 4, 2005) -- NHRA released its 23-race, 2006 POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule today, immediately following a press conference outside Richmond, Va., where officials from the world's largest motorsports sanctioning body announced its premier drag racing series will return to Virginia Motorsports Park in 2006.

After a five-year absence, the stars of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series will return to Dinwiddie, Va. for the inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals, Oct. 6-8, 2006. NHRA conducted national events at the facility when it opened in 1995, through the 2000 racing season.

"We are excited to welcome back Virginia Motorsports Park as an NHRA Member Track," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. "In addition to receiving an NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event, the facility affords a great venue for our NHRA racers in the Mid-Atlantic region to participate in the many sportsman programs available including the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Summit Racing Series."

NHRA boasts seven divisions throughout the country of which Virginia Motorsports Park will be classified as a Division 1 (Northeast) NHRA Member Track. The facility also is scheduled to host an NHRA Sony Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series event in the spring of 2006.

The schedule is highlighted by a return of all 2005 drag racing facilities, beginning with the 46th running of the CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals at historic Pomona (Calif.) Raceway, Feb. 9-12. The series concludes at the famed quarter-mile track Nov. 9-12, with the 42nd annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.

"Pomona Raceway has arguably the richest history of any of the facilities where the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series visits," said Compton. "NHRA fans, both young and old, come from throughout the United States and Canada to visit the raceway and the adjacent Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum."

What is now Pomona Raceway originally opened in 1950 as a way to encourage street racers to compete safely and was built with the combined efforts of the Pomona Valley Timing Association, Pomona Police Chief Ralph Parker and the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds.

The world's most prestigious drag race, the 52nd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 4 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Earlier in the month, Brainerd International Raceway will celebrate its 25th consecutive year, when it hosts the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Aug. 10-13.

The series will make two stops at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the spring for the seventh annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals, April 6-9, and the sixth annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, Oct. 26-29, and a one-time visit to Route 66 Raceway (June 8-11) outside Chicago, for the ninth annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.

All NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events will feature competition in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock. Pro Stock Motorcycle will again be featured at 15 events, including: Gainesville, Fla.; Houston; Commerce, Ga.; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Englishtown, N.J.; St. Louis; Denver; Sonoma, Calif.; Brainerd, Minn.; Indianapolis; Reading, Pa.; Memphis, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Pomona, Calif.

ESPN2, a part of the ESPN network, the worldwide leader in sports, will once again provide exclusive television coverage, on a same-day basis, of all 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 80,000 members nationwide and 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Sony Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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