2007 schedule announced

2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Schedule Announced Dates change for six national event tracks including Atlanta, St. Louis, Bristol, Topeka, Reading, and Memphis; Norwalk, Ohio joins NHRA GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 30, 2006) -- NHRA...

2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Schedule Announced

Dates change for six national event tracks including Atlanta, St. Louis, Bristol, Topeka, Reading, and Memphis; Norwalk, Ohio joins NHRA

GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 30, 2006) -- NHRA announced today its new 23-race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule for 2007. During the announcement, the world's largest motorsports sanctioning body announced the addition of Norwalk Raceway Park, which sits between Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio, to the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.

Also announced was the addition of a 16th event for the Pro Stock Motorcycle category, to take place at Texas Motorplex near Dallas.

In all, six national events have been moved on the schedule. The series will continue to book-end the 23-race, 10-month season at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California, officially kicking off the season Feb. 8-11 with the CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals and concluding the season and crowning the NHRA POWERade Series World Champions at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Nov. 1-4.

The schedule features only one stretch where the competitors are off for more than one week, that being between the Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals in Phoenix, Feb. 23-25, and the traditional East Coast opener, the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., which will be held March 15-18.

Among the many changes to the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule is the relocation of the Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals from National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio to Norwalk Raceway Park, one of the premier drag racing facilities in the country, June 28-July 1. Located near Cleveland, Ohio and not too far from the metropolitan markets of Toledo, Ohio and Detroit, Mich., the new summer race optimizes the 23-race schedule bringing the excitement of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing to not only the entire state of Ohio, but residents of Southern Michigan.

NHRA also announced significant changes to its schedule, moving the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway to April 26-29, followed by the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis, May 4-6. The O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway, which traditionally held a late-April date, will move to May 18-20, while the NHRA Supernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., just outside New York City, will continue to run June 21-24.

Another change to the schedule will be the move of the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. to Aug. 16-19, which will be the last race to determine the Top Eight positions for the NHRA POWERade Countdown to the Championship.

The O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka (Kan.), will move off Memorial Day weekend to the following week, becoming a three-day event, June 1-3, followed by the NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway, just south of Chicago.

The world's largest, most prestigious and longest running drag racing event, the 53rd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, will be held once again on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29 -- Sept. 3 at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. The race, which already features two lucrative bonus events, the Skoal Showdown and Ringers Gloves NHRA Pro Bike Battle, will deliver further excitement as it will be the first race of the NHRA POWERade Countdown to the Championship.

The O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals at Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park, will move to be included as part of the NHRA POWERade Countdown to the Championship, Sept. 14-16.

The final race to secure the top four teams remaining in the Countdown to the Championship will be the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park near Richmond, Va., Oct. 5-7. NHRA also announced that the Pro Stock Motorcycle class will add a 16th event to its current schedule, competing at the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex outside Dallas, Sept. 20-23.

The Western Swing will remain in tact, beginning with the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, July 13-15, followed by the Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, July 20-22 at Pacific Raceways in Seattle and the FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway, in Sonoma, Calif., July 27-29.

The final two races of the season, the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Oct. 18-21, and the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., Nov. 1-4, will represent the Countdown to One in the drag racing world competing for the claim to the NHRA POWERade World Championship.

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 Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Drags presented by AAA. The NHRA also offers the NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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