Baytown: Spring Nationals facts

WHAT: 15th annual NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals, the fifth of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2002 NHRA POWERade championships. Sportsman ...

WHAT:
15th annual NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals, the fifth of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2002 NHRA POWERade championships.

Sportsman competitors in seven categories earn points leading to 2002 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series championships.

WHERE:
Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, Texas. From I-10, go south on Hwy. 146, or FM 3180. Then follow FM 565 to the facility. From the south, follow Hwy. 146 to Spur 55, then east to FM 1405, then north to FM 565.

WHEN:
Thursday through Sunday, April 11-14.

PURSE:
Cash and contingency awards of more than $1.9 million.

SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY, April 11
Gates open at 7 a.m.
Qualifying and sportsman time trials, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, April 12
Gates open at 7 a.m.
Qualifying and sportsman eliminations, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 3:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

SATURDAY, April 13
Gates open at 7 a.m.
Qualifying and sportsman time trials, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

SUNDAY, April 14
Gates open at 7 a.m.
Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:
Saturday, April 13, ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, April 14, ESPN2 will televise two hours of eliminations at 8 p.m. (ET).

SATELLITE:
Friday, April 12, 7-7:30 p.m. (ET) - Galaxy 11 (ku)/Transponder 14 (11980MHz, vertical)
Saturday, April 13, 6:30- 7 p.m. (ET) - Galaxy 11 (ku)/Transponder 16 (12018MHz, vertical)
Sunday, April 14, 7-7:30 p.m. (ET) - Galaxy 11 (ku)/Transponder 16 (12018MHz, vertical)

Feeds include action with natural sound of Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle, plus interviews with qualifying leaders on Saturday and winners on Sunday.

TICKETS:
For tickets call Houston Raceway Park, (281) 383-RACE (7223).
Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) - Thursday: Adult, $12; Junior (6-12 years), free; Friday: Adult, $30; Junior (6-12 years), $10; Saturday: Adult, $40; Junior (6-12 years), $12. Sunday: Adult, $45; Junior (6-12 years), $12; Children 5 and under admitted free in General Admission and pit areas each day.

RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) - Friday: Adult, $38; Junior (6-12 years), $20; Child (5 years and under), $10.

Saturday: Adult, $50; Junior (6-12 years), $22; Child (5 years and under), $12;. Sunday: Adult, $57; Junior (6-12 years), $22; Child (5 years and under), $12.

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