Commerce: Pre-race notes, schedule

WHAT: 25th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac, the seventh of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to...

WHAT: 25th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac, the seventh of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2005 NHRA POWERade championships.

Sportsman competitors in seven categories earn points leading to 2005 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series championships.

WHERE: Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga. I-85 to Exit 149 (Hwy 441). After exiting the freeway, go north on Highway 441 to Steven Tanger Blvd. Take left on Tanger and then go right on Ridgeway Road.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, May 12-15.

PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $1.4 million.

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, May 12
Sportsman time trials and qualifying begin at 9 a.m.

FRIDAY, May 13
Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 9 a.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, May 14
Sportsman eliminations begin at 8 a.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, May 15
Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION: Saturday, May 14, ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 7 p.m. (ET).

Sunday May 15, ESPN2 will broadcast NHRA 2Day, a 30-minute weekly news magazine show, at 11:30 a.m. (ET).

Sunday, May 15, ESPN2 will televise three hours of final eliminations at 7 p.m. (ET).

TICKETS: For tickets call NHRA, (800) 884-6472 or Ticketmaster at (404) 249-6400. Tickets also available at nhra.com.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) -- Thursday: Adult, $10; Junior (6-12 years), free. Friday: Adult, $29; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Saturday: Adult, $42; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Sunday: Adult, $42; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Child (5 years-under), admitted free with paying adult in general admission and pit access areas each day.

RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) -- Friday: Adult, $37; Junior (6-12 years), $18; Child (5 years-under), $8. Saturday: Adult, $52; Junior (6-12 years), $22; Child (5 years and under), $12. Sunday: Adult, $54; Junior (6-12 years), $22; Child (5 years and under), $12. Call NHRA for four-day passes and campground information.

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