Gainesville: Round three pre-race notes, schedule

WHAT: 37th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals, the third of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2006 NHRA POWERade Series world ...

WHAT: 37th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals, the third of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2006 NHRA POWERade Series world championships. Sportsman competitors in six categories earn points leading to 2006 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series world championships.

WHERE: Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla. The track is located on 11211 North County Road 225 in Gainesville.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, March 16-19

PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $1.8 million

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, March 16
Sportsman qualifying and time trials 8:30 a.m.

FRIDAY, March 17
Sportsman qualifying, time trials and eliminations begin at 7:30 a.m.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, March 18
Sportsman eliminations begin at 7:30 a.m.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, March 19
Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.

FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:
Sunday, March 19, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 12:30 a.m. (ET).

Sunday, March 19, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will telecast NHRA 2Day, a 30-minute weekly news magazine show, at 11:30 a.m. (ET).

Sunday, March 19, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise two hours of final eliminations at 5 p.m. (ET).

TICKETS: For tickets call NHRA at (800) 884-6472, or call Ticketmaster at (904) 353-3309. Tickets also available at nhra.com.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) -- Thursday: Adult, $14; Junior (6-12 years), free. Friday: Adult, $33; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Saturday: Adult, $53, 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, $43; Junior (6-12 years), $20; Child (5 years-under), $10. Saturday: Adult, $62; Junior (6-12 years), $22; Child (5 years and under), $12. Sunday: Adult, $55-$62; Junior (6-12 years), $20-$24; Child (5 years and under), $10-$14.

-nhra

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