Madison: Round 12 preview

WHAT: Eighth annual Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals, the 12th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2004 NHRA POWERade championships. Sportsman ...

WHAT:
Eighth annual Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals, the 12th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2004 NHRA POWERade championships.

Sportsman competitors in five categories earn points leading to 2004 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series championships.

WHERE:
Gateway International Raceway, Madison, Ill. Located five minutes from downtown St. Louis, the track is on Interstate 55/70 at Exit 4. From St. Louis, take I-70 south to I-55/70 and travel east to Exit 4.

WHEN:
Friday through Sunday, June 25-27.

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

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, June 25
Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin at 10 a.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 5 and 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, June 26
Sportsman eliminations begin at 10 a.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 5 and 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, June 27
Sportsman eliminations begin at 11 a.m. Pre-race ceremonies, 3:30 p.m.
FINAL PROFESSIONAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 4:30 p.m.

TELEVISION:
Saturday, June 26, ESPN2 will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at 10 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, June 27, ESPN2 will televise three hours of elimination highlights at 9 p.m. (ET).

TICKETS: For tickets and ticket information call, (866)-35-SPEED or Ticketmaster. Tickets also available at gatewayraceway.com.
GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) - Friday: Adult, $30; Youth (12 years and under), $10. Saturday: Adult, $35; Youth (12 years and under), $10; Sunday: Adult, $45; Youth (12 years and under), $15. Child (5 years and under), free with paying adult in general admission and pit areas each day.
RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) - Friday: Adult, $40; Youth (12 years and under), $15. Saturday: Adult, $45 (Pit Side); Youth (12 years and under), $20 (Pit Side). Sunday: Adult, $55 (Pit Side); Youth (12 years and under), $25 (Pit Side).

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