Phoenix: Pre-race notes, schedule

WHAT: 21st annual Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals presented by Castrol, the second of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in three categories earn points leading to 2005...

WHAT: 21st annual Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals presented by Castrol, the second of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in three categories earn points leading to 2005 NHRA POWERade championships.

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

WHERE: Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, Ariz. Track is located off Interstate 10 from the north at exit 162A (Maricopa). From the south, take exit 162 (Maricopa). Follow the signs.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, Feb. 25-27.

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

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, Feb. 25
Sportsman qualifying begins at 8 a.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 3 and 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, Feb. 26
Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 8 a.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at noon and 3 p.m.

SUNDAY, Feb. 27
Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION: Saturday, Feb. 26, ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 9 p.m. (ET)

Sunday, Feb. 27, ESPN2 will televise three hours of eliminations at 7 p.m. (ET)

TICKETS: For tickets call Firebird International Raceway, (602) 268-0200. Tickets also are available at Ticketmaster.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) -- Friday: Adult, $31; Junior (6-12 years), $15. Saturday: Adult, $41; Junior (6-12 years), $15. Sunday: Adult, $45; Junior (6-12 years), $15; Children 5 and under admitted free in General Admission and pit areas each day.

RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) -- Friday: Adult, $41-$51; Junior (6-12 years), $25; Child (5 years and under), $20.

Saturday: Adult, $51-$74; Junior (6-12 years), $25; Child (5 years and under), $20; Sunday: Adult, $57-$84; Junior (6-12 years), $27; Child (5 years and under), $22.

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