2005 schedule announced

NHRA unveils 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Schedule GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2004) -- NHRA announced today its 2005 POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule, which features a return to all venues currently on the 2004 schedule. The...

NHRA unveils 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Schedule

GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2004) -- NHRA announced today its 2005 POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule, which features a return to all venues currently on the 2004 schedule.

The chase for 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series world championships begins with the 45th running of the K&N Filters Winternationals at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway, Feb. 10-13, and ends at the legendary Southern California drag strip during the 41st annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Nov. 3-6.

Other schedule highlights include a move of the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Chicago to June 9-12, while the Pontiac Excitement NHRA Nationals in Columbus, Ohio will move back to May 19-22.

Celebrating its 25th consecutive year at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. will be the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, and the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals (Dallas) will be mark its 20th anniversary at the famed Texas Motorplex.

In the early part of the season, the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series will return to historic Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway for the 36th annual Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals, followed by the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals in Las Vegas, April 14-17. NHRA's Memorial Day tradition in Topeka, Kan. continues with the 17th running of the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park.

All NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events will feature competition in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock. Pro Stock Bike will again be featured at 15 events, including Gainesville, Fla.; Houston; Commerce, Ga.; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Englishtown, N.J.; St. Louis; Denver; Sonoma, Calif.; Brainerd, Minn.; Indianapolis; Reading, Pa.; Memphis, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Pomona, Calif.

ESPN and ESPN2 will again provide television coverage of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series on a same-day tape or live basis.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 80,000 members nationwide and 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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