50th U.S. Nationals special show

GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2004) -- The history and prestige of the world's greatest drag race will be showcased on Monday, Sept. 6 when NHRA 2Day airs 50 years of the U.S. Nationals at 11 a.m. (ET), which will kick-off ESPN2's full day of...

GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2004) -- The history and prestige of the world's greatest drag race will be showcased on Monday, Sept. 6 when NHRA 2Day airs 50 years of the U.S. Nationals at 11 a.m. (ET), which will kick-off ESPN2's full day of coverage of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis Raceway Park.

The special half-hour show will highlight some of the most memorable moments from the last 49 years of the historic race, and include interviews with drag racing legends and today's stars as they reflect and share their thoughts about the legendary race during its golden anniversary. The show also will feature rare footage from many of the U.S. Nationals' greatest races.

The show is part of more than 10 hours of coverage by ESPN for the 50th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. Immediately following the half-hour U.S. Nationals tribute show, ESPN2 will feature 90 minutes of early eliminations coverage. Three hours of coverage of final eliminations will anchor the network's programming package and air later that day on ESPN2, starting at 7 p.m. (ET).

Qualifying shows are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, as well as coverage of two special bonus events: The Skoal Showdown for Funny Cars and the K&N Filters Pro Bike Klash.

The 50th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the world's most prestigious drag race, is the 18th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. More than 1,000 NHRA race teams in 12 categories will compete for coveted trophies at the $2.6 million race that has become auto racing's biggest Labor Day weekend tradition.

50TH ANNUAL MAC TOOLS U.S. NATIONALS TELEVISION SCHEDULE:

Saturday, Sept. 4

* ESPN2 will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at 5 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5

* ESPN2 will televise NHRA 2Day, a half-hour event preview show at 11:30 a.m.

* ESPN will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 1 p.m.

* ESPN2 will televise three hours of qualifying highlights and the Skoal Showdown at 5 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 6

* ESPN2 will televise a special edition of NHRA 2Day: 50 years of the U.S. Nationals at 11 a.m.

* ESPN2 will televise 90 minutes of early round eliminations at 11:30 a.m.

* ESPN2 will televise three hours of final eliminations at 7 p.m.

*All times Eastern

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