Charlotte: Pre-event news, schedule

NHRA CAROLINAS NATIONALS FACT SHEET WHAT: Second annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals, the 19th of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and the first of six races in the Countdown to 1, NHRA's championship playoffs. The top 10 ...

NHRA CAROLINAS NATIONALS FACT SHEET

WHAT: Second annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals, the 19th of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and the first of six races in the Countdown to 1, NHRA's championship playoffs. The top 10 drivers in four categories - Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle - earn points leading to 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championships.

WHERE: zMAX Dragway. Track is located on Hwy 29 off I-85 at exit 49 (Speedway Blvd.) in the Concord, N.C. area.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 17-20

SCHEDULE: THURSDAY, Sept. 17
Sportsman qualifying begins at 9 a.m.

FRIDAY, Sept. 18
Sportsman eliminations begin at 9 a.m.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 2:30 and 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, Sept. 19
Sportsman eliminations begin at 8:30 a.m.

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

SUNDAY, Sept. 20
Pre-race ceremonies, 11 a.m.

FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at noon

TELEVISION: Saturday, Sept. 19, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 11:30 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, Sept. 20, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will telecast NHRA Race Day at 11 a.m. (ET).

Sunday, Sept. 20, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise three hours of final round eliminations at 7 p.m. (ET).

2008 EVENT

WINNERS: Tony Schumacher, Top Fuel; Jack Beckman, Funny Car; Justin Humphreys, Pro Stock; Steve Johnson, Pro Stock Motorcycle.

TICKETS: For tickets call (800) 455-3267. Tickets also are available at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) - Thursday: Adult, $10; Junior (12 & under), free.

RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) - Friday: Adult, $25-35; Junior (12 & under), $5-10. Saturday: Adult, $45-55; Junior (12 & under), $10-15. Sunday: Adult, $45-55; Junior (12 & under), $10-15.

-credit: nhra

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Drivers Tony Schumacher , Jack Beckman , Steve Johnson