Columbus: Pre-event notes, schedule

PONTIAC PERFORMANCE NHRA NATIONALS PRESENTED BY SUMMIT RACING WHAT: The 42nd annual Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, the eighth of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag...

PONTIAC PERFORMANCE NHRA NATIONALS PRESENTED BY SUMMIT RACING

WHAT: The 42nd annual Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, the eighth of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2006 NHRA POWERade Series world championships.

Sportsman competitors in five categories earn points leading to 2006 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series world championships.

WHERE: National Trail Raceway, Hebron, Ohio. The track is located about 20 miles east of Columbus on old U.S. Highway 40, one mile north of Interstate 70 at the Kirkersville exit. >From Columbus, take I-70 to Highway 158 north and follow the signs, or take I-70 to Highway 37 north to U.S. Highway 40 and follow the signs.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, May 18-21.

PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $1.5 million.

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, May 18
Sportsman qualifying and time trials, 9 a.m.

FRIDAY, May 19
Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 9 a.m.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS begin at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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SATURDAY, May 20
Sportsman qualifying and eliminations, 9 a.m.

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

SUNDAY, May 21
Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.

FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION: Saturday, May 20, ESPN and ESPN2 HD will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 10 p.m. (ET).

Sunday May 21, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will broadcast NHRA 2Day, a 30-minute news magazine show, at 11:30 a.m. (ET).

Sunday, May 21, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise three hours of eliminations at 8 p.m. (ET).

TICKETS: For tickets, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472). Tickets also available at Ticketmaster, ticketmaster.com, and nhra.com.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) -- Thursday: Adult, $10; Junior (6-12 years), free. Friday: Adult, $31; Junior (6-12 years) $10. Saturday: Adult, $41, Junior (6-12 years), $10. Sunday: Adult, $41, Junior (6-12 years), $10. Children 5 years and under free in general admission areas.

RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) -- Friday: Adult, $39; Junior (6-12 years), $20; Child (5-under), $10. Saturday: Adult, $51; Junior (6-12 years), $21; Child (5-under), $11. Sunday: Adult, $54; Junior (6-12 years), $23; Child (5-under), $13.

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