Dallas: Pre-race notes, schedule

WHAT: 19th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals, the 20th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in three categories earn points leading to 2004 NHRA POWERade championships. ...

WHAT: 19th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals, the 20th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in three categories earn points leading to 2004 NHRA POWERade championships.

Sportsman competitors in seven categories earn points leading to 2004 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series championships.

WHERE: Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas. Track is located at 7500 W. Hwy. 287. Follow I-45 or 35E to Hwy 287, then follow 287 to the track.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 23-26.

PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $1.6 million.

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, Sept. 23
Sportsman qualifying, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, Sept. 24
Sportsman qualifying and eliminations, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 4 and 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, Sept. 25
Sportsman qualifying and eliminations, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at noon and 2:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, Sept. 26
Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION: Saturday, Sept. 25, ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 4 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, Sept. 26, ESPN2 will televise two hours of final eliminations at 11 p.m. (ET).

TICKETS: For tickets call (800) 668-6775, or (214) 373-8000. Tickets also are available at texasmotorplex.com.

RESERVED SEATS -- Thursday: Adult, $10; Junior (6-12 years), $5. Friday: Adult, $30-46; Junior (6-12 years), $5-20. Saturday: Adult, $30-53; Junior (6-12 years), $5-28. Sunday: Adult, $36-62; Junior (6-12 years), $5-30.

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