Gainesville: fast facts

<pre> WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, March 15-18, 2001. PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $2 million. SCHEDULE: THURSDAY, March 15 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Qualifying and time trials, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. ...

<pre> WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, March 15-18, 2001.

PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $2 million.

SCHEDULE: THURSDAY, March 15 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Qualifying and time trials, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. FRIDAY, March 16-- Gates open at 7 a.m. Qualifying and sportsman eliminations, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

SATURDAY, March 17-- Gates open at 7 a.m. Sportsman eliminations, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

SUNDAY, March 18 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m. FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION: Thursday, March 15, ESPN2 will televise 'NHRA Heat,' a 30-minute magazine show at 6:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, March 17, ESPN will televise two hours of qualifying coverage, at 3 p.m. (ET). Sunday, March 18, ESPN2 will televise two hours of elimination coverage at 5 p.m. (ET). *Check local listings, television schedule subject to change.

SATELLITE: March 16, 9-9:30 p.m. (ET) - SBS 6/Transponder 5 March 17, 9-9:30 p.m. (ET) - SBS 6/Transponder 5 March 18, 8-8:30 p.m. (ET) - SBS 6/Transponder 5 Feeds include action with natural sound of Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Stock Truck, plus interviews with qualifying leaders on Saturday and winners on Sunday. TICKETS: For tickets call the National Hot Rod Association, (800) 884-6472. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster. GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) - Thursday: Adult, $10; Junior (6-12 years), free. Friday: Adult, $28; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Saturday: Adult, $45; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Child (5 years and under), free with paying adult in general admission and pit access areas each day. RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) - Friday: Adult, $38; Junior (6-12 years), $20; Child (5 years and under), $10. Saturday: Adult, $55; Junior (6-12 years), $22; Child (5 years and under), $12. Sunday: Adult, $55-62; Junior (6-12 years), $20-24; Child (5 years and under), $10-14.

-NHRA

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