Joliet II: Fact sheet

WHAT: The 20th of 24 events in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2001 NHRA Winston championships. Sportsman competitors in seven categories earn points...

WHAT: The 20th of 24 events in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2001 NHRA Winston championships.

Sportsman competitors in seven categories earn points leading to 2001 NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series championships.

WHERE: Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Ill. The track is located 30 miles southwest of Chicago on Route 53 (historic Route 66), approximately three miles south of I-80 in Joliet, Ill. Take I-80 to exit #132A (Route 53 south) to the track.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 27-30.

PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $1.9 million.

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, Sept. 27-- Gates open at 8 a.m. Qualifying and time trials, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, Sept. 28 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Qualifying and time trials 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, Sept. 29 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Qualifying and sportsman eliminations, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at noon and 3 p.m.

SUNDAY, Sept. 30 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m. FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION: Saturday, Sept. 29, ESPN2 will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at 10 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, Sept. 30, ESPN2 will televise 90 minutes of early round coverage at 6 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 will televise 90 minutes of final round coverage at 8:30 p.m. (ET).

SATELLITE: Sept. 28, 7:30-8 p.m. (ET), SBS 6, Transponder 3 Sept. 29, 8:30-9 p.m. (ET), SBS 6, Transponder 5 Sept. 30, 8-8:30 p.m. (ET), SBS 6, Trandponder 7 Feeds include action with natural sound of Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Truck plus interviews with qualifying leaders on Saturday and winners on Sunday.

TICKETS:

For tickets call Route 66 Raceway, (815) 727-7223. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster and nhra.com.

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

RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) - Friday: Adult, $45; Junior (6-12 years), $25; Child (5 years and under), $15; Saturday: Adult, $55; Junior (6-12 years), $30; Child (5 years and under), $20; Sunday: Adult, $65; Junior (6-12 years), $35; Child (5 years and under), $20.

-NHRA-

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