Las Vegas II: Pre-event notes, schedule

WHAT: Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals, 23rd of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and the fifth of six races in the Countdown to 1, NHRA's championship playoffs. The top 10 drivers in four categories - Top Fuel,...

WHAT: Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals, 23rd of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and the fifth 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: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas. Track is located approximately 15 miles north of downtown Las Vegas off Interstate 15.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 29 - Nov. 1

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, Oct. 29
Sportsman qualifying begins at 8 a.m.

FRIDAY, Oct. 30
Sportsman eliminations begin at 8 a.m.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

SATURDAY, Oct. 31
Sportsman eliminations begin at 8 a.m.

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

SUNDAY, Nov. 1
Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.

FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:

Saturday, Oct. 31, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 11 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, Nov 1, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will air NHRA Race Day, at 2:30 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, Nov. 1, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise three hours of final eliminations at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

2008 EVENT WINNERS: Tony Schumacher, Top Fuel; Cruz Pedregon, Funny Car; Jeg Coughlin, Pro Stock; Chris Rivas, Pro Stock Motorcycle.

TICKETS: For tickets call Las Vegas Motor Speedway at (800) 644-4444, or visit LVMS.com.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) -- Thursday: Adult, $16; Junior (6-12 years), free. Friday: Adult, $34; Junior (6-12 years), $11. Saturday: Adult, $55; Junior (6-12 years), $11. Sunday: Adult, $55; Junior (6-12 years) $16. Children five years and under admitted free to general admission and pit areas each day.

RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) -- Friday: Adult, $44; Junior (6-12 years), $21; Child (Five and under), $11. Saturday: Adult, $65; Junior (6-12 years), $26; Child (Five and under), $11. Sunday: Adult, $65; Junior (6-12 years) $27; Child (Five and under), $11

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Tony Schumacher , Cruz Pedregon , Chris Rivas