Las Vegas: Pre-event notes, schedule

WHAT: Sixth annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals, the fifth of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in three categories earn points leading to 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series...

WHAT: Sixth annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals, the fifth of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in three categories earn points leading to 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series world championships.

Sportsman competitors in six categories earn points leading to 2005 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series 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, April 14-17.

PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $1.8 million.

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, April 14
Sportsman qualifying and time trials, 9 a.m.

FRIDAY, April 15
Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 8 a.m.
Sport Compact Qualifying Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 3 and 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, April 16
Sportsman eliminations begin at 8 a.m.
Sport Compact Qualifying Session begins at 11:00 a.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

SUNDAY, April 17
Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:
Saturday, April 16, ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 10 p.m. (ET).

Sunday April 17, ESPN2 will broadcast NHRA 2Day, a 30-minute weekly news magazine show, at 11:30 a.m. (ET).

Sunday, April 17, ESPN2 will televise two hours of final eliminations at 7 p.m. (ET).

TICKETS: For tickets call Las Vegas Motor Speedway at (702) 644-4444, or visit LVMS.com, or tickets.com.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) -- Thursday: Adult, $16; Junior (6-12 years), free. Friday: Adult, $30; Junior (6-12 years), $11. Saturday: Adult, $45 Junior (6-12 years), $11. Sunday: Adult, $53; 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, $40; Junior (6-12 years), $21; Child (Five and under), $11. Saturday: Adult, $56; Junior (6-12 years), $21; Child (Five and under), $11. Sunday: Adult, $63; Junior (6-12 years) $27; Child (Five and under), $11.

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