Madison: Round 12 facts, schedule

WHAT: Ninth annual Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals, the 12th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2005 NHRA POWERade Series world ...

WHAT: Ninth annual Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals, the 12th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2005 NHRA POWERade Series world championships.

Sportsman competitors in five categories earn points leading to 2005 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series world championships.

WHERE: Gateway International Raceway, Madison, Ill. Located five minutes from downtown St. Louis, the track is on Interstate 55/70 at Exit 4. From St. Louis, take I-70 south to I-55/70 and travel east to Exit 4.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, June 24-26.

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

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, June 24
Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin at 10:30 a.m.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 5 and 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, June 25
Sportsman eliminations begin at 10:30 a.m.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 5 and 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, June 26
Sportsman eliminations begin at 11 a.m. Pre-race ceremonies, 3:30 p.m.

FINAL PROFESSIONAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 4:30 p.m.

TELEVISION:
Saturday, June 25, ESPN2 will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at midnight (ET).

Sunday, June 26, ESPN2 will televise three hours of elimination highlights beginning at 9 p.m. (ET).

TICKETS: For tickets and ticket information call, (866)-35-SPEED or Ticketmaster. Tickets also available at gatewayraceway.com.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) -- Friday: Adult, $30; Youth (12 years and under), $10. Saturday: Adult, $40; Youth (12 years and under), $10; Sunday: Adult, $50; Youth (12 years and under), $20. Child (5 years and under), free with paying adult in general admission and pit areas each day.

RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) -- Friday: Adult, $40; Youth (12 years and under), $15. Saturday: Adult, $50 (Pit Side); Youth (12 years and under), $20 (Pit Side). Sunday: Adult, $60 (Pit Side); Youth (12 years and under), $25 (Pit Side).

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