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Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals WHAT: 18th annual Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals, the second of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in three categories earn points leading to...

Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals

WHAT: 18th annual Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals, the second of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in three categories earn points leading to 2002 NHRA POWERade championships.

Sportsman competitors in seven categories earn points leading to 2002 NHRA Sportsman Drag Racing Series championships.

WHERE: Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, Ariz. Track is located off Interstate 10 from the north at exit 162A (Maricopa). From the south, take exit 162 (Maricopa). Follow the signs to convenient parking.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 21-24.

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

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, Feb. 21
Gates open at 7:30 a.m.
Qualifying and sportsman time trials, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, Feb. 22
Gates open at 7:30 a.m.
Qualifying and sportsman eliminations, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, Feb. 23
Gates open at 7:30 a.m.
Sportsman eliminations, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, Feb. 24
Gates open at 7 a.m.
Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:
Saturday, Feb. 23, ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 9 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, Feb. 24, ESPN2 will televise three hours of eliminations at 7 p.m. (ET).

SATELLITE:
Friday, Feb. 22, 9:30-10 p.m. (ET) - Galaxy 11 (ku)/Transponder 14 (11980 MHz)
Saturday, Feb. 23, 9:30-10 p.m. (ET) - Galaxy 3R (ku)/Transponder 18 (12050 MHz)
Sunday, Feb. 24, 10:30-11 p.m. (ET) - Galaxy 11 (ku)/Transponder 14 (11980 MHz)
Feeds include action with natural sound of Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock, plus interviews with qualifying leaders on Saturday and winners on Sunday.

2001 CHAMPIONS: Doug Kalitta, Top Fuel; John Force, Funny Car; Warren Johnson, Pro Stock.

TICKETS:
For tickets call Firebird International Raceway, (602) 268-0200. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) - Thursday: Adult, $10; Junior (6-12 years), $5; Friday: Adult, $28; Junior (6-12 years), $15; Saturday: Adult, $38; Junior (6-12 years), $15. Sunday: Adult, $43; Junior (6-12 years), $15; Children 5 and under admitted free in General Admission and pit areas each day.

RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) - Friday: Adult, $38; Junior (6-12 years), $25; Child (5 years and under), $20.

Saturday: Adult, $48; Junior (6-12 years), $25; Child (5 years and under), $20;. Sunday: Adult, $55; Junior (6-12 years), $27; Child (5 years and under), $22.

-nhra-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , John Force , Doug Kalitta