NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns to ESPN2

GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2013) – The National Hot Rod Association Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is televised in 16 one-hour shows on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, with coverage from select NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national events, it was announced today by the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning organization.
Dave Rampy, Alabama, races this 1987 Camaro in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
The popular NHRA Sportsman Spotlights, focusing on NHRA’s Member Track network, will be showcased as part of the race-coverage telecasts.

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series coverage will air on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD on a tape-delay basis as part of NHRA’s relationship with ESPN, in its second decade as the exclusive home of NHRA Drag Racing.

All 16 telecasts will air on Saturday or Sunday.  The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series has a long-standing tradition of serving as a highly-competitive developmental arena for the future stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Returning as anchor of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series telecasts will be long-time NHRA announcer Dave Rieff.  Rieff has been involved for many years with NHRA coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD.   The color analyst role for the shows will be filled by a rotation of two veteran NHRA announcers, Alan Reinhart and Bill Stephens.

Reinhart, whose announcing career spans more than two decades, has been the lead public address announcer of Lucas Oil Series racing at national events and brings extensive knowle
dge of the series and its competitors.

Stephens has been involved with NHRA on the ESPN telecasts for many years and returns to the sport in 2013 both on-site as a public address announcer and in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series telecasts. ESPN2 is now available in nearly 100 million households.

The popular NHRA Sportsman Spotlight segments will continue in 2013. The segments will showcase unique and interesting stories from NHRA Member Tracks in each of the sanctioning body’s seven divisions as well as focus on the different racing programs available for the weekly NHRA enthusiast.

Two new faces will be a part of the special feature in 2013.  Lewis Bloom, currently involved in the NHRA Mello Yello telecasts on ESPN and best known as “Stat Guy,” will split duties with Reinhart, as they will visit the member tracks and share their reports with viewers during the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series telecasts on ESPN2.  

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. The NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. The NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. The NHRA also offers the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing Leaguefor youth ages eight to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Please print and keep these dates:
Watch for Ray Skillman's Cobra Jets.
2013 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Television Schedule

Event: Air Date, Time.
O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, Calif.: Saturday, March 2; 8-9 a.m.

Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.: Saturday, March 23; 11 p.m.-Midnight.

SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas: Saturday, April 14; 11 a.m.-Noon.

Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Fueled by Full Throttle Charlotte, N.C.: Sunday, April 28; 5-6 p.m.

O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals, Houston: Sunday, May 5; 5:30-6:30 p.m.

NHRA Kansas Nationals Topeka, Kan.: Sunday, May 26: 11 a.m.-Noon,

O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago: Sunday, July 7; 6-7 p.m.

Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio: Sunday, July 14; 11 a.m.-Noon.

O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals, Seattle: Sunday, Aug. 11; 11:30 a.David Grubnic tells how a top fuel dragster works, then proves it.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn.: Sunday, Aug. 25: 11 p.m.-Midnight.

NHRA U.S. Nationals ,Indianapolis: Sunday, Sept. 8; 10-11 a.m.

NHRA Nationals ,Charlotte, N.C.: Saturday, Sept. 21; 9-10 a.m.

AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Dallas: Sunday, Sept. 29; 2-3 p.m.

Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa.: Sunday, Oct. 13: 3–4 p.m.

NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas: Sunday, Nov. 3; 1-2 p.m.

Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Pomona, Calif.: Sunday, Nov. 17; 1-2 p.m.Bob Vandergriff started with a street car.
* All times Eastern. Schedule subject to change. Please check local listings.

2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Television Schedule
Event: Air Time (ET), Date
O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries, Pomona, Calif.:
Qualifying, 10 p.m.– Midnight, Sat., Feb. 16

Jason Line kicks it into gear.   Eliminations, 8–11 p.m., Sun., Feb. 17

NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix:
Qualifying, 1-2:30 a.m., Sun., Feb. 24
Qualifying re-air, 8-9 a.m., Sun., Feb. 24
Eliminations, 8-11 p.m., Sun., Feb. 24

Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.:
Qualifying, 1:30-3 a.m., Sun., March 17
Qualifying re-air, 8-9 a.m., Sun., March 17
Eliminations, 7-10 p.m., Sun., March 17

SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas:
Qualifying, 10 p.m. – Midnight, Sat., April 6
Eliminations, 11 p.m. – 2 a.m., Sun., April 7

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.:
Qualifying, 5–7 p.m., Sat., April 20
Eliminations, 7–10 p.m., Sun., April 21

O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries, Houston:
   Qualifying, 3-5 p.m., Sat., April 27
Eliminations, 2-5 p.m., Sun., April 28Blake Alexander and John Force talk shop.

Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta:
Qualifying, 8-10 p.m., Sat., May 4
Eliminations, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sun., May 5

NHRA Kansas Nationals, Topeka, Kan.:
Qualifying, 5 - 7 p.m., Sat., May 18
Eliminations, 8-11 p.m., Sun., May 19

Toyota NHRA Summernationals, Englishtown, N.J.:
Qualifying, 5-6 p.m., Sat., June 1 (ESPN)
Qualifying, 1-2 a.m., Sun., June 2
   Eliminations, 4:30–7 p.m., Sun., June 2
Erica Enders-Stevens.
Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers, Bristol, Tenn.:
   Qualifying, 7–9 p.m., Sat., June 15
Eliminations, 1-3 p.m., Sun., June 16
Eliminations, 11 p.m. – Midnight, Sun., June 16

NHRA New England Nationals, Epping, N.H.:
   Qualifying, 8-10 p.m., Sat., June 22
Eliminations, 7-10 p.m., Sun., June 23

O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries, Chicago:
   Qualifying, 5-7 p.m., Sat., June 29
Qualifying, 11 p.m. – Midnight, Sat., June 29
Summit Racing logo.
   Eliminations, 9 p.m. – Midnight, Sun., June 30

Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio:
   Qualifying, 6 – 8 p.m., Sat., July 6
   Eliminations, 7 – 10 p.m., Sun., July 7
Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver:
   Qualifying, 10 p.m. – Midnight., Sat., July 20
Eliminations, 6 – 9 p.m., Sun., July 21

NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma, Calif.:
Qualifying, 7 – 9 p.m., Sat., July 27 (ESPN)
Eliminations, 8 – 11 p.m., Sun., July 28

O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries, Seattle:
   Qualifying, 10:30 p.m. – Midnight, Sat., Aug. 3

Ronnie Humphrey.   Eliminations, 8 – 11 p.m., Sun., Aug. 4

Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn.:
Qualifying, 11 p.m.–1 a.m., Sat., Aug. 17

   Eliminations, 9 p.m. – Midnight, Sun., Aug. 18

NHRA U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis:
Qualifying, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Sun., Sept. 1
Qualifying, 5–7 p.m., Sun., Sept. 1
Eliminations, Noon–6 p.m., Mon., Sept. 2
NHRA Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.:
Qualifying, TBD
Eliminations, 8:30–11:30 p.m., Sun., Sept. 15Antron Brown defends his Top Fuel World Championship title.
AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, Dallas:
   Qualifying, TBD
Eliminations, 8:30 –11:30 p.m., Sun., Sept. 22

AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis:
Qualifying, TBD
Eliminations, 8 – 11 p.m., Sun., Sept. 29
Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa.:
Qualifying, TBD
Eliminations, 8 -11 p.m., Sun., Oct. 6
Brittany Force learns the ways of Top Fuel in her rookie year.
NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas:
Qualifying, TBD
Eliminations, 8 – 11 p.m., Sun., Oct. 27
Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Pomona, Calif.:
Qualifying, TBD
Eliminations, 7–10 p.m., Sat., Nov. 10
* All telecasts on ESPN2 except where noted.  All times Eastern.  Schedule subject to change, please check local listings.   

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