GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 30, 2003) - The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) announced today its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule for the 2004 season, which features a return to all venues currently on the 2003 schedule. Highlighting the 2004 schedule is a move to a later opening date. The K&N Filters Winternationals will launch the season Feb. 19-22, at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway. Another change on the schedule is the K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals at Englishtown, N.J., which moves from its current mid-May date to June 17-20. The Western Swing, which features events at Denver, Seattle and Sonoma, Calif., highlights four individual sets of three consecutive weekends of racing. "The biggest change in the 2004 NHRA POWERade Series schedule is the move of the opening race weekend to the middle of February," said Tom Compton, NHRA president. "By doing this, it will allow the teams more time during the offseason to prepare for the NHRA POWERade championship chase." Additional three race swings will take place in May, June and September. In May, the three-race swing includes the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals (May 13-16) at Commerce, Ga.; Lucas Oil NHRA Route 66 Nationals (May 20-23) in Chicago; and the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals (May 27-30) on Memorial Day weekend at Topeka, Kan. The June trio features the Pontiac Excitement NHRA Nationals (June 10-13) at Columbus, Ohio; K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals; and the Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals (June 25-27) at St. Louis. The September swing includes the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals (Sept. 16-19) at Reading Pa.; O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals (Sept. 24-26) at Memphis, Tenn.; and the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals (Sept. 30-Oct. 3) at Chicago. The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the most prestigious championship drag racing event in the world, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2004. The race will be held at Indianapolis Raceway Park on Sept. 1-6. All NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events will feature competition in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock. Pro Stock Bike will again be featured at 15 events, including Gainesville, Fla.; Houston; Commerce, Ga.; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Englishtown, N.J.; St. Louis; Denver; Sonoma, Calif.; Brainerd, Minn.; Indianapolis; Reading, Pa.; Memphis, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Pomona, Calif. ESPN and ESPN2 will again provide television coverage of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series on a same-day tape or live basis. Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 80,000 members nationwide and 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17. 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule 44th annual K&N Filters Winternationals Feb. 19-22 Pomona, Calif. 20th annual Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals March 5-7 Phoenix 35th annual Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals March 18-21 Gainesville, Fla. (PSB) Fifth annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals April 1-4 Las Vegas 17th annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals April 15-18 Houston (PSB) Fourth annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals April 30-May 2 Bristol, Tenn. 24th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals May 13-16 Commerce, Ga. (PSB) Seventh annual Lucas Oil NHRA Route 66 Nationals May 20-23 Chicago (PSB) 16th annual O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals May 27-30 Topeka, Kan. 40th annual Pontiac Excitement NHRA Nationals June 10-13 Columbus, Ohio (PSB) 35th annual K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals June 17-20 Englishtown, N.J. (PSB) Eighth annual Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals June 25-27 St. Louis (PSB) 25th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals July 16-18 Denver (PSB) 17th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals July 23-25 Seattle 17th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals July 30-Aug. 1 Sonoma, Calif. (PSB) 23rd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug. 12-15 Brainerd, Minn. (PSB) 50th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Sept. 1-6 Indianapolis (PSB) 20th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Sept. 16-19 Reading, Pa. (PSB) 17th annual O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals Sept. 24-26 Memphis, Tenn. (PSB) Fourth annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Sept. 30-Oct. 3 Chicago 19th annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals Oct. 14-17 Dallas Fourth annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals Oct. 28-31 Las Vegas (PSB) 40th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Nov. 11-14 Pomona, Calif. (PSB) (PSB) - Event will include Pro Stock Bike
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