GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2004) ? NHRA announced today its 2005 POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule, which features a return to all venues currently on the 2004 schedule. The chase for 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series world championships begins with the 45th running of the K&N Filters Winternationals at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway, Feb. 10-13, and ends at the legendary Southern California drag strip during the 41st annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Nov. 3-6. Other schedule highlights include a move of the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Chicago to June 9-12, while the Pontiac Excitement NHRA Nationals in Columbus, Ohio will move back to May 19-22. Celebrating its 25th consecutive year at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. will be the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, and the O?Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals (Dallas) will be mark its 20th anniversary at the famed Texas Motorplex. In the early part of the season, the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series will return to historic Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway for the 36th annual Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals, followed by the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals in Las Vegas, April 14-17. NHRA?s Memorial Day tradition in Topeka, Kan. continues with the 17th running of the O?Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park. 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. 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule 45th annual K&N Filters Winternationals Feb. 10-13 Pomona, Calif. 21st annual Checker Schuck?s Kragen NHRA Nationals Feb. 25-27 Phoenix 36th annual Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals March 17-20 Gainesville, Fla. (PSB) 18th annual O?Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals April 8-10 Houston (PSB) Sixth annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals April 14-17 Las Vegas Fifth annual O?Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals April 29-May 1 Bristol, Tenn. 25th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals May 12-15 Commerce, Ga. (PSB) 41st annual Pontiac Excitement NHRA Nationals May 19-22 Columbus, Ohio (PSB) 17th annual O?Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals May 26-29 Topeka, Kan. Eighth annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals June 9-12 Chicago (PSB) 36th annual K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals June 16-19 Englishtown, N.J. (PSB) Ninth annual Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals June 24-26 St. Louis (PSB) 26th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals July 15-17 Denver (PSB) 18th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals July 22-24 Seattle 18th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals July 29 - 31 Sonoma, Calif. (PSB) 24th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug. 11-14 Brainerd, Minn. (PSB) 18th annual O?Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals Aug. 19-21 Memphis, Tenn. (PSB) 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Aug. 31 ? Sept. 5 Indianapolis (PSB) 21st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Sept. 15-18 Reading, Pa. (PSB) 20th annual O?Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals Sept. 22-25 Dallas Fifth annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Sept. 29 ? Oct. 2 Chicago Fifth annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals Oct. 20-23 Las Vegas (PSB) 41st annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Nov. 3-6 Pomona, Calif. (PSB) (PSB) - Event will include Pro Stock Bike -30-
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