CARQUEST AUTO PARTS NHRA NATIONALS FACT SHEET

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CARQUEST AUTO PARTS NHRA NATIONALS FACT SHEET WHAT: Fourth annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals is the 20TH of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in three categories earn points leading to 2004 NHRA POWERade championships. Sportsman competitors in seven categories earn points leading to 2004 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series championships. WHERE: Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Ill. The track is located 30 miles southwest of Chicago on Route 53 (historic Route 66), approximately three miles south of the I-80 in Joliet. Take I-80 to exit #132A (Route 53 south) to the track. WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 3. PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $1.8 million. SCHEDULE: THURSDAY, Sept. 30 -- Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m. FRIDAY, Oct. 1 -- Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 8 a.m. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. SATURDAY, Oct. 2 -- Sportsman qualifying and time trials, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 12:15 and 3 p.m. JEG?S SPORTSMAN ALLSTAR COMPETITION at 11 a.m., 2:15 and 3:45 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 3 -- Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m. FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m. TELEVISION: Saturday, Oct. 2, ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 4 p.m. (ET). Sunday, Oct. 3, ESPN2 will broadcast NHRA 2Day, a 30-minute weekly news magazine show, at noon (ET). Sunday, Oct. 3, ESPN2 will televise two hours of eliminations at 8 p.m. (ET). 2003 EVENT WINNERS: Kenny Bernstein, Top Fuel; Tony Pedregon, Funny Car; Jeg Coughlin, Pro Stock. TRACK RECORDS: Top Fuel ? 4.420 seconds by Doug Kalitta, May ?04; 333.41 mph by Brandon Bernstein, May ?04. Funny Car -- 4.713 seconds by Whit Bazemore, May ?04; 333.25 mph by Bazemore, May ?04. Pro Stock -- 6.722 seconds by Greg Anderson, Sept. '03; 205.07 mph by Anderson, Sept. '03. NATIONAL RECORDS: Top Fuel -- 4.441 sec. (Oct. ?03, Reading, Pa.) by Tony Schumacher; 333.41 mph (May ?04, Joliet, Ill.) by Brandon Bernstein. Funny Car -- 4.713 sec. (May ?04, Joliet, Ill.) by Whit Bazemore; 330.55 mph (May ?04, Joliet, Ill.) by Gary Scelzi. Pro Stock -- 6.670 sec., 207.18 mph (May ?03, Englishtown, N.J.) by Greg Anderson. TICKETS: For tickets, call (815) 727-RACE. Tickets also available at Ticketmaster, ticketmaster.com, and nhra.com. GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) ? Thursday: Adult, $10; Junior (12 years and under), free. Friday: Adult, $35; Junior (12 years & under), $10. Saturday: Adult, $45; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Sunday: Adult, $55; Junior (12 years and under), $10. RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) ? Friday: Adult, $45; Junior (12 years and under), $15. Saturday: Adult, $55; Junior (6-12 years), $15. Sunday: Adult, $65; Junior (12 years and under), $15.
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