WHAT: Sixth annual Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals, the 19th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the first of six races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Drivers in four categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – earn points leading to 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships.
WHERE: zMAX Dragway- Track is located on Hwy 29 off I-85 at exit 49 (Speedway Blvd.) in the Concord, N.C. area.
WHEN: Friday through Sunday, Sept. 13-15
FRIDAY, Sept. 13 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying. PRO MOD SERIES qualifying at 3:30 and 6:15 p.m. MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 4:15 and 6:45 p.m.
SATURDAY, Sept. 14 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations. PRO MOD SERIES qualifying at 2 p.m.; first round of eliminations at 4:15 p.m. MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 12:15 and 2:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, Sept. 15 – Pre-race ceremonies, 11 a.m. MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at noon.
Saturday, Sept. 14, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise qualifying coverage at TBA (ET).
Sunday, Sept. 15, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise three hours of eliminations coverage starting at 8:30 p.m. (ET).
SATELLITE (Digital HD feed):
Friday, Sept. 13, 9 – 9:30 p.m. (ET), SES 2 / Transponder 3C
Saturday, Sept. 14, 5:30 – 6 p.m. (ET), SES 2 / Transponder 3C
Sunday, Sept. 15, 7:30 – 8 p.m. (ET), SES 2 / Transponder 3C
(3760 MHz, horizontal; Data Rate: 40.46147055 Mbp; Symbol Rate: 29.27 Ms; FEC: ¾; Bandwidth: 36 Mhz)
Video news release contains race action highlights each day and winners’ interviews on Sunday.