WHAT: 31st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, the 16th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Drivers in four categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle – earn points leading to 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championships.
WHERE: Brainerd International Raceway and Resort, Brainerd, Minn. Track is located a few miles north of the Brainerd area off Highway 371. The track is located on the east side of the highway.
WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 16-19.
THURSDAY, Aug. 16 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying at 9:30 a.m.
FRIDAY, Aug. 17 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations at 9:15 a.m.
FULL THROTTLE SERIES qualifying at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
SATURDAY, Aug. 18 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations begin at 9:15 a.m.
FULL THROTTLE SERIES qualifying at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, Aug. 19 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
FULL THROTTLE SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 18, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 11 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, Aug. 19, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise three hours of eliminations coverage starting at 9 p.m. (ET) and will re-air at 3:30 a.m.
SATELLITE (Digital HD feed):
Friday, Aug. 17, 9 – 9:30 p.m. (ET), AMC 9 / Transponder 14C
Saturday, Aug. 18, 8:30 – 9 p.m. (ET), AMC 9 / Transponder 14C
Sunday, Aug. 19, 8 – 8:30 p.m. (ET), AMC 9 / Transponder 14C
(3980 MHz, vertical; Data Rate: 40.461470554 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.