WHAT: 26th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries, the sixth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. 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: Royal Purple Raceway, Baytown, Texas. From Interstate 10 take the State Hwy. 99 (Grand Parkway) exit, which is exit 799. Take a right on State Hwy. 99 and go to the first exit (2 miles) which is FM 565. Take a right on FM 565 and Royal Purple Raceway will be on your right. For additional information about directions please visit www.royalpurpleraceway.com.
WHEN: Friday through Sunday, April 26-28
FRIDAY, April 26 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying, PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES qualifying at 3 and 5:15 p.m. MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 3:30 and 5:45 p.m.
SATURDAY, April 27 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations, PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES qualifying at 1:45 p.m. and eliminations at 4 p.m. MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at noon and 2:15 p.m.
SUNDAY, April 28 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m. MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11a.m.
Saturday, April 27, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 3 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, April 28, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise three hours of coverage at 2 p.m. (ET).
SATELLITE (Digital HD feed):
Friday, April 26, 9:30 – 10 p.m. (ET), SES 2 / Transponder 03C
Saturday, April 27, 5:30 – 6 p.m. (ET), SES 2 / Transponder 03C
Sunday, April 28, 6:30 – 7 p.m. (ET), SES 2 / Transponder 03C
(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.