NHRA Going Four Wide This Weekend

Courtesy:  NHRA

Courtesy: NHRA

The NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series is going four-wide this weekend.

Drag Racing’s top series will be at the famed ZMax Dragway near Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend for the NHRA 4Wide Nationals. The annual 4Wide Nationals is the one time each season that the NHRA sends four cars down the track at one time.  John Force Racing driver Robert Hight comes in to this weekend’s atop the Funny Car standings with his car owner John Force nine points back in second. Doug Kalitta leads the Top Fuel standings. Antron Brown, Kalitta’s closest competition right now, is a staggering seventy-three points back in second in that division. Erica Enders-Stevens leads the Pro-Stock division fifteen points ahead of Jason Line. And in the Pro-Stock Motorcycle division, Steve Johnson comes into this weekend’s event twenty-one points ahead of Scott Pollacheck.

ESPN2 and ESPN3 will have all of the weekend’s coverage beginning with live qualifying Friday afternoon at 4:15pm on ESPN3. Qualifying will be re-broadcast Saturday night on ESPN2at 9pm ET. Final eliminations will be broadcast live online on ESPN3 Sunday, April 13th at 12pm ET. ESPN2 will carry the television re-broadcast of Final Eliminations Sunday night at 8pm ET. Dave Rieff will anchor the broadcast. He will be joined by analyst Mike Dunn for all of the weekend’s action.

More information on this weekend’s events is available online at http://espn.go.com/racing and http://www.nhra.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

NHRA Racing Onto ESPN Family Of Networks This Weekend

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Courtesy: ESPN

This coming weekend is going to be a very big one for racing fans.  NASCAR Nation has Sunday night’s Atlanta race to look forward to.  Fans of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series have reason to be excited, too.  That’s because this weekend, the NHRA will hold its biggest event of the season in the annual Chevrolet U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.  ESPN will have eleven hours of coverage of the event, and even more coverage online.  ESPN will have extended coverage of qualifying and eliminations.  It all culminates with six hours of coverage on Monday, September 2nd, the final day of eliminations on ESPN2.  ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen live sports network, will have live qualifying coverage this Friday, August 30th and full coverage of Monday’s final eliminations.

Dave Rieff will anchor the weekend’s broadcasts.  He will be joined by analyst Mike Dunn and special guest analyst, four-time NHRA champion Gary Scelzi.  Gary Gerould, Jamie Howe, and John Kernan will have all of the latest news from the pits for this weekend’s broaddcast.  Paul Page will be on hand to provide a historical essay on the U.S. Nationals through the years.  Rieff shared his thoughts on the importance of the U.S. Nationals in an interview about the upcoming NHRA major.  “It’s The Big Go, the one race you just want to be a part of,” he said.  “It’s one of those deals where you’re just part of something special.”  He expanded on this thought, adding “It’s the one that if you can’t win the championship, you want to say you’ve won Indy.  “Simply by winning the U.S. Nationals, that makes you a part of drag racing history immediately.”

Along with the weekend’s extensive racing coverage, NHRA fans will also get to hear NHRA veterans Alan Johnson, John Force, and Tony Schumacher discuss their success at Indy and how they feel about this weekend’s events.  Along with this, Ron Capps and Antron Brown will both be on hand to discuss racing at Indy from two different angles.  Capps has never won at Indy, while Brown is the only driver to take wins at Lucas Oil Speedway both in Pro Stock and Nitro class.  So viewers will get to find out what these two drivers think about racing at Indy, and what a win would mean to them this weekend.  And for all the movie buffs out there, ESPN will offer viewers a sneak peek at the upcoming movie Snake and Mongoose as part of its extended coverage over the weekend.

All coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN3 will also be available online on WatchESPN through all mobile outlets as well as Xbox and Apple TV for those that get their video subscription from an affiliate provider including:  Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision, Cox, Charter Communications and AT&T U-verse (coming soon to NRTC members’ customers).

The weekend’s full schedule is available below.

Date Time Event Network
Friday, Aug. 30 6 p.m. Qualifying ESPN3, WatchESPN
Sunday, Sept. 1 1 p.m. Qualifying ESPN2, WatchESPN
Monday, Sept. 2 11 a.m. Eliminations ESPN3, WatchESPN
Monday, Sept. 2 Noon Eliminations ESPN2, WatchESPN

 

To keep up with the latest racing news from ESPN, go online to http://www.facebook.com/ESPN and http://espn.go.com/racing.

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