NHRA Back On Track This Weekend In Atlanta

Courtesy:  NHRA

Courtesy: NHRA

Almost a month after its last event, the drivers of the NHRA take to the track again this weekend.

The NHRA takes to the track this weekend in Atlanta for the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals. Current divisional points leaders Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Erica Enders-Steven (Pro-Stock), and Andrew Hines (Pro-Stock Motorcycle) all look to extend their leads for this weekend’s event. ESPN 2 and ESPN3 will carry coverage of this weekend’s event.

Live qualifying and final eliminations will be carried live online via ESPN3. Qualifying will air online via ESPN3 live Friday May 16th at 6:30pm with Final Eliminations live Sunday May 18th at 11am live on ESPN3. Qualifying will run through tape delay on ESPN Saturday, May 17th at 6pm ET. Final Eliminations can be seen on ESPN 2 Sunday May 18th at 9pm ET.

Dave Rieff and Mike Dunn will be in the booth for all of this weekend’s action. More information on ESPN2 and ESPN3’s coverage of the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals is available online at http://espn.go.com/racing. 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 Heads To Texas This Weekend

Courtesy:  NHRA

Courtesy: NHRA

The Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series heads to the Lone Star State this weekend.

The Mello Yellow NHRA Drag Racing Series heads from the famed four-wide lanes of Z-Max Dragway to the Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, Texas this weekend for the annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Spring National presented by Super Start Batteries. ESPN3 will carry qualifying live Friday, April 15th at 7:30pm and Final Eliminations Sunday, April 27th at Noon. ESPN2 will rebroadcast qualifying Saturday, April 26th at 6pm and Final Eliminations Sunday, April 27th at 7pm.

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro-Stock), and Andrew Hines all look to extend their leads in their respective division. Dave Rieff will have the call from the booth for this weekend’s races. He will be joined by Make Dunn for more insight on each matchup.

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NHRA Going Four Wide This Weekend

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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.

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NHRA, ESPN Head West This Weekend For Season’s Next Event

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Courtesy: ESPN/NHRA

Jason Line, Khalid Albalooshi, and NHRA legend John Force each opened the 2014 NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series season with wins in their respective divisions of drag racing’s top series.  This weekend, the trio look to follow up their season opening victories with wins in the next event on the series’ schedule.

Drag Racing’s top series will be in Phoenix this weekend for the Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.  This weekend’s race will come live from that Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Phoenix.  Qualifying will be broadcast live online via ESPN3 Friday evening at 6pm, and on ESPN2 Sunday morning at 2am.  ESPN2 will then re-broadcast qualifying Sunday morning at 8am.  Audiences can catch final eliminations live online via ESPN3 Sunday afternoon at 3pm.  ESPN2 will re-air live eliminations on television beginning at 8pm ET.  Coverage of this weekend’s events will also be available on WatchESPN.

Dave Reiff will anchor this weekend’s events.  He will be joined by analyst Mike Dunn.  The complete broadcast schedule for the Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals is listed below.

CARQUEST AUTO PARTS NHRA NATIONALS BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Date Time Event Network
Fri, Feb 21 6 p.m. Qualifying (live) ESPN3
Sun, Feb 23 2 a.m. Qualifying ESPN2
8 a.m. Qualifying (re-air) ESPN2
1 p.m. Eliminations (live) ESPN3
8 p.m. Eliminations ESPN2

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Rieff Promoted To Anchor For NHRA Broadcasts

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Courtesy: ESPN/NHRA

The NHRA has announced a change in its on-air lineup for the upcoming season of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.  Long-time pit reporter Dave Rieff has been named as the series newest anchor as it begins its thirteenth season on ESPN.  He will host both broadcasts of the newly re-named Mello Yello series and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. 

The NHRA’s new season begins with the 53rd running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Winter Nationals next Thursday, February 14th – Sunday, February 17th.  Qualifying will be aired same-day on ESPN2 at 10pm EST.  Eliminations will be run same-day February 17th at 8pm EST.  Those with ESPN3 will get to see qualifying and eliminations live via the network’s multi-screen live sports network.  And anyone with a smartphone and/or tablet wil be able to catch all the coverage too on WatchESPN and the network’s WatchESPN app.  Rieff will be joined in the broadcast by longtime NHRA analyst Mike Dunn, who is now in his twelfth year with ESPN.  Also returning this season are fellow NHRA veteran broadcasters Gary Gerould, John Kernan, and Jamie Howe.  Rieff commented on his new appointment, expressing his experience in working with his co-workers and with ESPN.  “I’ve been very lucky during the 17 years I’ve been involved with the NHRA to be around many of the greats of the sport, both television personalities and public address announcers,” he said.  “People like Dave McClelland, Steve Evans, Bob Frey, Marty Reid, and Paul Page.”

Rieff went on to describe his appreciation and respect for those with whom he has worked.  “Little did I know all those years ago I’d end up getting to know these great people and would get to work with them and glean as much knowledge as I could.  I’m very grateful for this opportunity and hope to be able to take the best of the best from each of these men and bring it to the forefront,” he said of his co-workers.  He went on to comment on fellow broadcaster Mike Dunn saying, “It’s always a great opportunity just to get to sit next to Mike and talk about drag racing”, he said.  “It’s like one of those sitting around at home on the sofa situations, two guys that really love their sport and come at it from different sides of the fence, so to speak, and we’re able to bring that energy and passion to the viewers.”

A full listing of this season’s NHRA Mello Yello schedule is listed below.

2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Schedule on ESPN

(all times Eastern)

 

Date                 Event                                                   Time                Network

Feb. 16 Pomona Qualifying 10 p.m. ESPN2
Feb. 17 Pomona Eliminations 8 p.m. ESPN2
Feb. 24 Phoenix Qualifying 1 a.m. ESPN2
Feb. 24 Phoenix Qualifying (re-air) 8 a.m. ESPN2
Feb. 24 Phoenix Eliminations 8 p.m. ESPN2
March 17 Gainesville Qualifying 1:30 a.m. ESPN2
March 17 Gainesville Qualifying (re-air) 8 a.m. ESPN2
March 17 Gainesville Eliminations 7 p.m. ESPN2
April 6 Las Vegas Qualifying 10 p.m. ESPN2
April 7 Las Vegas Eliminations 11 p.m. ESPN2
April 20 Charlotte Qualifying 5 p.m. ESPN2
April 21 Charlotte Eliminations 7 p.m. ESPN2
April 27 Houston Qualifying 3 p.m. ESPN2
April 28 Houston Eliminations 2 p.m. ESPN2
May 4 Atlanta Qualifying 8 p.m. ESPN2
May 5 Atlanta Eliminations 6:30 p.m. ESPN2
May 18 Topeka Qualifying 5 p.m. ESPN2
May 19 Topeka Eliminations 8 p.m. ESPN2
June 1 Englishtown Qualifying (Part 1) 5 p.m. ESPN
June 2 Englishtown Qualifying (Part 2) 1 a.m. ESPN2
June 2 Englishtown Eliminations 4:30 p.m. ESPN2
June 15 Bristol Qualifying 7 p.m. ESPN2
June 16 Bristol Eliminations (Part 1) 1 p.m. ESPN2
June 16 Bristol Eliminations (Part 2) 11 p.m. ESPN2
June 22 New England Qualifying 8 p.m. ESPN2
June 23 New England Eliminations 7 p.m. ESPN2
June 29 Chicago Qualifying (Part 1) 5 p.m. ESPN2
June 30 Chicago Qualifying (Part 2) 11 p.m. ESPN2
June 30 Chicago Eliminations 9 p.m. ESPN2
July 6 Norwalk Qualifying 6 p.m. ESPN2
July 7 Norwalk Eliminations 7 p.m. ESPN2
July 20 Denver Qualifying 10 p.m. ESPN2
July 21 Denver Eliminations 6 p.m. ESPN2
July 27 Sonoma Qualifying 7 p.m. ESPN
July 28 Sonoma Eliminations 8 p.m. ESPN2
Aug. 3 Seattle Qualifying 10:30 p.m. ESPN2
Aug. 4 Seattle Eliminations 8 p.m. ESPN2
Aug. 17 Brainerd Qualifying 11 p.m. ESPN2
Aug. 18 Brainerd Eliminations 9 p.m. ESPN2
Sept. 1 Indianapolis Qualifying (Part 1) 11 a.m. ESPN2
Sept. 1 Indianapolis Qualifying (Part 2) 5 p.m. ESPN2
Sept. 2 Indianapolis Eliminations Noon ESPN2
Sept. 14 Charlotte Qualifying TBD ESPN2
Sept. 15 Charlotte Eliminations 8:30 p.m. ESPN2
Sept. 21 Dallas Qualifying TBD ESPN2
Sept. 22 Dallas Eliminations 8:30 p.m. ESPN2
Sept. 28 St. Louis Qualifying TBD ESPN2
Sept. 29 St. Louis Eliminations 8 p.m. ESPN2
Oct. 5 Reading Qualifying TBD ESPN2
Oct. 6 Reading Eliminations 8 p.m. ESPN2
Oct. 26 Las Vegas Qualifying TBD ESPN2
Oct. 28 Las Vegas Eliminations 8 p.m. ESPN2
Nov. 9 Pomona Qualifying TBD ESPN2
Nov. 10 Pomona Eliminations 7 p.m. ESPN2

 

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