NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series Closes Its “Western Swing” This Weekend

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Courtesy: NHRA

The NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series finishes off its annual “Western Swing” this weekend. And thanks to ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, fans of drag racing’s top series will get to see all of the action from the Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Washington.

ESPN 2 will carry Qualifying coverage Saturday, September 8th beginning at 11pm ET. Final eliminations will run Sunday, August 9th at 9pm ET on ESPN2. Fans who have access to ESPN3 can catch full coverage of eliminations live there Sunday after noon at 2pm ET. Coming off of last weekend’s NHRA Sonoma Nationals, DSR teammates Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown Currently sit 1-2 in the Top Fuel Division after Brown took the Wally in that division. He now sits thirty-seven points back from Schumacher. DSR came out on top in the Funny Car division, too with “Fast” Jack Beckman taking the trophy there. He now sits in second fifty-seven points behind his DSR teammate Matt Hagan. In the Pro Stock division, Harlow Sammons Racing driver Chris McGaha came out on top, edging out Jonathan Gray with a 212.13, 0.024 to Gray’s 211.03, 0.016. Sunday’s final marked the first time that the competitors had gone wheel to wheel in a final round. McGaha now sits in fourth on the Pro Stock ladder, 210 points back from division leader Greg Anderson. 2014 Pro Stock Champion Erica Enders currently sits second to Anderson, 47 points back.

Dave Rieff will anchor this weekend’s coverage from Seattle. He will be joined in the booth by analyst Mike Dunn, and in the pits by reporters Gary Gerould and John Kernan. More information on ESPN’s coverage of the NHRA Northwest Nationals is available online at http://espn.go.com/racing. All of the latest headlines from Seattle are available online along with all of the latest NHRA news at:

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NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series Rumbles Into Thunder Valley This Weekend

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Courtesy: NHRA/Mello Yellow

The NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series will be in Thunder Valley this weekend.

Drag racing’s top series will hit the track in Bristol for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at the famed racing facility, which also includes Bristol Motor Speedway. Coverage of this weekend’s events begins Saturday on ESPN2 with same-day coverage of qualifying beginning at 8pm ET. Final Eliminations will be broadcast live on ESPN Sunday afternoon at 3pm ET.  Those with access to ESPN3 can also catch eliminations live online Sunday at noon. Dave Rieff will have the call for this weekend’s events. He will be joined in the booth by analyst Mike Dunn for additional commentary. Gary Gerould and John Kernan will be in the pits with all of the latest news from each team throughout the weekend.

Coming into this weekend’s events, Antron Brown leads the Top Fuel division with team-mate Tony Schumacher thirty-three points back in second. Schumacher closed the gap after his latest win this past weekend at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire. Legendary funny car driver John Force took another step towards the top spot in the Funny Car division after his win last weekend. And Pro Stock points Leader widened his lead in that division after also making the podium this past weekend. The win widens his lead over Erica Enders to seventy points.

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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

 

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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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