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Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals Fact Sheet
Courtesy of NHRA Communications

JOLIET, Ill. --

The Fifth annual Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals is the 20th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in three categories earn points leading to 2005 NHRA POWERade championships.

Sportsman competitors in eight categories earn points leading to 2005 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series championships.

WHERE: Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Ill. The track is located 30 miles southwest of Chicago on Route 53 (historic Route 66), approximately three miles south of the I-80 in Joliet. Take I-80 to exit #132A (Route 53 south) to the track.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 2.

PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $1.5 million.

THURSDAY, Sept. 29 -- Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m.

FRIDAY, Sept. 30 -- Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 8 a.m. 

SATURDAY, Oct. 1 - Sportsman eliminations, 8 a.m.
JEG'S SPORTSMAN ALLSTAR COMPETITION at 11 a.m., 2:15 and 3:45 p.m.

SUNDAY, Oct. 2 -- Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m. 
FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1, ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 5 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, Oct. 2, ESPN2 will telecast NHRA 2Day, a 30-minute weekly news magazine show, at 11:30 a.m. (ET).

Sunday, Oct. 2, ESPN2 will televise three hours of eliminations at 8 p.m. (ET).

2004 EVENT WINNERS: Doug Herbert, Top Fuel; Del Worsham, Funny Car; Dave Connolly, Pro Stock.

Top Fuel - 4.420 seconds by Doug Kalitta, May '04; 333.58 mph by Dave Grubnic, Oct. '04.
Funny Car -- 4.665 seconds by John Force, Oct. '04; 333.58 mph by Force, Oct. '04.
Pro Stock -- 6.661 seconds by Greg Anderson, Oct. '04; 207.75 mph by Anderson, Oct. '04.

Top Fuel -- 4.441 sec. (Oct. '03, Reading, Pa.) and 336.15 mph (May '05, Columbus, Ohio) by Tony
Funny Car -- 4.665 sec. (Oct. '04, Joliet, Ill.) and 333.58 mph (Oct. '04, Joliet, Ill.) by John
Pro Stock -- 6.633 sec. (March '05, Gainesville, Fla.) and 208.23 mph (March '05, Gainesville,
Fla.) by Greg Anderson.

TICKETS: For tickets, call (815) 727-RACE. Tickets also available at Ticketmaster,, and

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) - Thursday: Adult, $11; Junior (12 years and under), free. Friday: Adult, $36; Junior (12 years & under), $11. Saturday: Adult, $46; Junior (6-12 years), $11. Sunday: Adult, $56; Junior (12 years and under), $11.

RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) - Friday: Adult, $46; Junior (12 years and under), $16. Saturday: Adult, $56; Junior (6-12 years), $16. Sunday: Adult, $66; Junior (12 years and under), $16.

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