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O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals Fact Sheet
Courtesy of NHRA Communications





ENNIS, Texas --

The 23rd annual O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec, the 20th of 24 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series and the second of six races in the Countdown to 1. The top 10 drivers in four categories - Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle - earn points leading to 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series world championships.

WHERE: Texas Motorplex, 7500 W. Hwy. 287, Ennis, Texas. Follow I-45 or I-35E to Hwy 287, then follow 287 to the track.

TRACK ELEVATION: 500 feet

TRACK RADIO FREQUENCY: 88.7 FM

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 18-21.

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

SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY, Sept. 18
- Sportsman qualifying begins at 10 a.m.

FRIDAY, Sept. 19 - Sportsman qualifying begins at 8:30 a.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 3 and 5:45 p.m.

SATURDAY, Sept. 20 - Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 8 a.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, Sept. 21 - Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:
Saturday, Sept. 20,
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 10 p.m. (ET)

Sunday, Sept. 21, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will telecast NHRA Race Day, a 30-minute news magazine show, at 11 a.m. (ET).

Sunday, Sept. 21, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise three hours of final eliminations at 8:30 p.m. (ET).

2007 EVENT CHAMPIONS: Larry Dixon, Top Fuel; Tony Pedregon, Funny Car; Dave Connolly, Pro Stock; Peggy Llewellyn, Pro Stock Motorcycle

TRACK RECORDS:
Top Fuel
- 4.441 seconds by Doug Herbert, Oct. 2005; 333.95 mph by Scott Kalitta, Oct. 2003
Funny Car - 4.694 seconds by Ron Capps, Oct. 2005; 330.31 mph by Robert Hight, Oct. 2005
Pro Stock - 6.643 seconds by Jason Line, Sept. 2006; 207.40 mph by Anderson, Oct. 2005
Pro Stock Motorcycle - 6.976 seconds by Chip Ellis, Sept. 2007; 191.40 mph by Andrew Hines, Sept. 2007

(*performance records will not be officially recorded in Top Fuel and Funny Car at this event)

NATIONAL RECORDS:
Top Fuel
- 4.428 sec. by Tony Schumacher, Nov. '06, Pomona, Calif.; 336.15 mph by Schumacher, May '05, Columbus, Ohio
Funny Car - 4.659 sec. by Tony Pedregon, Feb. '07, Chandler, Ariz.; 333.66 mph by Jack Beckman, Nov. '06, Pomona, Calif.
Pro Stock - 6.536 sec. by Greg Anderson, March '07, Gainesville, Fla.; 211.69 mph by Jason Line, March '07, Gainesville, Fla.
PS Motorcycle - 6.871 sec. by A. Sampey, June '07, Englishtown, N.J.; 197.45 mph by A. Hines, March '05, Gainesville, Fla.

(*performance records will not be officially recorded in Top Fuel and Funny Car at this event)

TICKETS: For tickets call (800) MOTORPLEX (668-6775). Tickets also are available at www.texasmotorplex.com.

RESERVED SEATS - Thursday: Adult, $10; Youth (12 years and under), $5. Friday: Adult, $30-50; Youth (12 years and under), $5-22. Saturday: Adult, $30-60; Youth (12 years and under), $5-30. Sunday: Adult, $36-66; Youth (12 years and under), $5-33.





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