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ESPN2 and ESPN2HD Exclusive Home to NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
Courtesy of NHRA Communications

NHRA Sportsman Spotlights, Showcasing NHRA Member Track Network, to air on ESPN2

GLENDORA, Calif. -- The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will again be televised in 16 one-hour shows on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, with coverage from select NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national events, it was announced today by the world's largest motorsports sanctioning organization. In addition, the popular NHRA Sportsman Spotlights, focusing on NHRA's Member Track network, will air on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD as part of the race-coverage telecasts.

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will air on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD on a tape-delay basis as part of NHRA's relationship with ESPN, in its second decade as the exclusive home of NHRA Drag Racing. All 16 telecasts will air on Saturday or Sunday. The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series has a long-standing tradition of serving as a highly-competitive developmental arena for the future stars of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Returning as anchor of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series telecasts will be long-time NHRA announcer Dave Rieff, who will be joined in the booth by popular NHRA announcer Bob Frey. Rieff has been involved for many years with NHRA coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. ESPN2 is now available in nearly 100 million households.

In addition to his race-coverage duties in the booth, Frey will host the popular NHRA Sportsman Spotlight segments. The segments will showcase unique and interesting stories from NHRA Member Tracks in each of the sanctioning body's seven divisions.

2012 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Television Schedule

Event                                                                   Air Date,

O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals            Sunday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m.-Noon
presented by Super Start Batteries
Pomona, Calif.

Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals                     Saturday, March 24, Noon-1 p.m.
Gainesville, Fla. NHRA Nationals                    Saturday, April 7, 3-4 p.m.
Las Vegas

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals                                 Saturday, April 21, Noon-1 p.m.
Charlotte, N.C.

O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals           Sunday, May 6, 6-7 p.m.
presented by Super Start Batteries

Dollar General NHRA Summernationals                Saturday, May 26; 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Topeka, Kan.

O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals       Saturday, July 7, 1-2 p.m.

Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals          Sunday, July 15, Noon-1 p.m.
Norwalk, Ohio

O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals     Saturday, Aug. 11, 1-2 p.m.
presented by Super Start Batteries

Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals                                  Sunday, Aug. 26, 11
Brainerd, Minn.

Mac Tools U.S. Nationals                                   Sunday, Sept. 9, 3-4 p.m.

O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals                    Sunday, Sept. 23, 1-2 p.m.
presented by Super Start Batteries
Charlotte, N.C.

AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals                         Sunday, Sept. 30, 1-2 p.m.

Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals                                 Sunday, Oct. 14, 3-4 p.m.
Reading, Pa.

Big O Tires NHRA Nationals                               Sunday, Nov. 4, 1-2 p.m.
Las Vegas

Automobile Club of Southern California              Sunday, Nov. 18, 1-2 p.m.
NHRA Finals
Pomona, Calif.

* All times Eastern. Schedule subject to change. Please check local listings.

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