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Wed, 13 Dec 2000, 07:34 AM

NHRA Announces 2001 Federal-Mogul Divisional Schedule
Courtesy of NHRA Communications

FMDRS to be Featured on 15 Television Shows



GLENDORA, Calif. -- (Dec. 12, 2000) - The National Hot Rod Association has released its 2001 NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing divisional schedule. In addition to the 44-race divisional schedule, the Federal-Mogul series will be featured at all NHRA national events, with 15 races scheduled to air on ESPN2 on a tape delay basis.

"The schedule we have finalized will provide the sportsman racer with ample opportunities to collect points towards a national championship," said Tom Compton, president of NHRA. "In addition, Federal-Mogul series racers at our national events will enjoy unprecedented television coverage, with a total of 15 racers to be aired on ESPN2."

Special efforts were made to assure that all 44 divisional races would not conflict with the national event schedule to make sure all sportsman racers in a particular region could compete in the televised national events.

The Northeast and Pacific divisions will each feature seven divisional races, while the remaining five divisions will have six events each. FMDRS competitions at national events in Pomona, Calif. (February and November), Gainesville, Fla., Houston, Las Vegas (April and November), Atlanta, Englishtown, N.J., Topeka, Kan., Columbus, Ohio, Sonoma, Calif., Indianapolis, Reading, Pa., Chicago (September) and Dallas will be showcased in stand alone television shows. Television schedule times and dates will be announced at a later date.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 85,000 racers and members nationwide and more than 135 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

NHRA FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAG RACING SERIES 2001 SCHEDULE

NORTHEAST DIVISION 
May 25 - 27             Maple Grove Raceway
                        Reading, Pa.
June 8 - 10             U.S. 13 Dragway
                        Delmar, Del.
June 22 - 24            Atco Raceway *
                        Atco, N.J.
July 6 - 8              Lebanon Valley Dragway
                        West Lebanon, N.Y.
July 27 - 29            Numidia Raceway
                        Numidia, Pa.
Aug. 10 - 12            Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
                        Englishtown, N.J.
Aug. 24 - 26            Cecil County Dragway
                        Rising Sun, Md.

SOUTHEAST DIVISION 
Feb. 23 - 25            Gainesville Raceway
                        Gainesville, Fla.
March 9 - 11            Orlando Speed World
                        Orlando, Fla.
April 6 - 8             Montgomery Motorsports Park
                        Montgomery, Ala.
May 18 - 20             Silver Dollar Raceway
                        Reynolds, Ga.
Aug. 3 - 5              Atlanta Dragway
                        Commerce, Ga.
Oct. 12 - 14            Bristol Dragway
                        Bristol, Tenn.


April 27 - 29           Route 66 Raceway
                        Joliet, Ill.
May 18 - 20             Indianapolis Raceway Park
                        Clermont, Ind.
July 6 - 8              National Trail Raceway
                        Columbus, Ohio
July 13 - 15            U.S. 131 Dragway
                        Martin, Mich.
Aug. 3 - 5              Edgewater Sports Park
                        Cincinnati
Aug. 24 - 26            Beech Bend Raceway Park
                        Bowling Green, Ky.

SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION 
Feb. 9 - 11             Houston Raceway Park
                        Baytown, Texas
Feb. 23 - 25            Texas Motorplex
                        Ennis, Texas
March 9 - 11            State Capitol Dragway
                        Baton Rouge, La.
March 30 - April 1      Memphis Motorsports Park
                        Millington, Tenn.
April 20 - 22           Hallsville Raceway
                        Hallsville, Texas
Oct. 12 - 14            Thunder Valley Raceway
                        Noble, Okla.

WEST CENTRAL DIVISION 
May 4 - 6               Heartland Park Topeka
                        Topeka, Kan.
June 8 - 10             The Colonel's Brainerd Int'l Raceway
                        Brainerd, Minn.
June 22 - 24            Bandimere Speedway
                        Denver
Aug. 10 - 12            Nebraska Motorplex
                        Scribner, Neb.
Sept. 7 - 9             Tri-State Raceway
                        Earlville, Iowa
Sept. 21 - 23           Bandimere Speedway
                        Denver

NORTHWEST DIVISION 
April 13 - 15           Firebird Raceway
                        Boise, Idaho
May 4 - 6               Mission Raceway
                        Mission, B.C.
June 22 - 24            Mission Raceway
                        Mission, B.C.
July 13 - 15            Woodburn Dragstrip
                        Woodburn, Ore.
Aug. 24 - 26            Renegade Raceways
                        Yakima, Wash.
Sept. 21 - 23           Southern Oregon Dragway
                        Medford, Ore.

PACIFIC DIVISION 
January 26 - 28         Firebird International Raceway
                        Phoenix
Feb. 23 - 25            Southwestern International Raceway
                        Tucson, Ariz.
April 20 - 22           Famoso Raceway
                        Bakersfield, Calif.
May 18 - 20             Sacramento Raceway Park
                        Sacramento, Calif.
June 29 - July 1        Sears Point Raceway
                        Sonoma, Calif.
Aug. 10 & 11            Rocky Mountain Raceway *
                        Salt Lake City
Nov. 2 - 4              The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
                        Las Vegas
* Non Home Division Points Awarded
(November 30, 2000)

2001 FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAG RACING SERIES TV SCHEDULE 

Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series action from the following NHRA national events will
be televised on ESPN2:
Feb. 1-4                Pomona Raceway
                        Pomona, Calif.
March 15-18             Gainesville, Raceway
                        Gainesville, Fla.
March 22-25             Houston Raceway Park
                        Baytown, Texas
April 5-8               The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
                        Las Vegas
May 3-6                 Atlanta Dragway
                        Commerce, Ga.
May 17-20               Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
                        Englishtown, N.J.
May 24-27               Heartland Park Topeka
                        Topeka, Kan.
June 14-17              National Trail Raceway
                        Columbus, Ohio
Aug. 3-5                Sears Point Raceway
                        Sonoma, Calif.
Aug. 29-Sept. 3         Indianapolis Raceway Park
                        Clermont, Ind.
Sept. 13-16             Maple Grove Raceway
                        Reading, Pa.
Sept. 27-30             Route 66 Raceway
                        Joliet, Ill.
Oct. 18-21              Texas Motorplex
                        Dallas, Texas
Oct. 25-28              The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
                        Las Vegas
Nov. 8-11               Pomona Raceway
                        Pomona, Calif.






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