TOPEKA, Kan. --
NHRA is providing a great opportunity for Kansas families to get up close and personal with the NHRA's personable drivers and experience the amazing sensory experience of watching their favorite race cars on the track with a special ticket offer: Children 12 and younger will be admitted free into general admission areas at the NHRA Kansas Nationals when accompanied by a paid adult.
All of the biggest stars in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will be revved up to compete at the site of many record-breaking performances throughout NHRA history. The 2012 winners of this event were David Grubnic (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock). The thrilling race action will once again be televised on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD.
In Funny Car, Beckman is in the hunt to defend his event win and his world championship crown, but will face a tough lineup of competitors including two-time Topeka winner Robert Hight, sophomore-sensation Courtney Force, and NAPA Dodge driver Ron Capps, who is a three-time Topeka winner, working hard to claim the victory.
Reigning Pro Stock world champion Allen Johnson in his Team Mopar Dodge Avenger is building steam with two early season wins and is eager to get back to Topeka to try and defend his victory from last year. Johnson will have to battle with some tough contenders in the 200-mph factory hot rod category including Summit Racing Chevy Camaro driver Greg Anderson, a four time Topeka winner, and Erica Enders-Stevens, who has some early season momentum following an early season victory in Arizona and runner-up finishes in Las Vegas and Charlotte, N.C.
As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they're granted an exclusive pit pass to the most accessible motorsports attraction on the planet.
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will begin on Friday, May 17, with sessions at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, May 18, at 12:15 and 2:30 p.m. Final eliminations will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 19.
To purchase tickets, please call (800) 884-NHRA (6472). Tickets are also available online at www.NHRAtix.com. For more information about NHRA, please visit www.NHRATIX.com.
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