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Tue, 2 Sep 2003, 10:45 AM

NHRA Announces 2004 POWERade Series Schedule
Courtesy of NHRA Communications

GLENDORA, Calif. -- The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) announced today its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule for the 2004 season, which features a return to all venues currently on the 2003 schedule.

Highlighting the 2004 schedule is a move to a later opening date. The K&N Filters Winternationals will launch the season Feb. 19-22, at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway.

Another change on the schedule is the K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals at Englishtown, N.J., which moves from its current mid-May date to June 17-20.

The Western Swing, which features events at Denver, Seattle and Sonoma, Calif., highlights four individual sets of three consecutive weekends of racing.

"The biggest change in the 2004 NHRA POWERade Series schedule is the move of the opening race weekend to the middle of February," said Tom Compton, NHRA president. "By doing this, it will allow the teams more time during the offseason to prepare for the NHRA POWERade championship chase."

Additional three race swings will take place in May, June and September. In May, the three-race swing includes the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals (May 13-16) at Commerce, Ga.; Lucas Oil NHRA Route 66 Nationals (May 20-23) in Chicago; and the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals (May 27-30) on Memorial Day weekend at Topeka, Kan. The June trio features the Pontiac Excitement NHRA Nationals (June 10-13) at Columbus, Ohio; K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals; and the Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals (June 25-27) at St. Louis. The September swing includes the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals (Sept. 16-19) at Reading Pa.; O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals (Sept. 24-26) at Memphis, Tenn.; and the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals (Sept. 30-Oct. 3) at Chicago.

The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the most prestigious championship drag racing event in the world, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2004. The race will be held at Indianapolis Raceway Park on Sept. 1-6.

All NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events will feature competition in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock. Pro Stock Bike will again be featured at 15 events, including Gainesville, Fla.; Houston; Commerce, Ga.; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Englishtown, N.J.; St. Louis; Denver; Sonoma, Calif.; Brainerd, Minn.; Indianapolis; Reading, Pa.; Memphis, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Pomona, Calif.

ESPN and ESPN2 will again provide television coverage of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series on a same-day tape or live basis.

2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule

44th annual		K&N Filters Winternationals			     Feb. 19-22
			Pomona, Calif.

20th annual		Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals		March 5-7

35th annual		Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals			        March 18-21
			Gainesville, Fla. (PSB)

Fifth annual	         NHRA Nationals			April 1-4
			Las Vegas

17th annual		O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals			April 15-18
			Houston   (PSB)

Fourth annual	         NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals			    April 30-May 2
			Bristol, Tenn.

24th annual		Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals	May 13-16
			Commerce, Ga.  (PSB)

Seventh annual	         Lucas Oil NHRA Route 66 Nationals			May 20-23
			Chicago   (PSB)

16th annual		O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals			     May 27-30
			Topeka, Kan.

40th annual		Pontiac Excitement NHRA Nationals			June 10-13
			Columbus, Ohio   (PSB)

35th annual		K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals			    June 17-20
			Englishtown, N.J.  (PSB)

Eighth annual	        Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals			    June 25-27
			St. Louis   (PSB)

25th annual		Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals			    July 16-18
			Denver   (PSB)

17th annual 	         CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals		    July 23-25

17th annual		FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals			    July 30-Aug. 1
			Sonoma, Calif. (PSB)

23rd annual		Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals				Aug. 12-15
			Brainerd, Minn. (PSB)

50th annual		Mac Tools U.S. Nationals				Sept. 1-6
			Indianapolis   (PSB)

20th annual		Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals				Sept. 16-19
			Reading, Pa. (PSB)

17th annual 	        O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals			Sept. 24-26
			Memphis, Tenn. (PSB)

Fourth annual	         CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals		   Sept. 30-Oct. 3

19th annual		O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals				Oct. 14-17

Fourth annual	         ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals			Oct. 28-31
			Las Vegas   (PSB)

40th annual		Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals	Nov. 11-14
			Pomona, Calif.  (PSB)

(PSB) - Event will include Pro Stock Bike

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