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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

WHAT: 31st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, the 16th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Drivers in four categories — Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle — earn points leading to the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championships.


WHERE: Brainerd International Raceway and Resort, a few miles north of Brainerd along Highway 371.


SATURDAY: LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations begin at 9:15 a.m. FULL THROTTLE SERIES qualifying at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m. FULL THROTTLE SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION: Saturday: ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 10 p.m.

Sunday: ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise three hours of eliminations coverage starting at 8 p.m. and will re-air at 2:30 a.m.

SATELLITE: Saturday, 7:30-8 p.m., AMC 9/Transponder 14C

Sunday, 7-7:30 p.m., AMC 9/Transponder 14C

2011 EVENT WINNERS: Antron Brown, Top Fuel; Johnny Gray, Funny Car; Greg Anderson, Pro Stock; LE Tonglet, Pro Stock Motorcycle.

MOST VICTORIES: John Force, 11, FC; Joe Amato, 6, TF; Kenny Bernstein, 5, FC/TF; Jeg Coughlin, 4, PS; Antron Brown, 4, PSM.

TRACK RECORDS: Top Fuel - 3.786 seconds by Larry Dixon, Aug. ’10; 323.04 mph by Spencer Massey, Aug. ’11. Funny Car - 4.057 seconds by Jack Beckman, Aug. ’10; 307.37 mph by Ron Capps, Aug. ’11. Pro Stock - 6.593 sec. by Mike Edwards, Aug. ’10; 209.59 mph by Greg Anderson, Aug. ’11.

Pro Stock Motorcycle – 6.881 sec. by Hector Arana Jr., Aug. ’11; 196.82 mph by Hines, Aug. ’05.

NATIONAL RECORDS: Top Fuel - 3.735 sec. by Del Worsham, Oct. ’11, Reading, Pa.; 332.18 mph by Spencer Massey, April ’12, Charlotte, N.C.

Funny Car - 3.995 sec. by Matt Hagan, Sept. ’11, Charlotte, N.C.; 318.99 mph by Jack Beckman, Sept. ’11, Charlotte, N.C.

Pro Stock - 6.477 sec. by Jason Line, Oct. ’11, Reading, Pa.; 213.91 mph by Jason Line, April ’12, Charlotte, N.C.

PS Motorcycle - 6.750 sec. by Eddie Krawiec, March ’12, Gainesville, Fla.; 199.26 mph by Eddie Krawiec, March ’11, Gainesville, Fla.

TICKETS: On sale at BIR.

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