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Drag Racing: Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals fact box

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WHAT: 32nd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, the 17th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in three categories — Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock — earn points leading to 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships.

WHERE: Brainerd International Raceway and Resort. Track is located north of Brainerd on Highway 371 on the east side of the highway.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 15-18.


SATURDAY, Aug. 17: LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations

MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at noon and 2:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, Aug. 18: Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.

MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.


Saturday, Aug. 17, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 11 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, Aug. 18, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise three hours of coverage starting at 9 p.m. (ET).


Saturday, Aug. 17, 6 – 6:30 p.m. (ET), SES 2 / Transponder 06C

Sunday, Aug. 18, 7 – 7:30 p.m. (ET), SES 2 / Transponder 06C           

(3820 MHz, vertical; Data Rate: 40.46147055 Mbp; Symbol Rate: 29.27 Ms; FEC: ≤; Bandwidth: 36 Mhz)

Video news release contains race action highlights each day and winners’ interviews on Sunday.

2012 EVENT WINNERS:  Morgan Lucas, Top Fuel; Ron Capps, Funny Car; Erica Enders-Stevens, Pro Stock; Eddie Krawiec, Pro Stock Motorcycle.

MOST VICTORIES:  John Force, 11, FC; Joe Amato, 6, TF; Kenny Bernstein, 5, FC/TF; Antron Brown, 5, TF/PSM; Jeg Coughlin, 4, PS; Warren Johnson, 4, PS; Kurt Johnson, 4, PS; Bob Glidden, 4, PS; Bruce Allen, 4, PS.

TRACK RECORDS:            

Top Fuel: 3.773 seconds by Khalid alBalooshi, Aug. ’12; 327.90 mph by Morgan Lucas, Aug. ’12.

Funny Car: 4.018 seconds by Jack Beckman, Aug. ’12; 316.75 mph by Johnny Gray, Aug. ’12.

Pro Stock: 6.542 sec. by Erica Enders-Stevens, Aug. ’12; 210.87 mph by Allen Johnson, Aug. ’12.


Top Fuel: 3.701 sec. by Antron Brown, Oct. ’12, Reading, Pa.; 332.18 mph by Spencer Massey, April ’12, Charlotte, N.C.

Funny Car: 3.986 sec. by Jack Beckman, Oct. ’12, Reading, Pa.; 320.58 mph by Beckman, Oct. ’12, Reading, Pa.

Pro Stock: 6.471 sec. by Mike Edwards, April ’13, Charlotte, N.C.; 214.35 mph by Jason Line, Oct. ’12, Reading, Pa.

TICKETS: Order by phone at (866) 444-4455. Also available online at

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