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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

WHAT: 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, the 17th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in four categories - Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle - earn points leading to 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. The NHRA Lucas Oil Series also will be featured at this event.

WHERE: Brainerd International Raceway and Resort, Brainerd, Minn. Track is located a few miles north of the Brainerd area off Highway 371. The track is located on the east side of the highway.

COURSE: Championship drag strip; Track elevation is 1,200 feet above sea level; Track direction is west to east.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 16-19

SCHEDULE:

Thursday, Aug. 16- Lucas Oil Series qualifying

Friday, Aug. 17 - Lucas Oil Series qualifying

MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 1:40 and 4:20 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 18 - Lucas Oil Series eliminations

MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 12:45 and 3:45 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 19 - Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.

MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:

Friday, Aug. 17, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 5 p.m..

Sunday, Aug. 19, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 11 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 19, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage starting at 1 p.m.

2017 EVENT WINNERS:

Leah Pritchett, Top Fuel; Alexis DeJoria, Funny Car; Tanner Gray, Pro Stock; Jerry Savoie, Pro Stock Motorcycle.

MOST VICTORIES:

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

TRACK RECORDS:

Top Fuel - 3.640 sec. by Leah Pritchett, Aug. '17; 332.75 mph by Brittany Force, Aug. '17.

Funny Car - 3.793 sec. and 338.00 mph by Robert Hight, Aug. '17.

Pro Stock - 6.541 sec. by Erica Enders, Aug. '15; 211.39 mph by Shane Gray, Aug. '15.

Pro Stock Motorcycle - 6.788 sec. and 197.39 by Eddie Krawiec, Aug. '15.

NATIONAL RECORDS:

Top Fuel - 3.628 sec. by Clay Millican, Feb. '18, Pomona, Calif.; 336.57 mph by Tony Schumacher, Feb. '18, Phoenix

Funny Car - 3.793 sec. by Robert Hight, Aug. '17, Brainerd; 339.87 mph by Robert Hight, July '17, Sonoma, Calif.

Pro Stock - 6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March '15, Charlotte, N.C.; 215.55 mph by Erica Enders, May '14, Englishtown N.J.

Pro Stock Motorcycle - 6.728 sec. by Andrew Hines, Oct '12, Reading, PA.; 201.01 mph by Hector Arana Jr., March '18, Gainesville, Fla.

TICKETS: Order tickets by phone at (218) 824-RACE (7223). Tickets also are available online at www.brainerdraceway.com.

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