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ESPN2 and ESPN2HD to telecast 10-race season

GLENDORA, Calif. (March 7, 2011) — After much fanfare and success, the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series enters its second season in 2011, beginning at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals, March 10-13.  The 10-race NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will be featured on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD.

ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise 30-minute highlight shows of the racing action from all 10 NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Series events.  The shows will air on a tape delay basis and will recap the weekend’s events, including final elimination coverage of the 16-car fields.

In addition, ESPN International will telecast the events around the world through English-speaking affiliates.   

The shows will be produced by ESPN, which has been producing NHRA programming since 2001.  Calling the action on the telecast will be veteran NHRA announcer Dave Rieff, who will be joined in the booth by race analyst Mike Dunn.

The formation of the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series wouldn’t have been possible without the financial commitment of ProCare Rx and Get Screened America, which agreed to a multi-year commitment to fund the series.

Following the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway, the schedule features stops at some of the biggest events on the circuit including Las Vegas (April 1-3), Houston (April 29-May 1), Atlanta (May 12-15), Englishtown (June 2-5), Bristol (June 17-19) and Norwalk (June 23-26).    The second half of the season will see the 250 mph machines race at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, (Sept. 1-5),  the fall national event in Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 15-18), and conclude with a return to Las Vegas (Oct. 27-30). 

With body styles ranging from ’41 Willys to '53 Corvettes, ’57 Chevys to ’70 Cudas, and first-generation Camaros and Firebirds, to profiles as racy as the latest Dodge Viper, along with show-quality “themed paint jobs,” Pro Mods have been crowd pleasers at NHRA events for several years as an exhibition. With huge slicks at the rear and superchargers poking through the hoods, there’s no doubt that these cars are a whole lot more than souped-up classics.

ESPN2 is now available in nearly 100 million homes nationwide.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011.  As the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States, NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA.  NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17.   In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

2011 NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Television Schedule*

Event                                                                                        Air Date/Time

Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals                                         Sunday, March 20, midnight
Gainesville, Fla. NHRA Nationals                                        Saturday, April 9, 4 p.m.
Las Vegas           

O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals                               Sunday, May 8, 2 p.m.

Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals                  Saturday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.
Commerce, Ga.               

NHRA SuperNationals                                                          Sunday, June 12, 1 p.m.
Englishtown, N.J.           

Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals                                      Sunday, July 3, 2 p.m.
Presented by Your Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers
Bristol, Tenn.   

Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals                               Sunday, July 3, 2:30 p.m.
Norwalk, Ohio 

Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil                      Sunday, Sept. 11, 6 p.m.

O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals                                         Sunday, Oct. 2, 4 p.m.
Charlotte, N.C.

NHRA Las Vegas Nationals                                                    Sunday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m.
Las Vegas           

* All times Eastern. Schedule subject to change. Please check local listings.


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