Brainerd International Raceway Brainerd, MN 2013 nhra nationals date set

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    The dates for Brainerd International Raceway’s 2013 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals will be Aug. 15-18, the NHRA announced today.
    It will be the 32nd year that the NHRA has brought the world’s best drag racers to BIR, which is still the fastest track in the country. The race features Top Fuel dragsters, Funny Cars, Pro Stock cars and motorcycles and some of the top Sportsman drag racers in the United States. With open pit areas, an exciting vendor midway and an infamous campground called The Zoo, the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals is an annual tradition for thousands of fans and a favorite stop for the NHRA.
    In addition to announcing the 2013 racing schedule, the NHRA also unveiled its new series sponsor: Mello Yello. Next year, the series will be called the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Mello Yello is a popular citrus-flavored soft drink distributed by Coca-Cola.

    Highlighting the 2013 schedule is the inaugural NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H., June 20-23. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ visit to the Northeast marks a process of more than a decade in the making and reaffirms NHRA’s position as offering the most geographically diverse schedule of any major motorsports series in the country.

    The summer months leading into the most prestigious and historic event on the tour, the NHRA U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend (Aug. 28-Sept. 2) at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, will be a grueling challenge for the teams with nine races in 12 weeks, and will see the teams travel from coast to coast. That portion of the schedule kicks off the first weekend in June (May 30-June 2) with the Toyota NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, N.J. After a week off, the circuit embarks on four races in row, beginning with the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. (June 14-16), the inaugural NHRA New England Nationals (June 20-23), the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago (June 27-30) and concludes with the traditional July 4th celebration in Norwalk, Ohio, with the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals (July 4 -7).

    From Norwalk, the series heads on to the famous Western Swing, which features three races in three weeks under three very different conditions: the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver (July 19-21), the NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, Calif. (July 26-28), and the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle (Aug. 2-4). After a week off, the demanding summer stretch concludes BIR with the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug. 15-18.

    The 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series begins, as it has for 53 years, with the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Calif.), Feb. 14-17, and continues the following week in Phoenix with the NHRA Arizona Nationals (Feb. 22-24). The traditional East Coast opener will be held March 14-17 at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville (Fla.) with the 44th running of the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals.

    The fourth stop in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (April 5-7), followed by the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C. (April 19-21). The series continues with the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston (April 26-28), Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta (May 3-5), and the NHRA Kansas Nationals in Topeka, Kan. (May 17-19).

    The six-race 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s playoffs, kicks off in the fall with four consecutive weeks of racing: the NHRA Nationals in Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 13-15); the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas (Sept. 19-22); the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis (Sept. 27-29); and Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pa. (Oct. 3-6).

    The season concludes out West with the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas (Oct. 24-27) and returns to where it all began for the season finale with the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals (Nov. 7-10).

    The Pro Stock Motorcycle class will compete in a 16-race schedule, with six of those races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

    ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, a part of the ESPN network, the worldwide leader in sports, will once again provide exclusive television coverage, on a same-day basis, of all NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events featuring action from qualifying rounds on Saturday and Sunday’s race.
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    2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Schedule

    53rd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 14-17, Pomona, Calif.
    29th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals, Feb. 22-24, Phoenix
    44th annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals, March 14-17, Gainesville, Fla. (PSM)
    14th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, April 5-7, Las Vegas
    4th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 19-21, Charlotte, N.C.
    26th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals, April 26-28, Houston (PSM)
    33rd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. May 3-5, Atlanta (PSM)
    25th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals, May 17-19, Topeka, Kan.
    44th annual Toyota NHRA Summernationals, May 30 ”“ June 2, Englishtown, N.J. (PSM)
    13th annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, June 14-16, Bristol, Tenn.
    Inaugural NHRA New England Nationals, June 20-23, Epping, N.H.
    16th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals, June 27-30, Chicago (PSM)
    7th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, July 4-7, Norwalk, Ohio (PSM)
    34th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, July 19-21, Denver (PSM)
    26th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals, July 26-28, Sonoma, Calif. (PSM)
    26th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals, Aug. 2-4, Seattle
    32nd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Aug. 15-18, Brainerd, Minn. (PSM)
    59th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals, Aug. 28 ”“ Sept. 2, Indianapolis (PSM)

    NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship
    6th annual NHRA Nationals, Sept. 13-15, Charlotte, N.C. (PSM)
    28th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 19-22, Dallas (PSM)
    2nd annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, Sept. 27-29, St. Louis (PSM)
    29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals, Oct. 3-6, Reading, Pa. (PSM)
    13th annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals, Oct. 24-27, Las Vegas (PSM)
    49th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Nov. 7-10, Pomona, Calif. (PSM)
    (PSM) - Event will include Pro Stock Motorcycle
     

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