GLENDORA, Calif. — official series release — Photo courtesy NHRA —
Five live eliminations broadcasts highlight more than 100 hours of television programming of the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on ESPN and ESPN2.
The five races that will showcase live coverage of eliminations are the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte (March 29, 2-5 p.m. ET), the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston (April 26, 2-5 p.m. ET), the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway (June 21, 3-6 p.m. ET), the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Norwalk’s Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park (July 5, 1-4 p.m. ET), and Chicago’s NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway (July 12, 2-5 p.m. ET).
Three of those live races – Charlotte, Bristol, and Norwalk – will air on ESPN.
The 2015 season will open with ESPN2’s coverage of the tradition-rich Circle K NHRA Winternationals at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California with a 90-minute qualifying show Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10 p.m. ET and a three-hour eliminations show Sunday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. ET. ESPN’s full schedule of NHRA races is below.
The Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, the world’s most prestigious drag race, will again be showcased via 10 hours of coverage during Labor Day weekend on both ESPN and ESPN2.
Each stop in the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s playoffs, will again be highlighted by a three-hour eliminations show in prime time on ESPN2. Qualifying showtimes for the Countdown to the Championship races will be announced at a later date.
Host Dave Rieff and analyst Mike Dunn return to the broadcast booth and will be joined by pit reporters Gary Gerould and John Kernan as ESPN begins its 15th season of NHRA telecasts. ESPN veteran Rieff begins his third season as the show anchor, and Dunn, a former Top Fuel and Funny Car driver with 22 NHRA victories, will start his 14th season providing color commentary.
All telecasts will air in high definition on ESPN or ESPN2 and are available in some 95 million households nationwide. The telecasts will feature competition from each of the four classes in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In addition, ESPN will provide Sunday re-airs of most late qualifying shows that originate in the early-morning hours on the East Coast.