2014 NHRA TV schedule: ESPN & ESPN2 begins coverage of the NHRA drag racing season at the Winternationals Feb. 8-9. ESPN networks will dedicate more than 115 hours of original programming to the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in 2014.
ESPN and the NHRA have released the early part of the 2014 TV schedule (check back for updates):
Circle K NHRA Winternationals
ESPN2, Qualifying, 11 p.m.-1 a.m., Sat., Feb. 8
ESPN, Eliminations, 8-11 p.m., Sun., Feb. 9
CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals
ESPN2, Qualifying, 2-3:30 a.m., Sun., Feb. 23
ESPN2, Qualifying re-air, 8-9 a.m., Sun., Feb. 23
ESPN2, Eliminations, 8-11 p.m., Sun., Feb. 23
Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals
ESPN2, Qualifying, 1-3 a.m., Sun., March 16
ESPN2, Qualifying re-air, 7:30-9 a.m., Sun., March 16
ESPN2, Eliminations, 7-9 p.m., Sun., March 16
SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals
ESPN2, Qualifying, 8-9:30pm, Sat., March 29
ESPN2, Eliminations, 11pm-1:30am, Sun., March 30
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
ESPN2, Qualifying, 9-10pm, Sat., April 12
ESPN2, Eliminations, 8-11pm, Sun., April 13
O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals
ESPN2, Qualifying, 6-8pm, Sat., April 26
ESPN2, Eliminations, 7-10pm, Sun., April 27
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals
ESPN2, Qualifying, 5:30-7:30pm, Sat., May 17
ESPN2, Eliminations, 7-10pm, Sun., May 18
NHRA Kansas Nationals
ESPN2, Qualifying, 6-8pm, Sat., May 24
ESPN2, Eliminations, 10pm-1am, Sun., May 25
2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Schedule
Qualifying and eliminations air on ESPN or ESPN2.
Feb. 6-9: Circle K NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, CA
Feb. 21-23: CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, Phoenix, AZ
March 13-16: Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, FL
March 28-30: SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas, NV
April 11-13: NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, NC
April 25-27: O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals, Houston, TX
May 16-18: Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta, GA
May 23-25: NHRA Kansas Nationals, Topeka, KS
May 29-June 1: Toyota NHRA Summernationals, Englishtown, NJ
June 13-15: Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol, TN
June 19-22: Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals, Epping, NH
June 26-29: O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago, IL
July 3-6: Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, OH
July 18-20: Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver, CO
July 25-27: NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma, CA
Aug. 1-3: O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries, Seattle, WA
Aug. 14-17: Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, MN
Aug. 27-Sept. 1: Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis, IN
Sept. 12-14: NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte, NC
Sept. 18-21: AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, Dallas, TX
Sept. 26-28: AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis, MO
Oct. 2-5: NHRA Nationals, Reading, PA
Oct. 30-Nov. 2: NHRA Toyota Nationals, Las Vegas, NV
Nov. 13-16: Auto Club NHRA Finals, Pomona, CA
NHRA Drag Racing Season Kicks Off This Weekend on ESPN Networks
With drag racing fans ready for some on-track action after a long winter of inactivity, ESPN will begin its 14th season of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series coverage this weekend with the 54th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
Every February since 1961, fans have flocked to Southern California for the Winternationals, one of drag racing’s grandest traditions, for the unveiling of new cars, drivers, teams, and sponsorships at the season opener. The fabled and historic Pomona facility is well-known for its outstanding traction, smooth surface, and record performances.
ESPN will again be the television home for the NHRA in 2014 with coverage of all events in the premier Mello Yello Drag Racing Series as well as events in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Dave Rieff, who has been a part of ESPN’s NHRA coverage since 2001, returns for his second year as anchor for ESPN’s telecasts of both the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Rieff will call the action from the booth with analyst Mike Dunn, who is beginning his 13th year with ESPN. The former racer is one of only three drivers in NHRA history to win more than 10 times in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes. Gary Gerould, John Kernan and Jamie Howe will report from the pits and trackside.
At Pomona this weekend, ESPN2 will air same-day coverage of qualifying on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 p.m. ET and same-day coverage of eliminations will air on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. In addition, ESPN3, ESPN’s multi-screen live sports network, will have live coverage of qualifying at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, with the full day of eliminations live on Sunday starting at 2 p.m.
All NHRA programming on ESPN Networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV and Roku via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliate provider.
The NHRA will be available in 78 countries and territories to more than 30 million homes, through a combination of ESPN International sales and network programming, including coverage in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, UK, Eastern Europe, Russia and New Zealand. In addition, U.S. troops and their families serving around the world in 175 countries and on Navy vessels at sea can watch NHRA on the American Forces Network.
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