Race Weekend Central

Five Times Live for NHRA in 2015

Fans of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will be treated to five live elimination shows during the 2015 season as part of more than 100 hours of programming for the series on ESPN and ESPN2.

Finals from the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte on March 29, the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston on April 26, the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol on June 21, the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals from Norwalk, Ohio, on July 5, and the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Chicago on July 12, will air live.

Charlotte, Bristol, and Norwalk will air on ESPN with Houston and Chicago airing on ESPN2. In addition to the three live shows, ESPN will also air delayed coverage from the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis over Labor Day weekend. The remaining broadcasts will be on ESPN2.

Dave Reiff and Mike Dunn are both set to return to the broadcast booth as well for 2015, with pit reporting duties being handled by Gary Gerould and John Kernan.

This will be the 15th season for the partnership between NHRA and ESPN.


All times Eastern. All shows to air on ESPN2 unless otherwise noted. Schedule is subject to change. Please check local listings.

DateRace/FacilityLocationAir Date/Time
Feb. 5-8NHRA WinternationalsPomona, CAQualifying, Sat., Feb. 7, 10-11:30 p.m.
Eliminations, Sun., Feb. 8, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Feb. 20-22CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA NationalsPhoenix, AZQualifying, Sun., Feb. 22, 1-3 a.m.
Qualifying re-air, Feb. 22, 6-8 p.m.
Eliminations, Sun., Feb. 22, 8-11 p.m.
March 12-15Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals   Gainesville, FLQualifying, Sun., March 15, 1:30-3:30 a.m.
Qualifying re-air, March 15, 7-9 a.m.
Eliminations, Sun., March 15, 7-9 p.m.
March 27-29NHRA Four-Wide NationalsCharlotte, NCQualifying, Sat., March 28, 8-10 p.m.
Eliminations, Sun., March 29, 2-5 p.m. (LIVE on ESPN)
April 10-12SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals Las Vegas, NVQualifying, Sat., April 11, 6-8 p.m.
Eliminations, Sun., April 12, 8-11 p.m.
April 24-26O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationalsHouston, TXQualifying, Sat., April 25, 6-8 p.m.
Eliminations, Sun., April 26, 2-5 p.m. (LIVE)
May 15-17Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals   Atlanta, GAQualifying, Sat., May 16, 9-11 p.m.
Eliminations, Sun., May 17, 9 p.m.-Midnight
May 22-24NHRA Kansas NationalsTopeka, KSQualifying, Sat., May 23, 6-8 p.m.
Eliminations, Sun., May 24, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
June 4-7Toyota NHRA Summernationals   Englishtown, NJQualifying, Sat., June 6, 11 p.m.-1 a.m.
Eliminations, Sun., June 7, 9 p.m.-Midnight
June 12-14Auto-Plus NHRA New England NationalsEpping, NHQualifying, Sat., June 13, 8-10 p.m.
Eliminations, Sun., June 14, 5-8 p.m.
June 19-21NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals  Bristol, TNQualifying, Sat., June 20, 7-9 p.m.
Eliminations, Sun., June 21, 3-6 p.m. (LIVE on ESPN)
July 2-5Summit Racing Equipment NHRA NationalsNorwalk, OHQualifying, Sat., July 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Eliminations, Sun., July 5, 1-4 p.m. (LIVE on ESPN)
July 9-12O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals Chicago, ILQualifying, Sat., July 11, 10 p.m.-Midnight
Eliminations, Sun., July 12, 2-5 p.m. (LIVE)
July 24-26Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals   Denver, COQualifying, Sat., July 25, 11 p.m.-1 a.m.
Eliminations, Sun., July 26, 9 p.m.-Midnight
July 31-Aug. 2NHRA Sonoma Nationals   Sonoma, CAQualifying, Sat., Aug. 1, 7-9 p.m.
Eliminations, Sun., Aug. 2, 8-11 p.m.
Aug. 7-9O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest NationalsSeattle, WAQualifying, Sat., Aug. 8, 11 p.m.-1 a.m.
Eliminations, Sun., Aug. 9, 8-11 p.m.
Aug. 20-23Lucas Oil NHRA NationalsBrainerd, MNQualifying, Sat., Aug. 22, 11 p.m.-1 a.m.
Eliminations, Sun., Aug. 23, 9 p.m.-Midnight
Sept. 2-7Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals   Indianapolis, INQualifying, Sun., Sept. 6, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Qualifying, Sun., Sept. 6, 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Eliminations, Mon., Sept. 7, 4-7 p.m. (ESPN)
Sept. 18-20NHRA Carolina Nationals   Charlotte, NCQualifying, Sat., Sept. 19, TBD
Eliminations, Sun., Sept. 20, 8:30-11:30 p.m.
Sept. 25-27AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals   St. Louis, MOQualifying, Sat., Sept. 26, TBD
Eliminations, Sun., Sept. 27, 8:30-11:30 p.m.
Oct. 1-4NHRA Nationals Reading, PAQualifying, Sat., Oct. 3, TBD
Eliminations, Sun., Oct. 4, 8-11 p.m.
Oct. 15-18AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals  Dallas, TXQualifying, Sat., Oct. 17, TBD
Eliminations, Sun., Oct. 18, 8-11 p.m.
Oct. 29-Nov. 1NHRA Toyota Nationals   Las Vegas, NVQualifying, Sat., Oct. 31, TBD
Eliminations, Sun., Nov. 1, 8-11 p.m.
Nov. 12-15Auto Club NHRA Finals   Pomona, CAQualifying, Sat., Nov. 14, TBD
Eliminations, Sun., Nov. 15, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

About the author

A writer for Frontstretch since 2002, and editor since 2006, Toni heads up the NHRA coverage for the site. She’s responsible for post-race coverage in the weekly Pace Laps multi-series round-up along with the weekly Nitro Shots column featuring news and features from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. An award-winning former writer for the Presbyterian Church, Toni works in web design and freelances with writing in North Carolina.

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