ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD this weekend will serve up 10 hours of drag racing action from the NHRA’s Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, network officials said Wednesday.
ESPN2’s coverage starts Sunday, Aug. 31 with a one-hour qualifying wrap-up program at 12:30 a.m. ET with additional coverage airs at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET. On Monday, Sept. 1, ESPN2 will provide eliminations coverage from noon to 2 p.m. ET and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET.
“The additional hours of coverage lets us do justice to the many great stories the NHRA POWERade Series has,” Paul Page, lead announcer for ESPN2’s drag racing coverage team, said in a statement. “There are 23 great races on the NHRA schedule and there’s the U.S. Nationals.”
Page will be joined in the booth for ESPN2’s coverage by 22-time NHRA race winner Mike Dunn for analysis. Reporting from the pits will be Gary Gerould, John Kernan and Dave Rieff. Dunn and Rieff also host NHRA RaceDay on Sunday at 11 a.m. to set the stage for that day’s action.