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Friday night qualifying returns to the NHRA SpringNationals

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In honor of all the great performances showcased on the track by female drivers throughout NHRA history including memorable early season victories this year by first-time Top Fuel winners Brittany Force and Leah Pritchett Royal Purple Raceway is offering a special promotion during its NHRA SpringNationals Friday night qualifying session on April 29 where all female spectators will receive free admission with a reserved seat on the spectator side of the track. This offer is available for walk-up ticket purchases only.

A very special qualifying session is scheduled for that Friday night, and Force and Pritchett will be among the racers looking to grab the No. 1 qualifying position under the lights.

Royal Purple Raceway recently installed a state of the art Musco lighting system that will provide plenty of illumination for the Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars that will be competing to earn a starting spot for Sundays finals in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.

The tradition-rich race near Houston will be held April 29-May 1 and is the sixth of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Last years winners were Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car), and local favorite Erica Enders (Pro Stock).

The Friday night action will get underway at 6:30 p.m. when a special driver introductions program will take place near the starting line area. The Mello Yello big stage will roll out just like it does on race day Sunday mornings, and each driver, from Top Fuels Antron Brown to Funny Cars Courtney Force, will wave to the crowd in a high-energy introduction. An NHRA tradition, fans will be allowed to come down to the starting line apron and enjoy the pre-qualifying ceremony up close and personal.

Once the intros are complete, fans will return to their seats in the grandstands where they will be treated to an incredible evening of high-horsepower racing action that will feature 200 mph excitement from the sleek new-look Pro Stock cars and ground-shaking side-by-side runs at more than 320 mph from the Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as theyre granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

Fans also will want to visit NHRAs popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.
The event also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

The first round of Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will start at 4:30 p.m. on Friday followed by the night session that will begin at 7 p.m. The final two rounds of qualifying will take place Saturday, April 30 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 1.

To purchase event tickets, call (281) 383-7223 or visit www.royalpurpleraceway.com. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

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