The 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series draws to a close in just a few short weeks with the running of the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals, Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, and the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Nov. 12-15.

The competition in all four professional categories is expected to be heated, with Full Throttle world championships hanging in the balance for the final two races.

In Top Fuel and Funny Car, the number of spoilers will in some cases double the number of NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship participants as NHRA announced that both nitromethane classes currently have the largest number of entries for any race this year.

In Las Vegas, the entry list in Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car is 25 and 20, respectively.
For the Las Vegas event, pre-entries total 721 race vehicles in the professional and sportsman ranks, compared to 562 in 2008.

Also significant is the number of Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars entered in both races to compete in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.   To date, 27 Top Alcohol Dragsters and 25 Top Alcohol Funny Cars are entered for the Las Vegas event.

Top Fuel is a four-driver battle for the championship. Tony Schumacher and the U.S. Army dragster team is 47 points ahead of Larry Dixon and the Al-Anabi Racing dragster.   Cory McClenathan and Antron Brown trail Schumacher by 68 and 81 points, respectively.

In the Funny Car ranks, there are six drivers who still hold legitimate claims to the NHRA Full Throttle world championship, led by current points leader Robert Hight.   Hight, who drives the Auto Club Ford Mustang, sits 13 points ahead of teammate Ashley Force Hood.   Force Hood is trying to become the first female world champion in the Funny Car class. Tony Pedregon, Ron Capps and Tim Wilkerson are in a tight log-jam in third through fifth.   Currently at sixth is Jack Beckman, driver of the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger, who is 86 points behind Hight with two races remaining.  
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hector Arana, rider of the Lucas Oil Buell, has a 28-point lead over defending world champ Eddie Krawiec and his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team heading into the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals.

Mike Edwards, who drove the A.R.T./Young Life Pontiac GXP to a dominating performance in Richmond, Va., two weeks ago and earned the maximum 150 points, all but clinched the NHRA Full Throttle world championship in Pro Stock.   The only team with a legitimate shot to prevent that is the Las Vegas-based Ken Black Racing team, led by Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GXP, who trails Edwards by 128 points.

To purchase tickets for the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals, please call the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444 or visit www.lvms.com.

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Thursday, Oct. 29
7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open.
8 a.m. - Sportsman qualifying.
4 p.m. - Comp Eliminator qualifying.
6 p.m. - Track closed.
6-8 p.m. - Free NHRA driver autograph session at Fremont Street Experience.

Friday, Oct. 30
7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open.
8 a.m. - Sportsman eliminations.
11 a.m. - Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying.
Noon - Pro Mod qualifying.
12:30 p.m. - Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Stock qualifying.
1:30 p.m. - Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.
2:30 p.m. - Comp Eliminator qualifying.
3 p.m. - Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Stock qualifying.
4 p.m. - Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.
5 p.m. - Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying.
7:30 p.m. - Track closed.

Saturday, Oct. 31
7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open.
8 a.m. - Sportsman eliminations.
11 a.m. - Pro Mod qualifying.
11:30 a.m. - Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Stock qualifying.
12:30 p.m. - Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.
12:30 p.m. -- Children's Halloween costume contest begins (midway area behind main grandstands).
1:30 p.m. - Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying.
2:30 p.m. - Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Stock qualifying.
3:30 p.m. - Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.
4:30 p.m. - First round of Pro Mod eliminations
5 p.m. - First round of Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car eliminations.
5 p.m. - Spectator gates open at the Bullring for Supermodified, USAC Midget, stock car races.
6 p.m. - Track closed.

Sunday, Nov. 1
7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open.
9 a.m. - Sportsman eliminations.
10 a.m. - Pre-race ceremonies.
11 a.m. - Final eliminations begin.
4:30 p.m. - Track closed.