2015 NHRA TV schedule on ESPN networks

[Update: This will come as welcome news to most NHRA fans. The NHRA appears to be ending its deal with ESPN and heading to FOX Sports 1 in 2016.]

The 2015 NHRA drag racing season gets underway with the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Circle K NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Feb. 7-8. ESPN2 airs same-day coverage of qualifying on Saturday at 10pm ET and same-day coverage of eliminations on Sunday at 7:30pm ET. Viewers can watch Sunday’s live eliminations at 2pm ET on ESPN3.

2015 NHRA TV schedule

Press release from ESPN below, followed by the 2015 TV schedules for the NHRA Mello Yello and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

ESPN Kicks Off 15th Season of NHRA Drag Racing Telecasts

The 2015 season for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series launches this weekend in Pomona, Calif., and ESPN will be kicking off its 15th year as the exclusive television home for the series.

The 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals, the traditional season opener for drag racing since 1961, will be the first of 24 events for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. ESPN Networks will air same-day telecasts of qualifying and eliminations for all events this season, with five live eliminations programs scheduled. In addition, ESPN3, ESPN’s multi-screen live sports network, will have live coverage of the full day of eliminations for all events.

Dave Rieff, who has been a part of ESPN’s NHRA team since 2001, returns for his third year as anchor. Rieff will call the action from the booth with analyst Mike Dunn, who is beginning his 14th 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. Veteran pit reporters Gary Gerould and John Kernan will bring viewers the latest information from the pits and interview drivers, crew chiefs, team owners and other newsmakers.

ESPN’s NHRA programs will be produced under the oversight of ESPN vice president, production, Rich Feinberg and coordinating producer Kate Jackson. Steve Reintjes will produce the telecasts with Bruce Watson, in his 15th season, serving as director.

At Pomona this weekend, ESPN2 will air same-day coverage of qualifying on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10 p.m. ET and same-day coverage of eliminations will air on ESPN2 on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. ESPN3’s live eliminations coverage begins Sunday at 2 p.m.

All NHRA programming on ESPN Networks is also available via WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  It is currently accessible in more than 75 million households nationwide to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber, Mediacom, Midcontinent Communications, NCTC, NRTC, NTTC, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS TV (coming soon to DIRECTV).

ESPN3 is currently available to 95 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

The NHRA will be available in 192 countries and territories to more than 40.5 million homes, through a combination of ESPN International sales and network programming, including coverage in Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Brazil, Europe, Middle East 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.

ESPN2 also will again be the television home for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series this season.

2015 NHRA TV Schedule on ESPN Networks: NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

Circle K NHRA Winternationals

Pomona, Calif.

2/7/2015 Qualifying

10:00 PM – 11:30 PM ET (ESPN2)

2/8/2015 Eliminations

7:30 PM – 10:30 PM ET (ESPN2)

CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals

Phoenix, Ariz.

2/22/2015 Qualifying

1:00 AM – 3:00 AM ET (ESPN2)

2/22/2015 Qualifying re-air

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

2/22/2015 Eliminations

8:00 PM – 11:00PM ET (ESPN2)

Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

Gainesville, Fla.

3/15/2015 Qualifying

1:30 AM – 3:30AM ET (ESPN2)

3/15/2015 Qualifying re-air

7:00 AM – 9:00AM ET (ESPN2)

3/15/2015 Eliminations

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Charlotte, N.C.

3/28/2015 Qualifying

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM ET (ESPN2)

3/29/2015 Eliminations

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET (ESPN)

SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals

Las Vegas, Nev.

4/11/2015 Qualifying

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

4/12/2015 Eliminations

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

OReilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals

Houston, Texas

4/25/2015 Qualifying

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

4/26/2015 Eliminations

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals

Atlanta, Ga.

5/16/2015 Qualifying

9:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

5/17/2015 Eliminations

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET (ESPN2)

NHRA Kansas Nationals

Topeka, Kan.

5/23/2015 Qualifying

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

5/24/2015 Eliminations

10:00 PM – 1:00 AM ET (ESPN2)

Toyota NHRA Summernationals

Englishtown, N.J.

6/6/2015 Qualifying

11:00 PM – 1:00 AM ET (ESPN2)

6/7/2015 Eliminations

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET (ESPN2)

NHRA New England Nationals

Epping, N.H.

6/13/2015 Qualifying

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

6/14/2015 Eliminations

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Bristol, Tenn.

6/20/2015 Qualifying

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

6/21/2015 Eliminations

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET (ESPN)

Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Norwalk, Ohio

7/4/2015 Qualifying

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM ET (ESPN2)

7/5/2015 Eliminations

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET (ESPN)

Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Chicago, Ill.

7/11/2015 Qualifying

10:00 PM – 12:00AM ET (ESPN2)

7/12/2015 Eliminations

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals

Denver, Colo.

7/25/2015 Qualifying

11:00 PM – 1:00AM ET (ESPN2)

7/26/2015 Eliminations

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET (ESPN2)

NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Sonoma, Calif.

8/1/2015 Qualifying

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

8/2/2015 Eliminations

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

NHRA Northwest Nationals

Seattle, Wash.

8/8/2015 Qualifying

11:00 PM – 1:00 AM ET (ESPN2)

8/9/2015 Eliminations

8:00PM – 11:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Brainerd, Minn.

8/22/2015 Qualifying

11:00 PM – 1:00 AM ET (ESPN2)

8/23/2015 Eliminations

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET (ESPN2)

Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

Indianapolis, Ind.

9/6/2015 Qualifying

11:00 AM – 1:30 PM ET (ESPN)

9/6/2015 Qualifying

11:00PM – 1:30 AM ET (ESPN2)

9/7/2015 Eliminations

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET (ESPN)

NHRA Carolina Nationals

Charlotte, N.C.

9/19/2015 Qualifying

TBA (ESPN2)

9/20/2015 Eliminations

8:30 PM – 11:30 PM ET (ESPN2)

AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals

St. Louis, Mo.

9/26/2015 Qualfiying

TBA (ESPN2)

9/27/2015 Eliminations

8:30 PM – 11:30 PM ET (ESPN2)

NHRA Keystone Nationals

Reading, Pa.

10/3/2015 Qualifying

TBA (ESPN2)

10/4/2015 Eliminations

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals

Dallas, Texas

10/17/2015 Qualifying

TBA (ESPN2)

10/18/2015 Eliminations

8:00 PM – 11:00PM ET (ESPN2)

NHRA Toyota Nationals

Las Vegas, Nev.

10/31/2015 Qualifying

TBA (ESPN2)

11/1/2015 Eliminations

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

Auto Club NHRA Finals

Pomona, Calif.

11/14/2015 Qualifying

TBA (ESPN2)

11/15/2015 Eliminations

7:30 PM – 10:30 PM ET (ESPN2)

2015 NHRA TV Schedule on ESPN Networks: NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series

Circle K NHRA Winternationals

Pomona, Calif.

2/15/2015

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

Gainesville, Fla.

3/28/2015

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET (ESPN2)

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Charlotte, N.C.

4/5/2015

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals

Las Vegas, Nev.

4/19/2015

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

OReilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals

Houston, Texas

5/3/2015

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

NHRA Kansas Nationals

Topeka, Kan.

5/31/2015

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Norwalk, Ohio

7/12/2015

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Chicago, Ill.

7/19/2015

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

NHRA Northwest Nationals

Seattle, Wash.

8/15/2015

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET (ESPN2)

Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Brainerd, Minn.

8/30/2015

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

Indianapolis, Ind.

9/13/2015

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM ET (ESPN2)

NHRA Carolina Nationals

Charlotte, N.C.

9/26/2015

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM ET (ESPN2)

NHRA Keystone Nationals

Reading, Pa.

10/11/2015

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals

Dallas, Texas

10/24/2015

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM ET (ESPN2)

NHRA Toyota Nationals

Las Vegas, Nev.

11/8/2015

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

Auto Club NHRA Finals

Pomona, Calif.

11/22/2015

11:30 PM – 12:30 AM ET (ESPN2)

7 Comments

  1. Happy NHRA member/fan now. Can’t count the times I’ve recorded inane “sports” and OT football, soccer, tennis, synchronized swimming games, matches, events. Sorry ESPN….

  2. Although ESPN does have its draw backs, moving to fox sports will bump a lot of folks like my self who can’t afford the sports channel. I surely will miss it. If you are trying to improve your attendance on the boob I don’t see this as a way to get it.

  3. I am a happy NHRA fan to read the above update that ESPN won’t be televising NHRA next year. So many disappointed moments recording what was supposed to be NHRA and it was Special Olympics, tennis, and bowling 3 times that i have experienced with no reference to view on one of their other to be announced available channels. They Just decided to not televise it at all. Live or otherwise even later so we could at least see it sometime. . And ESPN would post different time televised then NHRA had posted. Yipee 2016.

  4. How much are nice seats to watch the drags from. They are for me and my father. Last year he was burned on his legs so bad at a work site. All he talks about is drag racing. I would be interested in season passes for here in Dallas, or at least tickets for here for a few more years.

  5. I love ESPN,because you’re like channel 8 in my younger day’s you’re giving the person at home that can’t go California,thunder valley,Las Vegas or anywhere else but get to almost smell methanol and. Burning brubber keep up the super job See you July 4 looks go to be great going to pray for lots of Sun.

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