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ESPN2 announces drag racing coverage for 2009

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This is still a couple of weeks off, but I wanted to get it to you as quickly as possible: ESPN finally announced its plans for drag racing on ESPN2 this year, starting just in time for the mostly barren weekend after the Super Bowl.

Coverage of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series starts, of course, with the 49th annual Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals from Pomona, Calif., Feb. 7-8. But the highlight will be expanded coverage of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis Sept. 5-7.

ESPN2's announcing team again will feature Paul Page and Mike Dunn, with Gary Gerould and Dave Rieff reporting from the pits. Rieff and Dunn host NHRA RaceDay Sunday mornings.

Krista Marie (below) will be included in ESPN2's coverage, singing her song “Drive It Like You Stole It."

Can't imagine bigger news than this today, so I'll leave it at that for now.

Click below for the complete NHRA schedule on ESPN2. Kudos to first reader to identify the female driver above.2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series TV Schedule

(all times Eastern, all on ESPN2 unless noted)

Feb. 7 Pomona Qualifying 10 p.m. – midnight

Feb. 8 Pomona Finals 6:30 – 10 p.m.

Feb. 22 Phoenix Qualifying 2 – 4 a.m.

Feb. 22 Phoenix Qualifying (re-air) 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 Phoenix Finals 7 – 10 p.m.

March 15 Gainesville Qualifying 2 – 4 a.m.

March 15 Gainesville Qualifying (re-air) 10 – 11:30 a.m.

March 15 Gainesville Finals 3 - 6 p.m. (ESPN)

March 28 Houston Qualifying 8 – 10 p.m.

March 29 Houston Finals 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

April 4 Las Vegas Qualifying 8 - 10 p.m.

April 5 Las Vegas Finals 4 – 7 p.m.

April 18 Atlanta Qualifying 6 - 8 p.m.

April 19 Atlanta Finals 7 - 10 p.m.

May 2 St. Louis Qualifying 8 – 10 p.m.

May 3 St. Louis Finals 7 - 10 p.m.

May 16 Bristol Qualifying 8 – 10 p.m.

May 17 Bristol Finals 7 – 10:30 p.m.

May 30 Topeka Qualifying 9:30 – 11:30 p.m.

May 31 Topeka Finals 4 - 7 p.m.

June 6 Chicago Qualifying 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

June 7 Chicago Finals 4 - 7 p.m.

June 13 Englishtown Qualifying 7 – 8 p.m.

June 13 Englishtown Qualifying 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

June 14 Englishtown Finals 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

June 27 Norwalk Qualifying 8 - 10 p.m.

June 28 Norwalk Finals 8 – 11 p.m.

July 11 Denver Qualifying 10 p.m. – midnight

July 12 Denver Finals 8 - 11 p.m.

July 18 Seattle Qualifying 7 - 9 p.m.

July 19 Seattle Finals 9 p.m. – midnight

July 25 Sonoma Qualifying 6 – 8 p.m.

July 26 Sonoma Finals 9 p.m. – midnight

Aug. 15 Brainerd Qualifying 6 – 7 p.m.

Aug. 16 Brainerd Finals 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Aug. 23 Reading Qualifying 1 - 3 a.m.

Aug. 23 Reading Qualifying (re-air) 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 23 Reading Finals 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Sept. 5 Indianapolis Qualifying 11 p.m. – midnight

Sept. 6 Indianapolis Qualifying 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sept. 6 Indianapolis Qualifying 5 - 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 Indianapolis Finals 1:30 – 6 p.m.

Sept. 19 Charlotte Qualifying 11:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Sept. 20 Charlotte Finals 7 - 10 p.m.

Sept. 25 Dallas Qualifying 10 p.m. – midnight

Sept. 26 Dallas Finals 7 - 10 p.m.

Oct. 4 Memphis Qualifying 1 – 3 a.m.

Oct. 4 Memphis Qualifying (re-air) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Oct. 4 Memphis Finals 7 – 10 p.m.

Oct. 10 Richmond Qualifying 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Oct. 11 Richmond Finals 7 – 10 p.m.

Oct. 31 Las Vegas Qualifying 10 p.m. – midnight

Nov. 1 Las Vegas Finals 7 - 10 p.m.

Nov. 14 Pomona Qualifying 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Nov. 15 Pomona Finals 7 - 10 p.m.

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