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National TV coverage at National Trail Raceway this weekend

HEBRON – A new National Trail Raceway event this weekend will receive national television coverage and could land a local racer a spot on a new reality series.

“We’re going to make Licking County famous,” said National Trail Raceway Sales Manager Mike Fornataro. The event is NHRA Unleashed, which, according to an NHRA press release is “two-days of nirvana for lovers of cars and the car culture.” The Lucas Oil sponsored event is Sept. 10 and 11.

“It’s a big deal,” said Fornataro. There are only four such events in the country this year, including the Hebron event.

According to the NHRA release, the NHRA Unleashed events are wide ranging car shows that highlight all makes and models of automobiles. This is a place where automobile enthusiasts will be able to take Fords, Dodges, Chevrolets, Pontiacs and more for one low admission cost. This multifaceted event will feature racing, car shows, manufacturers midway, children’s play area and much more.

All the on and off track action will be televised by Disrupt/ive Studios as they will produce two half-hour shows from the National Trail Raceway NHRA Unleashed event. Jack Shaffer and Stephen Pullin, who produce the wildly popular Pinks, Pinks All Out and Pinks All Outtakes, founded Disrupt/ive Studios. They know the passion and dedication of the grass roots racer and will convey that to the viewers of Fox Sports Net starting Nov. 7.

During the NHRA Unleashed event at the track the Disrupt/ive Studio team will interview potential candidates for a new reality show called Who Wants to Be a Race Car Driver? The final candidates selected for the show will go through a grueling test designed to showcase their ability on the track as well as all the other key attributes needed off the track to be a successful race car driver. Contenders will be selected from the thousands of anticipated auditions at NHRA Unleashed events for the potential opportunity to compete for a life-changing prize: a one-year completely funded ride in an NHRA series.

Fornataro said the qualifying would begin in the evening because the producers favor nighttime television coverage.

The schedule is:

Friday, Sept. 10

7 a.m. Racer Entry, Pit Parking

8 a.m. Tech Opens, Swap Meet, Car Show Entry

Noon Spectator Gates Open

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Open Test & Tune and License Passes

5 p.m. 1st Round Qualifying Begins

Saturday, Sept. 11

7 a.m. Participant Gate Opens

8 a.m. Tech Opens

9 a.m. Spectator Gate Opens

10 a.m. – 11: 30 a.m. 2nd Round Qualifying Index Classes

11: 30 a.m. – Noon Lunch

Noon – 1 p.m. 2nd Round Qualifying EZ Street & Limited Street

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. 2nd Round Qualifying Outlaw 10.5 & Pro Mods

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. 3rd Round Qualifying EZ Street & Limited Street

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. 3rd Round Qualifying Outlaw 10.5 & Pro Mods

4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 1st Round Eliminations All Classes

6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies

6:30 p.m. Eliminations Continue and TV Production Begins

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