The second annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the Bellagio of drag strips, zMAX Dragway, is already a must-see event, but finding a ticket for the 2011 running of the race that took the drag racing world by storm in 2010 will be much more difficult.

Why? Because in addition to presenting John Force, Tony Schumacher and all of the stars of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series in a unique four-wide format that unleashes 28,000 nitro-fueled thunder simultaneously, NHRA will celebrate its 60th anniversary season by showcasing the sport's rich history with vintage car shows and displays, meet-and-greets with the legends of drag racing and much more.

NHRA's first of two trips into the heart of motorsports country will be one for the ages as NHRA will showcase a who's who list of legends including one of the biggest names in all of motorsports history, Shirley Muldowney. A three-time world champion, Muldowney was a pioneer for women in all sports and she will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of her breakthrough first win by a female in a Top Fuel dragster (in Columbus, Ohio on June 13, 1976) during the 2011 season.

Other NHRA Legends who will join Muldowney at zMAX Dragway will be announced soon and they all will be available throughout the weekend for meet-and-greets and autograph sessions with fans. The event will also feature a vintage car corral, parade of classic cars and four-wide track walk.

The NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 14-17 at zMAX Dragway, will mark the fourth stop in a year-long celebration that will pay homage to the evolution of the hot rod, the impact of the sport's legendary racers, and the lifeblood provided by the many millions of loyal and passionate NHRA fans.

"(NHRA Founder) Wally (Parks) created NHRA for the hot rod enthusiasts and the 2011 season, our 60th Anniversary, will be a year-long celebration in their honor," said NHRA president Tom Compton. "Fans, accustomed to an up close and personal experience with the stars of the sport through our open pit environment, will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the stars and see the cars from throughout the 60-year history of the sport."

The celebration will continue throughout the year as the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series winds its way from Pomona to Pennsylvania, Dallas to Denver, Seattle to Central Florida, and everywhere in between. NHRA drag racing fans from across the country will be treated to special events designed to give them the chance to touch and feel and in many cases personally interact with the men, women and vehicles that have made the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series the great sport that it is today.

Race fans can frequent NHRA.com or simply 'like' the NHRA Facebook page to receive updated news regarding details of the many 60th-themed ticket promotions being offered, and specific activities planned, at each of the remaining 19 events on the 2011 schedule.

The virtual tour through the first 60 years of NHRA drag racing will extend beyond the track to the desktops, laptops and handheld devices of NHRA fans via the NHRA Facebook page. Throughout the 2011 season, NHRA will enlist the expertise of the fans of the NHRA Facebook page to help determine the greatest moments from the first 60 years of NHRA drag racing. Voting – based on 'likes' – has already begun and will continue throughout the season.

Tickets for the second annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 14-17 at zMAX Dragway, are on sale now at www.zmaxdragway.com or by phone at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Buy two tickets for only $60 and receive a free upgrade; your choice of two event hats, two event T-shirts, two free beer vouchers or two hot dogs and Coca-Cola products.

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