Officials at zMAX Dragway have released their most ambitious season schedule to date. With more than 25 events over the course of eight months during 2012, there's something for competitors and drag racing fans of all kinds.

The Palace of Speed opens the season on March 3 with a series of four Spring Meltdown open test and tunes on consecutive Saturdays. All cars are welcome as racers prepare their cars for a summer of speed.

The highlight of the spring schedule is the third-annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 13-15. The greatest spectacle in drag racing features a 32,000 horsepower assault on the world's only four-lane drag strip as Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock categories race four wide all weekend long.

Following the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, the popular run-what-you-brung Drag & Brag series moves to Friday nights, with a total of 12 events from April through August, culminating with a series finale that will showcase some of the best racers from the season.

New in 2012, zMAX Dragway officials are introducing Mayhem at the MAX, which consists of bracket racing for amateur racers, junior dragsters and street cars over a series of six Saturday events from April to August. Points will be tallied and champions in various categories will be crowned.

The Faith, Family and Freedom concert presented by New Life 91.9 FM returns June 23 and features contemporary concert acts and a fantastic family-friendly fireworks show. Last year's show sold out well before the event, so fans should plan to reserve their tickets in advance.

Another addition to the 2012 schedule is the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), which will visit zMAX Dragway for the first time Aug. 3-4. The ADRL is the premier eighth-mile drag racing sanctioning body and features categories including Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme.

Nitro fans can round out the summer at zMAX Dragway with the fifth-annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, held Sept. 14-16. This second NHRA stop at the Palace of Speed features traditional two-wide racing and marks the kick-off for the NHRA's Countdown to the Championship for all four professional categories.

The final event of the year, held Oct. 5-7, is the return of the Charlotte Diesel Super Show, which showcases big rigs taking on the famous concrete quarter-mile as well as equipment demonstrations and everything the diesel enthusiast's heart could desire.

The complete 2012 zMAX Dragway schedule is as follows:

March 3

 

Spring Meltdown Open Test & Tune

March 10

 

Spring Meltdown Open Test & Tune

March 17

 

Spring Meltdown Open Test & Tune

March 24

 

Spring Meltdown Open Test & Tune 

April 13-15

 

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

April 27

 

Drag & Brag

April 28

 

Mayhem at the MAX Round 1

May 4

 

Drag & Brag

May 5

 

Mayhem at the MAX Round 2

June 8

 

Drag & Brag

June 9

 

Mayhem at the MAX Round 3

June 15

 

Drag & Brag

June 23

 

Faith, Family & Freedom Concert

June 29

 

Drag & Brag

June 30

 

Mayhem at the MAX Round 4

July 6

 

Drag & Brag

July 13

 

Drag & Brag

July 20

 

Drag & Brag

July 21

 

Mayhem at the MAX Round 5

July 27

 

Drag & Brag

August 3-4

 

ADRL Drag Racing

August 10

 

Drag & Brag

August 17

 

Drag & Brag

August 18

 

Mayhem at the MAX Round 6

August 24

 

Drag & Brag Finals

September 14-16

 

O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals

October 5-7

 

Charlotte Diesel Super Show

 

Schedule subject to change.

Tickets for all 2012 events at zMAX Dragway are available by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Interest-free payment plans are available.

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