32 local racers entered in NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals;

LVMS' event is second only to Indy's U.S. Nationals



Entries filed by local racers will account for 32 of the 918 received for this week's NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The Las Vegas event's entry list is second only to the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park on the 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.  A total of 919 entries were received, but one late scratch -- Top Fuel Dragster returnee Gordie Bonin -- dropped the grand total to 918.  In the Pro ranks, 33 Top Fuel Dragsters are entered, joined by 27 Funny Cars, 51 Pro Stocks and 34 Pro Stock Bikes.  In addition, 19 Pro Modifieds have filed entries.

Heading the list of local entries is Las Vegan George Marnell, a two-time NHRA Pro Stock national event winner.  Marnell is joined on the Pro entry list by Sean Connor, of Boulder City, and Henderson's Jay Matthews, both riding Pro Stock Bikes. 

The Strip's 2002 Pro champion, John Phlegar, is entered in the Street division.  His fiancée, Becky Landram, also is entered in the Street class and both drive '72 Chevelles sponsored by Marie Callender's.

Speaking of The Strip's 2002 E.T. Bracket Racing Series champions, John Irving (Street champion) and Don Kruse (Super Quick champion) have entered the Super Comp and Stock categories, respectively.

Also of interest is Stephanie Jones-Wong, an Assistant Principal at Bonanza High School, entered in the Stock class with a '77 Plymouth Volare.  Hopefully she won't have to face husband Paul, also entered in the Stock class, in the final round.



George Marnell (Las Vegas) '02 Pontiac Grand Am (Marnell Motorsports)



Sean Connor (Boulder City) '98 Suzuki GSXR

Jay Matthews (Henderson) '00 Suzuki GSXR (Strictly Performance/Discount Tire)



Bradley Wagner (Henderson) '99 Monte Carlo (Hedrick & Weir)



P. Thomas Ely (Las Vegas) '74 Duster (P.T. & Co.)

Maureen Ely (Las Vegas) '73 Duster (P.T. & Co.)

Gordon Loeffler (Las Vegas) '68 Dart (Abode Electric Inc.)



Errol Farmer (Las Vegas) '70 Barracuda (Pettis Performance/Robert Curry Studios)

Gary Kestler (Las Vegas) '71 Challenger (Quick Change Display)

John Gallina (Henderson) '84 Regal (Gallina Racing)

John Irving (Boulder City) '71 Dart (Mazzolini Racing)

Earl Blake Jr. (Las Vegas) '68 Barracuda (Dad's Barracuda)

Bill Koski (Las Vegas) '66 Belvedere (Bonk Auto.com)

Paul Haszlauer (Las Vegas) '71 Demon (Jerry's Nugget Casino)

Marka Gallina (Henderson) '89 Trans Am (Gallina Racing)

Dale Howard (Las Vegas) '69 Camaro (Ultimate Bedroom)

Paul Wong (Las Vegas) '65 Signet (PS Motorsports)

Stephanie Jones-Wong (Las Vegas) '77 Volare (PS Motorsports)



Bill Koski (Las Vegas) '01 Spitzer dragster (Bonk Auto.com)

Carl Cannavo (N. Las Vegas) '95 Yancer dragster (City Auto Pick-A-Part)

Don Kruse (Las Vegas) '95 Beretta (Kruse & Raymond/Mundee Truck)

Vince Terrano (Henderson) '97 Yancer dragster (Terrano Racing)

Roger Hall (Las Vegas) '66 Chevelle (Century Auto Body)

Randolph Scott (Las Vegas) '98 Yancer dragster (Papa Scott Racing)

Anthony Griese (Las Vegas) '94 Trans Am

James Earl (Boulder City) '99 Yancer dragster (Jim Earl)



Mike Creason (Las Vegas) '70 Monte Carlo (Mundee Trucking/Goff Motorsports)

John Dowd (Las Vegas) '71 Corvette (Walker Landscape)

Jimmy Lintz (Las Vegas) '91 Camaro

Paul Bledsoe (Las Vegas) 40th Anniv. Shelby Cobra (Shelby American, Inc./CRS Distrib.)

Kenny Yeoman (Las Vegas) '91 Daytona (Yeoman Development)



John Phlegar (Las Vegas) '72 Chevelle (Marie Callender's/Pricz Tatoo)

Jim Yanders (Henderson) '70 Chevelle

Richard Price (Las Vegas) '71 Chevelle (Anchor Coin)

Becky Landram (Las Vegas) '72 Chevelle (Marie Callender's/Pricz Tatoo)