The field is set for Sunday's second annual NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After four rounds of qualifying, Bruce Sarver (Funny Car), Doug Herbert (Top Fuel Dragster), Matt Hines (Pro Stock Bike) and Kurt Johnson (Pro Stock) earned No. 1 Qualifier status. The 16-car Top Fuel Dragster field is the quickest of the 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season, with Herbert at the top at 4.537 sec./301.13 mph and Mike Strasburg 16th at 4.719 sec./306.81 mph. The 16-car Funny Car field missed duplicating Top Fuel's distinction by one one-thousandth of a second. Another track record fell during the fourth and final "nitro" qualifying session as Whit Bazemore made good use of the cool, oxygen-rich air and bumped The Strip's Funny Car speed record up to 325.85 mph. For two-time Pro Stock champion Jim Yates, the trip to Las Vegas was to be a welcome relief from the month's events. Yates -- locked in a championship points battle -- resides in Alexandria, Va., just minutes from a number of the sniper attacks which plagued the Washington, D.C., area. But all did not go as planned: Yates could do no better than 20th in qualifying and will watch Sunday's proceedings from the sidelines. "We're still trying to do an autopsy to see what happened," Yates explained. "We made a better run in the final session, but it was still off, especially early in the run. Our focus right now is to get some self-pride back and go and win the last race (at Pomona, Calif.). I'm a realistic person and for all practical purposes the points championship is over. This is not the way we expected or even remotely anticipated losing the title." Mathematically speaking, all Jeg Coughlin Jr. has to do to win the 2002 NHRA Pro Stock title is defeat Scott Geoffrion in the first round. Soon-to-be-retired Top Fuel legend Kenny Bernstein, making his final appearance in Las Vegas as a driver, will face three-time champion Shirley Muldowney, 62, in the first round. Bernstein qualified fourth, Muldowney 13th in a 16-car field. Angelle Savoie can clinch her third consecutive Pro Stock Bike title Sunday. Of local interest, Las Vegas' George Marnell qualified ninth in the Pro Stock ranks, while Boulder City's Sean Conner earned the 12th qualifying berth in the Pro Stock Bike division. Jay Matthews of Henderson was 19th and failed to qualify for the 16-bike Pro Stock Bike field. Conner will face Shawn Gann in the first round of eliminations; Marnell will square off against Allen Johnson. In the Sportsman ranks, local racers Becky Landram and Errol Farmer have advanced to the fourth round in Super Street and Stock Eliminator, respectively. Opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. PST. Las Vegas headliners The Scintas will perform the national anthem and Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of the rock group KISS will serve as grand marshals. Failed to qualify: Funny Car -- Johnny Gray, Todd Paton, Keith Jackson, Cory Lee, Terry Haddock, Stephen Neese, Lou Sweet, Peter Russo, Phil Burkhart Jr. Top Fuel Dragster -- Jim Cavalieri, Jim Head, David Baca, Tim Gibson, Bob Hallock, Joe Hartley, Craig Smith, Garth Widdison, Chris Karamesines, Steven Chrisman Pro Stock -- Mark Carter, Troy Coughlin, Mark Whisnant, Jim Yates, Tom Martino, Darrell Alderman, Brad Jeter, Greg Anderson, Larry Morgan, Ben Watson, John Nobile, Mike Trumble Jr., Kenny Koretsky, Arturo Delgado, Jose Maldonado, J.R. Carr, Larry Peternel, Jamey Ober. Pro Stock Bike -- Mike Berry, Steve Johnson, Jay Matthews, Blaine Hale, G.T. Tonglet, Lloyd Straus, Brian DeLong, Chris Reuter, David Feazell, Scott Lewis, Jerry Jankanish, Redell Harris.