NHRA set to visit The Strip at LVMS in April and October in 2004

 

            For the fourth consecutive year, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host two NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national events, it was announced today by LVMS officials.

The fifth annual NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals will bring thunder to the top of the Las Vegas Valley on April 1-4, 2004. The drivers of the world's fastest and most powerful race cars will return to LVMS Oct. 28-31, 2004, with the running of the fourth annual ACDelco NHRA Las Vegas Nationals.

            "The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has provided a great stage for the NHRA's top racers," said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. "Our April date has been a springboard to the championship for many drivers, while our October event has often been the clinching race for many division championships.

            "It is obvious by the special attention paid to the races at The Strip that Las Vegas' races are two of the most prominent events on the schedule. This past April, rock star Kid Rock visited the speedway and had his picture painted on Doug Kalitta's dragster. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of the legendary rock band KISS came to last year's fall event."

            In addition to the special promotions with Kid Rock and KISS, several other racers including John Force (The Three Stooges) and Shirley Muldowney (Peanuts) have used Las Vegas as a launching pad for special promotions.

            The spring event includes Top Fuel Dragsters, Funny Cars and Pro Stocks as well as the various sportsman classes. For the fall event, the Pro Stock Bikes join the NHRA's other three professional categories as part of the racing lineup.

There will be no shortage of local storylines in 2004 as well. Las Vegas' George Marnell will be looking to rebound from a disappointing 2003 season. The Vegas General Construction Team with Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson and Las Vegas-based owner Ken Black will try for a second straight win at the NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals in April. And local firefighter Andy Lewis will be looking to make a name for himself in the Pro Stock Bike category at the ACDelco NHRA Las Vegas Nationals.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK), a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. In addition to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, SMI owns and operates the following premiere facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and Texas Motor Speedway. SMI also provides event souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiary, and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars through its 600 Racing subsidiary.