LVMS honors NHRA founder by renaming street Wally Parks Lane


Wally Parks was a driving force behind bringing the National Hot Rod Association to Las Vegas. From now on, racers arriving at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will drive down the street that bears his name.


The speedway has honored the NHRA¿s founder by naming the main access road to the drag strip Wally Parks Lane. This newly resurfaced road connects Speedway Boulevard to the entry gates for both The Strip and the half-mile dirt oval.


¿We decided to name the main road leading into The Strip after Wally because he had such a distinct impact on Las Vegas Motor Speedway,¿ said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. ¿In fact, it was Wally who convinced (Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman) Bruton Smith to build the drag strip. If it were not for Wally¿s vision and hard work, we would not be enjoying the great sport of organized, professional drag racing here today. We are indebted to Wally for his involvement in the sport and our premier facility. Now all drag racing teams and fans will enter The Strip via Wally Parks Lane.¿


Parks started the NHRA in 1951 to discourage illegal street racing and clean up the image of the sport. Through Parks¿ efforts, the NHRA is the world's largest motorsports sanctioning body with 80,000 members, 140 member tracks, more than 35,000 licensed competitors and more than 5,000 member-track events.


The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the third annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals this weekend.  This is the next-to-last event on the 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series calendar.  Tickets are available at the speedway ticket office or by calling (702) 644-4444.


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 at Sonoma, Calif., and Texas Motor Speedway. SMI also provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiary, and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars through its 600 Racing subsidiary.