Drag racers and fans to participate in food drive at Las Vegas Bracket Nationals Nov. 14-16;

Racers entered by Nov. 7 deadline will receive discounts, preferred parking



Drag racers and fans will participate in a Thanksgiving food drive at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the second annual Las Vegas Bracket Nationals Nov. 14-16.  The three-day event will pay $5,000 to the winner of the Super Pro category and $1,000 to winner of the Pro Bracket class each day.

Racers and fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to The Strip during the Las Vegas Bracket Nationals.  There will be two drop-off points: The Strip¿s officials¿ tower and at Ron Landram¿s hauler.  The food will then be delivered to local charities for distribution to needy families.

¿The idea was proposed by one of our local drag racers,¿ said Chris Blair, senior director of drag racing operations at The Strip at LVMS.  ¿We are only too happy to organize the effort to help needy families in the Las Vegas area to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.¿

The number of entries for the Las Vegas Bracket Nationals already has exceeded last year¿s total and The Strip is averaging 15 new entries daily with three days remaining until the pre-entry deadline.  Racers are encouraged to enter before the Nov. 7 pre-entry deadline to save money.  After Nov. 7, entry fees for the Super Pro category will increase from $200 to $250 and Pro admission will cost $150 instead of $100.  Entry forms may be obtained by calling Kimberly Lansing at The Strip at (702) 632-8213 or .

            More than 250 participants competed in the 2002 edition of the event.  Jim Bruns of Bremerton, Wash., won the weekend points honors in the Super Pro class and Mark Kidd of Meridian, Ida., captured the Pro title.