NHRA¿s Bud Shootout moving to The Strip at LVMS


            The Budweiser Shootout, an all-star event that showcases the NHRA¿s best-performing Top Fuel teams, has a new home.

            The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the popular event beginning Oct. 30, 2004 as part of the ACDelco NHRA Las Vegas Nationals.

            ¿The speedway has enjoyed a long relationship with both the NHRA and Budweiser,¿ said speedway general manager Chris Powell. ¿We are excited that they have decided to relocate this event to our premier facility. It will bring even more excitement to the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, which is already one of the most popular stops on the NHRA schedule.¿

            The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has hosted the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series since the facility opened in 2000. Since 2001, the speedway has hosted a pair of NHRA national events.

"Anheuser-Busch has proudly supported the Budweiser Shootout competition for Top Fuel drivers for the past two decades," said Tony Ponturo, vice president, Global Media and Sports Marketing, Anheuser-Busch, Inc.  "We know that adjusting the race format and moving the event to Las Vegas in 2004 will be exciting not only for the fans but also for the teams as they race for a share of nearly a quarter of a million dollars."

The Bud Shootout, which awards $100,000 to the winner, consists of the eight Top Fuel drivers. The eight competitors are chosen based on their qualifying from all NHRA national events leading up to the Oct. 29-31 ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals. The top seven qualifiers over this period automatically qualify for the Bud Shootout. The eighth position will be determined from a blind draw between the drivers who ranked eighth through 15th in the season¿s qualifying standings. The pairings for the Budweiser Shootout will be determined at a press conference held the week of the event.

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.