The Strip at LVMS to host Dash for Darrell July 10;

Race to benefit Darrell Russell Memorial Fund


The Las Vegas drag racing community will participate in a special benefit race at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 10.  The race, called Dash for Darrell, will be held during The Strip¿s NHRA King of the Track Pajama Party Classic.  All proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the Darrell Russell Memorial Fund.  Russell was a professional NHRA Top Fuel Dragster driver who died June 27 from injuries suffered in an accident earlier that day at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.  Russell won the inaugural NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip in 2001.

"Darrell Russell was a special racer who neverhesitated to work with our staff to increase the popularity of drag racing in Las Vegas," said Chris Blair, LVMS¿ senior director of drag racing operations. "Our staff and racers wanted to pay tribute to the first-ever Top Fuel winner of our NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals. Darrell was like many of our local racers who started out in the sportsman ranks of drag racing with a dream of making it as a winner in Top Fuel."

The Dash for Darrell event will take place following time trials and will be contested in three classes: Super Pro, Pro and Street/Sport Compact. Drivers in each category will select a dial-in (predicted elapsed time).  The driver who runs closest to his dial-in without breaking out will win prizes donated by racers, sponsors, team owners and race officials. The entry fee for the Dash for Darrell is $20 per car with all proceeds going to the Darrell Russell Memorial Fund.

"We're accepting anything and everything as prizes for this event just to encourage more participation by our local racers," continued Blair. "Several businessmen have offered tools and gift certificates while others are contributing racing collectibles. Based on the total number of items collected we may also host a silent auction during the race."

Anyone interested in making donating prizes for the Dash for Darrell may do so by contacting Chris Blair or John Bisci at (702) 632-8213.  Contributions to the Darrell Russell Memorial Fund may be mailed to:  Darrell Russell Memorial Fund c/o Partners Bank of Texas, P.O. Box 60369, Houston, Texas 77205.  (281) 964-3000.