NHRA returns to rock Las Vegas April 14-17 at The Strip;

Free NHRA driver autograph session April 14 at ESPN Zone 

 

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) once again will deliver the biggest names in professional drag racing to Las Vegas April 14-17 for the sixth annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The weekend of speed kicks off with the traditional NHRA driver autograph session at the ESPN Zone on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m.

The 52-year-old sanctioning body¿s premier classes are Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car ¿ both powered by supercharged, nitromethane-burning V-8 engines capable of producing more than 7,000 horsepower and speeds in excess of 320 mph.

Heading the list are two colorful veterans: reigning Top Fuel Dragster champion Tony ¿Sarge¿ Schumacher and 13-time Funny Car titleholder John Force.

Schumacher, a second-generation driver from Illinois, has won two NHRA Top Fuel Dragster championships (1999 and 2004) and is sponsored by the U.S. Army.  His black ¿Army of One¿ dragster makes a powerful recruiting statement each time it thunders down the quarter-mile drag strip.

Force perhaps is the most colorful figure in the history of drag racing.  Force has scored more than 100 NHRA Funny Car victories and has won 13 championships.  His is perhaps the most sought-after interview in drag racing: simply hand him the microphone and he¿ll take over, sometimes giving journalists more than they bargained for.

NHRA¿s most competitive division is Pro Stock.  Dubbed ¿factory hot rods,¿ these gasoline-burning, stock-appearing Chevrolets, Dodges and Fords routinely break the 200-mph barrier.  The racing is extremely close and is not uncommon to see last week¿s winner fail to ¿make the show.¿  It is that competitive.

NHRA¿s upper echelons also include Pro Stock Bike (motorcycles) and Pro Modifieds.

Once you make your first visit to an NHRA national event, it is easy to understand the appeal of the sport.  The thrills, sights, sounds and variety of professional drag racing captures new fans each time the NHRA comes to town.

To purchase tickets, please call the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444.

www.lvmsstrip.com

 

NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at LVMS April 14-17

 

Wednesday, April 13

9 a.m.-6 p.m. ¿ Parking, registration and tech inspection (all categories).

 

Thursday, April 14

7 a.m. -- Pit and spectator gates open.

8 a.m.-6 p.m. ¿ Registration and tech inspection continues (all categories).

9 a.m. ¿ Sportsman qualifying.

6 p.m. ¿ Track closed.

7-8 p.m. ¿ Free NHRA driver autograph session at ESPN Zone (at New York New York Hotel & Casino).

 

Friday, April 15

7 a.m. ¿ Pit and spectator gates open.

7:30 a.m.-Noon ¿ Final registration and tech inspection (pro teams and Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car only).

8 a.m. ¿ Sportsman qualifying and eliminations.

9 a.m. ¿ Sport Compact qualifying.

Noon ¿ Sport Compact qualifying.

1 p.m. ¿ Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying.

2:30 p.m. ¿ Pro Modified qualifying.

3 p.m. ¿ Pro Stock (car) qualifying.

3:30 p.m. ¿ Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.

4:30 p.m. ¿ Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying.

5:30 p.m. ¿ Pro Modified qualifying.

6 p.m. -- 3 p.m. ¿ Pro Stock (car) qualifying.

6:30 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m. ¿ Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.

8 p.m. ¿ Track closed.

 

Saturday, April 16

7 a.m. ¿ Pit and spectator gates open.

8 a.m. ¿ Sportsman eliminations.

11 a.m. ¿ Sport Compact qualifying.

Noon -- Pro Stock (car) qualifying.

12:30 p.m. -- Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.

1:30 p.m. ¿ Pro Modified qualifying.

2 p.m. -- Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying.

3 p.m. -- Pro Stock (car) qualifying.

3:30 p.m. -- Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.

4:15 p.m. ¿ First round of Pro Modified eliminations.

4:30 p.m. ¿ First round of Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car eliminations.

5:15 p.m. ¿ First round of Pro Modified eliminations.

6:30 p.m. ¿ Track closed.

 

Sunday, April 17

7 a.m. ¿ Pit and spectator gates open.

9 a.m. ¿ Sportsman eliminations.

10 a.m. ¿ Pre-race ceremonies.

11 a.m. ¿ Final eliminations.

4:30 p.m. ¿ Track closed.