Officials for the The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Jerry's Nugget Casino announced a three-year extension for the North Las Vegas gaming property to sponsor the 10-race Jerry's Nugget Championship Drag Racing Series for local E.T. bracket racers. With the continued support of Jerry's Nugget Casino, the participants in the E.T. bracket series will receive a record $10,000 per year total points fund, distributed over five classes: Super Pro, Pro, Street (Sportsman), Motorcycle and Sport Compact. Jerry's Nugget Casino also will continue to sponsor the Jerry's Nugget Casino Reaction Bonus, awarded to the driver or rider who posts the best reaction time on a winning run during the first round of eliminations. In addition, the five final-round winners at each points race will receive a dinner certificate good at all Jerry's Nugget restaurants. "We are extremely pleased to announce our relationship with Jerry's Nugget Casino has been extended for three more years," said Chris Blair, LVMS' senior director of drag racing operations. "Jerry's Nugget is a major supporter of drag racers and drag racing in Las Vegas and we are pleased to offer this lucrative program to our participants." "The Jerry's Nugget Championship Drag Racing Series is without a doubt one of the best weekly bracket-racing programs in the U.S." stated Jerry's Nugget Casino General Manager Peter DeMangus. It's very exciting for us to be involved with The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With our sponsorship local racers will continue to receive championship-caliber awards for their efforts. Jerry's Nugget is dedicated to supporting the great sport of drag racing and our local fans." Included in Jerry's Nugget Casino's involvement in local drag racing is the sponsorship of the Evans Racing Team and Jack of Diamonds Racing Team. "We're taking our involvement to a whole new level with the addition of yet another racing team," explained Jerry's Nugget Casino Marketing Director Cindy Ferris. "The Jack of Diamonds Racing Team will include two drag bikes -- a Kawasaki Ninja 1280 and a Kawasaki Nostalgia 1200 -- along with a 1970 Chevy pick up and a 1973 Javelin. The Evans Racing Team has expanded six vehicles for the 2006 season, including a Stock Eliminator 1971 Dodge Demon, a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda, a1972 Dodge Challenger, 1982 big-block Chevrolet Camaro, a 1973 Plymouth Duster and a 1988 Ford Mustang. "The great team at The Strip has done an excellent job of keeping the Jerry's Nugget brand top-of- mind. We've seen an increasing number of track participants at our property. But more importantly our goal is to let the local and visiting motorsports fans know that Jerry's Nugget shares their passion and that there is nothing like being a part of the excitement of racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway." The Strip's 10-race Jerry's Nugget Championship Drag Racing Series opens Saturday, April 1. For more information, call (702) 632-8213 or visit Jerry's Nugget Casino is a family-owned gaming establishment founded in 1964. Jerry's Nugget Casino is just minutes from LVMS at 1821 Las Vegas Blvd. North. For more information on Jerry's Nugget Casino, please visit