The Strip at LVMS is first drag strip in the U.S. to install

new, state-of-the-art Compulink fiber optic timing system

 

 

            The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is undergoing yet another major improvement as it gets set to resume the 2006 drag racing season.  The timing system's old copper cables have been replaced with a new fiber optics system.

            "We're installing fiber optics here to replace all of the copper cable that's been used in timing systems forever," said Compulink BCS Inc. owner Bob Brockmeyer, of Silver Thorn, Colo. "This brand-new fiber optic system is state-of-the-art and will eliminate problems with lightning. It's a higher level of technology for timing systems. This is the first track in the country to have the fiber optic system installed, because Las Vegas always has had the top shelf of everything Compulink makes. Compulink has been here (The Strip at LVMS) since before The Strip was completed.  We installed the timing system before the windows were in place in the tower. We stayed here for three weeks while the track was under construction so that we would be ready for the first race (in 2000)."

             "It is with great pride that we refer to our track as 'the world's greatest drag strip' and we strive to maintain our status as a state-of-the-art facility for racers and fans alike," said Chris Blair, LVMS' senior director of drag racing operations. "This new, $20,000 Compulink fiber optic system is the next step in that ongoing process."

            Racers will not notice any difference in the timing system or the way it operates.  But if a cable needs to be replaced, the remedy is to install one new, thin fiber optic cable instead of a myriad of copper wires.

            "The timing will remain consistent, as it has over the past 20 years," Brockmeyer added. "It will be much easier to maintain. No more disconnects. When there was a threat of lightning, all of the (copper) cables in the tower and down the track had to be disconnected. Now, once you install the fiber optic cable to the back of the computer, it's done - you never have to touch it again.  The maintenance problem alone is going to go away."

            The Strip has been on a one-month hiatus as LVMS prepared for its annual NASCAR Weekend (March 10-12). Drag racing resumes next week at The Strip at LVMS with Wednesday Night Street Wars on March 22.  The third annual Mopars at the Strip (www.moparsatthestrip.com) all-Chrysler event will take place March 24-26, and BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem returns Friday, March 31 at 10 p.m. The Jerry's Nugget Championship Drag Racing Series resumes April 1 and the first of two NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events - the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals - is scheduled for April 6-9. For more information, telephone The Strip's office at (702) 632-8213 or visit www.LVMS.com. For tickets, please telephone LVMS' ticket office at (702) 644-4444.