Points battles heat up as record-breaking season winds down


            The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host two days of drag racing this weekend.  The points battles have heated up in a number of categories in the Jerry's Nugget Championship Drag Racing Series and Meadow Gold Jr. Drag Racing Series Presented By Short Line Express Markets, both of which will be contested for the next-to-last time on Saturday.  Both series consist of 10 races over the 2006 season.

            In the Super Pro category, defending champion Chris Naffziger is locked in a battle with Colt Dwyer that should go right down to the wire.  A record number of 68 drivers have competed in the Super Pro category over the 2006 season.

            The Pro category also saw a record number of competitors - 86 - and Robin Harris, John Irving, Bob Coulter and Nick Ariotti are locked in a fight to the finish.

            The Motorcycle category, which in the past had experienced some lean years, has bounced back in 2006 with a record 19 entries.  Three men: Rick Newport, past champion Leo Shaver and last year's runner-up Kahea Woods are headed for a two-wheeled showdown.

            In the Sportsman category, five men (Scott Parsons, John Irving, Ruston Peterson, Dan Reaume and Rick Emanuel) all have a shot at the crown.

            In the Jr. Lightning division, Kayla Sewell leads a group of six racers who all have a mathematical chance at the championship.

            Some racers already have clinched championships.  Lyndzi Powers has all but clinched the Jr. Dragster title.  The 2006 Show 'n' Go series now is concluded and the champions are: Justin Lamb (Super Quick), Dan Reaume (Open Comp) and Kayla Sewell (High School).

            This weekend's racing will begin with a Test 'n' Tune session, followed by BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem at 10 p.m.

            On Saturday, Jr. Dragsters will take center stage in the morning, followed by the Jerry's Nugget Championship Drag Racing Series - joined by the Dodge Stealth National Convention as well as the fourth round of the Pacific Division E.T. Challenge - at 4 p.m.

            For more information, please contact The Strip's office at (702) 632-8213 or visit www.LVMS.com online.


Weekend schedule:

Friday, Sept. 15 - Test 'n' Tune - 6-10 p.m.


Friday, Sept. 15 - BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem No. 13 - 10 p.m.-2 a.m.  $10 to race, $5 for spectators. Now in its fifth year, BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem was designed to attract illegal street racers to the safe confines of The Strip at LVMS.  Open to any street-legal car or motorcycle.  Open to any licensed driver with proof of insurance (minors must present a signed 2006 parental release form, available by contacting The Strip's office at 632-8213). Alcohol is not allowed and beer is not sold at the track during Midnight Mayhem.  Each Midnight Mayhem features a DJ and car show.


Saturday, Sept. 16 - Meadow Gold Jr. Dragster Series Presented By Short Line Express Markets - 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 16 - Jerry's Nugget Championship Drag Racing Series (No. 9 of 10) - 4-11 p.m. Racing includes Dodge Stealth National Convention, race No. 4 of Pacific Division ET Challenge.