Officials for The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway today announced their NHRA-sanctioned event schedule for the 2007 drag racing season.  The schedule features a total of seven special races, highlighted by two NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national events and several sportsman racing programs.

"There were several changes for the 2007 season that completely reshaped our traditional race schedule," said Chris Blair, LVMS Senior Director of Drag Racing Operations.  "The biggest changes include a relocation of our National Open and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (LODRS) event dates as well us hosting the Pacific Division E.T. Finals for the first time in six years."

The second annual NHRA Pacific Division National Open has been combined with the fourth annual Bracket Championship Kick-Off to produce a major early season event for sportsman teams.  This will provide racers with their first opportunity of the 2007 season to race for valuable NHRA grade points and a coveted "Wally" championship trophy. 
The biggest move will see the relocation of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series meet which has traditionally followed the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals.  With the Las Vegas and Pomona national events now on back-to-back weekends, the decision was made to move the event to the week following the NHRA Nationals in April.  The new date for the LODRS event will be April 20-22, 2007.

"Moving the Lucas Oil event from the week before the NHRA Finals to early April was a tough decision," added Blair.  "We looked at several options for scheduling and feel that this is the best move at this time.  Should the NHRA national event schedule change in 2008 and a date opens up between the Las Vegas and Pomona Nationals, we will take a close look at the two dates and make a decision that best suits the needs of our sportsman racers."

It also was confirmed that The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the Summit Racing Equipment Pacific Division E.T. Finals on October 12-14, 2007.  The event is projected to host more than 800 participants who will be competing for the title of Pacific Division E.T. Champion as well as determining the team championship among 19 NHRA member tracks.  It will be the first time LVMS has hosted the E.T. Finals since the 2001 season.

2007 LVMS/NHRA Sanctioned Event Schedule:
Jan. 26-28 - NHRA Pacific Division National Open and Bracket Championship Kick-Off.
April 12-15 - NHRA Nationals.
April 20-22 - NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
July 13-14 - D1 Drift Grand Prix and NHRA Sport Compact Drag Racing Series.
Sept. 1 - NHRA Pacific Division Jr. Dragster Championship Series.
October 12-14 - NHRA Pacific Division E.T. Finals.
Oct. 25-28 - NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals.