Two consecutive NHRA-sanctioned drag racing events at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway set records both on and off the track as NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series racing continues to grow in popularity - and population - in Las Vegas.

Off the track, the Oct. 26-29 NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals drew record crowds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Reserved seating sold out all three days and additional motorhome parking was made available due to demand.  On the track, three-time NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel Dragster champion Tony Schumacher set a new LVMS quarter-mile record of 4.445 sec./333.08 mph.

Not to be outdone, last weekend's Short Line Express Markets Gambler Shootout for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (LODRS) set a participant record of 977 cars and motorcycles, drawing even more racers than the famed NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis.  The four-day meet was the NHRA's largest LODRS event of the season for the sixth consecutive year.  The race produced the fastest-ever Top Alcohol Funny Car field and 20 national records were set overall.

"We are continuously striving to make The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway America's greatest drag strip," said Chris Blair, LVMS senior director of drag racing operations.  "The incredible crowds that attended the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals and the tremendous number of participants that supported the Short Line Express Markets Gambler Shootout prove that we are meeting that goal and quickly becoming the premiere drag racing destination."

Next year, the LODRS race will move to April 20-22, while the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals will remain on Halloween weekend (Oct. 25-28).