The biggest names in professional drag racing will converge on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the sixth annual Nitro Blast-off preseason test session for NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams.  The list of participants will read like a who's-who of drag racing - including John Force Racing, Kenny Bernstein and Don Schumacher Racing - as Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle teams fine-tune their entries in preparation for the grueling 2007 NHRA POWERade schedule.

The test sessions will be open to the public, and as the NHRA's slogan says, "Every ticket is a pit pass."  Drag racing fans will be able to get a sneak peak at their favorite drivers' rides for the upcoming season.  ESPN also will be on hand to videotape the test session for future broadcast use.

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

Thursday, Jan. 18
9 a.m. - Credential sales and pit gates open for all participants.
2 p.m. - Sportsman tech (in staging) and professional tech.
6 p.m. - Credential sales and tech closed.
9 p.m. - Pits closed (working on cars after 9 p.m. is prohibited).

Friday, Jan. 19 to Sunday, Jan. 21
7 a.m. - Credential sales and pit gates open for all participants.
8 a.m. - Sportsman testing.
10 a.m. - Professional testing begins.
4 p.m. - Sportsman testing concludes.
5 p.m. - Nitro Happy Hour (Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car only).
6 p.m. - Track closed.
9 p.m. - Pits closed (working on cars after 9 p.m. is prohibited).

Spectator admission
Adult single-day - $20.
Adult weekend super-saver (all 3 days) - $50.
Kids (6-12) single-day - $8.
Kids (6-12) weekend super-saver (all 3 days) - $20.
Kids 5 and under (with paid adult) - Free.

Racer entry fees
NHRA professional categories (car, driver, five crew passes and two parking passes) - $750.
NHRA Sportsman categories (car, driver and one parking pass) - $200.
NHRA Sportsman single-day (car and driver) - $100.

Credentials
Weekend restricted-area pass - $50.
Additional pit parking passes - $30.

Eligible professional categories: Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Mod, Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Fuel Harley.

Eligible Sportsman categories: Competition Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Super Pro Bracket, Pro Bracket, Sportsman Motorcycle.

• All teams, all classes will be granted one (1) free oil-down for the weekend. A clean-up charge will apply after second leakage.

• No one may enter the facility early for set-up.

• Testing will take place on the Monday (Jan. 22) and Tuesday (Jan. 23) following the event as a private track rental. The cost to participate is $500 per car (regardless of class).  Payment must be made in the tower each day prior to testing.  Testing on the private rental days will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• NHRA "hard cards" (including racer, crew, sponsors and media) will not be honored for this event.  All media credential requests must be directed to LVMS Public Relations Manager John Bisci at (702) 632-8231 or .