NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car driver Ron Capps is coming to the sixth annual Nitro Blast-off test session at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Jan. 19-21.  The driver of the Don Schumacher Racing Brut Revolution Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team led by Ed "Ace" McCulloch, will use the test session for professional teams to tune himself and his car for the 2007 season.

"As usual, we're showing up for the first Las Vegas test and then we'll stay there for a week and go to the test in Phoenix the following weekend," said Capps, five-time winner in 2006 and runner-up in the Las Vegas NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals event. "We usually sit out any testing afterward unless we feel like we need to test some more.

"The last couple of years we've been done after Phoenix, which is always nice, because it's kind of a relaxing period of time before Pomona. Once Pomona starts, it's full swing for the rest of the year.

"Testing in Vegas, especially the first Vegas session, the conditions are probably going to be pretty good like they were the last two years. We know the track is one of the best on the circuit, but when you have the cooler conditions that we see in January, the results can be outstanding. You'll remember last year a lot of teams were running 4.60s like they were going out of style. I'm sure you're going to see that again this year, especially since they've done some work on the track.

"We go to The Strip twice a year for national events, and we see these conditions probably once, in one qualifying session out of the eight we have in the two times we race there. It's always little bit warmer in Las Vegas for a national event.

"Last year Ace spent a lot of time in the very middle part of the day, when conditions were as hot as they could get, to work on the setup with the new tire. This year everybody is on the same tire and there are no changes, so I think we're really going to work on our cool-weather setup, for conditions we are going to see in a lot of Friday-night sessions throughout the year.  We feel like that was probably the one thing we needed to work on. I think this is going to play right into our hands as far as being able to test new things we wanted to test under these conditions."

Capps will be joined by the biggest names in professional drag racing, including his Don Schumacher Racing teammates, John Force Racing and Kenny Bernstein as Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle teams fine-tune their entries in preparation for the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season.

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.

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 .