The 2009 LVMS Championship Drag Racing Series at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway runs from March 14 to Sept. 13 and is comprised of 11 events to determine the overall track championships in the Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and E.T. Motorcycle classes. To help racers who travel to The Strip at LVMS from other states, this year's schedule features of quartet of back-to-back meets.

"One of the major changes to the 2009 schedule is that we will host four doubleheader weekends that will include a race on Saturday night as well as a complete program on Sunday," said Chris Blair, LVMS's vice president of racing operations.  "Many racers have requested this format in an effort to reduce travel costs, cut down of the number of weekends they have to dedicate to the series - and to open up other racing options. This will allow drag racers from Calif., Utah and Ariz. to compete more frequently at LVMS."

The series will include a total of seven Saturday night events (including three stand-alone races) that will run in conjunction with a new cruise-in series dubbed, "Hot Rods, Hot Dogs, Bikes and Brews."  Free admission will be offered to the car and driver of any pre-1972 custom or street rod as well as to any customized motorcycle. Car clubs and motorcycle groups may also pre-register for free admission for their members. In addition to special awards for the cruise-in participants, the event nights also will feature $1 hot dogs and $1 beer at the track concession stand. 

The four Sunday afternoon events also will feature a special attraction: $15 per carload spectator (non-pit access) admission.  A special trackside "tailgate" area will be located on the campground side of the facility for groups who want to gather for a day at the races.  As many people that can fit inside a vehicle will be admitted for just $15.  Concession sales in the tailgate area will feature beer and hot dog specials throughout the event. 

"With the Saturday night cruise night program and the Sunday $15-per-carload events, we expect to generate a tremendous amount of excitement around local drag racing at The Strip," continued Blair.  "Our program has always featured great events, an incredible point fund and the best racers in the Southwestern U.S. We plan on 2009 being even bigger and better."

2009 LVMS Championship Drag Racing Series

The 2009 Las Vegas Championship Drag Racing Series will consist of 11 races. The participant's eight best finishes in the first 10 races - and the points earned in the season-finale National Dragster Challenge on Sunday, Sept. 13 - will count toward the title. In the event that an event is cancelled due to any reason, the race will not be rescheduled and an adjustment will be made to the points program at the sole decision of the track director.

All dates and times are subject to change for any reason.

2009 Las Vegas Championship Drag Racing Series Schedule
Regular Saturday events: gates open at 2 p.m.; time trials (2 runs) at 4 p.m.
Late-night event: gates open at 5 p.m.; time trials at  7 p.m.
Sunday events: gates open at 8 a.m.; time trials at 9 a.m.

Eliminations will immediately follow the second round of time trials unless otherwise noted on event night. Bonus events and consolation races will be determined based on car count and event schedule.

Friday, March 13: Exclusive series test session and registration.
Saturday, March 14: First points race - Season Kick-Off and Cruise Night.
Sunday, March 15: Second points race.
Saturday, April 11: Third points race - Cruise Night.
Sunday, April 12 (Easter): Fourth points race - Easter Sunday Showdown & Kids Egg Hunt.
Saturday, April 25: Fifth points race - Cruise Night.
Saturday, May 9: Sixth points race - King of the Track Wild Card Qualifier and Cruise Night.
Saturday, June 6: Seventh points race - King of the Track Eliminations and Cruise Night.
Sunday, June 7: Eighth points race.
Saturday, Aug. 22: Ninth points race - Pajama Party Classic (late-night race) and Cruise Night.
Saturday, Sept. 12: 10th points race and Cruise Night.
Sunday, Sept. 13: 11th points race and National Dragster Challenge.

Super Pro Bracket (S/PRO): 7.00-12.20 sec. dial-in.; .5 Full Tree. Optional staging. Electronics (throttle stops/delay boxes) permitted. Compulink Cross-Talk will be used.

Pro Bracket (PRO): 7.00-14.50 sec. dial-ins; .5 Full Tree. Optional staging. No electronic devices permitted. Transbrake and line-lock permitted.

Sportsman Bracket (SPT): 12.00-21.00 sec. dial-ins;  .5 Full Tree. Optional staging. No electronic devices. Muffler(s) required.

E.T. Motorcycle (MC): 7.50-15.99 sec. dial-ins.  Split tree (.4 Pro or .5 Full). No electronics (throttle stops/delay boxes) permitted.

Street Legal Trophy (TRO): 11.50 sec. or slower. Stock production vehicles only. DOT-approved tires only.  No drag slicks permitted. Cars must be licensed and insured (no paper temporary plates accepted). No points will be awarded.  Strictly a trophy award class.

Tow vehicles are not permitted in Pro and Sportsman once the car has reached the back of the staging lanes.

Cars are permitted to tow back to their pits once they have exited the racing surface.

Points participation: All drivers must sign up for participation in the LVMS points program and pay the $40 program membership registration fee before any points will be counted in the 2009 championship total.  There is no grace period to sign-up for points.  Points tally begins when registration form is turned in.

Banquet awards: The top five finishers in each category will receive an award and one ticket to the 2009 awards banquet. The champion in each category will receive a trophy, jacket, gold card and two tickets to the 2009 awards banquet.

High School Drag Racing Series
The High School Drag Racing Series will be contested along with the E.T. Series.  A total of six events are scheduled with a racer's best four finishes in the first five races - plus points earned in the season finale - counting toward the title. The top four point finishers will represent The Strip at LVMS in the NHRA Division 7 E.T. Finals.

2009 High School event schedule
Saturday, March 14 -  First High School points race.
Saturday, April 11 - Second High School points race.
Saturday, April 25 - Third High School points race.
Saturday, May 9 - Fourth High School points race.
Saturday, June 6 - Fifth High School points race.
Saturday, Sept. 12 - Final (sixth) High School points race.

In an effort to encourage participation in the program, racers will be eligible to compete in High School and one additional program on the nights their class is contested with the same car.
High School: 12.00-24.99 sec. (12.00 is the absolute limit). Cars exceeding 12.00 sec. will receive one warning before being ejected. .5 Full Tree - optional staging. No electronics unless OEM equipped. Conventional four-wheeled vehicles utilizing a "daily driver" configuration. No motorcycles, ATVs, dune buggies, Altereds or dragsters. Not necessary for vehicle to be licensed or insured. DOT or OEM Tires accepted. Muffler(s) required. Exhaust must run through mufflers. Driver must have a current and valid state-issued operator license (no learner's permits).


The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will distribute bracket points as follows for the 2008 season:

16 points to compete in the first round of eliminations.
10 points for each round win during race eliminations.
5 bonus points for the race elimination winner.
2 bonus points for the race elimination runner-up.
1 bonus point for semi-finalist.

Any driver who breaks prior to first round of eliminations will receive 6 points after passing tech inspection.

First tie-breaker will be based on total number of round wins in the 10 scored races.
Second tie-breaker will be based on total number of points scored in all 12 events.
Third tie-breaker will be based on total number of final round wins.
Fourth tie-breaker will be total number of runner-up finishes.
Fifth tie-breaker will be total number of semi-final appearances.
Sixth tie-breaker will be based on total number of final round runner-up finishes.

2009 King of the Track qualifying and elimination procedures:

The 2009 King of the Track event will take place on Saturday, June 6.  The 2008 track champions in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle will face off against the Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle race winners of Saturday, May 9, 2009.   The participants in the King-of-the-Track competition will receive one reaction-time qualifying run to earn their place on the ladder and will run their eliminations between rounds of time trials (their runs will count as their time trial).
Event will be contested on a split tree (motorcycles will run .4 tenth pro and all other categories will run .5 full). Compulink Cross-Talk will be off.
Schedules and procedures subject to change at discretion of race director.  Please check racer information sheets and for up-to-date information.