The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway kicked off its 2009 racing season Jan. 24-25 with Bracket 1, Open Comp, Super Pro and Pro racing on Saturday and Sunday.

Jason Dawson of N. Las Vegas defeated Gary Thompson for Bracket 1 final-round honors on Sunday.  Andy Pressimone of Las Vegas did likewise on Sunday against Mike Matranga in the Open Comp class.

On  Saturday, Tom Debartolo of Grantsville, Utah, defeated Dawson in the Super Pro category. Las Vegas' Jeff Farrar defeated Darren Hutchcraft of Fallon for the Pro title.

Next race: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway kicks into high gear next weekend (Jan. 30-Feb. 1) as it hosts the Las Vegas Pro Stock Showdown and the National Open.

The weekend - which allows drag racing fans a sneak peek at the 2009 campaign - kicks off on Friday, Jan. 30, with Pro Stock qualifying at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Pro Stock eliminations begin on Saturday, Jan. 31, at noon.

The weekend also includes the National Open for Stock/Super Stock Combo, Super Comp, Super gas, Super Street, Top Sportsman/Top Dragster Combo, Electronic Bracket, Non-Electronic Bracket and Sportsman Motorcycle teams. NHRA divisional grade points will be awarded and winners will receive NHRA "Wally" trophies.

The Strip at LVMS will be open for pre-Pomona professional and Sportsman testing Feb 2-3. For more information, please call The Strip's office at (702) 632-8213 during business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Pacific, Monday through Friday).

Jan. 24-25 results, indicating: driver, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, elapsed time (E.T.) and top speed.

Winner: Jason Dawson (N. Las Vegas) Mustang  .028  10.595 sec./98.34 mph.
Runner-up: Gary Thompson (Pahrump) Corvette  2.848  22.809 sec./68.16 mph.

Winner: Andy Pressimone (Las Vegas) 1976 Nova   .021  10.959 sec./122.61 mph.
Runner-up: Mike Matranga (Lakewood, Calif.) 1965 Nova  .021  10.384 sec./129.49 mph.

Winner: Tom Debartolo (Grantsville, Utah) Yancer dragster  .024  7.620 sec./177.30 mph.
Runner-up: Jason Dawson (N. Las Vegas) Mustang  .048  10.211 sec./139.00 mph.

Winner: Jeff Farrar (Las Vegas) 1971 Dart  .112  11.798 sec./100.01 mph.
Runner-up: Darren Hutchcraft (Fallon) 1967 Camaro  .241  11.547 sec./118.26 mph.