Five-time Mello Yello Drag Racing Series World Champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. and 2013 NHRA Top Fuel World Champion Shawn Langdon will be among the more than 500 drag racers competing in the Spring Fling Million Presented by Optima Batteries at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Wednesday through Saturday.
The richest bracket race west of the Mississippi River, the Spring Fling will pay out $10,000 to Wednesday's winner and $20,000 first-place prizes to the event champion on Thursday and Saturday. Friday is the big-money day, with a guaranteed first-place check of at least $100,000 that could reach $1 million if the car count exceeds 550.
The four-day event features a number of bonuses and special awards, and more than $60,000 in racing products and manufacturer merchandise will be awarded to racers throughout the week - including ones who lose races. Run by multiple-time national champions Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel, the Spring Fling also includes a number of prizes, including a dragster chassis raffle giveaway.
"I anticipate we'll end up with more than 500 cars this week, and that will be the biggest car count we've ever had here in Vegas," Seipel said. "Peter and I have bracket raced our whole lives, so we try to treat the bracket racers the way we like to be treated and bring them to the best facilities there are. On the West Coast, I feel this is the best, and we try to put them on a big stage.
"I think we're up to 34 or 35 states represented, so we're excited."
Coughlin Jr., whose world championships came in the Pro Stock division, is excited to be in Las Vegas this week.
"This is going to be a fun week of racing," Coughlin Jr. said. "Kyle and Peter have been doing these Flings for years now, and they've got it down. It's always a top-notch race with great competition, and each one has gotten better. I expect the same trend to continue in Las Vegas."
Seipel and Biondo also run the Spring Fling Five-Day in Bristol, Tenn., that will be held May 17-21 at one of LVMS' sister tracks, Bristol Motor Speedway.