The biggest names in professional drag racing – past and present – are in town for the crucial NHRA Big O Tires Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race is the second-last on the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule and points battles in three of the series’ four classes will go right down to the wire. A win or a miscue by any driver or rider in Las Vegas could spell the difference between delight and disaster.

Jason Line could clinch the NHRA Pro Stock championship at The Strip at LVMS, but Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car and Pro Stock Bike points races still are up for grabs, with at least three drivers or riders still in contention in each category.

Two of the sport’s all-time most popular drivers – Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen – will help the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) celebrate its 60th at the NHRA Big O Tires Nationals. McEwen and Prudhomme will meet race fans and sign autographs in the NHRA tent in the pit area from 2-3 p.m. on Friday, 10-11 a.m. and 1:45-2:30 p.m. on Saturday and 12:30-1 p.m. on Sunday. They also will head the track walk at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday and then serve as grand marshals during opening ceremonies.

Saturday, Oct. 29
7:30 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
8 a.m. – Sportsman eliminations.
10:30 a.m. – Pro Mod qualifying.
11 a.m. – Pro Stock and pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying.
11:45 a.m. – Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.
12:45 p.m. – Top Alcohol qualifying (Dragster and Funny Car).
1:45 p.m. – Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying.
2:30 p.m. – Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.
3:30 p.m. – First round of Pro Mod eliminations.
4 p.m. – First round of Top Alcohol (Dragster and Funny Car) eliminations.
5:30 p.m. – Track closed; Oval-track stock car racing at the Bullring.

Sunday, Oct. 30
7:30 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
9 a.m. – Sportsman eliminations.
10 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies.
11 a.m. – Final eliminations begin.
4:30 p.m. – Track closed.

Schedule subject to change.

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