The world's best professional drag racers converge on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for three days of action-packed racing that will make fans' ears ring and hearts pound.

The 16th NHRA Nationals is back in Las Vegas Friday through Sunday for another Mello Yello Drag Racing Series edition of 10,000-horsepower side-by-side racing featuring nitro-burning cars eclipsing 300 miles per hour. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Alexis DeJoria (Funny Car) and Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) will be back to defend their titles in the event's top three classes, and ESPN2 will carry five-and-a-half hours of coverage on Saturday and Sunday.

Fans will be able to see 10 other classes of racing in addition to the top three pro classes, and a number of local drivers will be competing. Las Vegas' Nick Januik will be back to defend his Top Alcohol Funny Car title, while three-time Las Vegas bracket champion Roger Kato of Las Vegas will go for his first national event championship in the Super Gas division.

This weekend's action will include a pair of local brother tandems, with Justin Lamb of Henderson competing in the Competition Eliminator class, while his brother, Ryan, is entered in the Super Comp division. Las Vegas brothers Chris and James Nafziger are entered in the Super Gas category.

Locals Justin Lamb, Paul Wong and Keith Winters are pulling double duty during the three-day event, with Lamb competing in the Competition Eliminator and Super Stock classes, Wong entered in the Super Stock and Stock Eliminator divisions and Winters slated for the Super Comp and Super Gas categories. A total of 21 area drivers will be hitting the accelerator at The Strip this weekend as they race for titles.

Racing fans will have a chance to meet NHRA drivers including Antron Brown, Ron Capps, Jason Line, Matt Hagan and Schumacher at NHRA FanFest on the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza at New York-New York Hotel & Casino on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Pacific Time. Drivers will be available for autographs and photos, and the first 200 fans in attendance will receive a free Summit Racing hat.

Tickets are available online at, or by calling 1-800-644-4444. Children 12 and under who are accompanied by a ticketed adult will receive a free general admission ticket during the three-day event at The Strip.


Las Vegas-area racers entered in the 2015 NHRA Nationals

Earl Blake Jr. - Stock Eliminator
Curtis Coulter - Stock Eliminator
Jeff Davidson - Super Stock
Donald Desa - Super Stock
Errol Farmer - Stock Eliminator
Greg Hicks - Super Comp
Nick Januik - Top Alcohol Funny Car
Roger Kato - Super Gas
Andy Kimball - Stock Eliminator
Donald Kruse - Super Gas
Elden Lacer - Super Comp
Justin Lamb - Competition Eliminator, Super Stock
Ryan Lamb - Super Comp
Dwight Machael - Stock Eliminator
Chris Nafziger - Super Gas
James Nafziger - Super Gas
Ken Phillips - Top Sportsman
Shane Thompson - Super Comp
Melvin Uechi - Top Sportsman
Keith Winters - Super Comp, Super Gas
Paul Wong - Super Stock, Stock Eliminator