The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities and Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted the Mel Larson Night of Champions dinner, honoring Las Vegas NHRA team owner Ken Black, on Tuesday, April 11, at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino.  The event raised more than $94,000 for the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.


The Mel Larson Night of Champions is an annual event which honors local community members and racing champions.

Gary Scelzi, a four-time NHRA Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car champion, served as the keynote speaker.  NHRA drivers Greg Anderson, Jason Line, Hilary Will and crew chief Jim Oberhoffer - all employed by Black - also spoke at the event.  LVMS recognized its 2006 season champions from The Strip at LVMS and the Bullring.  Black and Scelzi participated in a meet-and-greet with guests during the reception.

Black owns two NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Pro Stock teams and one Top Fuel Dragster team.  To date, Black's drivers have amassed 59 NHRA victories and four NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series championships.  In 1975, he founded Vegas General Construction Company, which included KB Framers and K&K Framers.    

Last December, the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities distributed more than $299,000 to 64 local charities at its annual grant distribution ceremony.

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