KISS members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons to return to The Strip;

Rock legends are grand marshals for NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals



            Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, principal members of the legendary rock group KISS, will return to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the third annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals Oct. 25-26.  The pair served as grand marshals for last year¿s event and enjoyed it so much they decided to book a return engagement to rock Las Vegas.

            To commemorate the band's appearance, two KISS-themed cars will compete in the event.  The cars of Tony Pedregon (Funny Car) and Kurt Johnson (Pro Stock) will carry special KISS paint themes to launch a die-cast car promotion for Action Performance.

¿We had a blast with the KISS crew last year and I know Gene and Paul got a kick out of our sport,¿ said Johnson, whose ACDelco Chevrolet Cavalier Pro Stock will carry the KISS colors.  ¿Our goal is to have them once again join us in the winner¿s circle in Las Vegas.¿
            KISS also will perform in a combo concert in Las Vegas with Hall of Fame rockers Aerosmith at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Oct. 24-25.

With more than 80 million albums sold -- supported by sold-out tours and 24 gold records -- KISS is a rock ¿n¿ roll institution. For more information about the band, visit the official KISS website at

Tickets are on sale for the third annual NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at LVMS.  The event is the next-to-last race on the 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule and should figure heavily in championship battles.  This event also will mark Shirley Muldowney¿s final Las Vegas appearance as a Top Fuel Dragster driver and the return of Kenny Bernstein aboard the Budweiser King Top Fuel Dragster.  Pro categories include Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Bike.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444.