Bernstein returns, Muldowney bids farewell to The Strip at

Oct. 23-26 ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals

 

The biggest names in professional drag racing will converge on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the third annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals Oct. 23-26.  Joining them will be Las Vegas firefighter Andy Lewis, making his debut as an NHRA Pro Stock Bike competitor at this event.

            Six-time NHRA champion Kenny Bernstein made what was supposed to have been his final Las Vegas appearance here last October.  At season's end, Bernstein handed the reins of the formidable Budweiser King Top Fuel Dragster to son Brandon, and his Forever Red tour concluded.  Brandon was injured in a first-round crash at Englishtown, N.J., in May and Kenny retrieved his mothballed driving uniform to fill his son's vacant seat.  The elder Bernstein

will pilot the Bud dragster here in October as his son is not slated to return to racing until 2004.

Drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney will make her final Las Vegas appearance at the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals.  The first woman to win an NHRA Top Fuel event is conducting a limited-schedule farewell tour and the Las Vegas event will be her next-to-last race before the three-time champion retires in November.

Rock 'n' roll legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS will serve as grand marshals for the event on Sunday.

The ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals will feature Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Bike and Pro Modifieds.  Last October, three points championships were decided at the Las Vegas meet.

The entry list is packed with straight-line superstars, including 12-time NHRA Funny Car titleholder John Force, and defending NHRA champions Larry Dixon (Top Fuel Dragster), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) and three-time Pro Stock bike world champion Angelle Savoie.  The most recent Pro category winners at The Strip (April 6 SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals) are Larry Dixon (Top Fuel Dragster), Tony Pedregon (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock).  Anderson drives for team owner Ken Black of Las Vegas and currently leads the NHRA Pro Stock points battle with six victories this season.

The ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals has attracted 875 entries, including 150 professional-category racers, second only to the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis.

            The weekend will kick off on Thursday, Oct. 23, with a free autograph session at the ESPN Zone at the New York New York Hotel & Casino from 8-9 p.m..

            LVMS again is offering a $35 reserved seat ticket for Friday's qualifying session.  Tickets for Saturday's qualifying sessions are $50 reserved and $40 unreserved.  Reserved seats for Sunday's eliminations are $60 and general admission seats are $50.  LVMS also is offering reserved, platinum-level seating in the "upper deck" for $45 on Friday, $60 on Saturday and $75 on Sunday.  Four-day weekend tickets ranging from $100 to $299 also are available.

The Club Nitro hospitality area offers VIP amenities and exclusive driver appearances to fans and has been extremely popular with our guests.  Club Nitro sold out in the spring and race fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets for the VIP tent and viewing area early. 

 

ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals

Oct. 20-27, 2003

 

Monday, Oct. 20

7 a.m. ¿ Gate D opens for Sportsman racer lineup.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 21

Noon-5 p.m. ¿ Pit parking, registration, tech inspection.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 22

8 a.m.-6 p.m. ¿ Pit parking, registration, tech inspection.

Noon ¿ El Monte motorhome lot opens.

 

Thursday, Oct. 23

7 a.m. ¿ Pit and spectator gates open; registration and tech continues.

8 a.m. ¿ Sportsman qualifying.

1 p.m. ¿ Comp Eliminator qualifying.

4 p.m. ¿ Comp Eliminator qualifying.

7 p.m. ¿ Track closes.

 

Friday, Oct. 24

7 a.m. ¿ Pit and spectator gates open.

7:30 a.m. ¿ Sportsman eliminations.

1 p.m. ¿ Pro Mod qualifying.

2:30 p.m. ¿ Pro Stock Bike and Pro Stock Car qualifying.

3:30 p.m.-- Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster qualifying.

5 p.m. -- Pro Mod qualifying.

5:30 p.m. ¿ Pro Stock Bike and Pro Stock Car qualifying.

6:30 p.m.-- Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster qualifying.

8 p.m. ¿ Track closes.

 

Saturday, Oct. 25

7 a.m. ¿ Pit and spectator gates open.

7:30 a.m. ¿ Sportsman eliminations continue.

11 a.m. ¿ Pro Mod qualifying.

11:30 a.m. ¿ Pro Stock Bike and Pro Stock Car qualifying.

12:30 p.m.-- Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster qualifying.

2 p.m. ¿ Pro Mod qualifying.

2:30 p.m. ¿ Pro Stock Bike and Pro Stock Car qualifying.

3:30 p.m.-- Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster qualifying.

7:30 p.m. ¿ Track closes (following Sportsman eliminations).

 

Sunday, Oct. 26

7 a.m. ¿ Pit and spectator gates open.

10 a.m. ¿ Pre-race ceremonies.

11 a.m. ¿ Final eliminations.

 

The Strip at LVMS utilizes a low-power FM transmitter in conjunction with its p.a. system.  If you cannot hear p.a. announcements in the pit area, please tune your radio to 88.9 FM.