The Las Vegas 100

Action Performance and MATCO Tools announce special NHRA program feting city's centennial year

When the National Hot Rod Association POWERade Drag Racing Series heads to Las Vegas for the sixth annual NHRA Nationals, Action Performance Companies Inc. and MATCO Tools will host a get-together that is 100 years in the making.

Las Vegas provided the backdrop for an unveiling event featuring a special poker "tournament" that culminated with the first public showcase of two Las Vegas Centennial-themed drag machines: Whit Bazemore's MATCO Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus funny car and Craig Treble's MATCO Tools Suzuki pro stock bike. While the vehicles will make their first appearance in April, they actually will not see competition until the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals in Las Vegas this fall.

"The Las Vegas Centennial is thrilled to have partnership with the NHRA and Action Performance," said Stacy Allsbrook, executive director for the Las Vegas Centennial Committee. "It will be wonderful to see a piece of Las Vegas history on the race track."

This year, Las Vegas is celebrating its centennial anniversary with a yearlong tribute punctuated by several events, including both NHRA Nationals races on April 14-17 and Oct. 20-23, 2005. The city will celebrate the big "1-0-0" on May 15, 2005. The Las Vegas Centennial officially kicked off with the multi-media New Year's Eve extravaganza called America's Party.

Action Performance designed both Las Vegas Centennial drag vehicles and will produce authentic die-cast replicas of both the MATCO Tools Dodge Stratus funny car and Suzuki pro stock bike. The collectibles will be available through Action's traditional distribution channels, including Action Racing Collectables distributors and the Racing Collectables Club of America. To find an ARC distributor, call the locator line at 1-800-411-8404. RCCA can be reached at 1-800-952-0708 or For an authorized ARC products dealer in your area, visit and use the online locator tool.

"The NHRA drag races are an embodiment of the energy that fuels Las Vegas, and these races are among the most popular and anticipated events of the season," said Fred W. Wagenhals, Action Performance's chairman, president and CEO. "As Las Vegas celebrates its 100-year anniversary, it seems only appropriate to share in the festivities and salute a city that has fast become a 'must-experience' spectacle for race fans."