The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series is a welcome assault on the senses.  It's incredibly loud.  Nitromethane fumes invade your nostrils and tire smoke fills the air.  Wild-looking race cars scream down the quarter-mile drag strip at more than 300 mph.  It's not exactly the place you'd expect to find those white-jacketed beauty consultants you see behind the cosmetics counter at your local department store.  But they're coming to the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 26-29 and you can thank NHRA Top Fuel Dragster driver David Grubnic for that.

Grubnic, a native of Brisbane, Australia, is sponsored by StriVectin-SD.  It originally was tested and marketed as a stretch mark cream until it was discovered StriVectin-SD also served as an effective anti-wrinkle product, which gave birth to the slogan, "Better than Botox?"

StriVectin held a contest for department stores which generated increased sales from the previous year. (According to company officials, most stores increase an average of 85% from the previous year.) Winning store associates - a.k.a. beauty consultants - will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Las Vegas for the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, including hotel accommodations at the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino and a weekend on their own to explore the city.  At the drag strip, they will receive the experience of a lifetime, complete with suite tickets, hospitality, lunch, gift bags, hats and shirts.  It's an effective incentive: StriVectin officials claim sales of their product increase by as much as 40% just before the contest ends.

Grubnic does not seem to mind sharing his space with the beauty consultants.

"We love racing in Vegas," Grubnic said. "The facility at the The Strip is one, if not the, best racetracks we race on (during) the entire NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series tour.  Everything there is top-notch from the racing surface to the pit area. There's always a huge crowd of fans there every time we race, so you bet, I can't wait to get back to Vegas. Besides, there's always something to do there when we're not at the race track. It's an awesome city."

Grubnic enjoys racing in Las Vegas for one other reason: he won the $100,000 Bud Shootout in Las Vegas in 2004 in his first try.  Since he is in the top seven in NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series points coming into the Las Vegas race, he holds a guaranteed starting berth for the opportunity at another lucrative payday on Saturday, Oct. 28, for the 2006 edition of the Bud Shootout.  Of course, he'll have to battle Tony Schumacher, Brandon Bernstein, Las Vegas' Rod Fuller, Doug Kalitta, Melanie Troxel, Larry Dixon and an eighth driver - a wild-card draw - to collect the big paycheck.
Tickets for the Oct. 26-29 NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals may be purchased by calling the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444 or online at