ACDelco officials announced they would be adding some extra muscle to an already high-powered event, naming professional wrestling icon and reality TV star Hulk Hogan as the Grand Marshal of this year's ACDelco NHRA Las Vegas Nationals. Kurt Johnson's ACDelco Cobalt will commemorate Hogan's participation by carrying a special paint scheme that will be unveiled on Thursday, October 25 as part of the NHRA FanFest, which will held at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. The addition of the flamboyant Hogan to the ACDelco line-up continues the automotive replacement parts leader's long-standing tradition of having race dignitaries worthy of the Entertainment Capital of the World.

"We are thrilled to welcome Hulk Hogan as the Grand Marshal of the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals," said Paul Johnson, General Director for General Motors Service and Parts Operations' Global Independent Aftermarket. "We believe that the Hulkster's larger-than-life persona embodies two of the key elements of this weekend's event, namely the tremendous horsepower seen on the quarter-mile along with the star quality of the world famous Strip, making him a perfect candidate for this honor. We're certainly looking forward to seeing him pump up the crowd, and having Hulkamania run wild on race day."

Since first appearing on the public scene in the 1970's, Hogan has become one of the most popular and recognizable figures in the world of sports and entertainment. Starting as a professional wrestler, this native Floridian captured the public's imagination with his high-energy and fast-paced style. Appearing in countless marquee matches around the world, the multi-time WWE champion developed a huge fan following that he dubbed the "Hulkamaniacs."

Branching outside of the squared circle, Hogan took on numerous acting roles, from his infamous portrayal of "Thunderlips" in Rocky III, to starring roles in such productions as No Holds Barred and Suburban Commando. He was also extremely active in television, from having his own series, Thunder in Paradise, to guest roles on The A-Team and Walker, Texas Ranger, making him a force in the entertainment industry.

Having chosen to limit his wrestling appearances, today Hogan remains at the public forefront through his reality TV show Hogan Knows Best. Each week, fans get an entirely new insight into the Hulkster, tracking the rigors of daily life with his family, including Linda, his wife of 22 years, daughter Brooke and son Nick. Now in its fourth season, the show is among the highest rated in the VH-1 channel's history.

This weekend, however, he looks forward to the unique experience awaiting him at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"As anyone who's seen me in the ring or on the screen can tell you, Hulk Hogan is all about power and entertainment, just like an NHRA POWERade drag race," said Hogan. "It's going to be an action-packed, high horsepower duel in the desert and I want to thank the folks at ACDelco for making me a part of it. I'm really looking forward to getting out to the track and taking it all in, seeing what I can do to help our man Kurt Johnson body slam the opposition. After all, whatcha gonna do when the Hulkster and ACDelco run all over you?"

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Courtesy: Zak Elcock, NHRA P.R. Dept.

TOP FUEL RACERS READY FOR $100,000 BONUS IN TECHNICOAT SHOOTOUT: Tony Schumacher will start from the No. 1 position in the Technicoat Top Fuel Shootout on Oct. 27 during the seventh annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The all-star race-within-a-race bonus event, which awards $100,000 to the winner, showcases the eight Top Fuel drivers who accumulated the most qualifying points during the 2007 Technicoat Top Fuel Shootout series. The series began with the 2006 ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas and ended at the 2007 Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park near Richmond, Va. this past weekend. Other racers who have earned a position in the Technicoat Shootout include three time winner Larry Dixon, 2004 winner Dave Grunbic, three-time runner-up Cory McClenathan, 2002 runner-up Brandon Bernstein, 2006 runner-up Rod Fuller, Melanie Troxel, and J.R. Todd.

SCELZI, CAPPS MAKE COUNTDOWN TO ONE WITH FINAL ROUND APPEARANCE: On a day when only the top four in the point standings would advance to the final two-race shootout for POWERade world championships, Funny Car teammates Ron Capps and Gary Scelzi, sitting fifth and sixth in the point standings, knew they had to have spectacular finishes at the second annual Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in Richmond, Va. And that is exactly what they did. With both drivers facing off in the final round of Funny Car, Gary Scelzi grabbed the ‘Wally' but both drivers grabbed a spot in the Countdown to the Championship's championship round, The Countdown to One. Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta, though not in the championship hunt, also had the day he'd been hoping for, picking up his first win of the season in his first final round appearance since Memphis 2006. In Pro Stock, Dave Connolly continued his dominance in historic fashion, grabbing his fifth race win in a row and sweeping the Countdown to 4 playoff round. Connolly ties Greg Anderson for the second longest winning streak in class history. Bob Glidden holds the number one spot with nine wins in a row, set back in 1978-'79.

COUNTDOWN TO ONE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS SET IN ALL PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES: After an amazing playoff battle between the top eight drivers in the point standings in each professional category, the field was set for the next round in the Countdown to the Championship, the Countdown to One. After the amazing battles seen this past weekend at the second annual Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals in Richmond, Va., the top four drivers in Pro Stock, Funny Car and Top Fuel were set and will advance to the two-race shootout for the POWERade world series championships starting Oct. 25-28 at the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and finishing up the next week, Nov. 1-4 at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Please see the top four drivers below. For more information on the Inaugural season of the Countdown to the Championship, click here. NOTE: The Pro Stock Motorcycle fields were set at the previous race, the 22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex in Dallas.

TOP FUEL
1. Larry Dixon 3,030
2. Rod Fuller 3,020
3. Tony Schumacher 3,010
4. Brandon Bernstein 3,000

FUNNY CAR
1. Tony Pedregon 3,030
2. Gary Scelzi 3,020
3. Robert Hight 3,010
4. Ron Capps 3,000

PRO STOCK
1. Dave Connolly 3,030
2. Greg Anderson 3,020
3. Jeg Coughlin 3,010
4. Allen Johnson 3,000

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE
1. Andrew Hines 3,030
2. Matt Smith 3,020
3. Chip Ellis 3,010
4. Peggy Llewellyn 3,000

Tickets for the Oct. 25-28 NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at LVMS may be purchased by calling the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444 or online at www.LVMS.com.