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Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008


$42,000 Ultimate Gambler payday for Biondo at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway;
Callaway wins $7,500 Las Vegas Bracket Nationals Super Pro finale


The 2008 edition of the Las Vegas Bracket Nationals now is history.

Peter Biondo of Maspeth, N.Y., won the $42,000 winner-take-all Ultimate Gambler race during the final day of the Las Vegas Bracket Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Forty-two drivers each paid $1,000 entry fees for the opportunity to earn the winner-take-all purse. In the end, it boiled down to two men:  Biondo and Super Comp world champion Shawn Langdon. Biondo, in the left lane, posted a reaction time of .006 and won the $42,000 prize. For the record books, it was Biondo over Langdon on the 1/8-mile strip, 4.806 sec./142.61 mph to 4.893 sec./135.37 mph.

James Callaway Jr. of Artesia, New Mexico, won the $7,500-to-win Super Pro finale over Val Torres Jr.

Jennifer Carey won the Pro final today after claiming Sportsman honors on Saturday.

Jack Swanson of Yucaipa, Calif., defeated Jon Irving of Boulder City for Sportsman honors and Jeff Zogg won the Motorcycle final.

A total of 394 teams participated: 200 entries in the Super Pro class, 140 Pro racers, 45 in the Sportsman category and nine in Motorcycle. The weekend's participant list included NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series stars Rod Fuller and Dave Connolly.

Final-round results, indicating driver/rider, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, elapsed time (ET) and top speed:

SUNDAY $42,000-to-win ULTIMATE GAMBLER (1/8-mile)
Winner: Peter Biondo (Maspeth, N.Y.) 2006 Racetech dragster  .006  4.806 sec./142.61 mph.
Runner-up: Shawn Langdon (Avon, Ind.) 2008 TNT dragster  .018  4.893 sec./135.37 mph.

SUNDAY SUPER PRO (1/8-mile, $7,500-to-win)
Winner: James Callaway Jr. (Artesia, New Mex.) 2006 Undercover dragster  .003  5.343 sec./120.27 mph.
Runner-up: Val Torres Jr. (Valinda, Calif.) 2006 Beckley dragster  .047  4.574 sec./145.38 mph.

SUNDAY PRO (1/8-mile)
Winner: Jennifer Carey (Fallon, Nev.) 1971 Nova  .021  .7.796 sec./87.34 mph.
Runner-up: Tibor Kadar (Peoria, Ariz.) 1967 GTO  .015  7.014 sec./91.46 mph.

SUNDAY SPORTSMAN (1/8-mile)
Winner: Jack Swanson (Yucaipa, Calif.) 1967 Camaro  .153  7.675 sec./90.55 mph.
Runner-up: Jon Irving (Boulder City) 2002 Camaro  -.011 (foul)  8.562 sec./75.75 mph.

SUNDAY MOTORCYCLE (1/8-mile)
Winner: Jeff Zogg (Corinne, Utah) 1979 Kawasaki  .059  5.909 sec./109.91 mph.
Runner-up: Curtis Pogue (Boise, Ida.) 2005 Suzuki  .096  8.105 sec./87.85 mph.
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Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008

Déjà vu Bogacki on second day of Las Vegas Bracket Nationals
at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Luke Bogacki of Woodville, Ala., is now two-for-two in Super Pro finals at the Las Vegas Bracket Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Bogacki defeated Chris Lindsay on Friday and then repeated the feat against British Columbia's Stefan Kondolay.

Henderson's Dick Krieger - one hour shy of his 68th birthday - won the Pro finale over Jeff LaSalle.

Jennifer Carey of Fallon won the Sportsman title over John Joines of California.

Don Tanklage of Huntington Beach, Calif., won his second consecutive Motorcycle final.

Tracy Holt of Riverton, Utah, won the Run-for-the-Dragster.

Steve Cox of Hesperia, Calif., won the Geezer Gambler.

Jason Lynch defeated Randy Pressel for Super Quick honors.

Final-round results, indicating driver/rider, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, elapsed time (ET) and top speed:

SATURDAY SUPER PRO (1/8-mile)
Winner: Luke Bogacki (Woodville, Ala.) 2008 American  .005  4.854 sec./144.12 mph.
Runner-up: Stefan Kondolay (Sardis, British Columbia, Canada) -.002 (foul)  4.993/138.44 mph.

SATURDAY PRO (1/8-mile)
Winner:  Dick Krieger (Henderson) 1923 Ford  .297  5.359 sec./127.84 mph.
Runner-up: Jeff LaSalle (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 1967 Dodge  -.010 (foul)  8.825 sec./71.97 mph.

SATURDAY SPORTSMAN (1/8-mile)
Winner: Jennifer Carey (Fallon) 1971 Nova  .018  7.867 sec./81.17 mph.
Runner-up: John Joines (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) 2003 Silverado  .084  9.011 sec./74.34 mph.

SATURDAY MOTORCYCLE (1/8-mile)
Winner: Don Tanklage (Huntington Beach, Calif.) 2000 Kawasaki  .040  5.180 sec./121.89 mph.
Runner-up: Doug Pogue (Boise, Ida.) 2006 Harley-Davidson  .122  8.012 sec./85.99 mph.

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 Friday, Nov. 28, 2008

Bogacki $5,000 winner on first day of Las Vegas Bracket Nationals
at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway


Luke Bogacki, Brad Hawk, Jeff Shaw and Don Tanklage scored final-round wins on the first day of the Las Vegas Bracket Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Bogacki, of Woodville, Ala., defeated Chris Lindsay of Peoria, Ariz., to claim the $5,000 Super Pro winner's check.

Record rainfall on Thanksgiving Day caused The Strip's crew to hit the pause button on the seventh annual Las Vegas Bracket Nationals. With Wednesday's Turkey Thaw Thrill Show and opening day (Thursday) of the Las Vegas Bracket Nationals cancelled due to rain, racers were chomping at the bit to compete this morning.  To add insult to injury, today's event was delayed two hours by fog. (It was impossible to the scoreboards from the officials' tower.) Eliminations began at 1:35 p.m., following time trials and Run-for-the-Money competitions.

Winners of the Clark Griswold Trophy for best Christmas-decorated pit area: the combined pit area of the Myhre and Propp families of Sacramento, Calif.

The Las Vegas Bracket Nationals resume Saturday morning at 7 a.m. with the Sportsman Run-for-the-Money.

Final-round results, indicating driver/rider, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, elapsed time (ET) and top speed:

FRIDAY SUPER PRO (1/8-mile)
Winner:  Luke Bogacki (Ala.) 2008 American  .007  4.826 sec./138.17 mph.
Runner-up: Chris Lindsay (Peoria, Ariz.) 2004 Yancer  .013  5.085 sec./134.20 mph.

FRIDAY PRO (1/8-mile)
Winner:  Brad Hawk (Tucson, Ariz.) 1985 Mustang  .002  6.845 sec./90.69 mph.
Runner-up: Kent Wilson (Boise, Ida.) 1963 Nova  .088  5.936 sec./112.52 mph.

FRIDAY SPORTSMAN (1/8-mile)
Winner: Jeff Shaw (Kingman, Ariz.) 1974 Nova  .164  7.567 sec./86.20 mph.
Runner-up: Jack Swanson (Yucaipa, Calif.)  .038  7.715 sec./86.09 mph.

FRIDAY MOTORCYCLE (1/8-mile)
Winner: Don Tanklage (Huntington Beach, Calif.) 2000 Kawasaki  .045  5.184 sec./124.90 mph.
Runner-up: Justin King (Henderson) 1998 Yamaha  .093  6.795 sec./95.82 mph.

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