ACDelco, Las Vegas Events to sponsor October event

LAS VEGAS - ACDelco, a subsidiary of General Motors Service Parts Operations and a global leader in automotive parts, and Las Vegas Events have teamed up with Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the National Hot Rod Association to sponsor the October...

LAS VEGAS - ACDelco, a subsidiary of General Motors Service Parts Operations and a global leader in automotive parts, and Las Vegas Events have teamed up with Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the National Hot Rod Association to sponsor the October 25-28 NHRA Winston Drag Racing event at The Strip at LVMS.

The event, which will be called the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, will be the second visit by drag racing's biggest stars to LVMS this year. It is the 23rd of 24 events in the race for the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Championship.

"We were very fortunate last year to have had such a successful national event that the NHRA saw the need for two events in Las Vegas this year," said Chris Powell, LVMS executive vice president and general manager. "We're excited that companies like ACDelco have noticed our success and have decided to become new partners with the speedway.

"Las Vegas Events has been a long-time supporter and friend of the speedway, and we're particularly excited that it has raised its support to another level."

ACDelco sponsors Kurt Johnson's entry in the Pro Stock division and is an associate sponsor on legendary Pro Stock driver Warren Johnson's Pontiac.

"ACDelco's sponsorship of NHRA's first autumn event in Las Vegas is a natural extension of ACDelco's comprehensive motorsports marketing program," said Scott Mackie, general manager for ACDelco worldwide. "The ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals will play a pivotal role in determining the NHRA Winston champions, and the event will be a key element in ACDelco's marketing activities for Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week.

"We have two outstanding partners in NHRA and Bruton Smith's Speedway Motorsports organization," Mackie added. "The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway raised the bar for drag-racing facilities with its unique layout and customer amenities. I believe that ACDelco's association with NHRA and Speedway Motorsports is going to set the new standard in motorsports marketing and promotion."

Las Vegas, which is the presenting sponsor for the event, has been involved with a number of events at the speedway.

"NHRA Winston Drag Racing is made for Las Vegas," said Kirk Hendrix, president of Las Vegas Events. "It's high-energy entertainment . . . just like our city. We became involved in the NHRA in Las Vegas from the very beginning, and we are pleased to ensure NHRA's return. This has been a very valuable tourism tool for Las Vegas, and we deeply believe in this product."

The ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals will mark the third visit by the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series to the circuit's most modern facility. The past two events have produced huge crowds and have been carried on television by both TNN and ESPN. The October event will be televised on ESPN2.

"It's very gratifying to see ACDelco and Las Vegas Events increase their commitent to NHRA Winston Drag Racing by sponsoring this great event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, one of the sport's marquee showplaces," said NHRA President Tom Compton. "We're certain that this event will become one of our most anticipated races of the year as it will lead in to the SEMA and APEX shows that highlight Las Vegas' Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. The racing is guaranteed to be intense as well in all categories, as Winston and Federal-Mogul championships will be on the line."

Tickets are on sale for the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals. Race fans can call the speedway at 1-800-644-4444 or log on to Tickets.com.

(Las Vegas Motor Speedway is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK), a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. In addition to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, SMI owns and operates the following premiere facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte, Sears Point Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. SMI also provides event food, beverage, and souvenir merchandising services through its Finish Line Events subsidiary, and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars through its 600 Racing subsidiary.

-LVMS-

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Series Automotive , NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson