Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts full house for Night of Fire

Las Vegas - Fireworks, a limousine jump, a demolition derby and NASCAR Weekly Racing Series competition entertained a standing-room only crowd Monday night at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Barry Bradshaw, a Bakersfield, Calif.

Las Vegas - Fireworks, a limousine jump, a demolition derby and NASCAR Weekly Racing Series competition entertained a standing-room only crowd Monday night at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Barry Bradshaw, a Bakersfield, Calif. resident, captured the win of the 50-lap NASCAR Late Model main event. A caution at the end of the event caused a two-lap shootout for the victory between Las Vegas' Scott Gafforini and Bradshaw. Gafforini led the entire event until lap 48 when Bradshaw took the point on the backstretch.

"I had a faster car than Gafforini," said Bradshaw, who set the track record for the late model division on May 20. "He drove the perfect line and didn't make any mistakes. He was helpless at the end because I had a run on him."

NASCAR Late Model points leader Chuck Trickle, of Las Vegas, started 10th and was running fourth near the end of the event when his engine blew. Earlier in the night the speedway opened a grass park in honor of Trickle's late son Chris. The Chris Trickle Children's Park is located behind the grandstands at The Bullring.

"I am so happy. I have dreamed that Chris' name would live on," said Trickle. "I am happy with Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Craig Keough of Star Nursery. I am at a loss for words. It's hard to say what this means to our family. My son left an impression on this world, this town and this track."

Chris Trickle was a NASCAR Southwest Series driver and was randomly shot on Blue Diamond Road in Las Vegas in 1997. He died one year later.

In the Grand American Modified division, points leader and reigning division champion Doug Hamm took the win over Fabian Bray.

"I started seventh and worked my way into the lead pretty quickly," said Hamm. "My brakes went completely out going into turn one on the last lap. I knew I just had to hold Fabian off. I went to victory lane and drove right past it. I had no brakes."

Jason Allen captured the Hitchin' Post/Exiss Legends main event and made a special victory lap in honor of his best friend the late Chris Trickle.

When the racing was over the action was just beginning at the newly named 3/8-mile paved oval. Fans watched metal-mangling mayhem when over a dozen cars beat on each other in the demolition derby, and Michael Hughes, of Las Vegas, set an unofficial world record when he jumped a limousine 95-foot in the air.

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