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Fuller to compete in memory of Las Vegas Businessman's daughter HOUSTON (April 4) -- Las Vegas Top Fuel driver "Hot Rod" Fuller and the rest of the David Powers Motorsports team will be competing this weekend in memory of Dayna Ahern. Late...

Fuller to compete in memory of Las Vegas Businessman's daughter

HOUSTON (April 4) -- Las Vegas Top Fuel driver "Hot Rod" Fuller and the rest of the David Powers Motorsports team will be competing this weekend in memory of Dayna Ahern. Late last week, the 20-year old daughter of Las Vegas businessman Don Ahern lost her life in an automobile accident in Las Vegas, the city she and her family have called home for decades.

To honor the memory of this vibrant, young fashion student, David Powers, owner of the David Powers Motorsports/Valvoline Top Fuel Dragster announced that his car will carry a special remembrance message to Dayna along with the logo of Ahern Rentals, the company headed by Dayna's father Don, at this weekend's seventh annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals.

Fuller recently introduced the Aherns and Powers and there was an immediate connection. "We learned of Dayna's passing while we were competing at the Houston race," Fuller said. "The Ahern's are a great family. They are involved in many social and community causes here in Las Vegas. We're all just devastated by this news."

Dayna was a native of Las Vegas, born Sept. 6, 1985. Her passion for learning resulted in an associate's degree from the famed Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas. Her love of music and her vocal talent allowed her to sing for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican while traveling with her high school choir group around Europe.

"Although no gesture can replace a loved one, in memory of Dayna, we are placing this special token of our love and affection on our dragster this weekend in Las Vegas," team owner Powers said. "This is our way of paying respect to a life cut short and to those that grieve her passing. We know in this time of sadness how important it is to reach out to those who have been touched by tragedy and try to comfort them."

-dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Paul , David Powers , Rod Fuller