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PERKINSON READY FOR ALL TREATS AND NO TRICKS HALLOWEEN WEEKEND IN LAS VEGAS LAS VEGAS (Oct. 25) -- Buddy Perkinson is embarking on a 200-mph Halloween racing weekend jaunt out west to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the running of the 10th...

PERKINSON READY FOR ALL TREATS AND NO TRICKS HALLOWEEN WEEKEND IN LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 25) -- Buddy Perkinson is embarking on a 200-mph Halloween racing weekend jaunt out west to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the running of the 10th annual Las Vegas Nationals. There on 'The Strip', NHRA's renowned Nevada drag racing quarter-mile, is where he'll find awaiting him either a threatening trick or a delightful treat at the LVMS starting line in a tough Comp Eliminator field.

"I've never been to the Las Vegas track, so that will definitely be a learning curve for me," said Perkinson, the young 19-year old Competition Eliminator driver from Hopewell, Va.. "I have to approach it as just another quarter-mile and just another starting line. I'm looking forward to it."

The Larry Morgan-owned Perkinson Racing Comp team has escalated their efforts with results of two consecutive quarterfinals finishes from Indy and Reading, Pa., and the future for this young driver has sky-high potential with his abilities being polished every time he approaches the starting line.

"I have to stay focused on the track and the car is running great," Perkinson said. "We should have a few more tricks up our sleeves for Las Vegas. We get the adjusted index and I think it will be 7.66 ET, an improved change from our regular 7.56-index. So, we'll be fast, for sure. As long as we stay on the path that we've been going on, eventually we're going to get down to where we need to be and win those close rounds."

The stagger-start tradition of Comp racing has Perkinson learning to be razor sharp with his reaction times. In this league of Lucas Oil Drag Racing series competitors, the star-studded lineup is inundated with many Comp racing legends and the 19-year old knows that it's a case of either chase or being chased down the track by a bunch of cagey veterans.

"I guess you can say it's a little bit of both," Perkinson said, who pilots a 2007 Dodge Stratus RT Comp car. "We have a good car, but you're always chasing somebody in this category. There are so many big names, we're always striving to be better, and we'll still be fast when it counts. I'm just looking forward to getting there and taking my first drive down Las Vegas Blvd!"

-source: perkinson racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Morgan , Buddy Perkinson