10th Annual Nationals Las Vegas 'Bullring' preview

Nation's top Legends drivers converge on the Bullring this week LAS VEGAS -- More than 200 drivers are traveling to Las Vegas to compete in the 10th Annual Legends Car Asphalt Nationals and Inaugural Thunder Roadster Asphalt Nationals at the ...

Nation's top Legends drivers converge on the Bullring this week

LAS VEGAS -- More than 200 drivers are traveling to Las Vegas to compete in the 10th Annual Legends Car Asphalt Nationals and Inaugural Thunder Roadster Asphalt Nationals at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday and Saturday.

The 10th Annual Legends Car Asphalt Nationals will make its first appearance on the West Coast. For the past nine years, the nationals have been held at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte.

State champions from across the nation will make the trip to Las Vegas to compete in the nationals. Competitors in Pro, Semi-pro and Master divisions will participate in the two-day show. Among the notables are locals Spencer Clark (Semi-pro), Rick Rogas (Masters) and Kyle Busch (Pro).

The Semi-Pro division is designed for novice drivers. State champions including Clark (Nev.), Gene Connelly (Texas), Cayne Hickman (Tenn.), Charles Hudson (N.C.), Greg Lohrenz (Minn.), Ryan Mosher (Cailf.), David Odell (Ga.) and Michael Peppe (Conn.). Earlier this year, Hickman and Mosher traveled to the Bullring earlier this year to gain an edge for the nationals. Hickman collected second and eighth place finishes. Mosher collected 10th and 13th place finishes.

The Master division is designated for drivers over the age of 40. Rogas, Nevada State Champion, is ranked fourth overall. He will compete against Mark Bailey (Calif.), John Clute (Colo.), Darrell Gillespie (Tenn.), James Hines (N.C.), Tommy Jordan (S.C.), and Cotton Spry (N.C.). Clute competed at the Bullring several times throughout the season to gain experience and collected eighth place finishes. Bailey finished ninth on his visit to the Bullring earlier this year. Hines of China Grove, N.C. won the nationals in 1996 and Spry of Salisbury, N.C. won the nationals in 1997 and 1999.

The Pro division is for the most experienced drivers. Busch (Nev.), Jonathan Davenport (Ga.), Ryan Foster (Calif.), Craig Goess (N.C.), Clay Hair (N.C.), DJ Krentz (Nev.) and Kelly Vinson (Texas) will compete in the nationals. Foster collected a second-place finish at the Bullring this year. Krentz, of Sparks, finished fifth and 13th while Vinson of New Braunfels, Texas found success at the 3/8-paved oval with first and second-place finishes.

Qualifying and heat races are scheduled for Friday. Spectator gates open at 3 p.m. General admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 6-12 and children five and under are free.

Championship Day is Saturday. Racing begins at noon. The 30-lap A-Mains are scheduled for 4 p.m. Spectator gates open at 11:30 a.m. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens/military personnel and $3 children 6-12. Children five and under are free.

-LVMS-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Mark Bailey , Ryan Foster , Craig Goess , Kyle Busch