Las Vegas drag love story

LAS VEGAS - Over 14 years ago, at what used to be called the Las Vegas Speedrome, Grace and Mike Creason were brought together by their love of drag racing. On Saturday, June 9, they expressed their love for each other by celebrating their 11th ...

LAS VEGAS - Over 14 years ago, at what used to be called the Las Vegas Speedrome, Grace and Mike Creason were brought together by their love of drag racing. On Saturday, June 9, they expressed their love for each other by celebrating their 11th wedding anniversary at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Mike made his first pass down a dragstrip in 1958, when the NHRA used a flagman at the starting line, instead of a Christmas Tree. Grace began her drag-racing career taking "time-only" passes down the quarter-mile in the early 1980s. They met at the track shortly thereafter and became fast friends.

When the Creasons met, Mike owned a brown 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. It was the same car in which he helped Grace become one of the first women to earn a Super Gas license. Eventually, Grace handed the keys back to Mike and bought her own black 1970 Monte Carlo. Mike still races the brown Monte Carlo in the Pro and Super Quick divisions on Saturday nights at The Strip. Grace also powers down the quarter-mile in her black Monte Carlo in the Sportsman division while Mike watches from the starting line during every pass.

While it was drag racing that brought the Creasons together, the sport they love so dearly caused havoc with their wedding plans.

The wedding was scheduled for June 16, 1990. A change in the track schedule added a race to that date. Despite the travel arrangements of out-of-town family and friends, the western-style, backyard wedding was changed to June 9.

Drag racing has become a family affair. Grace's children, Phillip and Becky, and Becky's boyfriend John are all drag racers. The Creasons feel that their sponsors, Jack's Machine Shop (of four years) and Goff Motorsports (of 10 years), also are part of that family.

"This is something that we all do together," said Grace. "If one of us breaks down, we're all there to help. We're one big happy family."

On the Friday prior to their 11th anniversary, Grace's car had broken a valve. For her anniversary present, she asked that the car be ready to race for the next night's points event.

"If given a choice between going out to dinner to celebrate or going racing, there is no choice," Grace said. "You go racing! I can have dinner any time. There are only so many days to race."

"We're married and I love her, but, the best part is that we're friends too," said Mike. "I think that every day with Grace is reason to celebrate."

-LVMS

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