Las Vegas gets a voice from the past

LAS VEGAS -- Fred Garcia is set to return to announce Las Vegas drag racing at The Strip this Friday evening. "I can't wait to get out to The Strip," Garcia said. "I think we have the possibility to make this the best track in...

LAS VEGAS -- Fred Garcia is set to return to announce Las Vegas drag racing at The Strip this Friday evening. "I can't wait to get out to The Strip," Garcia said. "I think we have the possibility to make this the best track in the United States." Garcia, better known in Las Vegas racing circles as "Waterbed Fred," is famous for his colorful character and knowledge of local racing. "I don't like the label 'announcer,'" said Garcia. "I want to do more than just call the race. I like to involve the fans and sponsors and show everyone how exciting drag racing can be in Las Vegas." Garcia, at 38 years old, brings a great deal of experience to the announcer 's booth at The Strip. He has raced Super Gas Drag Bikes, announced for more than 10 years and has 20 years of service at National Performance Center. "We have some of the best racers in the country right here in Las Vegas," said Garcia. "The location of The Strip is great and the facility is second to none. I can't wait to get started." "Waterbed Fred" will begin announcing at The Strip as part of Friday Night Drags. The event will host High School and Import E.T. brackets, an open test-n-tune and a Gambler Elimination. Gates are scheduled to open at 5 p.m.

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