Las Vegas 2002 dates announced

The Strip at LVMS to host NHRA in April and October in 2002 LAS VEGAS -- For the second consecutive year, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host two NHRA national events, it was announced today jointly by LVMS and National Hot Rod ...

The Strip at LVMS to host NHRA in April and October in 2002

LAS VEGAS -- For the second consecutive year, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host two NHRA national events, it was announced today jointly by LVMS and National Hot Rod Association officials.

The third annual NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals will bring thunder to the top of the Las Vegas Valley on April 4-7, 2002. The drivers of the world's fastest and most powerful racecars will return to LVMS Oct. 24-27, 2002, with the running of the second annual ACDelco NHRA Las Vegas Nationals.

The NHRA released its complete 23-race 2002 schedule today.

"The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has provided a great stage for NHRA's top racers," said Chris Powell, LVMS executive vice president and general manager." Our April date has been a springboard to the championship for many drivers. Three of our inaugural winners went on to capture NHRA Winston Drag Racing championships that year. Two of this year's winners are leading in points right now.

"The October event could decide some or all of the championships. That brings more excitement for the fans and more tension for the competitors. Plus, the October event is the week before the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show, which brings in more than 125,000 automobile specialists to Las Vegas from all over the world."

Kenny Bernstein (Top Fuel), Bob Panella (Pro Stock Trucks) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) have won the first two events at The Strip in their respective categories. Angelle Seeling (now Savoie) won the first Pro Stock Bike event in 2000. Tommy Johnson Jr. will come into 2002 as the defending Funny Car champion of the Summitracing.com Nationals. Jim Epler won the inaugural event in 2000.

"Maybe we need to race at Las Vegas every week," Bernstein said." The is a first-class facility and a great town. I think I speak for everyone involved with the NHRA when I say we love to come here."

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK), a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. In addition to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, SMI owns and operates the following premiere facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte, Sears Point Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. SMI also provides event food, beverage, and souvenir merchandising services through its Finish Line Events subsidiary, and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars through its 600 Racing subsidiary.

-LVMS-

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Drivers Bob Panella , Kenny Bernstein , Tommy Johnson Jr.