Las Vegas Added to 2000 Schedule

NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES MAKES LAS VEGAS AN OFFICAL DESTINATION FOR SPEED, POWER AND EXCITEMENT IN 2000 LAS VEGAS - The intensity and raw power of the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series will roar to life at the nation's entertainment...

NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES MAKES LAS VEGAS AN OFFICAL DESTINATION FOR SPEED, POWER AND EXCITEMENT IN 2000

LAS VEGAS - The intensity and raw power of the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series will roar to life at the nation's entertainment capital when the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) hosts its first-ever national event in 2000. The new event, scheduled for April 6-9 at the 1,600-acre motorsports complex located just northeast of Las Vegas, was announced today by Dallas Gardner, president of the NHRA. The dragstrip, currently under construction, joins the complex's 1.5-mile superspeedway, 3/8-mile paved oval, dirt track and road course. "Las Vegas is a great motorsports city and we've wanted to bring NHRA drag racing to the desert for some time," Gardner said. "We're happy to announce today that the stars of the world's quickest and most powerful motorsport will make a stop in the world's biggest entertainment mecca, Las Vegas, in April 2000." LVMS, owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI), is the fourth new facility added to the NHRA schedule during the last three years. All four new sites feature state-of-the-art, stadium-type facilities. The addition of LVMS falls in line with NHRA's strategic plan to build and renovate dragstrips to meet the needs of fans, track operators and sponsors. The entrance into the Las Vegas marketplace reinforces the NHRA's presence into another of the nation's major metropolitan areas. "It is very gratifying to see Speedway Motorsports Inc. make this kind of commitment to NHRA drag racing," Gardner said. "The recent debut of the new Bristol Dragway certainly demonstrates Bruton Smith's confidence in our sport." The new facility will feature luxury suites constructed above the grandstands covering the quarter-mile - a first in drag racing. Future plans for the dragstrip also include four-lane capability. "We have looked at the four-lane concept several times over the past five years and have solicited input and opinion from racers, tracks, owners and sponsors to help evaluate the potential," Gardner said. "With the infrastructure in place at LVMS, we will have the future capability to field-test the concept and experiment with possibilities. There may be significant value to four lanes in drag racing's future, but we are going to be careful before we take any segment of the sport in that direction. There are many issues we will have to address and it is premature at this time to even speculate on the ultimate use and direction of the concept." LVMS, which currently hosts NASCAR Winston Cup, Indy Racing League and World of Outlaws events among others, becomes the third SMI track to host an NHRA event. Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, Calif., annually presents the Autolite Nationals; and Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway features the Winston Showdown, NHRA's all-star event. "We are excited about the opportunity to bring NHRA Winston Drag Racing to Las Vegas," said Chris Powell, executive vice president and general manager of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "Our new drag racing venue will be one of the finest in the world and we are looking forward to staging a great motorsports experience for thousands of fans, competitors and sponsors."

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 22 national events through its NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 85,000 members nationwide and 142 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series, Sears Craftsman E.T. Racing Series and the Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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