Las Vegas Motor Speedway receives second event

LAS VEGAS - Drag-racing fans who loved this year's inaugural NHRA Winston Drag Racing national event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will find future schedules twice as nice. The Strip at LVMS, the newest facility in NHRA Winston...

LAS VEGAS - Drag-racing fans who loved this year's inaugural NHRA Winston Drag Racing national event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will find future schedules twice as nice.

The Strip at LVMS, the newest facility in NHRA Winston Drag Racing, will host two national events in 2001 and beyond. Speedway officials joined with NHRA President Tom Compton in making the announcement. The NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals will be held April 5-8, 2001, while the second national event is slated for Oct. 25-28. The October event will precede the popular Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, which brings more than 125,000 members of the automotive aftermarket to the Las Vegas area.

"There is no doubt in any of our minds that we have built the premier drag-racing facility in the country here at LVMS," said Chris Powell, the speedway's executive vice president and general manager. "The inaugural event in April drew more than 100,000 people. The success of that event and the positive feedback we received from fans, competitors and officials make a second event a necessity. We're just thankful that the NHRA has allowed us to give the great drag-racing fans in the Las Vegas area two opportunities to see the world's best drag racers.

"Today's announcement underscores two things: With the help of our chairman, Bruton Smith, we've built the best drag-racing facility in the world. And second, Las Vegas is one of the best markets for drag racing anywhere."

Speedway and NHRA officials will announce ticket sales dates and information within the next few weeks.

The inaugural event produced outstanding competition in all divisions. The professional winners included Kenny Bernstein (Top Fuel), Jim Epler (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock), Angelle Seeling (Bikes) and Bob Panella Jr. (Trucks).

"What a great place for the NHRA to be," Bernstein said following his victory in the inaugural event. "Coming to Las Vegas and the response of this great crowd is another giant step the NHRA and Winston Drag Racing have made toward the future."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Bob Panella , Kenny Bernstein , Jim Epler