Las Vegas Team Mopar and Dodge Motorsports ready to light up new strip

There's a new attraction in Vegasa place where sheer power meets pavement and pure dedication prevails. Hosting its very first race, the new strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be a new experience for the Team Mopar and Dodge Motorsports...

There's a new attraction in Vegasa place where sheer power meets pavement and pure dedication prevails. Hosting its very first race, the new strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be a new experience for the Team Mopar and Dodge Motorsports NHRA Pro Stock competitors.

Coming off a promising weekend in Gainesville, Fla., where the Dodge Avengers of Larry Morgan and Darrell Alderman qualified for the final field, the momentum is high, but the uncertainty of racing on fresh ground is still strong.

"Racing at a new track involves a lot of unknowns and may require some adjustments. Because the strip is so new, no grooves have been established, we may have to run a different tire," said Larry Morgan, Dodge Motorsports Pro Stock driver. "I am really excited to see how we do -- I've heard the facilities are amazing."

The Summitracing.com Nationals this weekend will be Team Mopar's and Dodge Motorsports' second opportunity to compete on a brand new racetrack. The Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., was also a brand new facility in May 1998.

"Racing at a new facility puts everyone on an equal playing field," said John Nobile, Dodge Motorsports Pro Stock driver. "No one really knows what to expect going into the race. The trick is adjusting the car to contend with the elements."

The strip is being compared to both Dallas with its lack of grooves, and Denver with its weather. Las Vegas has the potential to be one of the finest facilities in the country, not to mention the most fun.

"We're prepared and ready for anything this new track may bring," said John Baumgartner, Operations Manager for NHRA at DaimlerChrysler. "I feel very confident that our teams have the ability to get their first win of the year, and make our mark in NHRA history, at the inaugural run in Las Vegas."

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Nobile , Darrell Alderman , Larry Morgan