Pontiac Pro Stock Showdown Returns to The Strip at LVMS NHRA Superstars Will Face-Off in Annual Pre-Season Invitational Meet LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2006 - The clock is rapidly ticking down toward the start of the 2007 NHRA POWERade season, and in...
Pontiac Pro Stock Showdown Returns to The Strip at LVMS
NHRA Superstars Will Face-Off in Annual Pre-Season Invitational Meet
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2006 - The clock is rapidly ticking down toward the start of the 2007 NHRA POWERade season, and in just a few short weeks some of the finest drivers in Pro Stock will converge on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Pontiac Pro Stock Showdown on Saturday, Feb. 3. The Pontiac Pro Stock Showdown will provide teams with the opportunity for some intense side-by-side competition, their first since last November, and some all-important last-chance testing before they make their way west to Pomona and the beginning of this year's 23-race campaign.
"Pontiac is proud to once again be the title-rights sponsor for the Pro Stock Showdown," said Fred Simmonds, GM's drag racing marketing manager. "The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a great venue and the fans will get a terrific opportunity to see their favorite drivers in a very accessible setting. Last year, every Pro Stock car that qualified for the Winternationals was at the Pontiac Pro Stock Showdown, and this event will give teams a chance to make some final adjustments before making the short trek to Pomona."
A prominent list of Pro Stock drivers will be on hand when the gates to "The Strip" open for competition on Feb. 3. Those expected to attend include six-time NHRA champion Warren Johnson, three-time NHRA title holder Greg Anderson, defending POWERade champion Jason Line, two-time champion Jim Yates, two-time champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., Young Life's Mike Edwards, perennial Pro Stock favorite Kurt Johnson, 2006 top-five finisher Dave Connolly, Tom Martino, Greg Stanfield, Team Chevy's Ron Krisher, Tom Hammonds, Kenny Koretsky, defending event winner Larry Morgan and many more.
"The track is usually prepared as good as any track that we can test at anywhere in the country," said Warren Johnson. "The race surface to start with is relatively decent, but whatever you run at Vegas, you'll probably run about a tenth quicker at Pomona (due to a lower altitude), so it gives you a pretty good gauge. Logistically it makes sense because you're already going all the way out to the West Coast, so just by going out a few days earlier you can test there and then drive straight to Pomona in a matter of a few hours."
"Attending the Pontiac Pro Stock Showdown is imperative as far as we're concerned," said Greg Anderson. "You have Pomona the next weekend and from a competition standpoint, it's absolutely the smartest thing you can do, go racing the week before and try to get all the things you thought you learned over the winter ironed out on the racetrack to see if they actually do work. You don't want to go to the Winternationals cold turkey, thinking things look good. You have to get on the track before Pomona to make sure you have all of your ducks in a row, and it's something we do every year and will continue to do.
"Because of Ken Black, we consider The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway our hometrack and the more times we can run there in front of his friends and family, the better off it is as far as we're concerned. We go there and test whether there's a race or not, so for us, it's the perfect place to have the Pontiac Showdown."
"Las Vegas is the most important test we have because all of the other cars will be there, and that will give us a good idea of where we stack up," said Jim Yates. "That should give us a pretty good idea on what to expect the following weekend in Pomona. We've had very good luck going to Las Vegas and testing right before Pomona, and we know a good correlation between the two racetracks. We know how to adapt from Vegas to Pomona, and we've been successful in doing that the last couple of years."
The gates at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Motor Speedway open at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, and testing for Pro Stock only begins at 9 a.m. On Friday, Feb. 2, the gates will open at 7 a.m. and testing for Sportsman categories begins at 8 a.m., and testing for Professional categories begins at 10 a.m. On Saturday, Feb. 3, the gates will open at 7 a.m. and the first 1000 spectators will receive a free Pontiac Motorsports cap. The first of two rounds of Pro Stock qualifying will get underway at 10 a.m. and the 16-car eliminator will begin at 1 p.m. Sportsman and all Pro categories will be testing as well. On Sunday, Feb. 4, open testing for all categories will begin at 8 a.m.
There will be a drivers' autograph session on Friday, Feb. 2, from 8 - 9 p.m. at the South Point Hotel and Casino (formerly the South Coast). The South Point Hotel is located at 9777 Las Vegas Boulevard South.
"We're excited that Pontiac chose The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to host the biggest pre-season event in the sport of professional drag racing," said Chris Blair, LVMS' Vice President of Racing Operations. "The 2006 event featured the sport's top Pro Stock drivers and the action was incredible from start to finish. We believe this year's event will be even better and the 2007 Pontiac Pro Stock Showdown will be the perfect catalyst for an incredible season."
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