Las Vegas notebook 2000-07-26

LAS VEGAS - The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will feature the excitement of Pro Mod drag racing Friday and Saturday evening in addition to the weekly racing program. The Pro Mods are set to make three qualifying passes at The Strip ...

LAS VEGAS - The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will feature the excitement of Pro Mod drag racing Friday and Saturday evening in addition to the weekly racing program.

The Pro Mods are set to make three qualifying passes at The Strip on Friday evening at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Pro Mod eliminations are set to begin at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Pro Mod driver and owner, Randy Hagerty is scheduled to display his 1963 and 1994 Chevrolet Corvette Pro Mods cars at Findlay Toyota in the Valley Auto Mall Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. While viewing the incredible machines, race fans can register to win tickets for the Pro Mod show on Saturday evening at The Strip. The exciting show will feature Las Vegan Richard Cross.

Pro Mods are full-bodied, self-starting cars that reach speeds exceeding 220 mph in less than 6.5 seconds on a quarter-mile dragstrip. The cars are powered by supercharged or nitrous-injected engines that produce approximately 2,300 horsepower.

Bandolero drivers represent LVMS at nationals

For most kids the summer is all about fun and games, but three area youngsters are leaving the Las Vegas heat for serious business on the other side of the country.

Justin Johnson, 14, Joey Mogar, 12, and Joshua Gross, 8, are in Atlanta where the best Bandolero drivers from across the country will descend on Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend for the Bandolero Nationals.

The Bandolero Nationals will be held Friday and Saturday from 5:30-10:30 p.m. (EDT) on the quarter-mile track at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which like LVMS, is owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. Friday will be practice and qualifications, and Saturday will be the championship race day.

These three Las Vegans, along with eight other young racers, compete on a regular basis in the Bandolero Division at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Johnson, a student at Vo-Tech High School leads the point standings with Gross, a student at Wengert Elementary School, and Mogar, a student at Brindley Middle School, in second and fifth place, respectively.

The Bandolero is a turn-key, spec series racer designed for drivers eight and older. The car debuted in 1996 and was developed by 600 Racing, which made the Legends Car the most mass-produced competition vehicle in history.

For $6,995, the Bandolero is ready-to-race with a complete fiberglass body, tube-frame chassis and performance-modified, air-cooled Briggs & Stratton V-Twin engine.

The Bandolero is named after Mexican soldiers or bandits who wore ammunition belts or bandoleers usually crisscrossed on their torsos. The most famous Bandoleros were members of the rebellious Division of the North who fought for Mexico's independence from 1913 to 1920. The group was formed and led by the legendary Pancho Villa.

IMCA Modifed driver to sign autographs

IMCA Modified driver Dan Fitzgerald will display his car and sign autographs Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at VONS on the corner of Craig Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

IMCA action returns to the half-mile dirt oval at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night. A special four-lap dash for cash is set for the program. The top four cars in the Hitchin' Post/ Exiss Legends Cars and IMCA Modified heats have the opportunity to win extra cash.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and heat races begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and military and $2 for children 6-12. Children under five are free.

NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Sunbelt Region Update:

With two wins in 12 races this season and a Competition Performance Index of .7708, Dick Cobb retained his lead this week in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Sunbelt Region point standings. The index is used to rank the track leaders in each of the 10 regions across the country.

Charles Wares of Tucson, Ariz., moved to second in the standings with a .7242 CPI. He has won four of 13 races at Tucson Raceway Park. The regional champions will be decided following the conclusion of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series season on Sept. 9.

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