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NHRA Burns Up "The Strip"


by Norm Johnson
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It's time again for the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to take over the mile drag strip at "The Strip" out on the edge of town; you know the place called the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The fairly new strip, considered by just about everyone in the drag business as one of the best drag strips in the country, will be hosting its third major event.

This particular event could very well decide the championship in a few of the division, as it will be the next to last meet for 2002. The Inaugural AC/Delco Las Vegas National kicks off this afternoon (Thursday) with testing and preliminary events. It gets downright serious beginning Friday afternoon and again Saturday with qualifying for the final day on Sunday.

All the big guns are expected to be here attempting to either gain some important points towards the final race in Pomona, Calif., Nov. 8-11, or to lock in a championship.

My personal favorite (and pick earlier this year) to upset everyone this year is doing just that! Kenny Bernstein, behind the wheel of the Bud King Top Fuel dragster, is holding his own and could very well walk away with yet another championship trophy. He literally owns "The Strip," having taken away the event trophy as Top Fuel winner in the two previous meets. Kenny has already announced that he will be hanging up his helmet after the 2002 season. As of this writing Kenny was leading his closest competitor, Larry Dixon by a mere 54 points with Gary Scelzi in third place 382 points behind.

John Force continues to be a dominating factor in the Funny Car Division, leading Whit Bazemore by 285 points with Del Worsham in third place 546 points behind. Warren Johnson holds a lead of 134 points over Jim Yates in Pro Stock with Mike Edwards another 116 points back. Our very own George Marnell is sitting in 12th place, having pulled off his first NHRA National victory last Sept 23rd in Memphis.

In another very close race, petite Pro Stock Bike racer Angelle Savoie leads Antron Brown by a scant 89 points, with Matt Hines far back in third with a deficit of 264 points.

General admission tickets for this inaugural event are priced at $10 Thursday, $20 Friday, $40 Saturday and $50 for the finals on Sunday. Reserved seating on Saturday and Sunday go for $50 and $60. For further information call the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 644-4444.

If you enjoy hearing the roar of powerful engines that echo through the stands like thunder, and want to feel the earth shake like an earthquake as the monsters of "The Strip" race down the drag strip, then there is no other place to be this weekend. It's honestly an earth-shaking event!

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