NHRA HEADS TO SIN CITY FOR THE SUMMITRACING.COM NHRA NATIONALS AT THE STRIP AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: When the NHRA heads to Las Vegas March 30–April 1, defending Funny Car winner Robert Hight hopes to capitalize on his early season success and earn his third consecutive victory this year. Reigning Top Fuel event champ Antron Brown will look to earn his second win of the season, as will Pro Stock driver Mike Edwards, who also won the 2011 event at The Strip. Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock racers will battle on the track all weekend for the most coveted trophy in all of drag racing—the Wally.
NHRA Screamin’ Eagle Nitro Harley-Davidsons will be featured throughout the race weekend, with exhibition runs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The high-powered, nitromethane-fueled Nitro Harleys can reach speeds of more than 200 mph and are always a huge hit with fans. For tickets to the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, call 800-644-4444 or log on to LVMS.com.
LAS VEGAS FAN FEST TO KICK OFF RACE WEEKEND: More than 25 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series drivers will be at the annual Fan Fest on the Brooklyn Bridge in front of the New York-New York Hotel & Casino, including all seven Don Schumacher Racing drivers and the Summit Racing duo of Greg Anderson and Jason Line. The party starts at 5:00 p.m., with driver autographs from 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. The free event will be hosted by Team Full Throttle and include music and giveaways. For tickets to the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, call 800-644-4444 or log on to LVMS.com.
NITRO GENERATION PACKAGES AVAILABLE FOR SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS: In celebration of the year of the Nitro Generation, the NHRA is offering a limited number of NHRA Nitro Generation Family Packs for the 32nd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 4–6. The NHRA Nitro Generation Family Pack offers a great day of fun and racing action for a family of four, including two adult and two child reserved seats, preferred parking, four hot dogs, four small Coca-Colas and an event program. The NHRA Nitro Generation Family Packs are available in limited quantities and for each day of the event, with Friday priced at $82 and Saturday or Sunday at $114. In addition, the NHRA is waiving the service fee on each Family Pack order, which can be placed by logging on to NHRATix.com or calling (800) 884-NHRA (6472). The NHRA Nitro Generation Family Pack must be purchased in advance.
SUMMITRACING.COM NHRA NATIONALS, THE STRIP AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, March 30–April 1: The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series makes its first of two stops of the season in Sin City for the fourth race of the season. Defending event winners are Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock). For tickets, call 800-644-4444 or log on to LVMS.com. For media credentials, contact Director of Media Relations Anthony Vestal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS, zMAX DRAGWAY, April 13–15: The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series makes its first of two stops of the season in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the only four-wide national event. Winners from 2011 are Del Worsham (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock). For tickets, call 800-455-FANS (3267) or log on to CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com. For media credentials, contact Media Relations Manager Alex Baca at email@example.com.
O’REILLY AUTO PARTS NHRA SPRING NATIONALS PRESENTED BY SUPER START BATTERIES, ROYAL PURPLE RACEWAY, April 27–29: The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series makes its first stop of the season in the Lone Star State for the sixth race of the season. Winners from 2011 are Del Worsham (Top Fuel), Jeff Arend (Funny Car), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle). For tickets, call 281-383-RACE (7223) or log on to RoyalPurpleRaceway.com. For media credentials, please contact Director of Media Relations Anthony Vestal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|ADDING TO THE TEAM: Funny Car driver Bob Tasca announced this
week that his team has hired veteran tuner Dickie Venables. Venables has
earned two championships in Funny Car, and Tasca is looking forward to
seeing what he can bring to the team: “At the end of the day, it’s about
people. People win championships, not race cars. Dickie has experience
that will be a valuable asset to our team. I have all the confidence in
the world in (tuners) Chris (Cunningham) and Marc (Denner), but when you
have the opportunity to add to your arsenal, you take it. Having Dickie
onboard can only help.”
||24: The number of years that Mopar has sponsored the Mopar
Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Denver, making it the
longest continuous title sponsorship in the NHRA. The Mopar Mile-High
NHRA Nationals is scheduled to take place July 20–22 and will kick off
the three-race NHRA Western Swing, which also includes stops in Sonoma,
California, and Seattle, and a five-race sprint to the start of the NHRA
Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Mopar also sponsors Matt Hagan
(Funny Car) and Allen Johnson and Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock).
DID YOU KNOW
… The lead roles for the hotly anticipated movie “Snake & Mongoose” have been cast and announced. Jesse Williams, known for his work in “Grey’s Anatomy,” will be playing Don “the Snake” Prudhomme, and Richard Blake will play Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen. Award-winning British commercial director Wayne Holloway will make his feature-film directing debut on the project, which he wrote with Alan Paradise. The story details the friendship, rivalry, personal tragedies, triumphs and business successes of “the Snake” and “the Mongoose.”