The fourth race on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule is the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, taking place Friday through Sunday, March 28th through 30th. In addition to the regular event this weekend, the Pro Stock drivers will have another race on their hands, in the form of the K&N Horsepower Challenge.
There will be a free driver question-and-answer and autograph session on Thursday, March 27th from 5 to 7 p.m. PT at New York New York Hotel & Casino. Fans must be in line for the autograph session by 5:30 p.m. PT to guarantee autographs, and the first 200 fans in line will receive a free Summit Racing hat. Among those expected to participate: Tony Schumacher, Ron Capps, Antron Brown, Jack Beckman, Jason Line, Shawn Langdon, Spencer Massey, Tommy Johnson Jr., Jimmy Alund, Clay Millican, Matt Hagan, Erica Enders-Stevens, Terry McMillen, Rodger Brogdon and Allen Johnson (subject to change).
The K&N Horsepower Challenge, taking place Saturday, March 29th, showcases eight top Pro Stock teams in a race-within-a-race bonus event, seven of which qualified during a 24-race span beginning with last year’s SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegasand concluding with the 2014 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA GatorNationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; the eighth driver, David Connolly, was selected via a special fan vote on the K&N website. A purse of $76,000 is available for the eight drivers competing in the Challenge, with the winner earning $50,000; the runner-up will earn $10,000, the two semifinalists $3,000 each, and the four first-round finishers $2,500 apiece. K&N Horsepower Challenge rounds are scheduled for 1 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. PT on March 29th.
Pro qualifying for the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway gets underway Friday at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. PT, continuing Saturday at 1:10 p.m. and 3:50 p.m. PT. Final eliminations begin Sunday at 11 a.m. PT.
Tickets are still available for the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals – Friday admission is $37 (general admission) and $47 (reserved), Saturday passes are $56 (general admission) and $66 (reserved) and Sunday admission is $60 (general admission) and $70 (reserved); junior’s and children’s rates are also available, as are weekend package deals. Find out more about the event lineup and purchase tickets at www.lvms.com/dragstrip.
Check out Paula’s Examiner columns on motorsports:
Follow Paula on:
· Twitter - @paulat14
· Website – paulathompsonfreelance.com
· Flickr – Paula Thompson Freelance
Contact Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org