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Free mammograms for female fans at NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip


Alexis DeJoria and her team will be providing free mammograms this weekend.
Photo Credit: Toyotaracing.com


Funny Car racer Alexis DeJoria will arrive in Las Vegas for the NHRA Toyota Nationals, October 31-Nov 2, having won three races this season, but her biggest 2014 victory might come from off the race track, in the race to help defeat breast cancer.

Based on the tremendous success of last year’s inaugural Free Mammograms for the Fans program presented by Alexis DeJoria Racing, the team has expanded its partnership with the Nevada Health Centers (NVHC), to offer Free mammograms to female race fans attending the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway later this month.

"The Free Mammograms for the Fans program was a great success last year. We received such an overwhelming response that there was no question that we would of course bring it back this year," said DeJoria, driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Patrón XO Cafe Toyota Camry Funny Car, referring to the seemingly endless stream of women who opted to take advantage of the gratis screenings at the 2013 NHRA Toyota Nationals.

In order to accommodate an even larger group of women this year, a new element has been added to the program - Pink Passes. The Pink Passes, which are essentially 'rain check vouchers' to accommodate overflow participants, will allow race fans to take advantage of the free screening program, but at a later date. Any woman, who does not get a mammogram during the race weekend, may obtain a Pink Pass from the "mammovan" while at the track. The Passes will be valid until March 31, 2015, with the "mammovan" able to make screening pit stops anywhere in the greater Las Vegas area.

"I'm very proud of this program. We really weren’t sure what to expect when we launched it last year. Nothing like this had ever really been done before, and we were blown away by the response. It inspired a lot of women to come out and take advantage, even women that weren't originally planning on going to the race; they heard about what we were doing and decided to buy a race ticket. It was like they were getting a two-for-one: a day at the races, and a free mammogram," she said, adding, "Early detection is key. We're giving women a chance to get screened without having to take time out of their work day, or make an appointment with their doctor, and it's absolutely free - this is the perfect opportunity to have this important test performed."


NVHC’s "mammovan," a mobile mammography unit housed within a semi-truck, will join the throngs of big rig race haulers and set up camp for the race weekend in the nitro-fuel pits of the Speedway, sitting adjacent to the Kalitta Motorsports pit areas. As with any NHRA Mello Yello Series event, every ticket is a pit pass, making the "mammovan" easily accessible to all fans in attendance.

Women over the age of 40, regardless of their health insurance status, are encouraged to stop into the "mammovan" at any point throughout the weekend and take advantage of the free screenings. According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, lack of health insurance is one of the main reasons women go without getting a mammogram. The "mammovan" will open at 9AM and close at approximately 6PM Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, possibly extending its evening hours depending on race delays.

Like many of her peers, DeJoria’s Patrón XO Cafe Toyota Camry will be decked out in special pink decals and graphics, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. "Supporting the cause by running a pink car, wearing pink or selling specialty pink items is great," said DeJoria, "but we wanted to do something even more productive, and something that would be a direct benefit to our fan base, which is why we developed this program last year. We're in a position where we are able to give back and NHRA has provided a great platform to showcase this cause. As one of the few females in the sport, it was a no brainer to lead the charge in the fight against this horrible epidemic."

Those wishing to get screened at the race do not need an appointment or a referral. Although health insurance is not a requirement' those who are insured should bring their insurance information to the race. Test results will be sent via mail approximately ten days following the event.

The Free Mammograms for the Fans program is made possible thanks to generous donations from Alexis DeJoria, Kalitta Motorsports, the Patrón Spirits Company, and a partnership with Nevada Health Centers.

Article Credit: NHRA.com




Doss dominates Open Comp at The Bullring


Jeremy Doss wins the super late model feature Saturday night.
Photo Credit: Jeff Speer


Jeremy Doss atoned for a mistake during qualifying by running away with Saturday night's Open Comp 150 during the second night of the annual Fall Classic at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Although Doss had one of the fastest NASCAR Super Late Models all weekend, he qualified a disappointing 14th out of 39 cars on Friday and had to race his way into the 26-car Open Comp because only the top eight qualifiers were guaranteed a spot in the field.

Doss, a 17-year-old from Upper Lake, Calif., won his heat race on Friday and started the $10,000-to-win Open Comp from the 10th position. It took him all of four laps to get to the front of the field, a position he held for the remainder of the race.

"The crew just had it perfect all weekend," Doss said of his car. "We unloaded good and we were fastest all weekend. We kind of blew qualifying because the car was dragging the ground. I ended up 14th and (had to run) the heat and I was able to get the lead in that.








National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Free Mammograms For The Fans. Credit: Alexis DeJoria


Back by popular demand...

Our 2nd annual "Free Mammograms for the Fans" program at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway!

Any woman over the age of 40 is encouraged to stop by the mammovan for a FREE screening.

Health insurance NOT required.

For more information, please visit: alexisdejoria.com.


For ticket information on NHRA Toyota Nationals, please visit LVMS www.LVMS.com.




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Doss dominates Open Comp at The Bullring


Matt Johnson (17) was clipped from behind and gets caught up on the hood of Dennis Rock Jr. (61)
Photo Credit: Jeff Speer


"In this race, everything just worked out and we got in the right places. I just can't thank my crew enough for a perfect race car. This thing ran lap after lap consistent and perfect. I've got to thank Tom and Brenda Gabel for giving me the opportunity to drive their car."

Doss' performance was nothing short of dominant. In addition to leading 147 laps, he built up a lead of nearly three seconds in the first half of the race, before a competition caution came out for a halfway break. In the second half of the race, Doss built up a lead of more than half a straightaway before posting a 5.193-second win over Linny White. Jonathon Gomez was third and Charley Price and Dylan Lupton rounded out the top five.

Local drivers Dylan Kwasniewski, Jay Beasley and Scott Gafforini, considered by some to be among the pre-race favorites to win the Open Comp, suffered a variety of problems and were not running at the end of the race. Beasley, Friday's fastest qualifier, bowed out after he was spun on the third lap of the race. Gafforini, a six-time winner at The Bullring this season and a five-time track champion, dropped out with a mechanical issue after 17 laps and Kwasniewski, who returned to The Bullring during a break in the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, exited the race after 72 laps after being beset with mechanical problems all weekend.

Matt Johnson of Ontario, Calif., walked away from a nasty crash on the third lap of the Open Comp when his car was clipped from behind, flipped and landed on its roof. The race was red-flagged for close to 15 minutes while track safety workers turned his car back over and cleaned up the resulting mess, but Johnson was not injured in the incident.

Ryan Partridge of Burbank, Calif., led all but 10 laps of the 100-lap Late Model feature and held off fellow Californians Luis Martinez of Baldwin Park and Toni McCray of Highland for the victory.

Mason Newhouse, 15, grabbed the lead on lap 41 and held on to win the 50-lap Pro Truck/Southwest Tour Truck Series North-South Shootout. Daniel Shirley was second and Kevan Larson finished third.

Phil Goodwin of Henderson, a five-time track champion, won the 50-lap NASCAR Super Stock main event; Shawn Buckley won the 30-lap USAC HPD Midget Series feature; Michael Greve of Las Vegas won the 50-lap NASCAR Bombers main event; and Las Vegan Kyle Jacks captured the 20-lap Bandolero feature.

NEXT RACE - Nov. 22: West Coast Short-Track Championships: SRL Spears Southwest Tour Series championship, SRL S2 Late Models championship, Lucas Oil Modifieds championship, SRL Legends championship, USAC HPD Midget Series championship. The Bullring continues to be one of the best entertainment values in the Las Vegas Valley with affordable ticket prices and family-friendly concession prices including $1 hot dogs, $1 Coca-Cola products and $2 Budweiser beer.

For more information on all events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, please visit www.LVMS.com.

Results from Saturday night's Fall Classic featuring the Open Comp 150 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

150-lap Super Late Model Open Comp 150: 1. Jeremy Doss, 2. Linny White, 3. Jonathon Gomez, 4. Charley Price, 5. Dylan Lupton, 6. Steve Anderson, 7. Barry Karr, 8. Toni McCray, 9. Mark Shackleford, 10. Dennis Rock Jr., 11. Darrell Midgley, 12. Stan Mullis, 13. Trevor Emond, 14. Dustin Ash, 15. David Anderson, 16. Dylan Kwasniewski, 17. Trevor Christiani, 18. Romain Thievin, 19. Hannah Newhouse, 20. Scott Gafforini, 21. Jim Wulfenstein, 22. Juan Garcia, 23. Jay Beasley, 24. Chris Clyne, 25. Matt Johnson, 26. Warren Knipper.

First 20-lap Super Late Model B-main: 1. David Anderson, 2. Barry Karr, 3. Trevor Christiani, 4. Mike Haslam, 5. Chris Trickle, 6. Fabian Bray, 7. Warren Knipper, 8. Chad Stutzman, 9. Andre Prescott.

Second 20-lap Super Late Model B-main: 1. Dylan Kwasniewski, 2. Mark Shackleford, 3. Darrell Midgley, 4. Dexter Bean, 5. Ian Admiraal, 6. Vanessa Robinson, 7. Brandon Carlson.

50-lap Pro Truck/Southwest Tour Truck feature: 1. Mason Newhouse, 2. Daniel Shirley, 3. Kevan Larson, 4. Jeff Hillock, 5. John Wong, 6. Ed Cutler, 7. Zack Green, 8. Tanner Wong, 9. Shawn Rizzone, 10. Eric Darinsberg, 11. Alan Larson, 12. Cole Reeder, 13. Sam Harris, 14. Johnny Pierre, 15. Drew Reitsma, 16. Allen Rizzone, 17. Kendall Woll, 18. Jay McDonald, 19. James West, 20. Ronnie Davis Jr.

100-lap NASCAR Late Model feature: 1. Ryan Partridge, 2. Luis Martinez, 3. Toni McCray, 4. Kevin James, 5. Donna Gunther, 6. John Taylor, 7. Dylan Lupton, 8. Eric Richardson, 9. Noah Gragson, 10. Darrell Midgley, 11. Bob Williams, 12. Brock Denney, 13. Chad Cowan, 14. Eric Martin, 15. Loren Jessen, 16. Logan Jewell, 17. Wayne Jacks, 18. Mike McKearn, 19. Jacob Bishop, 20. Zane Smith, 21. Robert Kiemele.

30-lap USAC HPD Midget Series feature: 1. Shawn Buckley, 2. Jeff Kelley, 3. Christine Breckenridge, 4. Toni Breidinger, 5. Cody Jessop, 6. Michael Fanelli, 7. Annie Breidinger, 8. Dezel West, 9. Joel Rayborne.

50-lap NASCAR Super Stock feature: 1. Phil Goodwin, 2. Fred Kiser, 3. Matt Cunningham, 4. John Spilotro, 5. Ryan Vargas, 6. Richard Lavalle, 7. Robert Smotherman, 8. Steve Smith, 9. Jeff Johnson, 10. Robert Negrete Jr., 11. Scott Larson.

50-lap NASCAR Bomber "Break-out" feature: 1. Michael Greve, 2. Kirk Hance, 3. Jeremy Stetzer, 4. Jason Merlino, 5. Rich Ham, 6. Adam Simon, 7. Wade Pearson, 8. Marty Deluca, 9. Sam Jacks, 10. Pete Meyer, 11. Jason Sullins, 12. Steve Danko, 13. Justin Griffiths, 14. Anthony Riegert, 15. Aaron McMorran, 16. Christina Perrone, 17. Jennifer Garcia.

20-lap Bandolero combined feature: 1. Kyle Jacks, 2. Dezel West, 3. Mason Sargent, 4. Ethan DeGuevara, 5. Aiden Green, 6. Tyler Emond, 7. RJ Smotherman, 8. Brodey Warren, 9. Kyle Keller, 10. Haeden Plybong.




Friday: Fall Classic Open Comp 150


Zack Green poses in Victory Lane after winning the 50-lap Pro Truck series feature.
Credit: Jeff Speer


Jay Beasley made a triumphant return to Las Vegas on Friday, setting the quickest time in qualifying for Saturday's $10,000-to-win Open Comp 150 Super Late Model feature during the first day of the Fall Classic at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Reigning track champion Scott Gafforini had the 13th-quickest time but won his heat race and advanced to Saturday's main event. The top three from each of Friday's four heats qualified for Saturday's 150-lap feature, along with the top eight qualifiers and the top four finishers from Saturday's B-main.

While Beasley and Gafforini used their local knowledge to their advantage, the night wasn't so kind to Dylan Kwasniewski, a NASCAR Nationwide Series driver who is returning to The Bullring during a break in the schedule, and Chris Trickle, the most recent Super Late Model winner at the 3/8-mile paved oval.

Kwasniewski qualified 16th out of 39 cars and then suffered a mechanical issue that knocked him out of his heat race on the second lap. The 14-year-old Trickle, who picked up his first Super Late Model win in only his third start in the division on Oct. 4, qualified 23rd and was knocked out of his heat race on the third lap after another car made contact with his car a lap earlier.

Jeremy Doss, Kelly Admiraal and Las Vegan Dustin Ash also won Super Late Model heat races. Ryan Partridge was the top qualifier in Late Models while Eric Martin and Darrell Midgley won the heat races.

In Friday night's two main events, Zack Green held off Daniel Shirley to win the 50-lap Pro Truck/Southwest Tour Truck Series feature and Shawn Buckley nipped Toni Breidinger to win the 30-lap USAC HPD Midget Series feature.

The Fall Classic featuring the Open Comp 150 resumes Saturday with racing in seven classes, including a 100-lap race for NASCAR Late Models and the 150-lap Open Comp for Super Late Models - a race Beasley won last year. Spectator gates open at 4 p.m., heat races begin at 4:15 and the feature events begin at 6.

NEXT RACE - Saturday: The Fall Classic featuring the Open Comp 150: NASCAR Super Late Models, Late Models, Super Stocks, Bombers, USLCI Bandoleros, USAC HPD Midgets, Pro Truck/Southwest Tour Truck Series. The Bullring continues to be one of the best entertainment values in the Las Vegas Valley with affordable ticket prices and family-friendly concession prices including $1 hot dogs, $1 Coca-Cola products and $2 Budweiser beer.

For more information on all events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, please visit www.LVMS.com and follow LVMS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Results from Friday night's Fall Classic featuring the Open Comp 150 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

50-lap Pro Truck/Southwest Tour Truck Series feature:
1. Zack Green, 2. Daniel Shirley, 3. Johnny Pierre, 4. Mason Newhouse, 5. Allen Rizzone, 6. Jeff Hillock, 7. Kendell Woll, 8. Shawn Rizzone, 9. Ed Cutler, 10. John Wong, 11. Alan Larsen, 12. Sam Harris, 13. Tanner Wong, 14. Eric Darinsburg, 15. Cole Reeder, 16. Kevan Larson, 17. Drew Reitsma, 18. Neil Conrad, 19. Ronnie Davis Jr., 20. James West, 21. Jay McDonald.

30-lap USAC HPD Midget Series feature: 1. Shawn Buckley, 2. Toni Breidinger, 3. Christine Breckenridge, 4. Jeff Kelley, 5. Michael Fanelli, 6. Cody Jessop, 7. Annie Breidinger, 8. Dezel West, 9. Joel Rayborne.

USAC HPD Midget Series heat #1 (8 laps): 1. Jeff Kelley, 2. Shawn Buckley, 3. Christine Breckenridge, 4. Joel Rayborne, 5. Annie Breidinger.

USAC HPD Midget Series heat #2 (8 laps): 1. Cody Jessop, 2. Toni Breidinger, 3. Michael Fanelli, 4. Dezel West.

NASCAR Super Stock heat (15 laps): 1. Steve Smith, 2. Robert Smotherman, 3. Richard Lavalle, 4. John Spilotro, 5. Robert Negrete Jr., 6. Jeff Johnson.

NASCAR Late Model heat #1 (15 laps): 1. Eric Martin, 2. Jacob Bishop, 3. Loren Jessen, 4. Kevin James, 5. Donna Gunther, 6. Wayne Jacks, 7. Mike McKearn.

NASCAR Late Model heat #2 (15 laps): 1. Darrell Midgley, 2. Logan Jewell, 3. Bob Williams, 4. Robert Kiemele.

Pro Truck/Southwest Tour Truck heat #1 (8 laps): 1. Drew Reitsma, 2. Mason Newhouse, 3. Ed Cutler, 4. Ronnie Davis Jr., 5. Jeff Hillock.

Pro Truck/Southwest Tour Truck heat #2 (8 laps): 1. Daniel Shirley, 2. Tanner Wong, 3. Johnny Pierre, 4. John Wong, 5. Sam Harris, 6. Kevan Larsen, 7. Shawn Rizzone.

Pro Truck/Southwest Tour Truck heat #3 (8 laps): 1. Alan Larson, 2. Cole Reeder, 3. Allen Rizzone, 4. Kendell Woll, 5. Neil Conrad, 6. Eric Darinsburg, 7. Jay McDonald.

NASCAR Super Late Model heat #1 (15 laps): 1. Scott Gafforini, 2. Trevor Emond, 3. Dennis Rock Jr., 4. David Anderson, 5. Barry Karr, 6. Fabian Bray, 7. Chad Stutzman, 8. Andre Prescott.

NASCAR Super Late Model heat #2 (15 laps): 1. Jeremy Doss, 2. Stan Mullis, 3. Steve Anderson, 4. Dexter Bean, 5. Brandon Carlson, 6. Darrell Midgley, 7. Devon Ostheimer, 8. Mark Shackleford.

NASCAR Super Late Model heat #3 (15 laps): 1. Kelly Admiraal, 2. Juan Garcia, 3. Matt Johnson, 4. Trevor Christiani, 5. Mike Haslam, 6. Mitch Kleyn, 7. Warren Knipper, 8. Chris Trickle.

NASCAR Super Late Model heat #4 (15 laps): 1. Dustin Ash, 2. Toni McCray, 3. Hannah Newhouse, 4. Ian Admiraal, 5. Vanessa Robinson, 6. Junior Roddy, 7. Dylan Kwasniewski.






2014 Duel in the Desert Coming November 12-15


Credit: Las Vegas Motor Speedway


Registration and ticket sales for the 17th annual Duel in the Desert, to be held Nov. 12-15 at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will begin on September 2, 2014.

For more information and rules, please visit www.imca.com.

Registration forms and additional information will be sent out in August.

Forms are be available online at www.lvms.com.

For more information and forms, please visit LVMS online at www.LVMS.com.




Free NHRA fanfest, autograph session to kick off NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip


Drivers sign autographs during the NHRA fanfest at the Fremont Street Experience.
Photo Credit: Chris Williams


NHRA will host a free fanfest and driver autograph session on the Third Street Stage at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 to kick off the 14th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Music, games, and ticket giveaways will begin at 5 p.m. and the driver autograph session will run from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Among the 30 drivers scheduled to participate are Erica Enders-Stevens, Jason Line, Del Worsham, Shawn Langdon, Greg Anderson, Leah Pritchett, V Gaines, Dave Connolly, Hector Arana Jr. and J.R. Todd.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway will have a ticket booth set up near the Third Street Stage for fans wishing to buy tickets for the NHRA Toyota Nationals. The event will conclude with an NHRA light show on the Fremont Street Experience canopy.

The 14th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals will begin Friday with pro qualifying sessions at 1 and 4 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will be at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and final eliminations are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.

For tickets and additional information, please call LVMS at (702) 644-4444 or visit www.LVMS.com. Be sure to follow Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

2014 NHRA Toyota Nationals Weekend Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 30


7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open
8 a.m. - Sportsman qualifying
2 p.m. & 5 p.m. - Comp Eliminator qualifying
5 p.m.-7 p.m. - NHRA fanfest at Fremont Street Experience

Friday, Oct. 31

7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open
8 a.m. - Sportsman eliminations
11:30 a.m. - Top Alcohol qualifying session
12:30 p.m. - Pro Mod qualifying session
1 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying session (PSM-PSC)
1:30 p.m. - Nitro qualifying session (FC-TF)
2:30 p.m. - Comp Eliminator qualifying session
3:15 p.m. - Pro Mod qualifying session
4 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying session (PSM-PSC)
4:30 p.m. - Nitro qualifying session (FC-TF)
5:45 p.m. - Jet Dragsters

Saturday, Nov. 1

7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open
8 .m. - Sportsman eliminations
10:45 a.m. - Comp Eliminator - Round 1
11:15 a.m. - Top Alcohol qualifying session
12:30 p.m. - Pro Mod qualifying session
1 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying session (PSM-PSC)
1:30 p.m. - Nitro qualifying session (TF-FC)
2:30 p.m. - Top Alcohol qualifying session
3:30 p.m. - Pro Mod eliminations - Round 1
4 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying session (PSM-PSC)
4:30 p.m. - Nitro qualifying session (FC-TF)
5:45 p.m. - Jet Dragsters

Sunday, Nov. 2

7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open
8:30 a.m. - Sportsman eliminations
9 a.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Round 1
10:15 a.m. - Pre-race ceremonies
11 a.m. - Nitro eliminations - Round 1
Noon - Pro Stock eliminations - Round 1
12:15 p.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Round 2
12:45 p.m. - Pro Mod eliminations - Round 2
1 p.m. - Nitro eliminations - Round 2
1:30 p.m. - Pro Stock eliminations - Round 2
1:45 p.m. - Sportsman eliminations - Semi-Finals
2:15 p.m. - Pro Mod eliminations - Semi-Finals
2:25 p.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Semi-Finals
2:30 p.m. - Nitro eliminations - Semi-Finals
2:45 p.m. - Pro Stock eliminations - Semi-Finals
3 p.m. - Sportsman eliminations - Finals
3:40 p.m. - Pro Mod eliminations - Finals
3:45 p.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Finals
3:50 p.m. - Pro Stock eliminations - Finals
3:55 p.m. - Nitro eliminations - Finals




Pritchett looking forward to 'homecoming' in NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip


Photo Credit: Jeff Speer


Leah Pritchett has raced the quarter-mile at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway countless times in her drag-racing career, but none will be more special than her first pass on Friday in the NHRA Toyota Nationals.

Although she has won Junior Dragster, Nostalgia Funny Car and ProMod titles in Las Vegas, Pritchett will pilot the Gumout/Dote Racing Top Fuel Dragster for the first time at The Strip in a national event.

"(The Strip) has been my secondary home track after Pomona since it was closer to my home in Redlands," Pritchett, a 26-year-old Southern California native, said. "I think I have raced at LVMS some 18 years going back to my first year in Junior Dragsters at age eight. So this race is exciting for me since it's my first race at Las Vegas in the highest class - the Top Fuel Dragsters.

"I have raced and won in nearly every class I have raced at Las Vegas, dating back to Junior Dragsters. But I won the NHRA national event in ProMod at Las Vegas in 2011. Winning the 'Wally' (trophy) was a big deal and very thrilling. I won in Nostalgia Funny Car in Las Vegas, too. And I won the world championship in Nostalgia Funny Car, so that win was important. Las Vegas has been a very good track for me and I hope I have been good to it, too. It doesn't hurt that my NHRA number is 777; I hope that brings good luck to me there, too."

Although she has yet to run her Gumout Dragster at The Strip in an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event, Pritchett was able to test here in February. She said she hopes that the information her team gained in that test will pay dividends this weekend in the NHRA Toyota Nationals.

"Our test session in February was excellent for us with the new Gumout livery and the Dote Racing team," she said. "It was right before the Pomona season opener and it was a strong start for us to get all of our equipment ready. The conditions were good back then and we learned a lot, so we can use that data coming into the Las Vegas race this week. We didn't run the first Las Vegas race this year but the things we discovered at the test can translate over to this event."

Pritchett has raced in 15 national events this season and scored two round wins - at Houston in April and at Charlotte last month. She said she believes her experience at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will help her this weekend.

"I don't know if the track surface has changed that much over the years," Pritchett said of The Strip. "But there is a characteristic with the Las Vegas track and you have to be careful as a driver. The strong cross winds at the top end of the track can move you around. The grandstands are big and beautiful but the wind really kicks up when you are past the stands. I haven't experienced that wind in a race in a Top Fueler but I have in other cars and I know what to expect at the far end of the track.

"It's a world-class facility and the views of the mountain and the desert are spectacular. It's fun to take that all in at the track. It's great to have the uphill shutoff area too. I think the cooler track conditions will be good for our car, too, so I'm very excited to get back to LVMS."

Pritchett will be among 24 drivers taking part in an NHRA fanfest on the Third Street Stage at the Fremont Street Experience on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. An autograph session with the drivers will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 and there will be ticket giveaways from 5 to 5:30.

The 14th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals will begin Friday with pro qualifying sessions at 1 and 4 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will be at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and final eliminations are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.

For tickets and additional information, please call LVMS at (702) 644-4444 or visit www.LVMS.com. Be sure to follow Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.




The NHRA Returns to The Strip For The Toyota Nationals



Photo Credit: LVMS

The biggest names in drag racing will be in Las Vegas from October 30 to November 2 for the 14th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at LVMS and tickets are on sale now. NHRA World Championships in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle could be decided during the event, which is the 23rd race of the 24-event NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
For more information and tickets, please visit LVMS online at www.lvms.com/tickets.





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