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Fri, 4 Dec 2009, 03:52 PM

The Strip at LVMS Launches 2010 Drag Racing Season with Nitro Blast-off Preseason Test
Courtesy of John Bisci





LAS VEGAS -- Session and PSCA The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will launch its 2010 drag racing season with back-to-back weekends of racing action that will offer excitement for nearly every fan. The Strip at LVMS roars to life on Jan. 29 with the return of the popular Nitro Blast-Off Pre-Season Test Session and the Pacific Street Car Association (www.pscaracing.com).

One week later, the fifth annual Las Vegas Pro Stock Showdown and the inaugural Las Vegas Supreme Sportsman Series will share the bill on Feb. 5-6.

"We are offering our fans and participants back-to-back weeks of some of the greatest drag racing on the planet," said Las Vegas Motor Speedway vice president of racing operations Chris Blair. "There's a great variety of cars that will be competing and fans will once again have the opportunity to see why The Strip at LVMS truly is America's greatest drag strip."

The NHRA Nitro Blast-Off takes place just two weeks before the season-opener at Pomona, Calif., and it affords racers an excellent opportunity to fine-tune their cars in on a perfectly-prepared racing surface as they ready for the 2010 campaign. Along with the best in NHRA Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car and Top Alcohol categories, the event also is hosting the top Pro Street and Outlaw 10.5 heads-up cars as part of the PSCA Record-Breaker. The Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car and Top Alcohol categories will run three rounds of qualifying on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between rounds of qualification and eliminations for PSCA classes.

One week later, the most highly-anticipated event in Sportsman drag racing gets underway with the debut of the Las Vegas Supreme Sportsman Series. Participants in Super Comp, Super Gas, Stock/Super Stock Combo, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will compete in a two-day event that pays each class a possible $19,200 purse - with a possible payout of $12,000 to win, $4,000 to runner-up and $1,000 to each semi-finalist. Along with the Supreme Sportsman Series, the Strip at LVMS also will host the Las Vegas Pro Stock Showdown and a $2,500-to-win Super Po and $1,500-to-win Pro Bracket elimination.

For more information, please call The Strip's office at (702) 632-8213 or visit www.LVMS.com. Follow LVMS on Facebook and Twitter.

NITRO BLAST-OFF AND PSCA RECORD BREAKER 
Thursday, Jan. 28 
Noon-5 p.m. - Pit parking and credential sales for NHRA professional and Top Alcohol teams.

Friday, Jan. 29 
9 a.m. - Parking, credential sales and tech inspection for PSCA and NHRA pro and Top Alcohol teams.
10 a.m. - Exclusive testing for NHRA pro and Top Alcohol teams.
2:30 p.m. - Testing begins for PSCA participants  (two-run punch card for $100).
5 p.m. - Testing concludes for NHRA pro and Top Alcohol teams; final hour of testing for PSCA
(concludes at 6 p.m.).
6 p.m. - Credential sales begin for Midnight Mayhem Presented By MetroPCS.
7 p.m. - Midnight Mayhem late-night street-legal racing.
11:15 p.m. - Midnight Mayhem staging lanes closed.
Midnight - Midnight Mayhem concludes. 

Saturday, Jan. 30
7 a.m. - Pit parking, credential sales resume for PSCA participants.
7:30 a.m. - Tech inspection begins.
8 a.m. - PSCA time trials and qualifying begin with Bracket 1 and Open Comp.
10 a.m. - First NHRA nitro and Top Alcohol test session; Pro Street and Outlaw qualifying.
12:30 p.m. - Second NHRA nitro and Top Alcohol test session; Pro Street and Outlaw qualifying.
3 p.m. - Third NHRA nitro and Top Alcohol test session; Pro Street and Outlaw qualifying.
5 p.m. - NHRA nitro and Top Alcohol "clean-up run."
6 p.m. - Final Bracket 1 and Open Comp session.
7 p.m. - Track closed.

Sunday, Jan. 31
7 a.m. - Credential sales open.
7:15 a.m. - RFC chapel service.
8 a.m. - PSCA eliminations begin with Bracket 1 and Open Comp.
10 a.m. - First NHRA nitro test session; First round of PSCA Pro Street and Outlaw eliminations;
First Top Alcohol test session.
12:30 p.m. - Second NHRA nitro test session; Second round of PSCA Pro Street and Outlaw
eliminations; Top Alcohol test session.
3 p.m. - Third round of PSCA Pro Street and Outlaw eliminations; third NHRA nitro test session; Top
Alcohol test session.
4:30 p.m. - Fourth round of PSCA Pro Street and Outlaw eliminations; Semi-finals and finals for all
PSCA classes.
5:45 p.m. - PSCA Pro Street and Outlaw finals.
6 p.m. - Track closed. 

Pro Stock Showdown and Las Vegas Supreme Sportsman Series Shootout
Wednesday, Feb. 3
Noon-5 p.m. - Credential sales, pit parking for NHRA Pro Stock and Supreme Sportsman Series teams.

Thursday, Feb. 4 - Pro Stock and Sportsman Test 'n' Tune
9 a.m. - Credential sales and pit parking.
9:30 a.m. - Tech inspection begins in staging lanes.
10 a.m. - First NHRA Pro Stock test run.
10:30 a.m. - Sportsman Test 'n' Tune ($75 for three-run punch card). Run order: Stock/Super Stock
Combo, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Brackets.
Noon - Second NHRA Pro Stock test run.
1:30 p.m. - Third NHRA Pro Stock test run.
3 p.m. - Fourth NHRA Pro Stock test run.
4 p.m. - Fifth NHRA Pro Stock test run.
4:30 p.m. - Sportsman testing "clean-up."
5:30 p.m. - Track closed.

Friday, Feb.5 - Qualifying for Pro Stock Showdown and Supreme Sportsman Series 
7 a.m. - Credential sales and pit parking open.
8 a.m. - First round of time trials for: Pro Bracket, Super Pro, Stock/Super Stock Combo, Super
Comp, Super Gas, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster.
10 a.m. - First Pro Stock qualifying session; continue time trial/qualifying rotations for Supreme
Sportsman classes.
Noon - Second Pro Stock qualifying session.
2 p.m. - Third Pro Stock qualifying session.
4 p.m. - Final Pro Stock qualifying session; conclude third round of qualifying for Supreme
Sportsman Series.
5:30 p.m. - Track closed. 

Saturday, Feb. 6 - Pro Stock Showdown and Supreme Sportsman Series eliminations
7 a.m. - Credential sales and pit parking.
8 a.m. - Run-for-the-Money (and more) - open to all cars running .5 full tree; Run-for-the-Money
(and more) - open to all cars running .4 pro tree.

10 a.m. - First round of Pro Stock Showdown (16 cars); followed by first round of Pro Bracket,
Super Pro Bracket, Stock/Super Stock Combo, Super Gas, 

Noon - Second round of Pro Stock Showdown (8 cars); followed by second round of Top Sportsman, Top
Dragster (continue Sportsman eliminations).

2 p.m. - Third round of Pro Stock Showdown (4 cars).
4 p.m. - Pro Stock Showdown finals.
5:45 p.m. - All Supreme Sportsman Series finals. 
 
Monday, Feb. 8 - Preseason Testing
9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Preseason testing.

Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Preseason Testing
9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Preseason testing.

Supreme Sportsman Series participant event details: Participants in Super Comp, Super Gas,
Stock/Super Stock Combo, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will compete for a possible $19,200 purse
based on 64 entries (purse will be pro-rated for each car less than 64).  Super Comp and Super Gas
will be contested as "all-run" fields.  Stock/Super Stock Combo will be contested as a 128-car
qualified field.  Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will be contested as a 64-car laddered field.

Entry fee will be $300 (car and driver).  Driver is eligible to enter one car in multiple
categories.

$19,200 purse is based on 64 entries at $300 each.  Purse is pro-rated at $300 per car for each car
under the 64-car minimum.

Payout for Super Comp, Super Gas, Stock/Super Stock Combo, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster (if
meeting the 64-car minimum) is as follows:
Winner: $12,000.
Runner-up: $4,000.
Semi-finalist: $1,000.
Quarterfinals: $300.

The event also will host a $2,500-to-win Super Pro bracket race ($100 to enter) and a $1,500-to-win
Pro (non-electronic) bracket race ($75 to enter).





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