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Sun, 1 Dec 2002, 06:07 AM

Northup wins $2,500 on Thanksgiving Classic opening night at The Strip
Courtesy of John Bisci, LVMS Public Relations

Vanderlip claims Pro victory



LAS VEGAS -- The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway began its inaugural three-day Wild, Wild West Thanksgiving Classic on Friday, Nov. 29. Rick Northup of Boise, Ida., claimed the $2,500 Super Pro first prize while Matt Vanderlip of Chatsworth, Calif., earned the Pro division victory. A total of 200 entries (199 cars and one bike) ran in the first round. More entries are expected to arrive Saturday and Sunday, when the Super Pro division's first prize jumps to $5,000.

Erik Marsik of Washington, Utah, won the Pro Division Jerry's Nugget Casino Run For The Money. Jamie Ellis of Mapleton, Utah, won the Jerry's Nugget Casino Run For The Money in the Super Pro class.

Racing continues Saturday and Sunday with gates set to open at 7 a.m.

SUPER PRO ($2,500-to-win)
Winner: Rick Northup (Boise, Ida.) '99 Davis dragster  8.922 sec./146.29 mph.
Runner-up: David Chun Jr. (Vancouver, Wash.) '02 Brogie roadster  10.051 sec./139.04
mph.

PRO Winner: Matt Vanderlip (Chatsworth, Calif.) '67 Mustang 15.077 sec./85.82 mph. Runner-up: Don Millard (Bullhead City, Ariz.) '77 Corvette 11.203 sec./115.32 mph.





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