The Las Vegas NHRA Nationals ended Sunday, but I had to head back to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Monday afternoon for one last nitro fix to hold me over until April.
A few pro teams were testing including John Force, Ashley Force, Bob Tasca, Morgan Lucas and Cruz Pedregon.
Force had used up his allotted testing days as mandated by NHRA this year. The penalty for testing Monday will be loss of any points he earns in a couple weeks in the finale at Pomona, Calif., but he’s locked into the top 10 so that won’t hurt him.
Nice touch, NHRA
Before the final round began on Sunday, NHRA announcer Alan Reinhart stood atop the track’s left guardwall and thanked the capacity crowd for attending.
Alan lives in Tucson and travels the NHRA circuit as one of its premier announcers. He is a lifelong drag racer and when he thanked folks for spending their money and time to be at the track it came from the heart.
A perfect way to close out a perfect weekend.
I’ll wrap up the event Friday in my Review-Journal column.
Pass Time on SPEED
The cool Pass Time game show on SPEED TV where a panel guesses the elapsed times for a variety of race cars will film 10 shows this Tuesday and Wednesday at the LVMS dragstrip.
The shows will be part of its fifth season that begins in January on Digital 329 on Cox in Southern Nevada.
Taping begins at 5 p.m. each day and spectator admission is $10. With the Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show in town some well known drag racers might be attending.
More racing this week
If you think 720 race cars at last weekend’s NHRA national event was a lot, wait until Thursday.
About 900 racers are expected to compete in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional race that runs Thursday-Sunday at LVMS. Top classes are alcohol dragsters and funny cars.