Fuller to put Phoenix streak on line in NHRA event

Rod Fuller grew up in Arkansas, lives in Las Vegas and loves Phoenix.

He couldn’t be happier today to be racing in the Phoenix area, where the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series is competing at Firebird International Raceway.

Fuller is the two-time reigning champion of the CSK Nationals at Firebird, and in 2004 he won the Super Gas title at the track. He also was the quickest in Top Fuel testing there last month when his David Powers Motorsports dragster clocked a 4.468-second run at 331.36 mph.

He has won 15 consecutive rounds of eliminations at Firebird.

“To me, Phoenix is the promised land,” he said. “The last three times I’ve raced there we’ve won (titles), so we have a great streak going on.”

Fuller opened the season two weeks ago by qualifying 10th in Pomona, Calif., and advancing to the quarterfinals, where he lost to Larry Dixon.

Professional racing at Firebird begins today and culminates with Sunday’s championship eliminations.

• NASCAR — A charity Track Walk to benefit Boys Town Nevada, the Las Vegas chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities and the Kyle Busch Foundation will be at 8 a.m. March 2 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Busch, a Las Vegas native and Cup driver, will lead a jaunt around the 1.5-mile speedway oval the morning of the Sprint Cup race to raise money for the nonprofit organizations. Boys Town provides support for abandoned, abused and neglected children in Southern Nevada.

The fee is $30 for adults registering online at nascar.com/foundation or $35 during race weekend at the speedway.

Children under 14 can participate free with a paying adult. Each participant must have a race-day ticket.

Walkers are encouraged to solicit pledges, and any individual raising more than $150 through online registration is eligible for prizes. …

The official starting time for the UAW-Dodge 400 Cup race at LVMS is 1:30 p.m. March 2. The Sam’s Town 300 in the Nationwide Series will start at 1:30 p.m. March 1. …

Mark Martin will make his 700th start in NASCAR Cup races Sunday at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

• MOTORCYCLES — Kevin Windham of Centerville, Miss., stopped the three-race win streak of AMA Supercross points leader Chad Reed on Saturday in Houston. The series will race Saturday in Atlanta.

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