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NHRA divisional event kicks off today at LVMS

A motor sports tripleheader in Southern Nevada starts today with an NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with nearly 500 teams expected to compete in the three-day event.

Competition includes Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars, and among the hottest entrants is Alexis DeJoria.

DeJoria, who earned her Nitro Funny Car license late last year at Las Vegas, will continue to drive her Top Alcohol Funny Car until moving up to the pro category this fall.

She drove her Stealth Motorsports methanol-fueled Funny Car to NHRA records two weeks ago in Gainesville, Fla., with a time of 5.446 seconds and top speed of 267.91 mph, although Frank Manzo reset both marks later in the event.

DeJoria, whose father, John Paul DeJoria, is a part-time Las Vegas resident, is seeking her first national event title and will get that chance in the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at LVMS from April 1 to 3.

Qualifying for the divisional race begins at 8 a.m. today.

■ NHRA AUTOGRAPHS — Next week’s NHRA national event at LVMS kicks off Thursday with a free autograph session at New York-New York from 6 to 8 p.m. Drivers scheduled to attend: Greg Anderson, Jack Beckman, Brandon Bernstein, Kenny Bernstein, Bob Bode, Antron Brown, Ron Capps, Larry Dixon, Johnny Gray, Matt Hagan, Robert Hight, Allen Johnson, Shawn Langdon, Jason Line, Morgan Lucas, Spencer Massey, Terry McMillen, Clay Millican, Larry Morgan, Brad Personett, Tony Schumacher, Bob Tasca, Melanie Troxel, Tim Wilkerson and Del Worsham.

Visit LVMS.com or NHRA.com for more information.

■ MONSTER JAM — Dennis Anderson caps one of the best seasons ever in monster trucks in the Monster Jam World Finals tonight and Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Anderson, driving his Grave Digger truck, has a record of 24-2 racing heads-up against the elite field of 24 teams he’ll face at Sam Boyd. His overall record this year is 34-2.

The event begins at noon each day with about 50 monster trucks on display, driver autograph sessions and various activities during Party in the Pits. Visit MonsterJam.com for more information.

■ MINT 400 — The Mint 400 desert racing event begins today with all competing vehicles going through technical inspection from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on East Fremont Street.

The race starts at 7 a.m. Saturday near the Moapa Travel Plaza, located at Exit 75 off Interstate 15 about 25 minutes north of Las Vegas.

More than 200 teams have entered the Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts race, which consists of four laps on a 100-mile course. Roger Norman is the reigning overall champion. Visit SNOREracing.net for more information.

Contact reporter Jeff Wolf at jwolf@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0247.

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