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Let It Ride: Vegas-Bound for Speed Spectacular

April 16, 2009

Not to give short-shrift to our running of Funny Car Fever race next week in Sacramento, but this  is hot off of the proverbial presses: word about the upcoming  exhibition appearance of McCain’s Bomb Squad at next month’s NHRA Heritage Series Race at the Las Vegas Strip; it reads (in part):

Las Vegas Speed Spectacular May 15-17 features nostalgia racing, car show, music

LAS VEGAS – The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will present the second annual Las Vegas Speed Spectacular for the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series on the weekend of May 15-17. The weekend will include nostalgia drag racing, a vintage car show and music.

Headlining the nostalgia drag show will be the world-famous Nanook AA/FA fuel altered, owned by Dave and Linda Hough. Las Vegas drag racer Vince Generalao piloted it to its quickest E.T. ever – 6.13 sec./235.29 mph – last year at Auto Club Dragway in Bakersfield, Calif.

Another feature of this year’s Speed Spectacular at the Strip at Las Vegas brings four vintage nitro funny cars added to the full NHRA Heritage Series Sportsman show.

Nitro funny cars making exhibition runs on Saturday May 16 will be 2008 Speed Spectacular Funny Car Champion Nathan Bugg in the “Lil Nate” Barracuda, Dennis Taylor driving the “Future Flash” Dodge Charger, the “Beach City Chevrolet” topless Corvette driven by Ed Schwarz and “McCain’s Bomb Squad” Plymouth Duster piloted by Mendy Fry.

Legendary rockabilly DJ “Flattop Tom” Jacob of La Habra, Calif., will provide his special blend of music on a 1,000-watt sound system.

Art Kam and the Las Vegas Cruisin’ Association will produce the car show, featuring hot rods and show cars from the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

To purchase tickets or obtain more information, please call the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444 or visit http://www.LVMS.com .

Saturday, May 16
Noon and 4 p.m.: Nitro exhibition runs.

Sunday, May 17
Noon and 4 p.m.: Nitro exhibition runs.
5 p.m.: Event concludes.
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