13th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals
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The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N.
Las Vegas, NV 89115
Elevation: 2,100 feet
Tickets: www.lvms.com; 800-644-4444; 702-644-4444
Radio Frequency: 103.9 FM
As the next-to-last event that will decide the season’s NHRA Mello Yello world championships, plenty is at stake in Las Vegas at this event. Every run will be important because a slip at this point could be worse than snake eyes at the other Strip’s craps tables. The venue is the same as in the spring, but the weather may be different, making for high drama at an event where previous world champions have been crowned.
2012 Recap: Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) nearly clinched the respective championships in their categories with victories while the points battles tightened up in Top Fuel and Funny Car. Antron Brown’s early exit gave Spencer Massey and Tony Schumacher the opportunity to chip into his lead in Top Fuel, but it was Bob Vandergriff Jr. who took the win in the final. In Funny Car, Ron Capps defeated Jack Beckman in a final round that would separate them by four points heading into the final event.
How to Get There: From the Las Vegas Strip and downtown, follow Interstate 15 north to Speedway Boulevard (Exit 54). Follow signs to the main parking area.
Visitor Information: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 702-892-0711; Las Vegas Reservation Systems, 800-397-3342; www.lvms.com