Big O Tires NHRA Nationals

Thursday, October 27, 2011

11th annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals
Oct. 27-30

The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N.
Las Vegas, NV 89115
Elevation: 2,100 feet
Tickets:; 800-644-4444; 702-644-4444
Radio Frequency: 103.9 FM

As the next-to-last event that will decide the season’s NHRA Full Throttle 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. The event also marks the season conclusion for the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

2010 recap: Championship-crucial wins by Tony Schumacher, John Force, Greg Anderson, and LE Tonglet capped a day of high drama at the second-to-last event of the 2010 season. Funny Car leader Matt Hagan and second-place Force faced off in the final, which Force won to cut Hagan’s lead entering the season finale. Anderson’s victory all but clinched the Pro Stock title, and Tonglet cut Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Andrew Hines’ margin in half. Despite Schumacher’s gutty win, Larry Dixon moved to within a round of clinching his third Top Fuel title.

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;