SPECIAL EVENT (LAS VEGAS) - Mindy's Las Vegas Minute
I am also referring to NHRA racing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. On Sunday, the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series' Winner's Circle was filled with Ringers' racers; one in which made the most of his visit to the track. Vegas resident Hot Rod Fuller not only beat out Doug Kalitta in the Top Fuel category for the Wally, but on Saturday night, Fuller, in a very close race with Melanie Troxel, picked up a $100,000 check in the Technicoat Shootout specialty match race.
Fuller and his David Powers Motorsports Caterpillar team pocketed almost $200,000 for their weekend success. Hot Rod also moved into the points lead over Larry Dixon by 52 points.
Tony Pedregon headed into the Vegas race with the Funny Car point lead and walked out of there still with it, but also a Wally in hand. TP picked up his 36th career win, but also denied Ashley Force of her first. Pedregon defeated the daughter Force on a holeshot win, 4.871/318.47 mph to 4.829/298.93 mph.
Before the spring race at The Strip, Greg Anderson had never recorded a Pro Stock win for Vegas car owner Ken Black. Well, he can now say he has given him two and in one season. In finals on Sunday, Anderson chased down fellow championship contender Jeg Coughlin to record 6.731/205.04 mph to Jeggy's 6.771/204.39 mph.
Andrew Hines and his Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson V-Rod team recorded his 13th career victory, as well as held onto the title of defending race champion, in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Hines beat out Chip Ellis 7.073/187.34 mph to 7.144/185.41 mph.
Each winner in each class left the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals as the point leaders in their respective classes. The 16 racers vying for the trophy in the Countdown to One championship head to the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, Calif., this weekend to see who returns home the victors in the 2007 season.
I would like to extend a well deserved "thank you" to Tom Buzze, the South Point Racing NASCAR Craftsman Truck team and the Gaughan family for taking care of everyone affiliated with the Ringers Road Show on our hotel rooms at the beautiful South Point Resort & Casino while we were visiting Las Vegas. I also want to say it was very nice to meet many members on the South Point Racing team, as they were guests of ours throughout the weekend. Their driver, Brendan Gaughan, also had a great finish in the EasyCare 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon in eighth place. Ringers supporting team of Billy Ballew Motorsports fielded the No. 51 truck who won the race with Kyle Busch behind the wheel.
After capturing the provisional pole for the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday, Penske Racing's Kurt Busch led on three different occasions for a total of 77 laps and soldiered through the wild ending laps of the race for an eighth-place finish. His Penske teammate Ryan Newman and his No. 12 Alltel Dodge suffered a blown engine on lap 267 and was forced to the garage for the rest of the day. Busch's finish moved him up to ninth in points in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
All three elite NASCAR series head to the Texas Motor Speedway for their respective races this weekend.
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