Thanksgiving weekend Las Vegas Bracket Nationals Nov. 26-30

The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will present its annual Thanksgiving Weekend high-stakes bracket race Nov. 26-30. The Las Vegas Bracket Nationals will feature a complete show with winners each day in the Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle classes from Thursday through Sunday of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Super Pro class will race for $7,500 to win on Saturday and Sunday.

The thrilling and extremely popular Ultimate Gambler returns on Sunday morning with its $1,000 entry fee and winner-take-all purse. In the past, purses for the 1/8-mile shootout have paid as much as $67,000 to the final-round winner.

The holiday drag racing extravaganza begins one day earlier this year – on Wednesday, with the Turkey Thaw Thrill Show – featuring Jet Cars, fireworks, Monster Trucks, a Super Quick Shootout and the senior citizens’ “Geezer Gambler.”

Another holiday tradition that draws heavy participation is the Christmas decoration contest, where race teams “deck the halls” with lights, motorized figures – and even a snow-making machine or two.

For entry blanks, rules and information, please contact Mysti Haynes at The Strip at LVMS at (702) 632-8213 or

Tuesday, Nov. 25 Noon-5 p.m. – Pit parking for pre-registered participants. 3-6 p.m. – Early tech inspection.

Wednesday, Nov. 26
8 a.m.-6 p.m. – Pit parking for all participants.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. – Tech inspection.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. – Time trials* (run in sessions by class).
1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Super Quick 16 qualifying.
7-9 p.m. – Turkey Thaw Thrill Show
*Please note: time trials will be held on Wednesday only.

Thursday, Nov. 27-Sunday, Nov. 30 – ¼-mile drags (except Ultimate Gambler)
6 a.m. – Gates and tech inspection opens.
7 a.m. – Run-for-the-Money.
10 a.m. (time approximate) – First round of eliminations.

Entry fees and admission: Super Pro advance entry: $275 (weekend). Pro advance entry: $225 (weekend). Sportsman advance entry: $125 (weekend). Motorcycle advance entry: $125 (weekend). Advance entries must be received by Nov. 21. Weekend entry fees increase by $100 on Nov. 22. One-day entry same as weekend entry. Buy-backs, Run-for-the-Money and Ultimate Gambler entries: cash only, no checks. Weekend crew pass: $80. Weekend kids’ pass (ages 6-12): $25. Kids 5 and under: Free.

Rainout policy: In the event of a rainout, purse will not roll over. If any one day is completed, the event will be considered complete.

Breakage policy: Cars that break prior to a single elimination run will be granted credit toward 2009 event.

Thursday and Friday Super Pro purse: $5,000 to win.
Runner-up: $2,000.
Semi: $600.
¼: $250.
1/8: $100.
1/16: $50.

Saturday and Sunday Super Pro purse: $7,500 to win.
Runner-up: $2,500.
Semi: $750.
¼: $250
1/8: $100.
1/16: $50.

Thursday and Friday Pro purse: $1,500 to win.
Runner-up: $600.
Semi: $150.
¼: $75.
1/8: $25.

Saturday and Sunday Pro purse: $2,000 to win.
Runner-up: $750.
Semi: $200.
¼: $75.
1/8: $25.

Motorcycle and Sportsman purse (each day): $250 to win.
Runner-up: $100.
Semi: $50.

Fifth annual Ultimate Gambler: Sunday morning – 1/8-mile drag race. $1,000 entry fee – winner-take-all.

Run-for-the-Money: Every morning.
Super Pro: $1,000-to-win.
Pro: $500-to-win.
Sportsman: $200-to-win.
Motorcycle: $200-to-win.

Information: (702) 632-8213.