Bowling and Autographs: April 2 is a Busy Day for NHRA Drag Race Stars in Las Vegas

Thursday, April 2, will be a busy day for the stars of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series in Las Vegas. The drivers will be in town for the 10th annual NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and will participate in a number of festivities to promote the event.

Many of the world’s fastest drivers will participate in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships at the Cashman Center on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

One of the oldest major competitions in U.S. history, the USBC Open Championships brings together the best bowlers from around the world to compete in a five-month tournament. During that time the USBC ( identifies and rewards the most elite keglers in a variety of classifications and different competitions.

Three five-man NHRA teams comprised of Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car and Pro Stock drivers will compete in the team event as special guests of the USBC.

The three NHRA teams include the NHRA Floppers, NHRA Eliminators and NHRA Holeshots. Several of the participating drivers are avid bowlers with competitive averages and high single-game bests, including Robert Hight, who drives the Auto Club Ford Mustang for John Force Racing. He lists his single-game high at 279. Fellow Funny Car star Del Worsham, driver of the Al-Anabi Racing Toyota Solara, also is addicted to bowling. He had a pair of bowling lanes installed in his home and lists a 234 as his career best for a single game. Pro Stock’s Allen Johnson was the Tennessee Junior State Champion in 1974.

The NHRA Floppers team will consist of Robert Hight, Del Worsham, Jeff Arend, Jack Beckman and Matt Hagan.

“I used to bowl on a junior league when I was a kid,” said Robert Hight. “We lived across the street from a bowling center. I bowled in high school and right up to when I went racing.” They are fun to watch and having Danny point out what is going on, which helps me understand what kind of focus it takes to win.”

The NHRA Eliminators team is comprised of Morgan Lucas, Shawn Langdon, Spencer Massey, Rod Fuller and Chuck Worsham.

Tom Hammonds, Allen Johnson, Greg Anderson, Jason Line and Pro Stock crewman Jason Gray will make up the NHRA Holeshot quintet.

On Thursday evening, the drivers will participate in a free NHRA autograph session in the Key West Room of The Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, from 6-8 p.m. Drag racing fans are invited to obtain autographs and take photos with their favorite drivers.

Some of the many drivers scheduled to appear include: Tony Schumacher, Jeg Coughlin Jr., Cruz Pedregon, Ron Capps, Jack Beckman, Morgan Lucas, Shawn Langdon, Urs Erbacher, Matt Hagan, Jeff Arend, Johnny Gray, Kenny Koretsky and Bob Bode.

Twice each year, the NHRA delivers the biggest names in professional drag racing to The Strip at LVMS for side-by-side, nitro-burning, 300-mph action. The cavalcade of straight-line stars participating in the April 2-5 NHRA national event includes six-time Top Fuel Dragster champion Tony Schumacher and 13-time Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car titleholder John Force.

To purchase tickets or obtain additional information, please call the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444 or visit