For the first time, the NHRA introduced four-wide racing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Prior to the Las Vegas event, the only other four-wide NHRA drag racing was held at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. The success of four-wide racing on the East Coast prompted Speedway Motorsports to infuse the same formula out west. The idea of reconstructing the Las Vegas facility to accommodate four lanes paid off in a huge way as for the first time since 2010 the Las Vegas Motor Speedway had sellout crowds on Saturday and Sunday during the spring race.
“It’s clear that drag racing fans wanted to be part of history as we brought four-wide drag racing to the West Coast,” said LVMS President Chris Powell. “This success is the testament to the vision of Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton and (SMI CEO) Marcus Smith as well as the months and months of hard work by our staff and contractors who made this event a reality.”
Two lanes or four, Chevys were once again representing big in numbers as the majority of Pro Stock racers rely on Camaros as the vehicle of choice. The Sportsman classes also featured plenty of Chevy-branded cars to ensure Bowtie enthusiasts had plenty to cheer on all weekend.
Enjoy this massive Chevy image gallery captured by longtime drag racing photographer Ron Lewis from the 2018 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. CHP
Photos by Ron Lewis