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2002 Las Vegas Super Chevy Show - Gotta Roll A "6" To Win In Vegas

You Need More Than Luck At "The Strip"

By Summer Wiseman

A few miles down the road there's another Strip where "7" is the lucky number. Run a "7" in a Nitro Coupe and you are on the trailer. The '02 Super Chevy Nitro Coupe champion, Dan Nickelson, already had the title wrapped up, but he kept the heat on in the final run, winning over last year's champ and this year's runner-up Jim Nordhougen. It was a fitting finale with the two top contenders doing their best right down to the last run of the season. Nickelson ran a startling 234.70 mph in 6.379 seconds to nose out Nordhougen's 220.15 mph in 6.420 seconds. There is just no time to relax and get an easy win with the field of Nitro Coupe contenders racing at Super Chevy Shows.

Beginning early on the Friday morning of the Super Chevy weekend, 25 L.A.-to-Vegas cruisers joined another half-dozen SUPER CHEVY magazine staffers at K&N Engineering in Riverside for a complimentary bite to eat to start the cruise. A few hundred miles and some hours later we rolled into the Las Vegas Raceway, none the worse for wear, for a great lunch and truly cool raffle prizes donated by several manufacturers.

The cruise benefited a group of Los Angeles Police Department members-spearheaded by our friend Detective Caesar Ramirez--who have taken it upon themselves to purchase bicycle helmets for kids in L.A. who like to ride their bikes but can't afford a helmet. Hundreds of helmets have been handed out to deserving boys and girls over the years, and we're glad to help.

By Summer Wiseman
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