LAS VEGAS (March 6) — Reigning NHRA drag racing champions Tony Schumacher, Cruz Pedregon, and Jeg Coughlin Jr. will be honored in a uniquely Las Vegas manner when the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series returns to Glitter Gulch April 2-5 for the first of two annual visits to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In what is quickly becoming an annual tradition, the Palms Casino Resort will put into circulation a limited number of special-edition $5 and $25 gaming chips that feature the three reigning world champs. The chips will be made available April 2nd in advance of a prerace party taking place from 6-8 p.m. in the Key West Room at the popular hotel, located at 4321 West Flamingo Road.

Schumacher, Pedregon, and Coughlin will headline the special meet-and-greet party that will be attended by at least 20 other professional drivers on the NHRA tour.

“So many special things have happened as a result of our team winning the 2008 POWERade championship and I have to say being on a real chip in Las Vegas is way up there,” Coughlin said. “We were lucky enough to have this honor bestowed on us last year as well and I can tell you it’s a surreal feeling to sit at a Blackjack table and bet with a chip that has your face and racecar on it.

“This year, Jim Baker of the Palms was looking for some input on the design and I asked him to put my father on there with me because he’s such a big part of what we do. They graciously fulfilled my wishes and I promise you I’m going to fill my pockets with plenty of those chips before I leave. My thanks to the Palms Casino resort, not only for this very cool deal for me, but also for the support they show to our sport.”

As associate sponsors of Funny Car champions Tony and Cruz Pedregon, the Palms Casino Resort is offering a special “Pedregon Racing” room deal for race teams, sponsors, and fans for the April race. Palms Tower Deluxe rooms are $89 a night on April 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th, with reduced rates on April 3rd and 4th of only $159 a night. Fantasy Tower rooms are only $119 and $189, respectively.

To book one of these special rooms, call the Palms Casino Resort at 866-725-6773 and mention the “Pedregon Racing” special. There are a limited number of rooms available and rates are subject to availability. Reservations should be booked ASAP to take advantage of this offer.


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