Courtney, Brittany Force racing this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Less than one week after the thrilling NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals, drag racing fans will set aside their chocolate bunnies and jelly beans to converge once again on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the April 9-12 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series meet.

Courtney and Brittany Force, daughters of 14-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, will compete in the 250-mph Top Alcohol Dragster (a.k.a. A-Fuel) ranks this weekend.

Brittany, 21, earned her NHRA A-Fuel license in February. Courtney, 19, competes in the Brand Source-sponsored A-Fuel Dragster owned and maintained by Jerry Darien.

Brittany competed in last weekend’s NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at LVMS. She qualified 11th but was defeated in the first round by Utah’s Jeff Isbell. Courtney also was trailered in the first round of eliminations, falling victim to Chris Demke. Both are hoping to bunny-hop past the first round of eliminations during the Easter Weekend speedfest and collect the coveted NHRA “Wally” trophy on Saturday. (The Wally trophy is named for NHRA founder Wally Parks and is the most prized of all drag racing trophies.)

The event – which was moved from Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, Calif. to The Strip at LVMS for 2009 – features Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car competition.

The Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car segment of the event will be contested as a two-day show with three rounds of qualifying on Friday with runs scheduled at 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car eliminations will take place on Saturday evening with elimination rounds at 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. (finals).

On Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, LVMS will offer a special $15-per-carload general admission (no pit area access) promotion for spectators.

The Strip at LVMS also will also host a second Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event on Nov. 5-8. For more information, please call LVMS at (702) 644-4444.

Wednesday, April 8
8 a.m.: Credential sales begin for NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals participants (already parked inside the facility).
Noon: Credential sales and pit parking begins for new arrivals.
7 p.m.: Credential sales and pit parking concludes.

Thursday, April 9
7 a.m.: Credential sales, pit parking, tech inspection.
10 a.m.: Test ‘n’ Tune (two-run punch card, $60 per car).
4 p.m.: Las Vegas Super Comp/Super Gas Shootout (one qualifying run per class; top 8 ladder for eliminations; $1,000 to win).

6 p.m.: Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car Test ‘n’ Tune run (1 scheduled run).
7 p.m.: Credential sales and pit parking concludes.

Friday, April 10
7 a.m.: Credential sales, pit parking, tech inspection.
8 a.m.: Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series time trials, qualifying, record runs (two scheduled runs).
Noon: $15-per-carload entry gates open on general admission side.
3 p.m.: First Top Alcohol qualifying session.
6 p.m.: Second Top Alcohol qualifying session.
7 p.m.: Credential sales and pit parking concludes.
9 p.m.: Third Top Alcohol qualifying session.
10 p.m.: Track closed.

Saturday, April 11
7 a.m.: Credential sales, pit parking, tech inspection.
8 a.m.: Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series final time trial and qualifying run.
Noon: First round of Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series eliminations.
Noon: $15-per-carload entry gates open on general admission side.
3 p.m.: First round of Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car eliminations (8 cars).
6 p.m.: Second round of Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car eliminations (4 cars).
9 p.m.: Final round of Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car eliminations.
10 p.m.: Track closed.

Sunday, April 12
7 a.m.: Gates open.
8 a.m.: RFC Easter chapel service.
9 a.m.: Sportsman eliminations resume.
3 p.m.: Track closed.