BY DAVE GRAYSON

The SuperClean Modified Racing Series recently concluded its 2009 season and crowned driver Andrew Phipps as its new champion. However, there's still one more race and it's a big one: The Las Vegas Open Weekend.

This 21st annual event will be held on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's challenging three eighths of a mile paved oval known as "The Bullring." The SuperClean Modified teams will be running a 75 lap A main Saturday night that guarantees $200 per driver for starting the race and a very impressive $2,500 to the winner.

But to get there the SuperClean Modified drivers are going to have go work their way through a very arduous process to get into that A main starting line up. That process will begin on Friday evening with qualifying followed by a series of heat races to determine the shank of the starting field. For the teams who do not make the field via the heat races they will find themselves looking for a transfer spot in one of the semi mains. Because of the high number of anticipated entries for this race, D & C features if needed are scheduled early Saturday afternoon, approximately 2:15 pm, followed the a B main at approximately 4 pm. Once that process is complete. and the line up is set, then it's time for 75 laps of high intensity modified racing from some of the best open wheel driving talent from the western states region.

Burbank-California's Tim Morse is planning to be in Las Vegas this weekend seeking revenge on the Bullring. In the course of two scheduled events, during the SuperClean Modified Racing Series' 2009 regular season, Morse came to Las Vegas looking for sevens only to be disappointed by snake eyes.

"The Vegas Open," oh yes we're going to be there", he said adding "we're taking our car to CMJ Racing who's going to help us get our motor ready and have Ron's Rear Ends prepare a new rear end for us and that means we're going to be good to go. Sunoco fuel is going to provide the racing fuel for us plus Greg, (series co promoter Greg Scheidecker), has promised us all some tow money. We're ready to go."

Newly crowned series champion Andrew Phipps is also going to be ready to go. In two regular season appearances at the Bullring this year Phipps has a win and a fourth place finish. The former NASCAR Weekly Racing champion will be the first to tell you that the configuration of the Bullring is his type of track with it's long straights and high banked turns. He also appreciates the fact that there's plenty of room for passing at this track and Phipps has done more of his fair share of passing at the Bullring.

The Gerchman family will also be making the journey from Lake Havasu City-Arizona to Las Vegas. Larry, Chris and David Sr are very familiar with family success at the Bullring. Chris Gerchman won the last SuperClean Modified Series event there back in August and he's considered a pre race favorite to find victory lane there again.

The same goes for El Cajon-California's Jimmy Dickerson. The 2008 SuperClean champion only made a few appearances with the series this year. But in three starts he made his presence known with a win and a second place finish.

SuperClean Modified Series co promoter Greg Scheidecker is really looking forward to participating in the Las Vegas Open Comp Weekend. "Going to Las Vegas this weekend is going to be a different experience for me," he said adding "I personally have raced in that event several times but I never went to that event in the role of chief inspector along with Bill Rozhon and Allan Brown. SuperClean Modified Series rules will apply for that event. However, all of the track officials will be actually controlling the race itself instead of SuperClean personnel. It should be a really exciting weekend in Las Vegas."

While the SuperClean Modified Series will play a prominent role in the racing action this weekend, the Bullring will be providing its fans with plenty of activity from a variety of divisions. That's because the Las Vegas Open Comp Weekend is one of the most prestigious events in the Southwestern United States. The speedway has already received pre event entries from Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington as well as entries from the Canadian provinces of Brittish Columbia and Alberta.

Highlighting Saturday's action will be the 200 lap feature presented by the Metro PCS Super Late Model Division. Expanded from last year's 150 laps, this race will feature a pit road break at lap 100. Drivers who earn a starting berth for the feature race are guaranteed $300 just for starting. But it's the winner who will be rolling Las Vegas lucky sevens. The race winner will receive $7,777.77.

Also involved in Saturday's program will be a 150 lap feature for the Bullring's Late Model Division. That feature has a scheduled pit break at lap 75. It also pays $200 to start and $2,500 to win.

On any given Saturday night the Bullring has hot action from the INEX Legend Cars which provides a very healthy car count. That car count is expected to see an impressive increase due to the prestigious nature of this weekend. This 40 lap feature pays $150 to start and $2,000 to the winner.

The future of racing at the Bullring, the youngsters in those small but very fast Bandolero cars, will also see action Saturday night. Both the Bandolero Bandits and Bandolero Young Guns will each run 20 lap features.

Bringing a new definition to the old theory that says "racing is rubbing", the Bullring's Bomber Stock Division will be included in the Friday portion of the schedule. The division will be running a series of heat races to determine the line up for a 40 lap feature later Friday night.

With that variety of racing, spread out over the course of two evenings, the Las Vegas Open Comp Weekend is a true gift to racing fans. For complete details regarding the weekend dial up their website at www.lvms.com or call their ticket office at 800 644 4444.