Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Speedway Children's Charities will honor local businessman and NHRA team owner Ken Black at the Mel Larson Night of Champions on April 11 at the Bellagio.

All proceeds from the dinner, which features 14-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, will go to the Las Vegas chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.  This is the second year for the event in which a local community member is recognized for their contributions to racing in the Las Vegas area.

Black is the owner of KB Racing, LLC, with three time NHRA Pro Stock Champion Greg Anderson, reigning NHRA Pro Stock Champion Jason Line and Top Fuel driver Hillary Will behind the wheels of his dragsters.  Black was the owner of Vegas General Construction Company which including KB Framers and K&K Framers.

 "Ken has brought much attention to the Las Vegas local racing community with the success of his NHRA teams in recent years," said Chris Powell, LVMS General Manager.  "This is a fitting tribute to not only his success in racing but also in the businesses he founded and owned in Las Vegas."

In addition to his speech, Force will take part with Black in a meet-and-greet session during the reception.  The speedway also will recognize the 2006 season champions at its drag-racing facility, The Strip, and its 3/8-mile oval, The Bullring.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30.  The meet-and-greet, limited in number, with Black and NHRA's Force is set for 7-7:30 with dinner and the program to follow.

To purchase a table or tickets for this event, please contact Janae Melvin at (702) 632-8242.