NASCAR Weekend Racing Comes to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
By Debbie Hall, staff writer
Informer Media Group
NASCAR Weekend racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is this weekend, March 7-10, with races, driver appearances, events and parties for race/car enthusiasts.
On Thursday, the Neon Garage and grandstands will to be open at to the public free of charge beginning at 8:30 a.m. for the Sprint Cup Series practice session. Drivers will be available for Q&A at the end of the test session. Competition begins on Friday with Stratosphere Pole Day. The NASCAR Nationwide Series takes center stage on Saturday with the annual Sam’s Town 300 beginning at 1:15 p.m. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 is scheduled to start at noon on Sunday.
Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower has partnered with Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the title sponsor of NASCAR Pole Day and Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall (and its parent company, Boyd Gaming) is providing title sponsorship of the Saturday Nationwide race. “We are very proud to be partnered with local businesses,” said LVMS president Chris Powell.
On Sunday, the cast of the show, ROCK OF AGES, will perform at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway prior to the Kobalt Tools 400 as part of the pre-race activities at the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event beginning at 11:15 a.m.
Driver appearances include:
Mark Martin, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Casey Mears – Q&A session in the Neon Garage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Admission is free and starts at 3:45 p.m.
Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio live broadcast: Dialed In with Claire B. Lang at The Pub at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino (4-7 p.m.) Co-hosted by Michael Waltrip from 5-6 p.m., David Stremme at 6 p.m. and Martin Truex Jr. at 6:30 p.m.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Jason White will appear at the Speedway Children’s Charities NASCAR Driver Auction at Sam’s Town Live! inside Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Kyle Busch – M&M’s World Las Vegas – 6-8 p.m. Check with store for details on wristbands.
Michael Waltrip autograph session at The Pub at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino – 6-6:30 p.m.
Matt Kenseth, hosted by FOX Sports’ Chris Myers. Sam’s Town Live! inside Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., driver appearance at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Team owner Richard Childress, drivers Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon (Childress’ grandsons) at Optica in the Venetian Hotel & Casino – 6-7 p.m.
Kasey Kahne, hosted by FOX Sports’ Jeff Hammond. Mardi Gras Ballroom at the Orleans Hotel & Casino. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., driver appearance is at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Michael McDowell and Blake Koch at The Pub at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino. Autograph session from 7-8 p.m.
Bobby Labonte autograph session at The Pub at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino from 8-9 p.m.
David Ragan, David Gilliland, Josh Wise – Autograph session at the Riviera Hotel & Casino, 7-8 p.m.
Tickets for NASCAR Weekend are on sale at www.lvms.com or by calling (800) 644-4444. Neon Garage passes, Lucky 7 preferred parking and driver introduction passes also are available. Follow LVMS on Facebook and Twitter.