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Fans Will Get Rare Glimpse of Drivers at NASCAR
Fans Will Get Rare Glimpse of Drivers at NASCAR


Thousands of fans are already here for NASCAR. The infield is filling up with RVs and the Strip will be filled with NASCAR Haulers Thursday evening.

There are some new events for race fans this year. For the first time, Neon Garage pass holders will be able to sit and listen to the drivers’ meeting before the race.

“We are going to do it in the Neon Garage where all the fans can see it. This is the first public drivers’ meeting that NASCAR has done anywhere, not at Daytona, Indianapolis, Charlotte. This is the first one,” Jeff Motley with the Las Vegas Motor Speedway said.

Officials at the speedway say over the five days of the races they are expecting up to 300,000 fans to visit the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There is space for 142,000 fans at the speedway. Organizers say they will hit that number for sure.

NASCAR is expected to give a $200 million boost to southern Nevada’s economy. There are a lot of events going on around the Las Vegas valley in connection with the races.


  • Danica Patrick and Cole Whitt - the Palms Casino Resort. 6-7 p.m. Fans should call the Palms for details on obtaining tickets prior to the appearance.
  • Michael McDowell and Jason Bowles - The Pub inside the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. 7 p.m.
  • Bobby Labonte and team owner Brad Daugherty - The Pub inside the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. 8 p.m.
  • Regan Smith and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - Roxy’s at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall. 8-9 p.m.
  • Kurt Busch, David Reutimann, Dave Blaney, Ken Schrader, Robert Richardson Jr., Scott Riggs, Eric McClure, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Johanna Long  - the Riviera Hotel & Casino, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South. 8-9 p.m.

The ticket gates and Neon Garage open at 10 a.m. Friday. The cars officially get on the track Friday with Stratosphere Pole Day. The NASCAR Nationwide Series starts 2 p.m. Saturday with the annual Sam’s Town 300. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 will start at noon Sunday.