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City, Base Personnel to Lead Cleanup Event

City, Base Personnel to Lead Cleanup Event

The City of North Las Vegas and Nellis Air Force Base active duty personnel are leading a community cleanup to clear out dumping areas and debris near the base grounds.

The cleanup starts at 8 a.m. Sunday. The group will work on an area bounded by East El Campo Grande Avenue, Linn Lane and North Sloan Lane, just outside the base’s main gate. This area has been a much-used dump site and is littered with broken glass and garbage.

Neighborhood stability and blight avoidance are the purposes of the cleanup. To join the effort, contact North Las Vegas Outreach Coordinator Kathi Thomas-Gibson at 633-5632. 

Two Major NHRA Drag Racing Events at LVMS in 2013

Two Major NHRA Drag Racing Events at LVMS in 2013

 

Drag racing will continue to be a major part of the schedule at Las Vegas Motor Speedway next year.

For the 13th consecutive year, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host two NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events. The two 2013 NHRA event dates in Las Vegas will be April 5-7 (14th annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals) and Oct. 24-27 (13th annual NHRA Big O Tires Nationals).

“The spring race has been a tradition at Las Vegas Motor Speedway since the NHRA’s first race here in 2000,” said LVMS president Chris Powell. “The fall event allows us to take advantage of the annual Nevada Day (Oct. 25) festivities.”

LVMS’s fall event also is the next-to-last race in the NHRA’s six-race Countdown to One series, which will determine season champions in Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Bike.

Late-Night Racing On Tap at The Bullring

Late-Night Racing On Tap at The Bullring

 

Racing action returns Saturday night to The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The 3/8-mile asphalt short track resumes its 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season with a late-night event. Spectator gates will open at 7 p.m., instead of the usual 5 p.m., and racing will continue into the early morning.

Classes will include NASCAR Super Late Models, Lucas Oil Modifieds, NASCAR Super Stocks, NASCAR Bombers, Legend Cars, Thunder Roadsters and Bandoleros. The Lucas Oil Modifieds will compete in a 75-lap feature race.

Drift Series Returning to Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Drift Series Returning to Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Some of the best drivers in the world of drifting are returning to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this month. The Formula Drift Series returns August 24 and 25 for the sixth and next-to-last round in the 2012 season.

Right now, 31-year-old Vaughn Gitten, Jr. is at the top of the standings in the series. The 2010 series champion has recently won events in New Jersey and Washington.

Qualifying rounds are set for Friday with eliminations on Saturday. General admission tickets are good for both days. This year there will be a new area called the Thrill Zone VIP. The area will include reserved seating, a cash bar, concession stand and private restrooms. Tickets for that section will be $50.

More Than $240 Million of Impact from NASCAR Race

More Than $240 Million of Impact from NASCAR Race

 

Race organizers with southern Nevada annual’s NASCAR weekend estimate the 2012 event made the largest economic impact in its 15-year history.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials also said this year marked the fourth consecutive year that the economic impact increased over the previous year.

Held March 9-11, the race weekend accounted for more than $240 million of impact to the local economy, according to figures released by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. That represents a jump of more than 26 percent from the 2011 event.

Drifting Championship Hits LVMS in August

Drifting Championship Hits LVMS in August

 

A major drifting event is set for late August at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Formula DRIFT (www.formulad.com) and the world’s best drivers will return to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Aug. 24-25 for the sixth (and next-to-last) round of the 2012 season.

Now in its ninth season, Formula DRIFT is recognized as the North American professional drifting championship. Formula DRIFT provides a forum for professional drifters to compete in seven events nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT championship crown.

Qualifying is set for Friday, Aug. 24 with eliminations on Saturday, Aug. 25. General admission tickets are good for both days. The event also will include a car show, manufacturers’ midway, DJs and bikini contest.