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Las Vegas Motor Speedway
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway plays host to NASCAR, as well as drag races and police driver training.
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway plays host to NASCAR, as well as drag races and police driver training.

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series every March. When it's not reserved for NASCAR, local drag racers run there two nights a week and the local police department reserve it for driver training.

The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series started in 1998 with the aptly named Las Vegas 400, then progressed to the Carsdirect.com 400 in 2000, and ever since, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway has hosted the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. As could be expected, the race features the typical Las Vegas glitz and glitter. Among the spectacles: Lucky winners are greeted by show girls in victory lane.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Visitor Information

Las Vegas Motor Speedway contact information: Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N, Las Vegas, NV (89115). Phone toll-free 800/644-4444. www.lvms.com.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway security: Fans should expect random bag searches. Folding chairs, umbrellas, noisemakers, coolers, or outside food are not permitted, but scanners, binoculars, and other such devices are welcome.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway first aid: First-aid and rescue stations are located at Gate F, behind Section 3 in Midway, behind Section 1 in Midway, and at the Infield Medical Center. The speedway’s mobile medical teams patrol the grounds at all times in carts marked with Red Cross symbols. If you have a pre-existing condition, ask a gate attendant to point out the locations of the first-aid kiosks as you enter.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway tickets and seating: Race fans can get the best for their buck by purchasing seats in the Red Section 2. The $125 seats include tickets for Saturday and Sunday’s races, plus free admission for Friday’s qualifying day. Red Section 2 is directly across from the pit road. Also, check out www.sportstravel.com/lasvegas400.html, a travel agency with tickets and hotel packages starting around $495 per person -- a good price considering how much you could shell out for a hotel room alone during race weekend.

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