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Matt Kenseth was the first to cross the finish line in NASCAR weekend's main event Sunday, edging out a made-for-Vegas name in Kasey Kahne, and becoming the first Sprint Cup driver to win on his birthday since Vegas born Kyle Busch did in 2009. Busch finished fourth, but made the best move of the race in temporarily taking a lead that had Fox commentators pointing to Busch down low.
bore dazzle you with highlights from the rest of the 267 laps and 400 miles, we bring you five things we observed at this year's Kobalt Tools 400:
The RVs are on their way!
NASCAR Weekend speeds into Vegas starting this Thursday for four days of adrenaline-packed racing and fan events, March 7-10.
The boys and girl of NASCAR will kick off festivities with a free-to-the-public Sprint Cup Series practice session on Thursday, followed by three days of competition: Pole Day on Friday, the Sam’s Town 300 at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at noon on Sunday. Tickets for are available online or by calling (800) 644-4444. As you'll read below, there are also a few chances to win tickets.
Regardless of whether you attend the race (or even care about it), there will be much happening around town, from public appearances by drivers to drink and food specials before, during, and after the races. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening, and be sure to check back as we will continue to update the list as this week progresses:
The NASCAR season kicks off this weekend with the Daytona 500. The Daytona 500 may be the biggest race of the NASCAR season but it's also just the beginning. In a couple weeks NASCAR comes to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. NASCAR weekend is full of stock car action beginning with the NASCAR parade on the Strip on Wednesday, March 6 through the Kobalt Tools 400 on Sunday, March 10.
Ready to party with hundreds of thousands of people you don't know again?
Electric Daisy Carnival is coming back to Las Vegas for a third year and, today, announced just when that would be -- June 21-23.
2013 will see another three-day, after-dark EDM fest at the Las Vegas Speedway, but this time it will be two weeks later than last year to try to avoid, as the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, the winds that caused the "cancellation of dozens of acts" last year. The trade-off, though, is that it will be a lot hotter than this year's fest, too. Oh, well. We'll have no choice than to wear even less, we guess.
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Electric Daisy Carnival may have just ended, but most attendees already can't wait to return next year. While we likely won't hear dates for EDC 2013 until the end of the year (this year's dates were announced in October of 2011), EDCers just may want to bookmark the page of SpringHill Suites Las Vegas North Speedway now. It's a mouthful, but here's what it means: cheap, new rooms by the EDC event grounds.
The SpringHill Suites hotel is so new, it isn't even open yet. Reports have it making its debut this Friday, June 22, however, we couldn't find availability online until June 29. Clicking around, we found an average rate of around $94 to $104 a night. Sure, rates will hike up once EDC 2013 is set in stone, but if you act fast when they're first announced you could probably lock in a pretty darn good rate. Last year, we were able to find 11 places to stay for EDC all under $98 right after event dates were published so your chances are pretty good for scoring a steal.
"Tiesto or bust."
Well, it was a 50/50 proposition bet and they got bust. Written in day-glo ink on the rear window back of a California-plate car, those electronic dance music fans never got to see DJ Tiesto perform at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The other side of that Tiesto fan's window said "EDC or Bust," a slogan on many of the cars inching their way along I-15. At least that ambition turned up aces until early Sunday morning (or late Saturday night, depending how you look at it) when winds got scary, authorities got nervous and the whole shebang was sloooooowly shut down four hours early.
It was a very public downside to an event filled with enthusiasm, great visuals, great music and a whole lot of oddness and side hassles. If you are mildly curious, we heartily recommend you think about attending next year. For the adventurous who aren't already sold on the line-up of top, top, top dance musicians, it's still an absolute must see.
The mega-music experience will throw the Las Vegas Motor Speedway into a whole new gear this weekend, June 8-10. Most folks have had their tickets for months now, even though official maps and schedules are still not out:
EDC Map will come out Tues evening or sooner & EDC schedule Weds evening or sooner. Setup is going well! Going 2 try & make setup vid 2! :)— Pasquale Rotella (@PasqualeRotella) June 4, 2012
6.4 Update: A map has now been released. View it here.
6.7 Update to the Update: Here's the complete schedule.
With some 300,000 attendees expected to rave through the night, make sure not to throw off your PLUR by unknowingly committing an EDC no-no. Don't even think about bring any of this:
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When renting a Viper or "normal" Ferrari to cruise The Strip just isn't enough, enter Dream Racing. Italian professional race car drivers Enrico Bertaggia and Ado de Micheli have brought a fleet of Ferrari F430 GTs to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. These big red machines aren't even street legal in Vegas and, for the gearheads, sport:
· V8 engine 260 CU IN (4.3L)
· 512HP at 8500RPM
· Top speed more than 200mph
· 0-60mph in under 3.5 seconds
· F1 (automatic clutch) paddle shift
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NASCAR trucks and drivers are already rolling into Las Vegas Motor Speedway from this past weekend's Phoenix race. If you're bringing your NASCAR colors to Vegas this week and have your tickets and rooms squared away, it's time to focus on where
Danica drivers will be signing and fans can score drink specials. And don't forget race fans, NASCAR Cafe is no more.
Kyle Busch appearance
When: Thursday, March 8 at 4-6pm
Where: M&M World. Fans are encouraged to call 702.736.7611 for wristband info prior to Thursday.
How many readers watched NASCAR for the first time this week thanks to the Daytona 500 fire? Not as many may have seen the start and late night finish, but plenty of eyes shifted from basketball and hockey at the bar we were at Monday once the flames flared up. New fans and
procrastinators long-time fans who wish to experience NASCAR in person can still score tickets to race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 9-11.
Looking at individual tickets to Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400, the best seats in the Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Terraces are long gone but all sections do have some availability, with Grandstand Section 4 between turns three and four offering the biggest selection from $25.
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NASCAR, and until recently the IndyCar Series, have made themselves at home in Las Vegas for quite some time now. Both have such a loyal following that you can even experience the thrill of driving a race car yourself. But what if your need for speed exceeds the limits of a 1.5 mile course and you can't afford to get hassled by Metro PD again?
If you are starting to catch our drift, you can drift here in Las Vegas. Haven't seen Fast and Furious' Caddyshack II and, therefore, aren't familiar with drifting? The gist of the drift is controlling your car even when the tires are sliding and spinning instead of gripping. You can get technical with the slip angle and history or just watch this vid:
Vegas' inaugural Electric Daisy Carnival sold 85,000 tickets in 24 hours. And, that's when quite a few of us didn't know just what to expect.
But, now we know what's in store (and how to survive it) so loads of folks are limbering up as the first batch of tickets for EDC 2012 go on sale starting at noon PST.
Sadly, only 3-day ticket packs will go on sale today. You'll have to wait for a yet-to-be-announced time for single day admissions. Three-day general entry tix will start at $215 and VIP 3-day passes will start at $500. Yes, we said "start at." You'll only be able to purchase them online at ElectricDaisyCarnival.com or via Insomniac.com so get thee to a reliable Internet connection now.