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The annual NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas is more than just a race. A week-long celebration leads up to a race weekend set for Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8 this year.
Reader Ryan K. asked if we could keep him up-to-date on NASCAR week events. Since most won't be†announced until after the Big Game weíll start today and continue to update this list as driver appearances, specials and other events are announced.
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. Starting today and continuing each Friday, we'll take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of January 5:
All of the Lights: XS Nightclub at Wynn has stepped up the oohh, dropping $10 mil on new, state-of-the-art technology, from a new pyro system and lasers to movable LED screens.
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NASCAR and Las Vegas have a deeper relationship than most realize. One of the first few races of the season is held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) every year. When there's not an event, visitors can even drive around LVMS at†the Richard Petty Experience. While the last race of the season may take place in Homestead, Florida, it really draws to a close in Las Vegas. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Championís Week takes place around the valley December 2-5.
An annual celebration, NASCAR Championís Week is a chance for racing fans to see and (maybe) meet their favorite drivers. Thereís also a very candid event thatís open to the public called After The Lap. The event is a tell-all conversation with the top 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers. In previous years, this off-the-cuff discussion has gone from interesting chatter and laughter to WTH when Tony Stewart dropped down to do push-ups or when Jeff Gordon decided that heíd break dance.
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Get your motor running, because NASCAR rolls back into the Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 6-9 for a weekend full of racing, parties, giveaways, and, of course, drink specials. Tickets for the main event, the Kobalt 400, start at $49 and will also get you a few perks around town (see below).
But, ticket or no ticket, there will definitely be enough happening to keep you busy. We've compiled a list of special events. Be sure to check back, though, as we will update it as more are announced.
South Point will host the NASCAR Sprint Cup haulers in advance of the NASCAR Parade which will leave the resort at 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday, March 5 before making its way down Las Vegas Boulevard. The parade is free and open to the public. In addition, Brendan Gaughan, driver of the South Point Chevy #62 for Richard Childress Racing, and fellow NASCAR drivers Ryan Newman, Brian Scott and Ty Dillon will take over South Point for a special autograph signing March 6 from 5 to 6 p.m. A $80,000 Virtual NASCAR Racing giveaway will also take place at the resort March 6-9. Sign up for a players club card in order to take part.
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While most people are gearing up for the
Super Bowl†Big Game, others are looking a few weeks ahead to an event that you can actually call the Super Bowl. The Daytona 500 is also known as the Super Bowl of NASCAR and takes place February 23 in Daytona, Florida. The Daytona 500 is the biggest and most prestigious NASCAR race of the year. If weíre going to watch one NASCAR race a year, this is the one.
NASCAR isnít one of the major sports in America like football, baseball and basketball, but it is still very popular. While those other sports may occupy most of the TVs in the sportsbooks, you will usually find the weekly NASCAR race on at least one TV and it will always be available to bet.
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Twelve NASCAR drivers will return to Las Vegas this December to take the stage for After The Lap. Though we're curious why it's not called After the Laps. Or, at least, After the Last Lap. Of course, if the mention of NASCAR revs your engine, you likely don't care if drivers take the stage after the first, fourth, fiftieth or last lap.
After the Lap is NASCAR's end-of-season event celebrating the year's highlights before crowning the newest champion. They like to call it the Ultimate Driver Tell-All during NASCAR Sprint Cup Championís Week. Though, they could also call it After All the Laps. Ok, we're done.
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 Samís 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. Hereís a roundup of whatís 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.
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The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is the annual conference for the†
gaming casino business. Like most conferences, there are panels to discuss the future of the the business by industry experts along with the expo show floor itself where we can actually see, taste and touch the things coming to casinos soon. Today's gaming market extends out of the casino and into our houses and on our mobile phones.
Last year, the big talk off the G2E floor was about casinos and game manufacturers getting into your house†with Facebook games and marketing. That started off slowly while companies developed the technology and waited on regulation but, today, Nevadans can bet on sports from their couch while people around the world took advantage of Caesars Entertainment's†Escape to Total Rewards contest to earn comps from their desktop.
Those in attendance will be able to interact with the top 12 NASCAR Chase for the Cup drivers. Some fun from last year's event included 2011 Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart driving his car straight into the venue and usually reserved Jeff Gordon's breakdancing performance that took everyone by surprise.
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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