Las Vegas Nascar Race

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Las Vegas Nascar Race
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
7000 Las Vegas Blvd North
LV, Nevada 89115
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The Las Vegas Nascar Race was one of the reasons we found it so hard to get find a hotel room when we visited Sin City in March 2003.

If the crowds weren’t flocking to watch Celine Dion’s new show at Caesars Palace then they were arriving in their droves with Nascar Las Vegas tickets.

What we quickly learned is that when Nascar in Vegas is taking place it’s one of Las Vegas’ top attractions!

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What is Nascar?

I’d heard of Formula One but not Nascar. If you’re not from the USA you might not have heard of it either. If you’re from America you’re probably thinking, ‘What? How can you not have heard of Nascar?’ My husband Martyn, who loves racing, explained that Nascar stands for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. Basically it’s the organisation that sanctions stock car racing in America.

The three largest Nascar racing series are the Sprint Cup Series; the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Cup Series. Although Nascar sanctions hundreds more races. And the sport is almost as popular as football in the USA.

Nascar racing’s inspired a number of box office hits. Who can forget Tom Cruise as Nascar racing driver Cole Trickle in Days of Thunder or the more recent Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby starring Will Ferrell as Nascar racing driver Ricky Bobby?



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Where is the Las Vegas Nascar Track?

The Nascar races in Las Vegas take place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway which you’ll find a little way North of the Strip. The Speedway is a pretty impressive 1600 acres and includes a number of courses and tracks.

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1996 was the first year that a Nascar race was held at the Speedway and it was a truck series event. In 1997 the Nationwide Series held a race at the Speedway followed by a Cup Series event in 1998.

The Motor Speedway cost $200 million to build and since construction began in 1995 its seen a number of additions such as the Richard Petty Terrace. And since 2007 the Nascar grandstand seating area has been non-smoking.

How do I get a Las Vegas Nascar Ticket?

As with any large event be careful where you buy your tickets from to ensure they’re genuine. When they become available you can buy a Las Vegas Nascar ticket from the Nascar website

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How do I get to the Motor Speedway?

If you’re driving from the East of town it’s best to approach via Las Vegas Boulevard. There’s parking available on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard. If you’re coming from the West side of town it’s currently best to arrive via Interstate 215. Make sure you allow plenty of time to get there and think about heading home a while after the race has finished when the traffic shouldn’t be so bad.

If you aren’t driving you’ll be able to get a bus from the Strip or Downtown area to the Speedway or if you’re feeling flush check out Maverick helicopters who run a transportation service to the Nascar race. A helicopter seat will cost you $500.

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