What can you say about Vegas that hasn't been said?
It's obviously one of the most popular destinations on the circuit for drivers, fans, media and everyone else involved in racing. The Kobalt Tools 400 on March 6 is the third race of the season, but it's first in the hearts of many race fans simply because of its location.
The fun at the track comes in watching drivers negotiate the improved 1.5-mile tri-oval, which added banking in 2007 to provide extra speed through the corners and hopefully an extra groove.
You'll also get a gas out of taking in the track's Neon Garage fan experience.
The fun away from the track? Well, let's just say that's up to you, and whatever you are looking for, you can find it in Las Vegas.
From fabulous shows to around-the-clock casinos and hotels, this city never sleeps, and you'll want to enjoy every waking moment when visiting for the big race.
Friday, March 4, 2011
• Stratosphere Qualifying Day
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
• Sam's Town 300, noon
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Gates open at 8 a.m.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
• Kobalt Tools 400, noon
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 7 a.m.
entire race weekend, starting at $99 for three-day passes.)
Pit passes: Available by purchasing a Neon Garage pass.
Fan hospitality: Call the track ticket office for further information.
Note that the speedway has a new feature for fans called the Neon
Garage, which includes a sports bar (with big screens to watch the
on-track action), concession stands and continuous entertainment acts
that represent Las Vegas' best shows. As an added bonus, the
speedway's Winner's Circle is located in the Neon Garage. Entry
cost is $99 per day.
Special packages: Call the track ticket office for further information.
Track length: 1.5 miles
Banking: Corners 20 degrees; frontstretch 9 degrees;
backstretch 9 degrees
Frontstretch: 2,275 feet
Backstretch: 1,572 feet
Race length: 427 miles
Grandstand seating capacity: 137,000
Opened: 1996 (First NASCAR race held in 1998)
Coolers: Not allowed.
Glass containers: Not allowed.
Alcoholic beverages: Not allowed.
Cameras/recording devices: Allowed.
(Note: Smoking is not allowed in the grandstands, but is permitted
in the general concourse and midway areas.)
Souvenirs and Displays
Merchandise: Driver and NASCAR merchandise haulers on-site.
Scanners: Scanners available for rent on-site.
Gift shop: Located at the speedway.
Check local newspapers and TV; drivers rarely available on race day.
Pit Area Guidelines
Pit passes are available with a Neon Garage pass.
(Note: Pit road moved 275 feet closer to grandstands for 2007 season.)
Reserved: Available; call the track ticket office for further information.
Associated Driving Schools
Mario Andretti Racing School
Richard Petty Driving Experience
The speedway is about 12 miles north of downtown Las Vegas.
• From Las Vegas and the Strip:
Follow I-15 North to exit 54 (Speedway Boulevard).
(Alternate route is Las Vegas Boulevard North; it's not recommended.)
• From Utah and areas north:
Follow I-15 South to exit 54 (Speedway Boulevard).
• Alternate Route:
Take I-15 South to the 215 Beltway south of Mandalay Bay.
Take the 215 Beltway west and follow this to the 15 North.
Take exit 54 (Speedway Boulevard).
(This route adds a few miles, but it is the least traveled to the raceway.)
Free parking: Available.
Handicapped parking: Available; contact ticket office at 800-644-4444.