Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Events = NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
LocationClark County, Nevada
Capacity156,000
OwnerSpeedway Motorsports, Inc.
Address7000 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Las Vegas, Nevada 89115
Major events
D-shaped Oval Superspeedway
SurfaceTarmac
Circuit Length1.5 miles (2.41 kilometres)
BankingTurns - 20°
The Bullring Oval
SurfacePaved
Circuit Length0.5 miles (0.8 kilometres)
Dirt Track
SurfaceClay
Circuit Length0.5 miles (0.8 kilometres)
Drag Strip
SurfaceTarmac
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, located in Clark County, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas, is a 1,200 acre (4.9 km²) complex of four different tracks for automobile racing. The complex is owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The complex is home to several race teams, most notably South Point Racing, owned by Brendan Gaughan. Since March 2005 the track is open two nights a week for locals to drag race. This is an effort to get this activity off of local streets and into a safer environment.

The track is used by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as their driver training facility.

History

The Indy Racing League ran at the track from 1996 and 2000.

The speedway has often been referred to as "The Blue Oval" since the races have been dominated by Ford drivers in the NEXTEL Cup Series. Jimmie Johnson (3), Jeff Gordon (1), and Sterling Marlin (1) are the only drivers who have won at the track in the Cup Series not driving a Ford.

The speedway has also been known as "The House Of Roush" because nearly all of his drivers have had success at the track including Matt Kenseth (2), Mark Martin (1), and Jeff Burton (2).

The Winston No Bull 5 Million Dollar Bonus was held at the track from 1999 to 2002. Jeff Burton won a million dollars in 2000 and Jeff Gordon won the bonus in 2001. Burton in 1999 and Sterling Marlin in 2002 were not eligible.

Champ Car held two races at the speedway in 2004 and 2005, both won by Sebastien Bourdais.

In 2006, plans were announced to reconfigure the track after the March 2006 NEXTEL Cup Series Race. This reconfiguration will entail "progressive banking" which increases in angling the further up the track you are located. This is expected to increase side-by-side racing, and the construction of a new fan zone nicknamed "The Neon Garage" after the use of neon in the signs at the city's hotels and casinos, along with a new pit road that brings the action on said row closer to the fans and which also incorporates a standard SMI trademark, a half-mile oval named "The Bull Ring" which will be used for Legends races.

As of August 8, 2006 the newly reconfigured track reopened to stock cars. 2004 NEXTEL Cup Champion and Las Vegas native Kurt Busch, who drives the #2 Miller Lite Penske Dodge Charger, became the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver to test a stock car on the newly reconfigured track. Jeff Burton became the first driver to win on the newly paved LVMS in a Busch Series Monte Carlo SS. Jimmie Johnson won the first NEXTEL Cup Series race after its reconfiguration. He also drove a Chevrolet to Victory Lane.

Current Events

The 1.5 mile (2.4 km) oval hosts: The quarter-mile (400 m) dirt oval hosts:
  • other dirt-racing events
The quarter-mile (400 m) drag strip hosts:
  • Two NHRA events every year

Records

Track reconfiguration in 2006 increased the bank angles in the turns. Subsequent testing before the 2007 season showed significantly higher speeds, with NEXTEL Cup drivers recording unofficial laps at better than 185 mph.
  • NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Qualifying: Kasey Kahne, 29.212 sec. (184.856 mph), 2007
  • NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Race: Mark Martin, 2 hrs. 43 min. 58 sec. (146.554 mph), 1998
  • NASCAR Busch Series Qualifying: Kevin Harvick, 29.816 sec. (181.111 mph), 2007
  • NASCAR Busch Series Race: Jeff Burton, 2 hrs. 13 min. 13 sec. (135.118 mph), 2000
  • NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Qualifying: Mike Skinner, 30.326 sec. (178.065 mph), 2006
  • NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race: David Starr, 1 hr. 37 min. 3 sec. (135.394 mph), 2002

Tracks

  • The Bullring (a 0.5 mile (800 m) paved oval
  • Dirt Track 0.5 mile (800 m) clay oval
  • The Strip (a drag strip)
  • Superspeedway 1.5 mile (2.414 km) oval

Racing Schools

External links

Current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racetracks
Atlanta - Bristol - Brooklyn, Michigan - Charlotte - Daytona - Dover - Fontana, California - Fort Worth - Indianapolis (ORP) - Kansas City - Las Vegas - Loudon - Madison, Illinois - Mansfield - Martinsville - Memphis - Miami - Milwaukee - Nashville - Phoenix - Talladega - Sparta, Kentucky


Category Stock car racing
Country or region  United States
Inaugural season
Drivers 49
Teams 22
Engine suppliers 4
Drivers' champion Jimmie Johnson
Teams' champion Hendrick Motorsports

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Sport Auto racing
Founded 1981
No. of teams 25
Country(ies)  Canada
 United States
 Mexico

Most recent champion(s) Kevin Harvick The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR.
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Sport Auto racing
Founded 1993
No. of teams 23
Country(ies)  United States

Most recent champion(s) Todd Bodine The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks.
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Clark County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is the most populous county in Nevada (2006 population estimate 1,912,654), and contains the city of Las Vegas.
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Speedway Motorsports

Public (NYSE:  TRK )
Founded 1959
Headquarters Concord, North Carolina (at Lowe's Motor Speedway)

Key people Bruton Smith, founder and CEO
Industry Motorsports
Products Motorsport venues
Revenue $570 million USD
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Clark County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is the most populous county in Nevada (2006 population estimate 1,912,654), and contains the city of Las Vegas.
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State of Nevada

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''Nickname(s): Silver State (official), Sagebrush State,
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Motto(s): All For Our Country

Official language(s) English

Capital Carson City

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Las Vegas is commonly known as The Entertainment Capital of the World; famous for its massive and lavish casino resorts, availability of alcoholic beverages at any time (as is true throughout Nevada), and various degrees of adult entertainment.
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Speedway Motorsports

Public (NYSE:  TRK )
Founded 1959
Headquarters Concord, North Carolina (at Lowe's Motor Speedway)

Key people Bruton Smith, founder and CEO
Industry Motorsports
Products Motorsport venues
Revenue $570 million USD
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Skyline of Charlotte at night

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Nickname: "The Queen City"
Location in Mecklenburg County in the state of North Carolina
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Brendan Gaughan (born July 10, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) is a truck racer from Las Vegas, Nevada. Gaughan is the grandson of Vegas gaming pioneer Jackie Gaughan and son of Michael Gaughan, a hotel and casino magnate.
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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (also known as the LVMPD or Metro) is the joint city-county police force for Clark County, Nevada. It is run by the sheriff, who is the Police Chief of the City of Las Vegas and the Sheriff of Clark County, elected every
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The Winston Million was a now-defunct cash prize award program on the NASCAR Winston Cup series, based on the Grand Slam concept. From 1985-1997, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the title sponsor of NASCAR's premier circuit at the time, offered an award of $1 million for any driver
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Category Open wheel racing
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Inaugural season See text
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Constructors Panoz
Engine suppliers Cosworth

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Sébastien Bourdais (born February 28, 1979 in Le Mans, France) is a race car driver and three-time defending Champ Car World Series champion. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with his wife Claire and daughter Emma (*02.12.2006).
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Category Stock car racing
Country or region  United States
Inaugural season
Drivers 49
Teams 22
Engine suppliers 4
Drivers' champion Jimmie Johnson
Teams' champion Hendrick Motorsports

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Kurt Thomas Busch (born August 4, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a NASCAR driver. He drives the #2 Miller Lite Dodge in Nextel Cup Series and part time in Busch Series driving the #12 Penske Truck Rental Dodge.
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Jeffery Brian Burton (born June 29, 1967 in South Boston, Virginia) also sometimes referred to as "JB" is a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver. He drives the #31 AT&T Mobility Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.
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Sport Auto racing
Founded 1981
No. of teams 25
Country(ies)  Canada
 United States
 Mexico

Most recent champion(s) Kevin Harvick The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR.
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Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an American mid-size car. Originally introduced by Chevrolet for the 1970 model year (as competition with the Ford Thunderbird), it has gone through six generations as of 2007.
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Jimmie Kenneth Johnson (born September 17, 1975, El Cajon, California) is a current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race car driver who drives the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS and Chevrolet Impala SS owned by his teammate Jeff Gordon and operated by Rick Hendrick's Hendrick Motorsports.
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Category Stock car racing
Country or region  United States
Inaugural season
Drivers 49
Teams 22
Engine suppliers 4
Drivers' champion Jimmie Johnson
Teams' champion Hendrick Motorsports

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