The green flag will wave on the 2007 short-track stock car racing season at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 7 p.m.  The night will end with a bang - lots of them - as a fireworks display will cap the season-opener.  Each of the Bullring's 19 regular race nights for local stock car drivers and fans will be special.

"We are pulling out all the stops for special promotions in 2007," said Chris Blair, LVMS' vice president of racing operations. "Whether it's free admission to expectant mothers on "Labor" Day weekend or discount admission for mullet-wearing fans on "Bullring Bubba Night," our philosophy is that every race is a special event - a fun-filled happening.

"Scout Nights, Little League Nights and Military Appreciation Nights usually fill the schedule at most short tracks. The Bullring has those on tap and will be generating fun, whacky and sometimes eyebrow-raising promotions all year long.

"We want to surprise people coming to The Bullring each week," continued Blair.  "The population of this city increases every day and we need to do our best to let people know we are out there and give them fun-filled reasons to get off the couch on Saturday night.  We want fans to talk about the Bullring Monday at work, saying, 'You should see what they did at the Bullring Saturday night. You should have been there!' "

The Bullring is making one traditional grandstand-filling staple a regular occurrence: the track will offer $1 hot dogs and $1 beer every Saturday night.

Saturday night's season-opener will feature Super Late Models, Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, Chargers, Legends Cars and Bandoleros.  All divisions will compete in heat races in order to qualify for the feature.  Fans also will gain more access to their heroes, the drivers.  Immediately after the last feature race, the front-stretch gate will open and fans will be welcomed onto the track to meet the drivers, walk the track and go to the pits.

"We want our fans to have immediate access to the racers once the final checkered flag falls," Blair said. "In the past, our fans have waited for more than 30 minutes for cars to clear the track and the pit gates to open.  We want our fans to be a part of the victory celebration, meet the drivers, walk the track and be a part of the new, exciting short-track show."

Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m.  Qualifying is set for 5:05 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.  General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and military personnel with ID and $5 for children ages 6-12.  Children five and under are free.  A Family Four Pack may be purchased for $26.

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