Q: Hi Chris.

I am a season ticket holder for both races. I have heard rumors both ways that the fall race might be a night race. I think you would have one of the best gigs going if you considered doing that. I have never been to a night race, and I think Vegas would the perfect place to do that . Thank-you for your time.

-- Jeff Fix

A:

Hi Jeff --

Thanks very much for your email.  I get asked this question a lot, so I'm happy to respond in this forum so that people can understand. Sometimes something so simple can get so complicated!

First, we would love nothing better than to host a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at night here at LVMS.  But there are challenges.  First, millions of people on the east coast watching on television -- as well as our television partners -- will demand that the race end no later than 11 p.m. eastern time.  That's 8 p.m. in Las Vegas, so that would mean starting the race at 4:30 p.m. locally, which is fine with us.  However, our friends at NBC (who will be televising our September event) like for Sunday's NASCAR race to serve as a lead-in to their Sunday Night "Football in America" program.  So I think the likelihood is that our Sunday Monster Energy Cup events will be on Sunday afternoons.

The starting times will be announced later this year for 2018.  Hope this email explains our situation as it pertains to night racing.

And thanks for coming!

Regards,

Chris Powell
President
LVMS