Kyle Busch among the 150 competitors expected for Duel in the Desert


            More than 150 drivers are expected to take part in this weekend¿s IMCA Modified Duel in the Desert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway¿s half-mile dirt oval.

            Headlining the entries is Las Vegas native and current NASCAR Busch Series driver Kyle Busch. The 18-year old Hendrick Motorsports driver will pilot a Modified owned by Pahrump¿s Jason Pike. Busch competed at the clay oval in a Modified and Dwarf Car in the earlier stages of his racing career.

            Joining Busch and Pike among the local favorites will be Mark Allison and Dan Fitzgerald. Allison won the IMCA season title at the Bullring in 2002 and Fitzgerald is one of the area¿s most accomplished dirt racers.

            In all, drivers representing 12 different states and from as far away as Iowa and Nebraska will compete this weekend. The IMCA show will climax with a 40-lap A-feature on Saturday night. There also will be a Thunderstocks race on Saturday night. Speedway officials expect 30 Thunderstocks to compete.

            Heat races to determine qualifying order are scheduled for Friday night, while main events begin Saturday night at 6:30. Gates open at 5 p.m. each day. Tickets are $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday. Children ages 6-12 are $3 on Friday and $5 on Saturday. Children under 6 are free.