Full-bodied stock cars will return to the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Nov. 5, as part of the eighth annual Duel in the Desert. Super Dirt Late Models from the Western Dirt Late Model Tour and other sanctioning bodies will compete in the 30-lap, $3,000-to-win feature that marks the first dirt Late Model event at the half mile dirt track in four years. "The IMCA Modified Segment of the Duel in the Desert has become the largest modified event in the country with more than 150 participants in 2004," explained Chris Blair, LVMS' senior director of dirt track operations. "We wanted to build on this tremendous event by bringing dirt Late Models back to Las Vegas and hopefully build this into one of the largest dirt racing events in the western United States." For many years dirt Late Model racing was mainly popular in the Midwest and southeastern Unites States and had a small following on the west coast. In recent years, the cars have replaced winged Sprint Cars as the fastest growing and most popular form of dirt racing. Television exposure on both ESPN2 and Speedchannel have sparked interest in the class and their appeal has grown nationwide. "This is the first step by Las Vegas Motor Speedway to test the waters with dirt Late Models," Blair continued. "If they generate sufficient participant and fan support, we will continue to build this program for 2006." Dirt Late Model participants may call (661) 397-8689 for rules and pre-entry information. Schedule for the 2005 Duel in the Desert at the Dirt Track at LVMS; IMCA Modifieds and Western Dirt Late Models

Friday, Nov. 4

9 a.m. -- Pit gates open.

5 p.m. -- Spectator gates open, IMCA Modified practice.

6 p.m. -- 10 heat races (approximately 15 cars per heat) - 12 laps or 24-minute time limit.

10 p.m. -- Friday F-Feature (30 cars, 15 laps or 30-minute time limit).

10:40 p.m. -- Friday E-Feature (24 cars, 15 laps or 30-minute time limit).

11:10 p.m. - Track closed

Saturday, Nov. 5

9 a.m. -- Pit gates open.

4 p.m. -- Spectator gates open, IMCA Modified practice (tentative, subject to change).

5 p.m. -- Western Dirt Late Model practice.

5:30 p.m. -- IMCA D-Feature (15 laps or 30-minute time limit).

6 p.m. -- Western Dirt Late Model heat races (five heats, 10 laps each).

7 p.m. -- IMCA C-Feature (15 laps or 30-minute time limit).

7:30 p.m. -- IMCA Winners Dash (6 laps to determine A-Feature positions 1-10).

7:35 p.m. -- IMCA Runner-up Dash (6 laps to determine A-Feature positions 11-20).

7:45 p.m. -- Western Dirt Late Model Dash.

7:55 p.m. -- Western Dirt Late Model B-Feature.

8:10 p.m. -- IMCA B-Feature (15 laps or 30-minute time limit).

8:40 p.m. -- Western Dirt Late Model A-Feature (30 laps).

9:15 p.m. -- IMCA Modified Duel in the Desert A-Feature (40 laps)

10 p.m. - Event concludes.