The largest dirt racing event in the Western United States will take place at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Nov. 16-18 with 160 IMCA Modifieds and 70 Dirt Late Models expected to attend.

The IMCA Modified format will expand to a three-day event along side the Dirt Late Models that will compete Friday and Saturday.

"Our entry list is a virtual who's who of short track stars and could be the best field of IMCA Modified and Dirt Late Model teams ever assembled for an event in this region," explained Chris Blair, LVMS' senior director of drag strip and dirt track operations.  "Last year's show featured incredible side-by-side racing and lots of passing thanks to a great qualifying program.  This isn't your typical stock car race; this event was designed to entertain the fans."

Drivers from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming and Canada will attempt to qualify for the event.

Saturday's A-Features will consist of 40 laps with $5,000 on the line for each champion.

Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. Adult general admission is $20, $10 for senior citizens, military personnel with ID and $5 for children 6-12.  Children five and under are free.

Three-day general admission prices are $35 for adults, $20 for senior citizens, military personnel and $10 for children 6-12. Children five and under are free.

Tickets for the Duel in the Desert are on sale by calling (800) 644-4444.

Complete schedule for Thursday, Friday and Saturday:


Thursday, November 16
9 a.m.:  Pit Gates Open / Credential Sales / IMCA Modified Tech Inspection
3 p.m.:  IMCA Tech Inspection Closes
3:30 p.m.: IMCA Modified Driver Meeting
4 p.m.  Wheel-packing (all cars)
5 p.m.:  Spectator Gates Open
6 p.m.:  IMCA Modified Heat Races (16 heats / 8 laps each)
            IMCA Modified B-Features (8 B-Features / 12 laps each)
            IMCA Modified Qualifying Feature (20 laps)

Friday, November 17
9 a.m.:  Spit Gates Open / Credential Sales / WDLMT Late Model Tech Inspection
3 p.m.:  Late Model Tech Closes
3:15 p.m.: Late Model Driver Meeting
3:30 p.m.: IMCA Modified Driver Meeting
4 p.m.:  Wheel-packing (all-cars)
4:30 p.m. IMCA Modified Practice
5 p.m.:  Spectator Gates Open
6 p.m.:  IMCA Modified Preliminary Races (8 races / 15 laps each)
  Late Model Heat Races (6 races / 10 laps each / top 3 to Saturday dashes)
  IMCA Modified Qualifying Feature (20 laps)

Saturday, November 18
9 a.m.:  Pit Gates Open
3:15 p.m.: Late Model Driver Meeting
3:30 p.m.: IMCA Modified Driver Meeting
4 p.m.:  Wheel-packing (all cars)
4:30 p.m.: IMCA Modified Practice
5:15 p.m.: Late Model Practice
6 p.m.:  Late Model Last Chance Races (3 races / 15 laps each / top 2 transfer)
  Late Model Qualifying Dash No. 1 (9 cars / 8 laps / finish determines inside row of A)
  Late Model Dash No. 2 (9 cars / 8 laps / finish determines outside row of A)
  Practice for IMCA Modifieds locked into A from Thurs. / Fri. Qualifying Races
  IMCA Modified Last Chance Races (6 races / 15 laps / top 2 transfer)
  Late Model Duel in the Desert A-Feature - 40 laps - $5,000 to win
  IMCA Modified Duel in the Desert A-Feature - 40 laps - $5,000 to win
  
Schedule and format subject to change.