One of the great things about Las Vegas Motor Speedway is that we have so many racing venues. On any given weekend you can find multiple activities taking place to keep you entertained. This weekend we are cranking it up a bit as both The Strip and the Bullring have three full days of racing activities scheduled. In fact, both venues are hosting multiple events on Saturday, which will make this weekend a race fan's dream.
We'll start out with a description of the activities taking place over at Gate 2 off of Las Vegas Boulevard. On Friday night the great folks at 600 Racing will host another round of INEX National point races for Legends, Thunder Roadster and Bandoleros at the Bullring. The Friday night shows are very laid-back and are focused on fun for the participant. Drivers race strictly for trophies and valuable National points. With this being the first of three days of racing, we expect a huge turnout of racers in the INEX classes as well dozens of cars testing. The great part about Friday night at the Bullring is that spectator admission is free.
The Bullring is very busy on Saturday and the action heats up early. The United States Auto Club (USAC) .25 Midget Series hosts their second points race of the season on the Bullring's kart track. Racers ranging in age from 6 to 16 will be competing on the 3/8 mile oval starting at 9 a.m. and will run until approximately 2 p.m. This is the last race before June's big USAC Blackjack 200 National Qualifying event so there's lots of pressure on these young stars to get their cars dialed-in for the big show. Spectator admission is free and it's a great opportunity for you to check out one of the neatest forms of racing if you have a child or grandchild who may want to get into the spotlight.
Saturday night the Bullring heats up with the fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series event of the 2009 season. In the three races held so far, the action has been absolutely amazing in all of our regular classes. Also on tap for Saturday night is the return of the popular Baby Grand National cars. A large number of cars are traveling to Las Vegas for a gathering of Baby Grand National clubs from Canada, Washington and California. Last year they put on an incredible show that would lead you to believe you are watching a Sprint Cup race on a superspeedway.
The big experiment of the weekend comes on Sunday as the Bullring hosts a very, very rare daytime event. The SRL Southwest Tour will make their second appearance at the Bullring with a full show of qualifying and a 121-lap feature. Back in November, the SRL came to Las Vegas where local teen sensation Bear Rzesnowiecky made his series debut and also captured the win. Several local drivers are looking for rides for this event and the SRL will be bringing along close to 30 of the best touring cars in the Sothwest. In addition to the tour cars, Sunday's event will also feature two features for the Baby Grand Nationals as well as INEX National Championship Qualifier events for Roadsters, Bandoleros and Legends. It will be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Keep in mind that all of the Bullring events are based on fan-friendly value. If you purchase your tickets before 5 p.m. on Friday you can get admission to each day's racing for just five dolalrs. Add that to our great $1 hot dog, $1 beer and $1 coke menu and that should get your wallet stimulated.
America's Greatest Drag Strip has another busy weekend ahead that will keep all of our local drag racing enthusiasts busy. On Friday night we'll host our standard Test 'n' Tune from 5 - 9 p.m. and then we kick off another night of Midnight Mayhem presented by MetroPCS from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. All of the local car enthusiasts are fired up after watching the latest Fast and Furious movie so we expect another huge turnout of street legal cars who want to play drag racer. Our Midnight Mayhem events are all based on having fun and giving racers a chance to enjoy their car in a safe environment, we expect to have another successful show this Friday.
On Saturday morning more than 50 youngsters from Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah will converge for race number four of the Short Line Express Market/Chevron Jr. Drag Racing Series. Just as the USAC .25 cars are the stepping stone for oval racers, the NHRA Jr. Dragsters have opened the door for many of today's Powerade Series racers. Saturday's Jr. program includes a round of time trials, qualifying and eliminations. The action gets underway at 9 a.m.
As soon as the Jr. Dragsters clear the track (at approximately 4 p.m.) the quarter-mile heats up with point race number three of the Wicked HP Championship Drag Racing Series. More than 200 cars will be in competition on Saturday night including Motorcycle, High School, Sportsman, Pro and Super Pro brackets. In addition to the on-track activies, the Club Nitro area will feature the second "Hot Rods, Hot Dogs, Bikes and Budweiser" Cruise Night. All classic hot rods and custom bikes are admitted for free and the midway area features the most important part of a Saturday night car gathering: $1 beer and $1 hot dogs!
Racing in the Wicked HP Championship Series continues on Sunday with race number four and another complete program of bracket racing action. The two-day, two-show format is very popular with racers and fans alike and we expect a great turnout .
So, that is pretty much a preview of the busy weekend that's ahead for the racing operations department at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Five complete shows at The Strip and four complete shows at the Bullring. If you love racing at an affordable price the whole family can enjoy, then don't miss out. The weather forecast is great and there's never been a better excuse to get off the couch.