Hey there race fans!
It seemed like forever since I had been in the Bullring flagstand (even though it was really only a couple of weeks), but wow...what a great night! The racing was great and the crowd was great too! It was awesome to see all the close door-to-door action!
During the introductions for the SRL Series racers, I was able to take a photo of the really cool pace car that they had. I am a Camero girl! I drove one when I was in high school, but I will say I am a fan of the older-style Cameros. This one is pretty cool, but the style they had before this one was not my favorite! I was definitely tired with all the racing that went on, but I hope that you, the fans, enjoyed every lap!
I am really looking forward to next week's promotion: "Date Night at the Bullring." It will be fun! I can't wait to see how many people show up. Ladies: it's only $3 dollars to get in! What a crazy price!
Hope that everyone is doing well. If you are looking for some type of racing action this weekend, come on over to The Strip and watch two days of junior dragster racing. Time trials and qualifying rounds begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
That's it for now - see you at the races!
Hey race fans!
I can not believe that the regular season at the Bullring is coming to an end this weekend! Where did the season go? It seems like just yesterday, we came back from our summer break. This season has definitely been a great one!
This weekend, we will crown our 2009 Bullring Champions. They will receive their official trophies at the banquet that will be at Sam's Town Live! on October 24th. But there are still some tight points battles that can be changed in an instant with this weekend's race results.
Congratulations to Kaylee Barker who has clinched the 2009 title and is the youngest girl to win a Bando Bandit Championship! Way to go!
Come and enjoy our Championship Night. Enjoy the door-to-door action that will happen this Saturday - there will be no hanging back. This is it - now or never to win a championship for some drivers that are so close to the elusive titles for their divisions. Gates open at 5 p.m. with qualifying, and opening ceremonies will be at 7 p.m.
Don't forget we have the Speed Spectacular on Oct. 31st and the Open Comp Race Weekend on Nov. 6th and 7th still to run at the Bullring this year. And then we move to the Dirt Track for the Duel in the Desert, Nov. 12th-14th where the winner can win $7,777.77!
Have to run...have a great week! And as always - see ya at the races!
When I went to the Bullring on Saturday, I knew that it was Cowboy Night and we always have fun things for the fans: jump houses, a petting zoo -- and (for the past three years) an 18-wheel cattle truck parade around the track and then leave.
I had no idea what the evening had in store for everyone! As the night began with qualifying and opening ceremonies drew closer, I began to see some 18-wheelers staging in the pits. Believe me, I didn't think much of it. As we were getting ready for opening ceremonies, all of the trucks came onto the track. I thought 'how cool'...but then, when I heard over the radio they were going to race, I thought, 'okay, this is going to be totally cool!'
As I gave them the one to go signal, I still couldn't believe we were actually going to race these trucks! Then, I dropped the green flag and the race began. The race was very funny to watch - especially when they were three and four wide in the turns! It was an interesting feeling seeing them come out of turn four and look like they were heading right at the flagstand. I think that was the case because they were so tall that it was a way different felling than if there were race cars on the track. I can now say that I have flagged just about everything: quarter midgets, bandos, Super Late Models, Super Modifieds and now, six 18-wheelers! As the checkered flag dropped, the crowd went crazy! It was great!
We do have more racing this Labor Day weekend and I hope to see everyone out at the Bullring. With only three races left in the regular season, it should make for some great racing as the drivers try to gain as many points as possible, competing for the elusive track championship! Make sure to come out and check out the racing - you never know what might happen. You might catch another race of non-racing vehicles, or at least ones that you wouldn't expect.
Also, the PSCA will be visiting The Strip this weekend, so there is plenty of racing for everyone! Race fans, have a great week! See ya at the races!
Hey race fans! I can't believe the summer break is almost over! It seems like just yesterday that we were at the Annual Night of Fire.
I am looking forward to getting back in the flagstand on August 15th at the Bullring and then checking out the Junior Dragsters Labor Day Weekend at The Strip.
The juniors just got back from the 2009 NHRA Western Conference Finals in Denver, Colo. I went to this event last year and had a great time. This year I stayed in Vegas, but kept getting updates regularly. A team of 11 juniors made the trek to Denver and from what I heard, had a great time. DJ Henderson came back with a quarter-finalist trophy and the entire team came back with the highly coveted Team Spirit Award. Congratulations to all of the juniors, parents and supporters for a great Denver trip!
Well, just a couple of more weeks and it's back to racing at LVMS. I'll take the time to rest up and get ready for the rest of the 2009 race season at both tracks. I look forward to seeing everyone out on August 15th for Keith Danser Kid's Candy Toss Night. It will be a great night of racing!
Take care and as always...
See ya at the races!
Hey race fans! I can't believe that it is already time for the annual Night of Fire!. The evening will be jammed pack with great racing, jetcars burning other cars and fireworks, that the action will be nothing short of non-stop!
Come one, come all and join us for this one-of-a-kind special night of racing. If you've joined us before, you know what I'm talking about.
This is my favorite night of the season! If you have other plans, be safe and have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend. If you are looking for something to do, come on out.
Gates open at 5 p.m. for qualifying and the national anthem will kick everything off at 7 p.m. We are running what I call the "super cool" cars (Supermodifieds with wings). They are so wicked-fast it's crazy! I can't wait!
Have a great Fourth of July celebration, stay safe and hopefully I'll see you tomorrow night at our annual Night of Fire race event!!
As always, see ya at the races.
Hey there race fans! What a great weekend of racing we had!
I hope that you were able to join us on Emergency Personnel Appreciation night at the Bullring. We could not have asked for better weather, it was a beautiful night for racing.
This is one of my favorite nights because we get to honor the men and women that help keep us safe and everyone is able to get up close to some really cool vehicles. As you can see from the photos, we had lots of emergency vehicles that were on display and some that even participated in opening ceremonies. I think one of my favorite pictures is of Pit Boss riding in the SWAT Armored Vehicle. I have to admit that both the Mercy Air and Metro Helicopter flyovers were pretty cool!!
We also had box races for the kids. I want to thank Keri for letting me model her cute pink box car! Thanks Keri! I want to thank all of the kids that participated and congratulations to all the kids that won. There were some great looking box cars that I saw out there. That's always a great event!
This weekend is the Chris Tickle Father's Day Double Header. Then, we have our Annual Night of Fire on July 2 with fireworks and a jet car burn. I hope you can make it out to catch both weekends. Don't forget, after July 2, we take our summer break. That just gives us time to rest up for the second half of the season. Wow, I can't believe we are already halfway through the 2009 race season! Time flies when your having fun!
Have a great week and as always, see you at the races!
This weekend should be a great one for racing! It is one of my favorite weekends: Bullring Bubba Night!
I will never forget the year that we had a semi-truck full of live sheep drive around the track! It was hilarious! Being as close as I was to them, they didn't smell all that great, but it was funny to see the sheep sticking their faces out of the truck to see what was going on. Too funny!
I can't wait to see what happens this year on Bullring Bubba Night. We will have all of our divisions racing so it is going to be a great show.
I hope to see everyone out this weekend. Come out and enjoy a night with family and friends, enjoy some great racing and see what crazy things happen this year on Bullring Bubba Night.
Have a terrific Friday and as always...see ya at the races!!
Hey race fans! Oh, how the week is flying by and we go racing in just two short days! I was completely off from the track last weekend, so I am looking forward to this weekend's events!
I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day! I spent the day with my family from Vegas, Texas and California and we had a great day! I got the best present from my nephews. They went to Build-A-Bear and made me a stuffed dog named "Flag Girl Dog." What a great name, I love it! My oldest nephew came up with the name since I wave the flags at the track. As you can see from the picture, it's awesome!
This weekend at the track should be great. I always love when the Super Modifieds come to town. They are wicked-fast. So Friday we have 600 Racing events and Midnight Mayhem Presented by MetroPCS, Saturday, we have Quarter Midgets at the gokart track and racing at the Bullring. Sunday, I'll be back at The Strip working and catching races featuring some very cool cars!
Well, everyone enjoy the rest of your week and I hope to see you out at the track this weekend. Until next time, see you at the races!
Hey race fans! I'm just sitting in the pits at the Bullring on a Saturday afternoon. Bryan is handling the first-half of practice and then, come 4 p.m., it will be my turn in the flagstand.
I spent my morning with the Quarter Midgets at the go-cart track. They are very fun to watch! If you ever get a chance to watch them, I highly recomend catching a race or two. I think I might have to get in one someday.
It is cool to watch what goes on in the pits on race day. Being in the flagstand during practice, I am usually not able to see what happens down here before the driver's meeting. It is controlled caos!
Well, I am going to go and get ready for practice. Hope to see everyone out here tonight! Gates open at 5 p.m. tonight. Don't forget, we are running a rare Sunday day of racing tomorrow. Gates open at 11 a.m.
See ya at the races!!
Hey race fans! I am looking forward to climbing back into the flagstand this weekend! There is a full racing lineup this Saturday night at the Bullring. We have all of our regular divisions running with a special appearance from the ASA Speed Trucks.
Looks to be a great night of racing and the weather should be perfect!
Don't forget that there will be 600 Racing events at the Bullring going on tonight with free admission and Midnight Mayhem over at The Strip. PSCA makes its first appearance of the year at The Strip this weekend too, so there is plenty of racing to take in!
No matter what race track you come out to this weekend, enjoy yourself. Make sure you stop by the flagstand and say hi!
Have a great weekend, and as always, see you at the races!
Thank you to all the fans that came out and enjoyed opening night at the Bullring last weekend. Everyone was braving a little cold and wind, but it was well worth it to catch some great racing.
With a rare weekend off from both race tracks, it will be a well-deserved break for everyone. I Guess I will need to figure out some things to keep me busy. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. The weekend off will give me time to rest up and spend time with family and friends. That can be hard to do sometimes when you are having fun at the race track each weekend.
Don't forget that The Strip will host the SummitRacing.com Nationals April 2-4. Hopefully I am going to be out there starting Friday to enjoy one of the most amazing sports that I have ever been around. It blows my mind to watch cars go 200 to 300 miles per hour. If you blink, you might miss it! Hope to see you out there.
Everyone, have a great weekend and I'll be back soon. As always...see ya at the races!
Hello race fans! Wow, it took me a while to recover from NASCAR Weekend, but I had a blast! I am always sad when it's over. Even though the weekend is lots of work, I wish it came around more than once a year. Now, it is time to get ready for opening night at the Bullring. I can't believe it is only 12 days away! I am so excited! We have a lot going on this year, so I hope that you can join us Saturday, March 21st at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
This week you can catch me hanging out over at The Strip. A lot of racing will be going on there this weekend. It should be a great weekend to get out, enjoy the weather and watch some great racing.
I hope everyone has a great week. Talk to you soon and see ya at the races!
Hey there race fans! I don't know about you, but I am getting totally excited about next weekend's racing events. It will be here in less than seven days!
There is so much racing that will be happening between Wednesday and Sunday, that it will make your head spin! I am looking forward to taking in the action of the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and Midgets on Wednesday and , the World of Outlaws and the Bomber races on Thursday night.
Then the action continues with, zMAX Pole Day on Friday, the Sam's Town 300 on Saturday and the Shelby 427 on Sunday. Can you tell this is one of my favorite weekends of the year?! I even heard that a few of our favorite Sprint Cup drivers will be racing at The Dirt Track and you also never know who might show up to catch a little racing action! I can tell you that Kasey Kahne and J.J. Yeley will be participating on Wednesday night and Tony Stewart Racing will have a few entries as well. There is a little insider tip for you!
I will be very busy throughout the weekend though. I am going to be working in the infield with a few of my fellow Bullring compadres and we will be helping keep the peace in the middle of the caos I can say I will easily walk about 30 miles over the four days that we will be there, it will probably be even more though! Don't hesitate to stop and say hello if you happen to be in the infield area...I'd be glad to chat with you.
I want everyone to enjoy all the racing action! If you need tickets to any of the week's racing events, please give the ticket office a call at 1-800-644-4444 and someone will be happy to help you.
Have a great week and I'll see you at the races!
Hey there race fans!!! Can you believe that January is already gone and we are five days into February already!?!? It just makes me realize that race season is just around the corner! Only 22 days until NASCAR Weekend...I am totally excited! And, we are a little less than six weeks away from opening night at the Bullring...it will be here before we know it. I am counting down the days!! :)
I think I am most excited about seeing the Bandoleros and Legend cars (the cars I am used to flagging at the Bullring) going down The Strip on Saturday and Sunday. I worked at the drag strip last weekend and was tickled pink to watch a couple of the Legends run a pretty decent pass. I do have to admit, it was a little weird seeing those little cars go down the track (they look so tiny on that track)...but Frank and Justin did great!!!! I can't wait to see who comes out this weekend to try it out! If you aren't busy and are looking for a bit of local racing to watch, head out to The Strip and take a peek on Saturday and/or Sunday morning. I promise you will have a good time! You can also get a look at the junior dragster program as well.
Don't forget we have Midnight Mayhem Presented by MetroPCS this Friday night. This weekend you can catch me in the timeslip booth on Friday and Saturday. So if you come out to The Strip, make sure you stop by and say hi!
Until then...see you at the races!
Who is ready for racing to start? I definitely am!! This past weekend was a little bit of a small nudge back into the groove of things. I worked over at The Strip and the weather was beautiful. This weekend is the first Midnight Mayhem Presented by MetroPCS and PSCA Testing will be going on all weekend. It looks like it will be another beautiful weekend in the Valley. I can't wait to get back over to the Bullring!!
It is just a little over a month away and the NASCAR race weekend will be here!! There will be so much racing that it might make your head spin! World of Outlaws and USAC at the Dirt Track, and the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series races. Who could ask for more?!
Hope that everyone has a great week and see ya at the races!
Can you believe it is already 2009??!? Where did last year go??
Happy New Year to everyone and I hope that this year is a very prosperous one for each and everyone of you!
The countdown to the 2009 race season is on! I can't wait to get back to the race track and get the new season rolling. I spent the break and the holidays here in Las Vegas with my family and had a great time. My parents came in from Texas and spent a week with me, my sister and her family. I had some time off from my regular job, so it was nice to recharge my batteries to get ready for the new year. I went to see the show "Love" at the Mirage and it was awesome!! A show that I highly recommend for anyone to see...
I think everyone will agree with me that this was the coldest December I can remember since I moved to Las Vegas in 1999. I mean, come on, SNOW IN LAS VEGAS??!!!??? I had family calling from Texas asking if we were okay...I said, 'yes, it is just snow...no big deal.' But I will tell you that I got into a snowball fight or two...that was a blast!!
I hope that the holiday season was great to everyone! Just a few short weeks away, race season will be underway. I am really excited about the new season and I hope to see each and everyone of you out at the track...whether it is the Bullring, The Strip, the superspeedway or even the Dirt Track during Cup Weekend.
Talk to you soon and see you at the races!!
Hey there everybody! Hope the beginning of the holiday season finds you well. It's December 1st and there are only 24 more days of shopping for those presents! Yikes!! And no, I am not even remotely close to even starting my shopping!! I cannot believe it is December already...where did the time go? Better yet, where did the racing year go? This past weekend was the last big event at the track until next year. This was my first year to partake in the fun and festivities at the drag strip. The annual Thanksgiving weekend of five straight days of racing was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, it rained the first two days, so everything had to get packed into three days. It was crazy, but I can't wait until next year!!
We had the Duel in the Desert event, which was a great weekend of racing. There weren't too many rocks that came flying up to the flagstand, but the couple that did, definitely lefts a few marks. But in all, we had a ton of cars and some great racing.
The weekend before the Duel, I learned firsthand, how much hard work goes into the racing at the drag strip. I gained so much respect for what everyone does at that track. I know what to expect at the Bullring or the superspeedway since I have had a few years over there, but I now understand what a tough job it is to be a part of the racing over there. Don't get me wrong, I have worked over at the drag strip before in lots of different capacities. Let's just say, those of you that have been over to The Strip, know about the water box. During the Lucas Oil Division event, I spent two days there. But for those of you who still have yet to come over to the drag strip, the water box is where the cars do their burnouts to clean off of any rocks or debris that have gotten on their tires while they were driving from the pits to the start line. And I wish I had a picture to add to the blog, but I was covered in so much rubber and dirt that I looked like I should have been working in a coal mine. It was very comical. It was a blast though!!
Yes, I am a circle track girl at heart...and always will be. It is basically where I fell in love with this sport we all enjoy. But I have to tell you, if you ever get a chance to come out to watch the drag races at The Strip, please do so. The racing takes a little getting used to if you head out to watch a bracket race (for example) - but the strategy that goes on and the sheer power that are in some of the cars is just fascinating. I am still learning each time I go to the track, so any tidbits that I learn, I'll pass on so you will know what is going on too if you are new to drag racing like I am!!
But one weekend wasn't all about racing. I spent five days with my sister, brother-in-law and nephews at Disneyland. It was such a great time that it was tremendously difficult to get on the plane Sunday night to come home! I truly have to admit, that it is really difficult to be cranky or grouchy at Disneyland. Yes, the lines are sometimes long, but when you go and see the smiles on everyone's faces...it is truly, the happiest place on earth. Well, let's say the West coast since Disneyworld is lots of fun too! It was great to get out of Las Vegas for a week or so and spend time with my family. When race season is in full swing, it is sometimes hard to take a weekend and get out of town. But it was definitely a great trip and I can't wait to go with my family again.
Now, it is time to get ready for the holidays. I am looking forward to my first weekend off from racing with a little bit of sadness. I love race season...whether it is at the Bullring or The Strip...being at the racetrack is like visiting my extended family each weekend.
So, it is now time for all of us to rest up over the next few weeks and be ready to go for another fantastic 2009 race season. So I will try to find something to keep me busy for the next month or so...I'll let you know next week if I found anything to keep me busy!
Don't worry, I am not turning into a straight line-racing girl, circle track girl through and through...I am just learning that any type of racing is really cool!
Well, it has been a couple of weeks since my first blog. I have a lot to chat about, so let's get to it! I have had the pleasure to flag two great weekends of racing: the Fall Classic, two weeks ago and Speedfest, this past weekend.
Let's start with the Fall Classic. What a great seat I had for some of the best racing I have seen in quite a while at the Fall Classic. It was a good weekend to see everyone having a good time and we had lots of cars to watch battle it out on the track. The Fall Classic is always a bittersweet time for me because it means a great night of racing, but it also means that the racing season is coming to an end, and that I will have to wait during the winter for more asphalt racing. It is fun to see all of the different racecars that come to the Fall Classic. People that normally don't race here because they are racing at their own home tracks are able to come hang out with the racers and fans in Vegas and put on a great show. Congratulations to all the winners! And I can't wait until next year!
This past weekend at Speedfest was something for the record books. It was the return of the Super Modifieds to the track since it was repaved that had me on the edge of my seat! We broke the track record at 12.459 during the SuperMod qualifying session!! Those cars are wicked fast and I could not get over how they could stop in time to make the turns...it was awesome! If anyone of you were there, you noticed that I didn't flag all of the races. The Supermods and the SRL divisions brought their own flaggers, which was way cool because for the first time in a while, I was actually able to enjoy the races as a spectator. The speed and the centrifugal force that the Supermods put out was amazing and it was a feeling I will never forget. I stayed in the flag stand to experience the race...one word to describe that experience: sweet!!! It was really cool! I did have the opportunity to flag the USAC Quarter Midgets for the first time and it was awesome! They move so quick and I had to be ready on the lights just in case there was a wreck so I could get the field slowed down quickly if we needed to. Our bandalero drivers did a great job, and as always, I love seeing the kids come out there and race. They are the future of racing! The best part of the night was to see one of our local drivers take home the win. The Bullring's local driver Bear Rzesnowiecky won the SRL feature. I have seen Bear drive many different cars and he was fantastic during that race. The first time in that type of car and he wins! It was terrific!
This weekend I am going to hang up my flags until next weekend at the Duel in the Desert and spend some time with my friends over at The Strip. I will be taking my position in the water box for the Lucas Oil Division 7 races. Drag races are a completely different animal than the "roundy round" races that I am very comfortable with. You definitely have to be on your toes over at the drag strip. But in two weeks, you can catch me over at the Dirt Track flagging the Duel in the Desert. I hope the weather will hold up and not be too terribly cold. It is more painful when the cars kick up the rocks that hit Bryan and I in the flag stand...but cold or not, I look forward to some good racing!
I think that is it for now...See ya at the races!
When I tell people that I work two jobs, everyone always asks me why I do it. They ask me if I ever get tired having to work almost every weekend out in the sun or cold (depending on what time of the year we are racing). My answer to them is always, absolutely not! I work at the track because I love it! I work hard during the week in the advertising and marketing industry to be able to "play" at the race track on the weekends. And I wouldn't give that up for anything in the world!
I have been working at Las Vegas Motor Speedway since the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race in 2003. I was given a great opportunity to work in the media center for Jeff Motley, helping wherever I was needed. It is fun to try and remember exactly what the old media center looked like...ah the memories! I worked in there for a couple of different events and have also worked as an usher supervisor, gate supervisor and other places in between. I don't think there is enough paper in the world for me to express my gratitude for all the knowledge I have gained since become a part-time employee so many years ago. As 2008 draws to an end soon, I can't wait to see what the future brings!
I moved to Las Vegas in November of 1999 from Texas to work for a local television station. I will never forget that day and would have never imaged that I would ever become interested in the sport of racing, let alone work at a race track. My first NASCAR experience was the race in the spring of 2000. My brother-in-law and a friend of ours sat in the Turn 3 bleachers and it rained so the race was shortened. It was fun!
My racing spark was ignited when I was asked to help a photographer at the news station covering the NASCAR weekend. As crazy as this may sound, the atmosphere in the garage is very contagious. The roar of the engines, the hustle and bustle of the teams running around doing what they have to do to help their team come out on top or at least have a great race, was incredible to watch. The more I watched, the more interested in the sport I became. I then continued to go to races taking my sister and brother-in-law any time I could. Needless to say, my entire family are all race fans now!
I have worked during almost every major event at LVMS, rom NASCAR to NHRA, to World of Outlaws to PSCA. Believe me, I am not a girl who sticks to one type of racing. As many of you may know, I typically can be found at the Bullring on Friday and Saturday nights. When I first started there, I worked in the Tech Barn checking drivers in. For the past four years though, I have had the wonderful opportunity to spend my time at the Bullring in the flag stand. I learned under the tutelage of Robert Thomas, who had been the starter for a while. You can ask him, it took me a little bit to get used to being up there, but now, there is no other place I would like to be. One way for me to describe a race night in the flag stand is chaotic! Ha Ha! This season will close out my second season as Chief Starter for the Bullring and the Dirt Track at LVMS.
This weekend I look forward to the Fall Classic, it is always a good show with great racing! Hope to see you out there...come join us for a night of family-friendly fun! Don't forget to come by and say hello...you'll know where to find me! See ya at the races!