LVMS seeking second NASCAR Winston Cup Series date



            Seven weeks after hosting a NASCAR Winston Cup Series event before a sold-out crowd of approximately 140,000, Las Vegas Motor Speedway would like to attract a second Winston Cup event to Las Vegas.

            "We continue to see other speedways going public with their efforts to land a second yearly NASCAR Winston Cup event," said Chris Powell, general manager of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

            "But there clearly is only one speedway that can offer everything ¿ a destination city; more than 125,000 hotel rooms; great weather; excellent atmosphere and great racing.  That's why we sold every seat for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 in March.

            "Ask the people who attend Winston Cup races ¿ the drivers, the crew members, the sponsors, television executives, even NASCAR officials ¿ which speedways should be awarded a second race.  Las Vegas is at the top of everyone's list.  And ask the fans who voted this year by filling the speedway beyond its seating capacity. 

"The reality is this:  People love coming to Las Vegas."

            Powell said a second yearly event in Las Vegas makes good business sense.  "What better market than Las Vegas to visit twice a year?" Powell said.  "As new sponsors come into the sport, they want exposure in large, popular markets.  We appeal to NASCAR's good business sense that another race in Las Vegas would be a tremendous benefit to the sport."

            Powell added that Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in contrast to other venues that host NASCAR Winston Cup events, would not be seeking state funds in order to upgrade its facility.

            "Our speedway will stand on its own merits," Powell said.  "We will not leverage the

possibility of a second Winston Cup race in order to seek public money from taxpayers.  This facility already features all the amenities that make it worthy of another Winston Cup date.  In fact, we've taken a leading role in helping build the sport of stock-car racing."

            As for shifting a date from another Speedway Motorsports facility, Powell said that would not happen.  "Bruton (Smith, SMI chairman) has been firm on that issue, and we fully support his stance," Powell said.  "But it wasn't long ago that NASCAR said it had capped the schedule at 32 races.  Today there are 36.  In the case of a unique destination such as Las Vegas, which offers a record of past success, there is a calling for one more."




            Las Vegas Motor Speedway is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK), a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. In addition to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, SMI owns and operates the following premiere facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and Texas Motor Speedway. SMI also provides event souvenir merchandising services through its Finish Line Events subsidiary, and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars through its 600 Racing subsidiary.