Nevada¿s largest annual sports weekend will return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 5-7, 2004. Again in 2004, the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 will be the third stop on the NASCAR Nextel Cup tour. The 2004 event will mark the seventh visit of NASCAR¿s most elite series to Las Vegas¿s 1.5-mile superspeedway. The Sam¿s Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series event will precede the NASCAR Nextel Cup event on Saturday, March 6. Qualifying for both races will be held Friday, March 5. The O¿Reilly World of Outlaws will return for two nights of action on the speedway¿s half-mile dirt oval March 4-5. ¿Even though we are just four months removed from the 2003 NASCAR Weekend, we are anxiously anticipating the 2004 event,¿ said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. ¿The opening of the new Dale Earnhardt Terrace, which will give fans an incredible panoramic view of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, has everyone at LVMS looking forward to next year. We also are excited to be the first track in the west to welcome Nextel, NASCAR¿s new title sponsor, to the greatest sport in the world. ¿This past year, we had more than 140,000 people for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and almost 90,000 fans for the Sam¿s Town 300. The 6.9 TV rating is the highest of any motorsports event excluding the Daytona 500 this year. It¿s pretty obvious the first weekend in March has become synonymous with NASCAR racing in Las Vegas.¿ Tickets for the new 22,000-seat Dale Earnhardt Terrace are on sale now by calling the speedway at 1-800-644-4444 or online at All remaining seats will go on sale in September. The ticket-renewal process for previous years¿ ticket holders is nearing completion. Times for all events will be announced at a later date. FOX Sports will televise the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 for the fourth consecutive year. Television information for the Sam¿s Town 300 and O¿Reilly World of Outlaws events will be announced later. Current NASCAR Winston Cup points leader Matt Kenseth is the defending champion of the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. Other past winners include Sterling Marlin (2002), Jeff Gordon (2001), Jeff Burton (1999 and 2000) and Mark Martin (1998). Joe Nemechek won this year¿s Sam¿s Town 300. Other Busch winners include Burton (2002 and 2000), Todd Bodine (2001), Martin (1999), Jimmy Spencer (1998) and Jeff Green (1997). 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 SMI Properties subsidiary, and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars through its 600 Racing subsidiary.