A record crowd and increased TV ratings for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 helped make the 2005 NASCAR Weekend the most successful in Las Vegas Motor Speedway history.

            A crowd estimated by the media in attendance at 156,000 watched Jimmie Johnson post the victory over Las Vegas brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch. The estimated attendance was an increase of approximately 12,000 over the 2004 event.

            In addition, the overnight television rating of 5.8 was a significant increase over the 5.5 registered for the 2004 event, according to FOX Sports senior vice president Lou D¿Ermilio. The local ratings were even more impressive as the event pulled a 9.3 and 19 share in Las Vegas. The 2004 event drew a 7.6 local rating.

            "There is no question this was our most successful event ever," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. "Race fans had beautiful weather, a very competitive race and saw the best that Las Vegas and Las Vegas Motor Speedway have to offer. And with the announcement of the new grandstands for next year, we expect 2006 to be even better."

            LVMS announced Sunday that a 14,000-seat grandstand, named the Richard Petty Terrace, will be constructed near Turn 1 before the 2006 event.

            Ticket renewals for the 2006 event will be sent out within the next two months. The 2006 race dates will be available in late spring.