Las Vegas Motor Speedway General Manager Chris Powell joined Adrian Jones, general manager of Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, in an unveiling of a first-of-its-kind wax likeness of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt Wednesday. A meticulously recreated $200,000 life-size wax figure of Earnhardt, dressed in an official driving uniform, complete with cap, jacket and sunglasses, was unveiled during ceremonies that opened the attraction to the public.  The figure of Earnhardt is standing in a Victory Lane setting with arms raised in triumph just as he had done 76 times in his NASCAR career. Earnhardt is the first auto racing legend to have a wax figure in the SPEED attraction. "Dale Earnhardt was one of the great racers and champions in the history of motorsports," Powell said. "In 2004, Las Vegas Motor Speedway honored Dale by naming a fabulous grandstand, the Dale Earnhardt Terrace, in his memory.  Similarly, the tribute to Dale by Madame Tussauds points up the importance of Dale's role in motorsports.  And the coming 'Speed' attraction, featuring additional legendary drivers, also illustrates the strong link and enormous popularity of NASCAR racing in our great city.  We at the Speedway are honored to be part of it." Visitors to Madame Tussauds can stand next to the Earnhardt figure and be photographed with it while experiencing the sights and sounds of one of the most thrilling moments in NASCAR history. "Dale Earnhardt introduced the sport of auto racing to millions and his presence best represents the country's fastest-growing spectator sport," Jones said. "Madame Tussauds is dedicating this attraction to auto racing on a long-term basis and we will update this experience with additional $200,000 wax figures of famous auto racing legends on a regular basis.  But, when we asked our customers and auto racing fans who should be first, a great majority said Earnhardt." Tickets in the Earnhardt Terrace, as well as the Petty Terrace, for next year's March 10-12 NASCAR Weekend are on sale by calling the LVMS ticket office at 1-800-644-4444 or by logging on to www.lvms.com. Tickets also are on sale for the Las Vegas Double Down featuring the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Champ Car World Series on Sept. 24, the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals Oct. 20-23 and the World of Outlaws events Oct. 21-22. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is open seven days a week.  For attraction hours and pricing, call 702-862-7800, or visit online at www.mtvegas.com.