LVMS one of only six tracks to host NASCAR test sessions;

Preseason Thunder Las Vegas set for Jan. 30-Feb. 1


The importance of Las Vegas Motor Speedway's annual stop on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule was emphasized Thursday by NASCAR's new testing rules.

LVMS is one of just six tracks that will conduct tests for the Nextel Cup teams in 2006, according to the standards announced by NASCAR. More than 40 teams are expected to converge on the 1.5-mile superspeedway Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 1 for three days of testing in preparation for the March 12, 2006 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.

"NASCAR based its decision on feedback from the race teams," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. "To be one of just six tracks selected for testing for the 2006 season speaks volumes to the appeal of both our speedway and our city. This will be the seventh year of our Preseason Thunder, and we are happy to let these race teams use our facility to prepare for the 2006 season."

LVMS will allow the public to view the practice sessions from the grandstand free of charge.

NASCAR Busch Series teams are scheduled to test at LVMS Feb. 6-8 in preparation for the Sam's Town 300.

Tickets to the NASCAR Weekend are on sale through the LVMS ticket office by calling 1-800-644-4444 or online at

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 service through its SMI Properties subsidiary, and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars through its 600 Racing subsidiary.