Dave Blaney tours news LVMS high-banked asphalt;

"They did a beautiful job.  It's going to be a totally different place."


            NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Dave Blaney visited Las Vegas Motor Speedway today to inspect the new banking and paving on the 1.5-mile superspeedway.  Paving was completed last week and Blaney was the first NASCAR driver to tour the tri-oval in a passenger vehicle.  When the 80-mph ride was completed, he compared the old LVMS to the freshly-paved, high-banked track.     

"They did a beautiful job," said Blaney.  "It's hard to tell, because I haven't seen a car (on the track) or driven a car on the track.  Looking at the transition in the corners and the elevation, I almost think it will race like Homestead (Fla.).  If it does that, everybody's going to be happy.  It's going to be a totally different place.  It was almost what we'd call a flat track before and it's going to be lightning-fast now.  It'll be a whole new deal when we come to Vegas."

            Blaney, who drives the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge for Bill Davis Racing, was in Las Vegas to appear at the World Shoe Association trade show on behalf of CAT Footwear.

            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.