Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials expect most every seat to be filled for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Shelby 427.

"The recent surge in interest for Sunday's race is a testament to the strength of NASCAR and the true passion in NASCAR fans," said Chris Powell, LVMS president.  "In anticipation of a sellout, we are creating a $50 general-admission credential.  These admissions will go on sale Saturday at 9 a.m. and will remain on sale until Sunday's green flag at 1:30 p.m."

The general-admission credential will allow race fans to sit at the lower level of the speedway's Section 4, just outside Turns 3 and 4.  Seating in these rows has not been available for purchase since the speedway was reconfigured prior to the 2007 event.

Powell added that today's announcement is great news locally.

"Despite a challenging economy, this event continues to deliver great benefits for Las Vegas," Powell said.  "I had my doubts a couple of months ago that we'd get so close to a full house, but now it looks realistic."

Powell said that ticket renewals for Sunday's race, which were conducted in the late spring of 2008, were strong, but that the public sale of tickets had weakened when the economy turned sour later in the year.  Recently, however, the speedway has observed a heightened interest in the event.

 "We're aware of some fans who, probably because of the downturn in the economy, have purchased tickets and will not be able to travel to Las Vegas for this weekend's racing activities," Powell said.  "So that should explain any empty seats that are visible.  Except for a couple of hundred singles that we have available, all of our tickets have been distributed."

To obtain the $50 tickets, race fans should call the LVMS ticket services office at 1-800-644-4444. Tickets also remain available for Saturday's Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide race, which will begin at 1:30 p.m.