Former NASCAR Sprint Cup stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will be among the more than 215 competitors taking to the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during next week's 18th annual Duel in the Desert.

The popular drivers are coming to LVMS to race in the Nov. 11-14 event, which will feature the top IMCA Modified cars in the country in a heated battle for a Vegas-style $7,777.77 first-place check.

Schrader, who competed on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 1984-2013, is excited about his upcoming trip to Las Vegas.

"It will be fun, and it's just such a beautiful facility," said Schrader, a four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner. "We were just looking on the schedule and had never been to one of those IMCA races, and it just looked like a challenge and we wanted to do it. Plus, who doesn't like to go to Vegas?"

The event begins with a practice session at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, Nov. 11, that is free to the public and continues with heat races, "B features" and qualifying features on Thursday, Nov. 12, and Friday, Nov. 13. Championship night is on Saturday, Nov. 14, and that evening's schedule will include last-chance races, young guns and legends races and main events for the IMCA Northern SportMods (25 laps) and IMCA Modifieds (40 laps). Gates open at 2 p.m. Pacific Time Wednesday through Friday and at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo., won his third career Duel in the Desert last year, while J.C. Howell of Mabank, Texas, crossed the line first in the 25-lap SportMod main event.

Call 1-800-644-4444 or go to www.LVMS.com for more information and to order tickets.


2015 Duel in the Desert schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 11
3 p.m.: Spectator gates open (FREE ADMISSION)
4 p.m.: Practice night begins - Groups of 20 cars - 3 sessions per group

Thursday, Nov. 12
2 p.m.: Spectator gates open
3 p.m.: IMCA Northern SportMod hot laps
3:15 p.m.: IMCA Modified hot laps
4 p.m.: IMCA Northern SportMod heat races
IMCA Modified heat races
IMCA Northern SportMod B-Main races
IMCA Modified B-Main races
IMCA Northern SportMod qualifying feature - 20 laps
IMCA Modified qualifying feature #1 & #2 - 25 laps

Friday, Nov. 13
2 p.m.: Spectator gates open
3 p.m.: IMCA Northern SportMod hot laps (Tentative)
3:15 p.m.: IMCA Modified hot laps (Tentative)
4 p.m.: IMCA Northern SportMod heat races
IMCA Modified heat races
IMCA Northern SportMod B-Main races
IMCA Modified B-Main races
IMCA Northern SportMod qualifying Feature - 20 laps
IMCA Modified Qualifying Feature #1 & #2 - 25 laps

Saturday, Nov. 14
3 p.m.: Spectator gates open
4 p.m.: IMCA Northern SportMod last chance races - 12 laps
IMCA Modified Last Chance Races - 12 laps
IMCA Northern SportMod qualifier hot laps (Thursday & Friday qualifiers only)
IMCA Modified qualifier hot laps (Thursday & Friday qualifiers only)
IMCA Modified "Young Guns" race - 10 laps
IMCA Modified "Legends" race - 10 laps
IMCA Northern SportMod main event - 25 laps
IMCA Modified Duel in the Desert main event - 40 laps

*Schedule subject to change.