The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will kick off its 2016 points season at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
The popular California-based series' top stars - including reigning champion Jacob Gomes - will compete in the "Blackjack 121" feature that will anchor the night's racing slate. Gomes told Speed51.com that he has mixed feelings about competing at the 3/8-mile paved oval, a track where he's averaged just a 13th-place finish in 14 career starts.
"Vegas and I definitely have a love-hate relationship," said Gomes, who earned his first series win at the Las Vegas track in 2011. "Every time we go in there, we seem to run top five, but either get crashed out or have mechanical failure. I don't know what it is with me and that track, but we have had just horrible luck at Vegas, and I just want to go in there and win this one.
"We have had engine failures, been wrecked while leading and wrecked on re-starts, but I feel like we can go in there and win this race."
The first 100 fans through the gates will receive an autographed Gomes driver profile.
NASCAR Bombers drivers will have two chances to make it to the Winner's Circle thanks to a pair of twin 25s, and NASCAR Super Stocks also will be in action with a 30-lap feature. USLCI Bandoleros Outlaws and Bandits, Thunder Cars and Legends complete the night's eight-race schedule.
This weekend's visit from the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is its first of two Bullring appearances in 2016. The series returns on Nov. 19 to conclude its season at the West Coast Short Track Championships.
This weekend's event is the second of 11 points races for the 2016 Bullring season for the track's eight major classes, and the season continues through championship night on Saturday, Sept. 24. A great entertainment option for families, The Bullring offers $2 hot dogs and Coca-Cola products, $3 Budweiser beer and frequently features prize giveaways during the season.
For more information or to order tickets, log on to The Bullring page at LVMS.com or call 1-800-644-4444.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Race No. 2 presented by Mobil 1 Racing Oil
Saturday, April 9
5 p.m.--Spectator gates open
5:30 p.m.--Bandolero group qualifying (3 laps), Thunder Cars group qualifying (3 laps), Legends group qualifying (3 laps), Bombers group qualifying (3 laps), Super Stocks group qualifying (3 laps), SPEARS SW Tour single-car qualifying (2 laps)
7 p.m.--Opening ceremonies/National anthem
NASCAR Bombers Feature No. 1 - 25 laps (20 minutes)
USLCI Bandolero Outlaws feature - 12 laps (12 minutes)
USLCI Bandolero Bandits feature - 12 laps (12 minutes)
USLCI Thunder Cars feature - 20 laps (20 minutes)
NASCAR Super Stocks feature - 30 laps (30 minutes)
USLCI Legends feature - 25 laps (20 minutes)
NASCAR Bombers feature No. 2 - 25 laps (20 minutes)
SPEARS Southwest Tour Series feature - 121 laps
** ** Schedule subject to change. ** **