Mel Larson, a co-founder of Las Vegas Motor Speedway and one of the pioneers of Las Vegas's rise to international acclaim, died Tuesday. He was 87.
Larson assisted the late Ralph Engelstad and Bill Bennett, along with Richie Clyne, to spearhead the construction of LVMS in the mid-1990s, and it was his guidance that paved the way for the new speedway to land its first NASCAR premier series event in 1998. Larson's friendship with Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith helped pave the way for SMI's purchase of LVMS in late 1998.
"Mel was an icon in many arenas," said LVMS president Chris Powell. "He was instrumental in getting LVMS built, but his reach goes far beyond that in Las Vegas. He was
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