Hometown hero Brendan Gaughan is no stranger to victory lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 62 Big O Tires/South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota won the Smith’s 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series here in 2003.
“It’s Vegas. It’s home, so of course I’m excited,” said Gaughan, who has won eight Truck Series races to date. “We’re having the South Point bowling tournament for the crew guys again this year. It’s really about giving the crew guys a chance to have a good time.”
Gaughan is a skilled and successful driver, having won two NASCAR K&N Series West championships as well as taking the GT class in the Rolex 24 this year at Daytona during Speedweeks.
The truck he most recently raced at New Hampshire will be pressed into service for this weekend’s Smith’s 350.
“Our strong run at New Hampshire is our precursor for heading to Las Vegas. It’s been to the wind tunnel recently and it has a different downforce balance than our other chassis. I think I’m gonna like the truck there. We’re looking to rekindle some old magic at home.”
Saturday’s Smith’s 350 is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. and actress-singer Deana Martin will sing the national anthem. Spectator gates will open at 10 a.m.
To purchase tickets or obtain additional information for the Smith’s 350 or Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar World Championships Presented By Honda, please call LVMS at (702) 644-4444 or visit www.LVMS.com. Follow LVMS on Facebook and Twitter.
Schedule for Oct. 14-16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Smith’s 350 and IZOD IndyCar Series World Championships Presented By Honda
Friday, Oct 14 – Ticket gates open at 8:30 a.m.
8:30-9:30 a.m. – NASCAR Truck Series practice.
9:45-10:30 a.m. – Indy Lights practice.
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – NASCAR Truck Series final practice.
12:30-1:15 p.m. – IndyCar Series practice (Group 1).
1:15-2 p.m. – IndyCar Series practice (Group 2).
2:15-3 p.m. – Indy Lights qualifying (2 laps, all positions).
3-4:30 p.m. – IndyCar Series qualifying (2 laps, all positions).
4:30 p.m. – NASCAR Truck Series qualifying (2 laps, all positions).
7 p.m. – Neon Garage closed.
7:30-8:30 p.m. – Free NASCAR Truck Series driver autograph session at Stratosphere Hotel & Casino.
Saturday, Oct 15 – Ticket gates open at 10 a.m.
Noon – NASCAR Truck Series driver introductions.
12:30 p.m. – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Smith’s 350 (146 laps, 219 miles).
5 p.m. – Neon Garage closed.
Sunday, Oct 16 – Ticket gates open at 8 a.m.
9:45-10:45 a.m. – Firestone Indy Lights Series race (67 laps, 100 miles).
11:15 a.m.-noon – Los Lonely Boys concert in Neon Garage.
Noon – IndyCar Series driver introductions.
12:45 p.m. – IZOD INDYCAR World Championships Presented By Honda (200 laps, 300 miles).
4 p.m. – Neon Garage closed.
Schedule is subject to change.