Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials are expecting the smoothest vehicle flow ever for the NASCAR Weekend thanks to improvements made to Interstate 15.
A design-build project by the Nevada Department of Transportation has widened I-15 to four lanes in each direction between the U.S. 95 interchange and Craig Road. This project was completed well ahead of schedule and should improve ingress and egress for the Feb. 26-28 events.
"We are very grateful to the Nevada Department of Transportation for its efficiency in completing this project," said LVMS president Chris Powell. "When we first heard of this project in 2007, we were told it would impact NASCAR Weekend in '08, '09 and 2010. But NDOT delayed the start until after the '08 race and concluded the project before this year's big weekend - a full six months ahead of schedule."
While commuting by car should be much easier, the speedway still encourages fans to use mass transit to attend the races. For the second consecutive year, Coach America will service the event. In 2009, Coach America replaced CAT as the preferred transit organization for the events at LVMS. Race fans can contact Coach America at nascar.coachamerica.com or (702) 948-7360.
For those wishing to take a private charter to the races, LVMS recommends Key Tours. Key Tours has been providing service to the speedway for several years, and we vouch for the quality of its service. Key Tours can be contacted at www.keytourslv.com or 1-800-261-2691.
To reserve seats on either the Coach America or Key Tours buses, please go to www.LVMS.com and click on the "Getting to the Races" link in the NASCAR Weekend Quick Links box.
The speedway will continue to crack down on the fraudulent use of handicapped placards. Speedway security will be checking the validity of handicapped passes on each vehicle.
"We take caring for the handicapped very seriously at the speedway," Powell said. "It's important to us that handicapped fans coming to our race are not inconvenienced by those who are perfectly capable of parking in the general parking area."
General parking is free at LVMS.
The speedway also has added a new feature to its website. Videos depicting the preferred entry and exit from the speedway can now be found online at www.lvms.com.
NASCAR Weekend at LVMS begins with zMAX Pole Day on Friday, Feb. 26. The Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race will be held Saturday, Feb. 27. The Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event will cap the weekend on Sunday, Feb. 28. There also will be two nights of racing at the Dirt Track at LVMS: USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and USAC Midgets on Thursday, Feb. 25, and World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on Friday, Feb. 26.