John Force, 15-time NHRA Funny Car champion, is coming to NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Professional drag racing’s legendary Funny Car pilot will sign autographs in the Neon Garage on Saturday, March 5, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., prior to the start of the Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

John Force Racing Funny Cars will be on display at the speedway March 4-6. John’s Castrol Ford will be on display in the Neon Garage on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Additional JFR Funny Cars will be on display next to the administration building.

Force and his team will compete in the annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at LVMS on April 1-3.

NASCAR Weekend begins on Thursday, March 3 with a full day of NASCAR Nationwide Series practice and a free driver autograph session. Stratosphere Pole Day features practice for both the Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race as well as qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 on Friday, March 4. The Sam’s Town 300 is set for Saturday, March 5 and the Kobalt Tools 400 will run on Sunday, March 6. Two nights of World of Outlaws Sprint Car racing will take place at the Dirt Track March 2 and 3.

Tickets for all events, Neon Garage passes and Lucky 7 parking permits are on sale at www.lvms.com or by calling (800) 644-4444. Follow LVMS on Facebook and Twitter.

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Schedule for Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s 2011 NASCAR Weekend
Stratosphere Pole Day, Sam’s Town 300, Kobalt Tools 400

Thursday, March 3 – Gates open at noon, free admission
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Sam’s Town 300 practice.
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Free Nationwide Series driver autograph session in the Neon Garage.
3-5 p.m. – Sam’s Town 300 practice.
6 p.m. – NASCAR Hauler Parade on The Las Vegas Strip.

Friday, March 4 – Stratosphere Pole Day
Neon Garage and Gate C opens at 8:45 a.m., all other gates open at 10 a.m.  
9-10:15 a.m. – Sam’s Town 300 practice.
10:45-11:50 a.m. – Sam’s Town 300 final practice.
Noon-1:30 p.m. – Kobalt Tools 400 practice.
3:40 p.m. – Kobalt Tools 400 qualifying (two laps, all positions).

Saturday, March 5 – Neon Garage and gates open at 8 a.m.   
9:05 a.m. – Sam’s Town 300 qualifying (two laps, all positions).
10:10-11:25 a.m. – Kobalt Tools 400 final practice.
11:30 a.m. – Sam’s Town 300 driver introductions.
Noon – NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam’s Town 300 (200 laps, 300 miles).
3 p.m. – Speedway Children’s Charities auction (on the Midway).
4-7 p.m. – Richard Petty Driving Experience Laps for Charity.

Sunday March 6 – Neon Garage and gates open at 7 a.m.
9-10 a.m. – Speedway Children’s Charities Track Walk.
10:30 a.m. – Pre-race activities begin.
11:30 a.m. – Kobalt Tools 400 driver introductions.
Noon – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 (267 laps, 400.5 miles).
4 p.m. (time approximate) – U.S. Legend Cars International racing on infield oval.

All times listed are Pacific Time.
Schedule subject to change.