For the first time since 1998, the bright lights of Las Vegas Motor Speedway¿s 1.5-mile superspeedway will shine on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2003.

Next year¿s event, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27, will start at 7:15 p.m.(PDT).

¿We¿ve wanted to run a major event at night on our superspeedway for quite some time,¿ said LVMS president and general manager Chris Powell. ¿And we¿ve finally been able to put the pieces together for next year.  We¿re looking forward to staging one of our key events under the lights because night-time racing brings added excitement.¿

The 1998 Craftsman Truck event at LVMS was a thriller.

¿I think some would argue that the 1998 night race here was the most exciting race in the history of the series,¿ Powell said. ¿Hardly any fan of the series will forget Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday doing doughnuts together in the infield to celebrate Sprague¿s win and Hornaday¿s championship.

The 2003 event will mark the seventh visit by the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Two local drivers, Brendan Gaughan and Kyle Busch, are expected to be part of the starting field for next year¿s event. David Starr is the defending champion, having won the Las Vegas 350 on Oct. 13.

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event will be 350 kilometers (146 laps). Ticket information will be announced at a later date.

The NASCAR Craftsman Trucks Series event will be the second major event weekend on the superspeedway in 2003. The NASCAR Winston Cup Series UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and Sam¿s Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series events are schedule for Feb. 28-March 2, 2003.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK), a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. In addition to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, SMI owns and operates the following premiere facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and Texas Motor Speedway. SMI also provides event souvenir merchandising service through its SMI Properties subsidiary, and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars through its 600 Racing subsidiary.