NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to return to LVMS in 2005

Even though this year¿s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is just two months away, plans already are under way for the 2005 event.

NASCAR and speedway officials announced Thursday that NASCAR¿s third-tier racing series will return to the 1.5-mile superspeedway on Sept. 24, 2005. This year¿s Las Vegas 350 is set for Saturday, Sept. 25 as part of a doubleheader with the Champ Car World Series. NASCAR released its entire 2005 schedule on Thursday.

The 2005 event will mark the ninth visit by the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to LVMS. Las Vegas Brendan Gaughan, who now competes in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, is the defending champion of the Las Vegas 350.

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 2005. The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and Sam¿s Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series events are scheduled for March 11-13, 2005.

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.