Popular television star Tim Allen will serve as grand marshal for the Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 11.

Allen, who currently stars in the “Last Man Standing” sitcom on ABC-TV on Tuesday nights, will give the command to start engines for the annual race. Allen is a NASCAR fan and will have 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart as his guest on the show tomorrow.

“I love the track, the crowds, the cars – I’m thrilled to be the grand marshal for this NASCAR race in Vegas. To have all those engines roar to life at my command?  That’s a powerful thing.  Hell yes, I’m excited!  It’s going to be a great day,” Allen said.

The 58-year-old Allen boasts a lengthy and successful career in television and motion pictures. He was the star of the hit 1991-1999 sitcom, “Home Improvement” and “The Santa Clause” movie series, to name just two.

NASCAR racing activity starts on Friday, March 9 with Stratosphere Pole Day. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying will begin at 3:40 p.m.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series takes center stage on Saturday, March 10 with the annual Sam’s Town 300. Qualifying for the Sam’s Town 300 will begin at 10:35 a.m. and the race will start at 2 p.m.
The Kobalt Tools 400 is scheduled to start at noon on Sunday, March 11.

LVMS has added an exciting new feature to this year’s NASCAR Weekend: fan access to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers’ meeting on Sunday morning. Weather permitting, the pre-race drivers’ meeting will be held in the Neon Garage, adjacent to the main stage and fans holding a weekend or Sunday Neon Garage pass are invited to attend.

The race weekend kicks off Wednesday, March 7 with IMCA Modified and West Coast Late Model racing at the recently-resurfaced half-mile Dirt Track. The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series will take center stage at the Dirt Track on Thursday, March 8 and will be joined by the 360 Sprint Car Series.

Tickets for the NASCAR Weekend are on sale at www.lvms.com or by calling (800) 644-4444. Neon Garage passes, Lucky 7 preferred parking and driver introduction passes also are available. Follow LVMS on Facebook and Twitter.