While some good seats still remain, Las Vegas Motor Speedway has experienced record demand for tickets for its 2003 NASCAR Weekend, and LVMS officials encourage fans to place their orders soon for the events of Feb. 28-March 2.

The sixth annual NASCAR Weekend at LVMS features the Winston Cup UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 on Sunday, March 2 and the Busch Series Sam¿s Town 300 on Saturday, March 1. Other weekend events include the Pennzoil World of Outlaws on Friday and Saturday nights as well as Pole Day on Friday, Feb. 28.

Tickets are available through the LVMS ticket office (800-644-4444) or by logging on to LVMS.com.

"Our tickets sales to date have been far ahead of those in previous years," said Chris Powell, LVMS¿s president and general manager. "Several thousand fans in the past have waited until the final six weeks before race time to place their ticket orders. While seats might still be available in the weeks leading up to the big events in March, tickets in the best locations likely will already be sold."

Attendance for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 topped 130,000 in 2002, and all indications are that will be the same next year, Powell said. But seating in the most desired locations is going much faster than in years past.

"There was a time when fans could wait until the Christmas season to buy good seats for the NASCAR events in Las Vegas," Powell said. "But those seats simply won¿t be available in December this year. And for those who wait past the first of the year, there¿s every chance that they¿ll miss out altogether on permanent seating."

Powell attributed several factors to the increased demand for NASCAR tickets in Las Vegas.

"You can¿t deny the positive effect that FOX and NBC have had on NASCAR racing," Powell said. "The network-television contract has brought the sport to a new level, and we¿re continuing to see the benefits. But on a local level, race fans know that they can purchase NASCAR tickets in Las Vegas and count on enjoying a great city, great weather, a smooth traffic plan and one of the best motorsports facilities in the world."