Las Vegas Motor Speedway¿s ever improving vehicle flow for its March 11-13 NASCAR Weekend should be even better for this year¿s event, according to LVMS officials.

            Over the past three years, the completion of the 215 beltway, new interchanges and wider roads have helped make ingress and egress from the speedway¿s property a seamless experience for race fans.

            ¿The combination of better traffic planning, cooperation from all areas of transportation and law enforcement and the continued education of our race fans has dramatically improved vehicle flow over the past several years,¿ said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. ¿While the traffic plan itself is virtually the same as last year, we expect this year to be even better than the past years.¿

            One notable difference for race fans attending the Sam¿s Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series event on Saturday, March 12 will be the unimpeded flow following the event. In past years, incoming traffic for races at either the dirt track or Bullring had conflicted with traffic exiting the superspeedway. There are no racing events scheduled for Saturday night this year.

            ¿We still want people to continue to plan on arriving early and show patience when they are leaving,¿ Powell said. ¿We will continue to impress upon everyone the importance of using the 215. Last year, the number of cars using 215 was much greater than 2004, and it showed with the improvements we saw last year.¿

            Speedway officials also are encouraging as many race fans as possible to use buses and shuttles such as Citizens Area Transit (CAT) for transportation to the races.

            This year¿s event also will see a crackdown on the fraudulent use of handicapped placards. Speedway security will be checking the validity of handicapped passes on each vehicle.

 ¿We take caring for the handicapped very seriously at the speedway,¿ Powell said. ¿It¿s important to us that handicapped fans coming to our race are not inconvenienced by those who are perfectly capable of parking in the general parking area.¿

General parking is free at LVMS.

            The race weekend kicks off with qualifying for both the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and Sam¿s Town 300 on Friday, March 11. The Sam¿s Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race will be held Saturday, March 12. There also will be two nights of the World of Outlaws on the half-mile dirt track beginning Thursday, March 10 and 11. The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 will cap the weekend on Sunday, March 13.

            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 services through its SMI Properties subsidiary, and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars through its 600 Racing subsidiary.