Jeff Connors will enter Saturday night's season finale at the Bullring with the points lead and a chance to win his first MetroPCS Super Late Model Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Connors holds a 10-point lead over Taylor Barton, but has probably had to work harder than anyone to just get his car to the track this weekend. During the last race, contact from Barton sent 26-year-old Connors head-on into the front stretch wall. The impact did major damage to Connors's car and left doubts on whether he would answer the bell for this Saturday night's main event.

"Basically, we're having to rebuild the entire car," said Connors. "The team has been working non-stop to make this car ready for Saturday and we will be cutting it close. Right now, it looks like we will have it ready right before practice on Saturday."

The wreck between the points leaders in the Super Late Model class was not the first time the two have had contact on the track, but the on-track incident led to a heated moment between the two young drivers in the pit area.

"Barton has wrecked me five times this season and there has been no retaliation on my part," Connors said. "That Saturday, I got a little heated and finally confronted him. I just recently found out that I would be able to race on Saturday, so that was a nice surprise, and I am looking forward to taking the rivalry to the track. I won't be giving Barton one inch on the track."

Despite fierce competition with Barton on and off the Bullring, Connors is just looking out for himself and his team, which also includes third-place points holder Robert Ewing, on Saturday night.

"This year has been a really good year and to still be in position to win the championship is great," said Connors. "This is my fifth year of my racing career and to win on Saturday would be an honor. It was our team's goal to have one of our racers win this year, and to have both Ewing and me in the running for the Championship has definitely been great."

Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 6:30 p.m.

The Bullring's concession stand offers a family-friendly dollar menu, including $1 hot dogs, $1 soda and $1 beer. Spectator admission is $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens. Kids ages 6-12 are only $5 and children 5 and under are free.

The Bullring offers a Family 4-Pak (two adults and two children) for $26. The popular Stockyard drive-in viewing-tailgating area is $65 and includes four admission tickets. Stockyard passes are available for purchase by visiting or calling the LVMS Ticket Services Office.

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