Entry lists released for first NASCAR tripleheader at LVMS
A hometown boy will go for the sweep at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.
Kyle Busch, the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, will compete in all three races of the speedway's first-ever NASCAR tripleheader Friday through Sunday. The Las Vegas native will race in the Stratosphere 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Friday, then get behind the wheel again on Saturday for the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race before going for the checkered flag in Sunday's Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube MENCS race.
His older brother, Kurt, is another of 37 entries in Sunday's 267-lap race, and there are other area drivers competing over the weekend as well. Spencer Gallagher will drive the No. 23 car in the Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday, while former Bullring star Noah Gragson is racing the No. 18 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Stratosphere 200 on Friday.
Daytona 500 Champion Austin Dillon will pull double duty on Saturday and Sunday, as will Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Cole Custer and Joey Gase. Sunday will mark Custer's career debut in the MENCS, and Daytona 500 runner-up Bubba Wallace also will compete in the MENCS for the first time in Las Vegas.
Reigning MENCS Champion Martin Truex Jr. will be back to defend his 2017 Las Vegas victory on Sunday, with Ben Rhodes going for two in a row in the track's NCWTS race on Friday.
There are tentatively 41 entries for Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300, with 31 entries lined up for Friday's Stratosphere 200. See below for complete entry lists.
On-track action begins at 2:05 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday with a NCWTS practice session, with a second practice session for the trucks following at 4:05 p.m. The grandstands will be open on Thursday, but the Neon Garage in the speedway's infield will be closed.
Gates open at 10 a.m. on Friday for a busy day that will include Stratosphere Qualifying and the Stratsophere 200, and the track opens for action at 8 a.m. on Saturday for MENCS and Xfinity Series practice sessions and the Boyd Gaming 300. The Stratosphere 200 begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, with the green flag for Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 set for 1 p.m.
Sunday's race-day festivities begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday, with the driver and crew chief meeting set for 10:30 a.m. in the Neon Garage and driver introductions slated for 11:50 a.m. prior to the 12:30 p.m. race start.
Various ticket packages, fun extras and special-access passes for LVMS' first NASCAR tripleheader weekend of the year are available at www.lvms.com or by calling 1-800-644-4444.