Not too long ago, NASCAR racing was considered a strictly-Southern sport. As the sport grew, drivers from the Eastern and Western regions of the U.S. earned their pieces of the NASCAR turf. Then the sport exploded in the mid-1990s and it now enjoys international appeal. And we're not just talking Canada and Mexico here.

Just ask Colombia's Juan Pablo Montoya, Italy's Max Papis and Marcos Ambrose of Tasmania. The attraction of millions of loyal fans, live television broadcasts and huge purses have attracted many talented racers from other series and foreign countries.

The international trio is part of a 46-driver entry list all hoping to make celebratory doughnuts on Las Vegas Motor Speedway's front chute after taking the flag in the Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday, Feb. 28.

The 400-mile Shelby American is the climax of LVMS' NASCAR Weekend, following qualifying on Friday and the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday.

Tickets for LVMS' NASCAR Weekend - featuring the Feb. 28 Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Feb. 27 Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series event and the fabulous Neon Garage fan experience may be purchased by calling the LVMS ticket office at (800) 644-4444 or online at Follow LVMS on Facebook and Twitter.

Tentative Entry List
Shelby American
Feb. 28, 2010
No.  Driver   Hometown  Car    
00  David Reutimann  Zephyrhills, Fla.  Aaron's Toyota
09  Aric Almirola  Tampa, Fla.  Phoenix Racing Chevrolet
1  Jamie McMurray  Joplin, Mo.  Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
2  Kurt Busch  Las Vegas, Nev.  Miller Lite Dodge
5  Mark Martin  Batesville, Ark.  Go Daddy Chevrolet
6  David Ragan  Unadilla, Ga.  UPS Ford
7  Robby Gordon  Cerritos, Calif.  Monster Energy Toyota
9  Kasey Kahne  Enumclaw, Wash. Budweiser Ford
11  Denny Hamlin  Mechanicsville, Va. FedEx Toyota
12  Brad Keselowski  Rochester Hills, Mich. Penske Dodge
13  Max Papis  Como, Italy  GEICO Toyota
14  Tony Stewart  Rushville, Ind.  Old Spice Chevrolet
16  Greg Biffle  Vancouver, Wash. 3M Ford
17  Matt Kenseth  Cambridge, Wisc. Crown Royal Ford
18  Kyle Busch  Las Vegas, Nev.  M&M's Toyota
19  Elliott Sadler  Emporia, Va.  Air Force Ford
20  Joey Logano  Middletown, Conn. Home Depot Toyota
24  Jeff Gordon  Vallejo, Calif.  DuPont Chevrolet
26  Boris Said  New York, N.Y.  Stoddard's Ford
29  Kevin Harvick  Bakersfield, Calif. Shell Chevrolet
31  Jeff Burton  South Boston, Va. Caterpillar Chevrolet
33  Clint Bowyer  Emporia, Kan.  Cheerios Chevrolet
34  Travis Kvapil  Janesville, Wisc.  Long John Silvers Ford
35  Johnny Sauter  Necedah, Wisc.  TBA Chevrolet
36  Mike Bliss  Milwaukie, Ore.  Kardashian Fragrance Chevrolet
37  Kevin Conway  Lynchburg, Va.  Extenze Ford
38  David Gilliland  Riverside, Calif.  Taco Bell Ford
39  Ryan Newman  South Bend, Ind.  Tornados Chevrolet
42  Juan Pablo Montoya Bogota, Colombia Target Chevrolet
43  A.J. Allmendinger Los Gatos, Calif.  Valvoline Ford
46  Terry Cook  Sylvania, Ohio  TBA Dodge
47  Marcos Ambrose  Launceston, Tasmania Kingsford Toyota
48  Jimmie Johnson  El Cajon, Calif.  Lowe's Chevrolet
55  Michael McDowell Phoenix, Ariz.  Prism Toyota
56  Martin Truex Jr.  Mayetta, N.J.  NAPA Toyota
66  Dave Blaney  Hartford, Ohio  Prism Toyota
71  Bobby Labonte  Corpus Christi, Texas Chevrolet
77  Sam Hornish Jr.  Bryan, Ohio  Mobil 1 Dodge
78  Regan Smith  Cato, N.Y.  Furniture Row Chevrolet
82  Scott Speed  Manteca, Calif.  Red Bull Toyota
83  Brian Vickers  Thomasville, N.C. Red Bull Toyota
87  Joe Nemechek  Lakeland, Fla.  NEMCO Toyota
88  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kannapolis, N.C.  National Guard Chevrolet
90  Casey Mears  Bakersfield, Calif. Key-up Chevrolet
98  Paul Menard  Eau Claire, Wisc.  Menard's Ford
99  Carl Edwards  Columbia, Mo.  Office Depot Ford