Record crowd expected for Sam¿s Town 300 on March 1


            LAS VEGAS ¿ The March 2 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 isn¿t the only race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway setting records for tickets sales.

            Based on current numbers, speedway officials are projecting this year¿s crowd for the Sam¿s Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race to be larger than last year¿s record crowd of 82,500.

            ¿As ecstatic as we are about the sold-out NASCAR Winston Cup race, we may be even more thrilled with the success of our Busch race ticket sales,¿ said speedway president and general manager Chris Powell. ¿Winston Cup races routinely draw crowds of 100,000 or more throughout the year at various facilities.  We¿re hoping we can make another leap this year with our Sam¿s Town 300 attendance.

            ¿With good weather, our crowd will probably be one of the five largest Busch crowds in all of NASCAR during the 2003 season.¿

            The March 1 event will resemble a Winston Cup race. NASCAR stars Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Steve Park, Michael Waltrip, Jimmy Spencer, Todd Bodine, Jamie McMurray and Joe Nemechek are expected to battle Busch Series veterans Jason Keller, Randy Lajoie, Stacy Compton and Ron Hornaday in the seventh annual event.

            Race fans can buy tickets for the Sam¿s Town 300 by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-644-4444 or by logging on to

            The weekend of racing begins on Thursday, Feb. 27 with the running of the KB

 Home Showdown Presented by the Southern Nevada Dodge Dealers at the 3/8-mile Bullring. The O¿Reilly World of Outlaws will take to the speedway¿s half-mile dirt track on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1 for the J.D. Byrider Las Vegas Outlaw

Nationals. Qualifying for both the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and Sam¿s Town 300 is slated for Friday.

            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.