Las Vegas Motor Speedway will kick off its 10th-anniversary season with its annual NASCAR Weekend on March 10-12, 2006. Tickets for the event are on sale now.

LVMS, which opened on Sept. 15, 1996, is set to host Nevada's largest annual sports weekend for the ninth consecutive year. It marks the second straight season the event has been scheduled for the second weekend in March.

Again in 2006, the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 is scheduled to be the third stop on the NASCAR Nextel Cup tour. The Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series event will precede the NASCAR Nextel Cup event on Saturday, March 11. Qualifying for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 is set for Friday, March 10.

"It's hard to believe this speedway is getting close to celebrating its 10th birthday," said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. "The NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas has become one of the most significant events on the motorsports calendar, as evidenced by the tremendous crowds that turn out all three days. With the construction of the Richard Petty Terrace, we expect to see this event continue to grow for years to come. We have had a record renewal rate this year, so we're encouraging fans to get their tickets early"

Race fans can purchase tickets by calling 1-800-644-4444, logging on to or in person at the LVMS ticket services office.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway also is offering weekend pit passes and pre-race activities passes. The pit passes, which must be accompanied by a ticket and are not to be confused with garage passes, allow fans access to the infield and pit-road areas during practice, qualifying and pre-race. The pre-race activities passes allow fans to stand on the racing surface in front of the stage during Sunday's driver introductions and VIP speeches.

Times for all events will be announced at a later date. FOX Sports will televise the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 for the sixth consecutive year. Television information for the Sam's Town 300 will be announced later.

Jimmie Johnson is the defending champion of the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, while Mark Martin captured this past year's Sam's Town 300.

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.