While many Americans will be taking an extended holiday throughout the end of December, construction crews at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be hard at work.

Workers are in the midst of LVMS' most ambitious construction project in years as they continue building the Neon Garage and new media center. Work began on the project immediately following the March 12 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and will be completed in time for the March 9-11, 2007 NASCAR Weekend.

"These guys have been working hard to get this project completed on time," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. "We're going to make sure all of the workers take Christmas Day and New Year's Day off to be with their families, but every other day between now and race week will be full speed ahead."

Since this past March, crews have leveled most of the infield building, repaved and re-banked the superspeedway, moved pit road 275 feet closer to the grandstands and begun the construction of the Neon Garage and media center.

In the past week, crews have erected the steel truss and attached canopy that will make up the center stage of the Neon Garage. The final steel additions for the Neon Garage have started to be put in place this week, while most of the drywall is completed in the new media center.

The Neon Garage is being positioned in the center of the LVMS infield. It is comprised of four buildings - constructed in the shape of a diamond - in which the NASCAR Nextel Cup teams will prepare their cars to race. Each building is two stories, which will allow race fans to watch the teams work from ground level or from an elevated position.

The center of the Neon Garage will be open to race fans. There will be a sports bar with big screens to watch the on-track action, concession stands and continuous entertainment acts that represent Las Vegas' best shows. These acts include Blue Man Group, Sirens of the TI and several tribute artists including Elvis, Madonna and Elton John impersonators. As an added bonus, the speedway is moving its Winner's Circle into the Neon Garage as well.