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Las Vegas Motor Speedway
LVMS Main Grandstand.JPG
Superspeedway at LVMS
Location Clark County, Nevada
Capacity 142,000
Owner Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
Address Las Vegas Motor Speedway
7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89115
Opened 1996
Major events NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Shelby American
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Sam's Town 300
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350
NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series
SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals
Las Vegas NHRA Nationals
D-shaped Oval Superspeedway
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.5 mi (2.41 km)
Banking Turns - 20°
Lap record 0:29.033 (Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, 2009, Sprint Cup Series [1])
The Bullring Oval
Surface Asphalt
Length 0.375 mi (0.604 km)
Dirt Track
Surface Clay
Length 0.5 mi (0.8 km)
Drag Strip "The Strip at LVMS"
Surface 1/4-mile asphalt

Las Vegas Motor Speedway, located in Clark County, Nevada, is a 1,200 acres (490 ha) complex of multiple tracks for automobile racing. The complex is owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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History

The Indy Racing League opened the 1.5-mile superspeedway on September 15, 1996.

The Winston No Bull 5 Million Dollar Bonus was held at the track from 1999 to 2002. Jeff Burton won a million dollars in 2000 and Jeff Gordon won the bonus in 2001. Burton in 1999 and Sterling Marlin in 2002 were not eligible.

Champ Car held two races at the speedway in 2004 and 2005, both were won by Sébastien Bourdais.

In 2006, plans were announced to reconfigure the track after the March 2006 Sprint Cup Series race. This reconfiguration entailed "progressive banking" which increases the degree of banking the further up the track you are located. This increased side-by-side racing. The speedway also constructed a fan zone called The Neon Garage. This area has live entertainment, unprecedented access to the drivers and teams and is home to the Winner's Circle. The speedway moved pit road 275 feet (84 m) closer to the grandstands, built a new media center and added a quarter-mile Legends Cars oval in the tri-oval area.

On August 8, 2006 the newly reconfigured track reopened to stock cars. Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and Las Vegas native, became the first Sprint Cup driver to test a stock car on the newly reconfigured track in his #2 Miller Lite Penske Dodge. Jeff Burton won the first Nationwide Series race on the new surface, taking a Monte Carlo SS to Victory Lane. The following day Jimmie Johnson drove a Chevrolet to Victory Lane, capturing the first Sprint Cup Series win on the new pavement.

Records

Track reconfiguration in 2006 increased the bank angles in the turns. Subsequent testing before the 2007 season showed significantly higher speeds, with Sprint Cup Series drivers recording unofficial laps at better than 185 mph (298 km/h).

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying: Kurt Busch, 28.614 sec. (188.719 mph), 2010
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race: Kyle Busch, 3 hrs. 34 min. 40 sec. (119.513 mph), 2009 Shelby 427 (427.5-mile (688.0 km) distance used for first time in 2009)
  • NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying: Brad Keselowski, 29.122 sec. (185.427 mph), 2010
  • NASCAR Nationwide Series Race: Jeff Burton, 2 hrs. 13 min. 13 sec. (135.118 mph), 2000
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying: Mike Skinner, 30.326 sec. (178.065 mph), 2006
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race: David Starr, 1 hr. 37 min. 3 sec. (135.394 mph), 2002

Tracks

  • The Bullring (a 0.375 mile (600 m) paved oval
  • Dirt Track 0.5 mile (800 m) clay oval
  • The Strip 0.25 mile(1320 ft drag strip)
  • Superspeedway 1.5 mile (2.414 km) oval

Racing Schools

References

External links

Coordinates: 36°16′17″N 115°00′40″W / 36.27134°N 115.01112°W / 36.27134; -115.01112

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