06 Mar Viva Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Getting to Know the Diamond in the Desert
When most people think of Las Vegas, images of the infamous Vegas Strip, the sound of ringing slot machines and the tantalizing aromas of mile long buffets come to mind. When NASCAR fans think of Vegas, they think of the Neon Garage, driving schools and the excitement of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. From the smell of burning rubber to the thunderous roar of speeding race cars, it’s no surprise that NASCAR fans flock to Sin City for race day!
Home to the world’s largest mechanical neon sign(Vegas Vic), the tallest building west of the Mississippi River (the Stratosphere) and six of the top ten largest hotels in the world; Las Vegas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US. From placing bets on the outcome of the race to touring the amazing Las Vegas Motor Speedway facility to actually attending a race at the Diamond in the Desert, Las Vegas is a one of a kind racing destination.
Since 1965, racing has been a part of the Vegas culture; when the original Stardust International Raceway was closed in 1970 plans for the new Las Vegas Speedrome began taking shape. What started as a road course and drag strip has evolved into the nine track Las Vegas Motor Speedway complex. The complex plays host to the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide series, Camping World Truck series as well as Indy Car, Champ Car and the NHRA. From Michael Waltrip Racing’s own Mark Martin’s win at the 1998 Inaugural Las Vegas 400 to Tony Stewart’s 2012 win at the Kobalt Tools 400, the racing history at this track is an exciting one!
Las Vegas is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway helps the city live up to that name! This 1.5 mile track is a fan favorite, with its 20 degree banking in the corners and 9 degree banking in the front and back stretch. Mark Martin still owns the Sprint Cup race record at this track from his March 1998 race, hitting the top speed of 146.554 mph. If watching your favorite drivers speed through the desert isn’t enough for you, the Neon Garage adds another level of excitement to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Neon Garage is a one of a kind, two-story viewing area for fans located in the center of the infield. The viewing area features live entertainment, a glass enclosed deck above the garage area and the opportunity to talk to drivers making the Neon Garage a must see for any race fan.
Las Vegas is known for a lot of things and is a popular destination for travelers of all kinds, with over 30 million people visiting Las Vegas annually. From Red Rock Canyon to the Hoover Dam, slot machines to black jack tables, NASCAR races to upscale shopping, there’s something for everyone in Sin City. We’re excited for Clint Bowyer and the 5-hour ENERGY® Racing Team make their way through the desert from the Phoenix International Raceway to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 2013 Kobalt Tools 400! We hope the team and all the fans making the trip to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, have a great time in Sin City!