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Fans Will Get Rare Glimpse of Drivers at NASCAR

Fans Will Get Rare Glimpse of Drivers at NASCAR


Thousands of fans are already here for NASCAR. The infield is filling up with RVs and the Strip will be filled with NASCAR Haulers Thursday evening.

There are some new events for race fans this year. For the first time, Neon Garage pass holders will be able to sit and listen to the drivers’ meeting before the race.

“We are going to do it in the Neon Garage where all the fans can see it. This is the first public drivers’ meeting that NASCAR has done anywhere, not at Daytona, Indianapolis, Charlotte. This is the first one,” Jeff Motley with the Las Vegas Motor Speedway said.

Officials at the speedway say over the five days of the races they are expecting up to 300,000 fans to visit the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There is space for 142,000 fans at the speedway. Organizers say they will hit that number for sure.

Slow Down Thursday on I-15

Slow Down Thursday on I-15


Watch your speed on I-15 in the Strip corridor Thursday.

Metro and other local law enforcement agencies will be saturating the area in advance of expected large crowds for NASCAR and Mountain West basketball this weekend.

Metro will be focusing its efforts in the area of I-15 between Tropicana and St. Rose Parkway from 2 p.m. Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday. Officers will be directed to enforce seat belt and cell phone violations.

Officers from the Nevada Highway Patrol, North Las Vegas Police Department, Henderson Police Department, Boulder City Police Department, Mesquite Police Department and Lincoln County Sherriff’s Office are expected to participate in this event with Metro.

NASCAR Week Starts in Las Vegas

NASCAR Week Starts in Las Vegas

NASCAR week has started in Las Vegas. The cars do not actually start racing until Friday morning but events are planned for various sites around southern Nevada all week long.

The Las Vegas Strip will again be filled with NASCAR race cars and the 18-wheeler trucks that carry them. The Hauler Parade starts at 6 p.m. Thursday in front of the Fabulous Las Vegas sign at the southern end of the Strip.

There are promotions at several different bars and hotels, both on and off the Strip. The Stratosphere is again sponsoring pole day on Friday. It has special promotions for the week. The Riviera is holding a slot tournament with Kyle Busch that will benefit his charitable foundation.

Drivers will have autograph signing events throughout the week.  All events are free and open to the public.


Mike Tyson's One-Man Show Set for Strip Debut

Mike Tyson's One-Man Show Set for Strip Debut


Where the bizarre meets reality, you’ll find a one-man Strip show starring Mike Tyson.

 “Mike Tyson: UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live on Stage,” starring the former champion boxer, will run from April 13 - 18 at the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand.

Producers tout the show as “the no-holds-barred life story of the iconic boxer as it has never been told before” featuring untold stories, as well as images, music and video. Tyson, in an intimate and theatrical setting, will share the stories of his life and experiences as a professional athlete, and controversies in and out of the ring.

Foundation Pouring Starts Thursday for Skyvue Wheel

Foundation Pouring Starts Thursday for Skyvue Wheel


A planned giant observation wheel gets its physical start Thursday morning near Mandalay Bay.

The foundation begins to take shape for SkyVue, which would be the largest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere and third largest in the world if completed. It is scheduled for a July 2013 opening.

More than 100 cement trucks will fill the foundation throughout the morning. Located across from Mandalay Bay, SkyVue would tower 500 feet above the famed Las Vegas Strip and feature 32, 24-person gondolas and offer two HD LED multimedia displays at the center of the wheel, each measuring 50,000 square feet.

The event begins at 6 a.m. at 3951 Las Vegas Blvd. South.


Santana to Headline 2 Years at Mandalay Bay


Guitar legend Carlos Santana plans a two-year headlining gig at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, switching venues from his previous home at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Representatives for the House of Blues say Santana will have a run of shows in May and June, then return in September with the residency running through 2013. Tickets go on sale March 3.

Santana says he's happy to call the venue home, and plans to honor the diversity and culture that the House of Blues promotes as a company. Part of each ticket sale will go to Santana's foundation, which supports children's art, education and health.

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press)