Las Vegas Motor Speedway


Las Vegas Motor Speedway, located in Clark County, Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada about 15 miles northeast of the Las Vegas Strip, is a 1,200-acre 490 ha complex of multiple tracks for motorsports racing The complex is owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc, which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina

Contents

  • 1 History
    • 11 2011 IndyCar accident
  • 2 Records
    • 21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series records
  • 3 Tracks
    • 31 Superspeedway track length
  • 4 Other events
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Historyedit

Following the closure of Stardust International Raceway in 1970, plans were developed for a new racing facility in Las Vegas: the Las Vegas Speedrome It consisted of a road course and drag strip, opening in 1972 Alex Rodriquez leased the facility from the City of Las Vegas, and added the 3/8-mile short track in 1985 Ralph Engelstad of Imperial Palace purchased the track in 1989, renaming the facility Las Vegas Speedway Park Engelstad partnered with William Benette of the Sahara Hotel and opened a new $72 million superspeedway on the site in September 1996 The first race at the speedway was on September 15 with an INDYCAR event which was won by Richie Hearn A NASCAR Truck Series race followed in November In December 1998, Speedway Motorsports, Inc purchased Las Vegas Motor Speedway Veteran motorsports publicist Chris Powell was named the speedway's president and general manager and still holds that position today

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 and Sterling Marlin were not eligible in 1999 or 2002 The drag strip was relocated into the current The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, while the old drag strip and road course was rebuilt to the current outer 24 mile road course in use today The 3/8-mile oval was rebuilt with a new pit lane and start-finish changed to the opposite side In 1998, Las Vegas Motor Speedway was sold by Englestad and Benette to Speedway Motorsports, Inc, owned by Bruton Smith, for $215 million in December During the 2004 and 2005 seasons, Champ Car also held races at the speedway, which were both won by Sébastien Bourdais

In 2006, plans were announced to reconfigure the track after the Nextel Cup Series race held in March, increasing the banking from the original 12 degrees to 20 degrees1 This reconfiguration entailed "progressive banking" which increases the degree of banking on a gradient towards the outside of the track 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, such as viewing areas for fans to watch their favorite driver's car get worked on and talk to the drivers, 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 oval for Legends Cars, Bandoleros, and Thunder Roadsters, in the tri-oval area

On August 8, 2006, the newly reconfigured track reopened to stock cars Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series Champion and Las Vegas native, became the first NASCAR Cup Series driver to test a stock car on the newly reconfigured track in his No 2 Penske Dodge 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 NASCAR Cup Series win on the new pavement

In March 2011, Insomniac Events announced that their largest rave festival in North America, Electric Daisy Carnival EDC, would take place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time on June 24–26 More than 235,000 people attended the three-day event The 2012 event was held June 8–10 with an attendance of 315,000 people The 2013 event was held June 21–23 with an attendance of approximately 345,000 people The 2014 event was held on June 20–22, and the 2015 event took place June 19–21 The twentieth anniversary EDC Las Vegas 2016 took place June 17–19, 2016; the 2017 version of the festival is scheduled for June 16–18, 2017 Insomniac has signed a ten-year contract with LVMS to host EDC through 20222

A third road course designed by Romain Thievin was added in 2012 The course is 14 miles 23 km long with 11 turns and an 1,800-foot 550 m straight3

Starting in 2018, A second race weekend will take place at the track, taking the New Hampshire Motor Speedway's Cup Series and Truck Series fall weekend races4 Also, both weekends will now be triple headers Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series, moving the October stand alone race for the Truck Series at LVMS to the spring weekend, and moving the stand-alone Xfinity race from the Kentucky Speedway to the fall weekend The Cup race would be the first race for the playoffs replacing Chicagoland Speedway, The regular season finale for Xfinity Series, and the second playoff race for the Truck Series

2011 IndyCar accidentedit

On October 16, 2011, the final race of the 2011 IndyCar season, the IZOD IndyCar World Championship, was held at Las Vegas However, the race was halted by a horrific crash on lap 11 that involved 15 cars, some of which became airborne, and some of which burst into flames The crash began when Wade Cunningham made light contact with James Hinchcliffe, but the situation turned into a big pile-up of cars The crash allowed a red flag to be waved almost instantly, due to the remains of the damaged cars and the amount of debris on the track5

Four of the 15 drivers were seriously injured and taken to the nearby University Medical Center for treatment, one of which was two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 2005 series champion Dan Wheldon, who suffered severe blunt force trauma to the head after his car flew into the catch fence He was pronounced dead on arrival two hours later and IndyCar's officials formally decided to abandon the race6 Instead of completing the race with 188 laps to go, the 19 drivers who were not involved went back out on the track and did a five-lap salute in Wheldon's honor7

In December 2011, IndyCar announced that they would not return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and that the future of IndyCar depended on what they would learn from the ongoing investigation of the crash that claimed Wheldon's life8

Recordsedit

  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying: Kurt Busch, 27498 s 196378 mph, March 4, 2016
  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race: Brad Keselowski, 2 h 35 min 24 s 154633 mph, 2014 Kobalt 400
  • NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying: Greg Biffle, 28830 s 192300 mph, October 25, 2003
  • NASCAR Xfinity Series Race: Jeff Burton, 2 h 13 min 13 s 135118 mph, 2000
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying: Mike Skinner, 30326 s 178065 mph, 2006
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race: David Starr, 1 h 37 min 3 s 135394 mph, 2002

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series recordsedit

As of March 17, 2017citation needed

Most Wins 4 Jimmie Johnson
Most Top 5's 6 Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin,
Most Top 10's 10 Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart
Starts 18 Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr
Poles 3 Kasey Kahne
Most Laps Completed 4,551 Jeff Gordon
Most Laps Led 516 Matt Kenseth
Avg Start 8 Joey Logano
Avg Finish 10 Joey Logano

from minimum 5 starts

Tracksedit

2008 UAW-Dodge 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Inside Road Course: 11 miles 18 km, with a 076 miles 122 km road configuration and a 033 miles 530 m oval configuration
  • Outside Road Course: several configurations with a maximum length of 24 miles 39 km
  • The Bullring: 0375 miles 604 m paved oval
  • Dirt Track: 05 miles 800 m clay oval
  • The Strip: 025 miles 1,320 ft/402 m drag strip
  • Dream Racing Course: 15 miles 241 km road course, with a 12 miles 19 km configuration
  • Off-road Course: an 850 by 750 ft 260 by 230 m area which may accommodate multiple configurations

Superspeedway track lengthedit

The NASCAR timing and scoring use a length of 15 miles 24 km9 This length was also used by IRL between 1996 and 200010 In their last race in 2011 Indycar remeasured track length to 1544 miles 2485 km11 This is the result of the reconfiguration of the track Between 2005 old layout and 2011 new layout, no indycar race was held there NASCAR still use the old length of exactly 15 miles for the reconfigured oval

Other eventsedit

  • The RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship was held here in December 2013 Tim Burke won the event
  • The track is the finish line for the 24th season of The Amazing Race broadcast on May 18, 2014 Dave and Connor O'Leary won the race
  • World of Outlaws first visited the Dirt Track in November 1996 It hosted both a spring and fall event from 1997 to 2006 Since 2009, the WoO races in spring only The track record was set by Danny Lasoski in March 2004, with 13719 seconds 131205 mph
  • Red Bull Air Race World Championship has been running a round at the speedway every October since 2014
  • Electric Daisy Carnival EDC, an electronic music festival hosted by Insomniac Events is held at the speedway each year
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  • Beginning in 2018, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will race at the Dirt Track

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "2012 Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway" aboutcom 
  2. ^ "EDC: 8 more years of Vegas" Neon Vision Entertainment Retrieved 28 June 2013 
  3. ^ Jung, Carter August 2012 "Exotics Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway" Road & Track 63 12: 22 
  4. ^ Kantowski, Ron March 8, 2017 "Las Vegas Motor Speedway finally gets second NASCAR race" Las Vegas Review-Journal GateHouse Media Retrieved March 9, 2017 
  5. ^ "IndyCar race red-flagged after 13-car incident" autosport October 16, 2011 
  6. ^ "Wheldon dies from injuries" autosport October 16, 2011 
  7. ^ "IndyCar's 5-lap salute to Wheldon" reddit 
  8. ^ "IndyCar won't return to Las Vegas in 2012" usatoday December 8, 2011 
  9. ^ Las Vegas Motor Speedway at NASCARcom
  10. ^ 2000 IRL race result on champcarstatscom, 2005 CCWS race result on champcarstatscom
  11. ^ 2011 race result on champcarstatscom
  12. ^ "edc las vegas snapchat - Google Search" wwwgooglecom Retrieved 2016-05-13 

External linksedit

  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway Official Site
  • Map and full circuit history at RacingCircuitsinfo
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway race results at Racing-Reference
  • The Bullring race results at Racing-Reference
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway Page on NASCARcom
  • Jayski's Las Vegas Speedway Page – Current and Past Las Vegas Motor Speedway News
  • High Resolution image from Google Maps
  • Dream Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Richard Petty Driving Experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway Tickets
  • Exotics Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Coordinates: 36°16′17″N 115°00′40″W / 3627134°N 11501112°W / 3627134; -11501112



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