Keselowski on pole for NASCAR Las Vegas stop, Truex Jr. 2ndBy Kelly Sanders Mar 11, 2017
The September event will be held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which, like the New Hampshire track, is owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc.
Keselowski is also the defending race victor at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which recently announced it will host a second race beginning in 2018.
"The experience is unique to any other in our sport". "That's getting around this place", said Keselowski, who won last year's race at LVMS and two of the past three, and is coming off a victory at Atlanta he inherited when Kevin Harvick was penalized for speeding.
On Friday, the speedway also announced the addition of a new entitlement sponsor for its spring Cup race with Pennzoil in a deal that runs through at least the 2022 season. That would mean there could be five 1.5-mile tracks among the 10 playoff races next year with Las Vegas replacing New Hampshire and Charlotte using the infield road course with its oval for its playoff race. The second race date will be in the fall and will be part of NASCAR's 10-race playoff.
Drivers attending Wednesday's announcement were Daytona 500 victor Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Brendan Gaughan, Noah Gragson and Spencer Gallagher. The contract carries an option for three additional years.
The Magic Mile, as it has come to be known, has hosted two races in the Cup Series since 1997.
As Busch was finishing last in a Big Wheel race against students and making a $5,000 donation to his former school, the Las Vegas Stadium Authority was meeting down the street to discuss lease details of the proposed National Football League stadium that would lure the Raiders from Oakland.
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McGrathy opened the press conference with a prepared statement saying: "Although our schedule may be changing, the entire staff at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is more committed than ever before to bring the very best in motorsports entertainment to the New England area".
The exact dates for the two race weekends have not been finalized yet, but NASCAR has said it will have the 2018 schedule set by April 1.
Las Vegas tourism officials said their 2016 race attracted more than 96,000 out-of-town guests and had an overall economic impact of more than $139 million. "Certainly, bringing back a Modified race and an American Canadian Tour event in September, and other things we haven't gotten to yet, could create a short-track super weekend".
In the truck series, Chase Elliott's entry failed post-race inspection and crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz was fined $5,000 and suspended for one race. Can he make it 3 out of the last 4 in Sin City?
Competitors on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regularly call their events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, their Daytona 500. But Logano's biggest threat might just be his teammate, he finished second to him previous year and that could happen again... more on that in a bit. It started out with a family atmosphere it seemed like in the early 90s.
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