Las Vegas Motor Speedway looking to add another annual NASCAR race

Posted March 05, 2017

Las Vegas is close to getting a second top-tier NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. And we can safely guess that Texas and Bristol aren't going to swap dates with Las Vegas if the track is to get a second Cup date.

Las Vegas' 1.5-mile track now hosts a spring NASCAR Cup event.

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He will start from the pole in the Cup race. The near-miss cost both drivers a fraction of a second - enough for Busch to exit with the lead.

The seven-time Cup Series champion also tried this once... In the race, which had 20 laps for Stages 1 and 2 and 60 laps in the Final Stage, you could see drivers running more aggressively throughout the entire race in hopes of gaining regular season points at the end of each stage.

The race was contested in three stages, the first two of 40 laps each before an 83-lap final stage.

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The season-opening race at Daytona was the first of four NASCAR XFINITY races in which Nexteer is a primary sponsor on the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro. From there, Busch held off runner-up Ryan Blaney as they headed down the homestretch to win his first Daytona 500 championship of his career.

Denny Hamlin hasn't been the best at intermediate tracks but he did win at Atlanta in 2012 and ranks in the top five in driver rating, "fastest laps run", and average green flag speed at Atlanta.

The speedway would not comment, but sponsorship of a second race appears on an agenda for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Because NASCAR is locked at 36 point races plus two exhibition events through the 2020 season due to a sanctioning agreement, the track's parent company, Speedway Motorsports Inc., would need either need to buy a date from another track or move a race from one its other venues.