Garage Chatter: Vegas

"Gentlemen start your fleeces" was the joke on the morning news shows in Las Vegas Friday morning, as unseasonably cold temperatures blanketed the areas. With highs in the 50's and lows in the 30's and rain in the forecast it makes for a chilly...

"Gentlemen start your fleeces" was the joke on the morning news shows in Las Vegas Friday morning, as unseasonably cold temperatures blanketed the areas. With highs in the 50's and lows in the 30's and rain in the forecast it makes for a chilly and soggy race weekend in 'sin city'.

Sopranos on No. 07 Chevy: The new season of The Sopranos which starts Sunday on HBO is hawking their premiere all over the No. 07 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Clint Bowyer. Kyle Busch's No. 5 Hendrick Chevy has also gone Hollywood, sporting an Ice Age II: The Meltdown paint scheme.

Gordon immortalized: Four-time Cup series champion became the second auto racing figure to be immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Las Vegas. Gordon's pit suit clad figure was unveiled Wednesday in Speed's Victory Lane. Gordon joins Dale Earnhardt in the museum located at the Venetian hotel.

NASCAR denies Hall of Fame Racing appeal: NASCAR unanimously denied Hall of Fame Racings appeal after a fine and point deduction for an unapproved carburetor at during Speedweeks at Daytona.

Earnhardt will have to dig on Sunday: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. starting his weekend at Vegas waning rhapsodic about how good his No. 8 Chevy was - he was changing his tune by Friday afternoon. After washing up the race track twice on his time trial laps he qualified 42nd for Sunday's 400-lap event.

Earnhardt however remains hopeful, "When we tested here we were about at the middle of the pack. We found some speed last week at California. Obviously we got a good finish there. We've got a pretty good car. In race trim, we were as good or better than anybody."

Kyle Busch fastest in final practice: Kyle Busch and the No. 5 Hendrick Chevy team clipped off the fastest lap in final practice for Nextel Cup teams at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch's lap of 170.089 mph eclipsed the rest of the field by almost a full mile-per-hour.

Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Jeff Burton complete the top five times.

If you build it they will come: Speedway Motorsports CEO Bruton Smith will not only completely redesign the racetrack at Vegas but he will also add luxury high-rise condominiums to the property - much like Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte.

Bruton also made no secret to his desire to buy another racetrack, "If Pocono or any other track came knocking, and I'd open the door. They know I am here and it would take me 20 minutes to write the check."

Most people concur that Smith's makeover of the Vegas track is in an effort to someday trade a date from another SMI property for a second date in 'Sin City'. Speedway Motorsports owns and operates the tracks in Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Texas and Sonoma, California.

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