FAST FACTS: Sam's Town 300 High Roller: Larry Foyt, driver / owner of the Harrah's Chevrolet, rolls into Las Vegas on the heels of his top-10 finish at Rockingham -- the first of his NASCAR career. It might be young Foyt's lucky number, as...
FAST FACTS: Sam's Town 300
High Roller: Larry Foyt, driver / owner of the Harrah's Chevrolet, rolls into Las Vegas on the heels of his top-10 finish at Rockingham -- the first of his NASCAR career. It might be young Foyt's lucky number, as the stellar performance also placed him 10th in both the Drivers and Owners Championship Points races, just 20 points out of the top-five.
The Driver that Never Sleeps: This week Foyt makes the transition from the high banks of "The Rock" to the smooth, wide, fast surface of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Off the track, Foyt will be running just as fast, with a full schedule of promotional activities for hometown sponsor, Harrah's Casinos. On Thursday, Foyt's first full day in the "Diamond in the Desert" will feature a press conference and charity event in support of Meals On Wheels of America, followed by a sealed-tight photo shoot at Harrah's Casino. Later that evening, Foyt will be the guest of honor at a gala event featuring the Harrah's Racing Team from 6-9 PM outside the "Carnival Court" area of the Harrah's property. The event is open to race fans of ALL ages.
Rewarding Experience: On Friday, Foyt will join fellow racers: Kenny Wallace, Robby Gordon, Stacy Compton, Greg Biffle, Shane Hmiel, Steadman Marlin and Jason Jarrett for an over-21 "Fan Fest" celebration exclusively for Harrah's Total Rewards Members. Race fans who would like to become Total Rewards members, may register at any Harrah's property.
Fast Food: After a press conference (Thursday @ 11 AM) featuring Foyt and executives from Harrah's and Meals On Wheels of America, the second generation driver will load up his Harrah's Chevrolet and deliver meals from the Harrah's headquarters to senior citizens in the metro area. The event kicks off Harrah's national initiative as the primary corporate sponsor of Meals On Wheels of America. Foyt will go to work for America's seniors on the track as well. Harrah's has pledged to feed one hungry senior for each lap Foyt runs during the Busch Series season, 10 for every lap the Harrah's Race Team leads, and an additional 10,000 seniors should Foyt win a race in 2002.
Jon Wolfe: "Rockingham is a tough place for a young driver to earn his stripes, so the team is really pumped about bringing home a top-10 there with the car in one piece. It was a credit to this team and to Larry's progress as a young driver in the Busch Series, and we're anxious to carry that momentum into our sponsor's back yard. We're bringing a new car to Harrah's hometown, and we have high expectations. Vegas is flat, fast and refined; so there's a tendency to overdrive the car. Larry was pretty impressive there last year because he's so smooth and you can't rely on the banking to turn the race car."
Larry Foyt: "Las Vegas is flatter than the other 1½-mile tracks, like Atlanta and Charlotte and the speed you carry can be deceiving because it's so wide. I was pretty happy with our performance last year; we were trying for a top-15 with about eight laps to go, and I got loose and hit the wall. Going back I know I've got to stay consistent and not press too hard. I'm just excited to be racing in front of all the people from Harrah's that have given the Foyt family so much support over the years."