IMCA: Las Vegas Bull Ring to get permanent facilities

LAS VEGAS - Plans are now finalized to build 4,000 permanent seats along with permanent restrooms and concession stands at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Just two days after a standing-room-only crowd estimated at 6,500 packed the ...

LAS VEGAS - Plans are now finalized to build 4,000 permanent seats along with permanent restrooms and concession stands at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Just two days after a standing-room-only crowd estimated at 6,500 packed the newly-named Bullring, LVMS officials announced the upgrades. Work on these projects will begin later in the season and will be completed for the start of the 2001 season at The Bullring at LVMS.

"Monday night's crowd at The Bullring was absolutely amazing," said Chris Powell, LVMS executive vice president and general manager. "We've had great success with many events at the speedway, but many long-time racing fans in the area say that was by far the largest crowd in the 15 years that The Bullring has been here.

"We've been making improvements each week to the facility, beginning in the off-season when we moved the start-finish line and main grandstand. That has helped increase fan comfort considerably, and so will the additions of the permanent seating, restrooms and concession buildings.

"At no time was that more apparent than Monday night, July 3, when we hosted the standing-room-only crowd. These improvements will make The Bullring the finest weekly short track in the country, something of which motorsports fans in Las Vegas will be proud."

Prior to the 2000 racing season, the start-finish line was flip-flopped from the east side of the track to the west and the grandstands were moved from the east to the west so that race fans would not have to face the setting sun. The fans' parking area was paved three weeks ago. This past Monday night, LVMS opened "The Stockyard," which allows fans to enter by the truckload and park their vehicles near the fence in turns three and four. LVMS also opened the Chris Trickle Children's Park behind the main grandstand on Monday to honor the late race-car driver who died in 1998.

Monday night, fans were treated to three exciting feature races involving the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Stocks, Grand American Modifieds and Hitchin' Post/Exiss Legends cars. A spectacular fireworks display, demolition derby and Michael Hughes' 93-foot leap in a limousine added to the card.

Racing returns to The Bullring this Saturday night with all six divisions in action along with a motorhome race. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and military and $2 for adults.

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