LVMS Plans Patriotic Celebration for July 3

LAS VEGAS - On the eve of Independence Day, Las Vegas Motor Speedway will honor America with The Night of Fire, an event that will feature live music, fireworks, auto racing, a limousine jump and a demolition derby. The festivities begin at 5...

LAS VEGAS - On the eve of Independence Day, Las Vegas Motor Speedway will honor America with The Night of Fire, an event that will feature live music, fireworks, auto racing, a limousine jump and a demolition derby.

The festivities begin at 5 p.m. Monday night when the gates open at the 3/8-mile paved oval. Uncle Owen, a local alternative band, will kick off the celebration at five as it plays its first of three 15-minute sets. The motorsports action gets underway at 7:30 with six-lap trophy dashes in the Hitchin' Post/Exiss Legends, Grand American Modifieds and NASCAR Late Models.

After the trophy dashes, LVMS officials will announce the new name and unveil the new logo for the short track. A 30-lap Hitchin' Post/Exiss Legends feature, 35-lap Grand American Modified main event and a 50-lap NASCAR Late Model showdown will follow the announcement.

When the racing stops, the patriotic celebration begins. A spectacular fireworks show is slated for 10:30 p.m. followed by a metal-mangling demolition derby and a world-record attempting limousine jump by Las Vegas' Michael Hughes.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and military and $2 for children 6-12. Children five and under are free. The Family Four Pack is $25. Tickets may be purchased by calling the speedway's ticket office at 702-644-4444 or online at www.tickets.com.

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Chris Trickle Family Park opens

The grass park at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's 3/8-mile paved oval will be dedicated to the late Chris Trickle Monday afternoon. A six-foot tall stone honoring the former NASCAR Southwest Series driver and Las Vegas Motor Speedway competitor will be unveiled during a 3 p.m. press conference. Trickle died in 1998 after being shot in the head a year earlier. His father, Chuck Trickle, is the current points leader of the NASCAR Late Model division at LVMS. The Chris Trickle Family Park will be open to the public during 3/8-mile paved oval events.

Trickle takes lead in Sunbelt Region:

Chuck Trickle has taken over the lead in the Sunbelt Region of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series points standings. Trickle, a long-time resident of Las Vegas, has a Competition Performance Index of .7813. The index is used to rank the track leaders in each of the 10 regions across the country. Trickle has won three of eight races this season in the NASCAR Late Model division at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's 3/8-mile paved oval. Charles Wares of Tucson, Ariz., is second with a CPI of .7721.

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Stockyard opens

The Stockyard, a non-alcoholic viewing area at the 3/8-mile paved oval, is slated to open July 3. Fans can watch the races from the comfort of their truck or motorhome in turns three and four of the short track.=20

"This is the ideal place for the family to watch the races," said David Stetzer, director of short-track events. "For $25, a family of four can have a perfect view of the track and a place for the kids to play."

To take advantage of the family tailgate area, fans should enter the speedway at Gate 3 off Las Vegas Blvd. and follow the signs to The Stockyard. Admission is only $25 per vehicle with a maximum of four people. It is only $5 for each additional person.=20

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Winston West points leader returns to home track

Las Vegas resident Brendan Gaughan will compete in the 50-lap NASCAR Late Model main event Monday night. Gaughan, who is the current leader of the NASCAR Winston West Series points standings, will fly to Portland after the race Monday night so he can compete in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Portland Speedway Tuesday. While Gaughan drives the No. 16 NAPA/Martin Senour Chevrolet in the Winston West Series, he will pilot the No. 20 Orleans-sponsored NASCAR Late Model at LVMS.

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