SWS: Ayers enters the "Bullring" in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Local racer Michael Ayers, who usually competes in the Late Model division at the Bullring, will be the only local driver competing in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series StarNursery.com 250 on Sunday afternoon at the Bullring at...

LAS VEGAS - Local racer Michael Ayers, who usually competes in the Late Model division at the Bullring, will be the only local driver competing in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series StarNursery.com 250 on Sunday afternoon at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Ayers, a two-year resident of Las Vegas, is originally from Santa Clarita, Calif. He competed in the Southwest Series event at the Bullring last September and is looking forward to racing against friends from home on Sunday.

"I don't feel any added pressure, this is just another race to me. I'm really looking forward to the race, I'm going to enjoy this," said Ayers. "I don't necessarily think I have an advantage by being a local racer, but I do know more about what the track is like when it's hot."

Ayers was involved in an accident during last year's event and injured his hand. He drove the last 100 laps of the event with a broken left hand, finishing 19th in a field of 28. After the race was over, he went directly to the hospital for medical attention.

Ayers also has plans to compete in the Irwindale, Calif., Southwest Series event and the series' October Classic at Bakersfield, Calif., while still racing in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model division on Saturday nights at the Bullring at LVMS.

Another local Late Model driver, Steve Rzesnowiecky, owns Ayers' Southwest Series car and intends race it when the series returns for the 100-mile event on the 1.5-mile superspeedway at LVMS in October.

Spectator gates for the StarNursery.com 250 open at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Racing begins at 10:30 a.m. and the Southwest Series main event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Admission is $18 adults, $15 senior/military, $5 children six through 12 and children 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at the gate or through the LVMS ticket office at (800) 644-4444.

-LVMS-

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