SWS: StarNursery.com 250 longest race at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - The StarNursery.com 250 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series event at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sept. 23 will be the longest race of the season on the reconfigured 3/8-mile paved oval. "With the new surface and ...

LAS VEGAS - The StarNursery.com 250 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series event at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sept. 23 will be the longest race of the season on the reconfigured 3/8-mile paved oval.

"With the new surface and improved facility, we have an excellent venue for short-track racing, and we are looking forward to seeing the Featherlite Southwest Series compete on the new track," said David Stetzer, director of short-track events at LVMS. "The 250-lap event should be the most exciting race of the year. Our fans see 40 laps of late model racing during our NASCAR Weekly Racing Series events. The Southwest Series race is over six times the amount of action."

Star Nursery has sponsored racing in Las Vegas since 1989 and will continue its involvement this year with title sponsorship of the Southwest Series event. Joining the ranks of technology-savvy companies, Star Nursery will advertise its website by naming the race the StarNursery.com 250.

"I feel that StarNursery.com and the future of our website have the potential to reach more than just the locals," said Craig Keough, owner of Star Nursery.

Keough originated the idea to make the StarNursery.com 250 the most laps of any event on the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series circuit.

"I felt it was time someone stepped up and got the purses up and helped make the Southwest Series races longer," said Keough, who noted that the series races 200 laps at Bakersfield (Calif.) and 125 laps at the L.A. Street Race but not 250 laps.

For the first time at The Bullring, live pit stops will be necessary since the event involves more than 90 miles of racing. Concrete barriers will be brought into the infield of the 3/8-mile paved oval to form a 28-car pit road.

"Having the pit stop adds value to the race itself," said Keough.

Las Vegan Kurt Busch, who was sponsored by Star Nursery until last season, won last year's Southwest Series race at LVMS and went on to capture the 1999 series championship. Busch is now the full-time driver for the No. 99 Exide Ford in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and is leading the Rookie of the Year race in the truck series.

In conjunction with the StarNursery.com 250, the MSRA Pro 4 Late Models will make its first visit to LVMS.

Gates open at 4 p.m. Qualifying is at 5:15 p.m., and the start of the StarNursery.com 250 is slated for 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and military and $10 for children 6-12. Children under six are free.

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