LAS VEGAS - The NASCAR Winston West Series will make its first appearance ever at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001. The event will kick off the annual NASCAR Winston Cup Series weekend at LVMS. The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 will be held Sunday, March 4, and the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race will be Saturday, March 3. There also will be three nights of Pennzoil World of Outlaws racing on March 1-3.

"This is a great way to start the biggest sports weekend of the year in Nevada," said Chris Powell, LVMS' executive vice president and general manager. "We had very exciting races this season at The Bullring with the Southwest Series and the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. Bringing the competitiveness and the power of these stock cars, which are virtually identical to Winston Cup cars, to The Bullring will give race fans a great show."

The Bullring, which opened earlier this year, will have a new 5,400-seat grandstand available for the NASCAR Winston West Series event.

This event will be the first of two visits to LVMS by the Winston West stars in 2001. They will return on Oct. 13 for a race on the superspeedway.

While this is the first time the Winston West Series has run The Bullring, the west coast's premier stock-car series did compete at the old 3/8-mile Las Vegas Speedway Park in 1994 and 1995. Ron Hornaday won the 1994 event and Ernie Cope won in 1995.

The Winston West Series has held eight events on the superspeedway since the track opened in 1996. Among the winners since 1996 are Ken Schrader (twice), Jerry Nadeau, Kevin Harvick and Andy Houston.