Las Vegas Weekend to include fan race

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host a shopping-cart race in addition to NASCAR Weekly Racing Series competition Saturday night at the 3/8-mile paved oval. For a $10 donation to Speedway Children's Charities, fans and race teams are...

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host a shopping-cart race in addition to NASCAR Weekly Racing Series competition Saturday night at the 3/8-mile paved oval.

For a $10 donation to Speedway Children's Charities, fans and race teams are invited to compete in a shopping-cart race held during intermission. Participants may bring a cart or use one of the speedway's carts, which were donated by Von's and Albertson's. Competitors are welcome to bring Super-Soakers, fire extinguishers and squirt guns to distract the competition.

The race, which is 3/10 of a mile, requires one rider and a maximum of three pushers. Teams will be able to add weight to their competitors for $1 per pound of sand.

"I think this is a great idea," said Scott Gafforini, the current NASCAR Late Model points leader. "The fans get to see drivers and crews outside of the race car. They get to see an enjoyable atmosphere instead of the intensity of our races."

Gafforini and other NASCAR Late Model drivers will participate in an autograph session behind the grandstands at 6:45 p.m.

In addition to the half-time entertainment, the NASCAR Late Models, Grand American Modifieds, Hitchin' Post/Exiss Legends, Chargers, Mini Stocks and Bandoleros will compete.

Gates open at 5 p.m., and races start at 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and military and $2 for children 6-12. Children five and under are free. Family four pack is $25.

LVMS also will host Friday Night Drags at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event will feature High School and Import races.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing from 6 to midnight. The entry fee is $15 for car and driver, $10 for competing high school students with a valid student ID, $10 for crew and spectators and $5 for students, seniors and military.

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