Late Model Stock Cars invade Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - The 10th annual StarNursery.com Twin 70s Late Model Open is slated for Saturday, Nov. 4 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. More than 75 cars from the West Coast are expected to compete for the $15,950 in posted awards on...

LAS VEGAS - The 10th annual StarNursery.com Twin 70s Late Model Open is slated for Saturday, Nov. 4 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

More than 75 cars from the West Coast are expected to compete for the $15,950 in posted awards on the newly configured 3/8-mile paved oval.

Last year, 56 drivers, including several NASCAR Winston West regulars, attempted to qualify for one of the 26 starting positions.

Las Vegas' Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 99 Exide Ford in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, passed NASCAR Winston West driver Mike Duncan at the line to win the event. Busch, who qualified third in the No. 26 Quality Mechanical Chevrolet, went to the inside of Duncan coming out of turn four to take the checkered flag inches ahead of the polesitter.

The winner of this year's 140-lap main event, which will be divided into two 70-lap segments, will receive $5,000. The leader at the end of the first 70 laps will earn a $1,500 bonus from Lakewood Plumbing.

"The two-segment format gives drivers an opportunity to make changes on their car and develop a strategy," said David Stetzer, director of short-track events. "After 70 laps, we will wave the red flag and give the competitors a 15-minute break. They will be allowed to add fuel, change two tires and make other approved adjustments."

The fastest 20 cars in qualifying will determine the first 20 positions of the 26-car field. The top three finishers in two last-chance races will fill the remaining six positions.

All Late Model Stock Cars and NASCAR touring teams are eligible to enter the event. The entry fee is $125 if mailed by Oct. 27. All late entries will be assessed a $25 late charge.

Pit gates open on race day at 1 p.m. Practice is scheduled from 2 - 4:30, and qualifying will begin at 5. The StarNursery.com Twin 70s is slated to start at 8:45. Friday, Nov. 3 will be a registration and practice day. Pit gates will open at 2:30 p.m., and inspection will be from 5-9. Practice is slated for 5-10. Car and driver will be $20 and crew members will be $5.

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Kurt Busch