Nevada Secretary of State Heller looks to take charge at 11th Annual NASCAR Late Model Classic LAS VEGAS& ...
Nevada Secretary of State Heller looks to take charge at 11th Annual NASCAR Late Model Classic
LAS VEGAS– Races and polls are nothing new for Nevada Secretary of State Dean Heller, but Saturday night at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Heller will be racing stock cars and competing for a pole position.
Heller, finished seventh in points at Carson City’s Champion Speedway this season, will make his first Bullring start event in the 11th Annual NASCAR Late Model Classic presented by Star Nursery.
“ I get about two-thirds of the races in,” Heller said.“ Unfortunately, I can’t really compete for a championship out there because Secretary of State business takes priority, and with a family of four, it can be difficult.”
Heller will pilot his Dr. Pepper-sponsored Pontiac late model as he competes against the best drivers from six states this weekend.
“ It’s the first time I’ve been here at the track,” Heller said.“ You have some good drivers here in Las Vegas. I want to make the show just to say I drove with these guys. With Jason (Allen), Kyle (Busch) and some of these other guys you know that they are going somewhere. For me, this is more of a hobby and having fun.”
Although racing is a hobby for Heller, the 41-year-old resembles a race car driver. Growing up he never envisioned being elected to a political position.
“ I wanted to raise a family and race cars,” Heller said.“ This has been a racing family. My dad raced Super Stocks. I was always at the track. I’ve been racing in one form or another for the past 10 years.”
Heller was elected to the Nevada Legislature in 1990 and served two terms. In 1994, he was elected secretary of state.
“ It’s a great job. It’s a unique thing to be able to help people. The best way to do that is through government,” Heller said.“ Being secretary of state, we help with economic development, we are involved with elections and the democratic process.
“Racing is great. Politics can be overwhelming and it is nice to have something that brings you back down to earth and is fun.”
In addition to NASCAR Late Models, Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks return to the Bullring for a 100-lap feature race.
Pit gates open at 1:00 p.m. Spectator gates open at 4:00 p.m. Time trials begin at 5:00 p.m. with racing at 6:30 p.m.
General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens/military personnel and $3 for children 6-12. Children five and under are free. Admission to the Stockyard is $30 per vehicle (maximum of four people, each additional person is $8).