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USAC has become a birthplace for many NASCAR stars LAS VEGAS -- The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has served as a breeding ground for many of today's most prominent NASCAR drivers, among those being Kurt and Kyle Busch, two of Las ...

USAC has become a birthplace for many NASCAR stars

LAS VEGAS -- The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has served as a breeding ground for many of today's most prominent NASCAR drivers, among those being Kurt and Kyle Busch, two of Las Vegas' hometown racing heroes.

Based on history, there should be more of racing's future stars headed to the Bullring for the upcoming Orleans Hotel and Casino USAC Sprint Car and Midget Nationals on April 3.

The event will coincide with the NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals at The Strip and will feature the Western Sprint Cars, the Western Midgets and the California Ford Focus Midgets at the 3/8-mile oval.

Tony Stewart is included in the group of NASCAR's most successful drivers who broke into the racing world through USAC racing. He was the winner of both feature events during USAC's last visit to the Bullring in 2002.

Stewart is part of a distinguished list of former USAC standouts who have made their way in the NASCAR world. In 1990, four-time NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion Jeff Gordon became the youngest driver ever to win the USAC National Midget Championship at age 19. Current NASCAR competitors Ryan Newman and Jason Leffler also began in USAC racing.

Along with these prominent drivers, up-and-coming stars J.J. Yeley and Kasey Kahne first became known in the racing world due to their success in USAC. Yeley was a USAC Triple Crown Champion, who now competes in the NASCAR Busch Series, and Kahne is currently fourth in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series standings as a rookie. Both drivers have raced at the Bullring in the USAC racing series.

The USAC Sprint Cars and Midgets will each run a 40-lap feature, while the Ford Focus Midgets will run a 25-lap feature.

The spectator gates will open at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, with qualifying set to kick off at 4:30. Following a driver autograph session, the Heat races will begin at 7:00, followed by the feature races, which will begin at 9:00. Trophy presentations will immediately follow each of the three features.

A total of 80-90 racing teams are expected to be in attendance; however, a complete entry list of all competing drivers will be available as the race date approaches.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and $50 for stockyard admission. A five-dollar discount on adult admission is available with a ticket stub from the NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals.

For tickets, call 800-644-4444 or visit lvms.com.

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Series USAC
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Jason Leffler , Ryan Newman , Kasey Kahne , J.J. Yeley , Kyle Busch