While Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host its first NASCAR tripleheader this weekend, a far more critical weekend is still six months away.
Las Vegas will host the first race of the NASCAR playoffs for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sept. 16. The date will also mark the first time in its history that Las Vegas has hosted a second NASCAR weekend. And they will be the first track to host two tripleheader weekends in one year.
Track president Chris Powell noted last month during NASCAR’s West Coast media day that the reception to a second race date has been positive. But then again, it has been a long time coming.
“The key part of it was just to get the second race,” Powell said. “Since the day I got the job in Las Vegas, which was in late 1998, people wanted to know when we were going to get a second race. Now that we’ve gotten the second race, that’s the most important part of the equation. The fact that it’s the first race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs makes it even that much better.
“And so, we’re very excited about that and looking forward to seeing who can get into Victory Lane [in September] because that person will be guaranteed, obviously, into the next three races.”
Single-day tickets for the South Point 400 go on sale March 5th. However, the track has already been selling tickets in a “NASCAR Weekend Package,” which includes admission to all three races that weekend – the Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
“We’ve absolutely been very heartened by the interest [in the September weekend],” Powell said. “But we’re not surprised, we’ve known all along – whether it’s fans, media, whoever it might be – coming to us saying can we get that second race.”
According to Powell, fans who are buying tickets for both their March and September weekends are getting roughly 40 percent price breaks. In some cases, he said it could be as high as 60 percent off.
“We’re excited about it, and the hotel-casino industry is excited about it because September is an otherwise slow month in Las Vegas,” Powell said. “Back to school has its impact. There are not many trade shows or conventions and so for us to be able to bring in a NASCAR weekend makes the convention authority very happy. So happy that they help provide some of the funding to us to bring the second race to Las Vegas.”