LVMS in October 2015 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, located in Clark County, Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada about 15 miles northeast of the Las Vegas Strip, is a 1,200-acre ( 490 hour angle ) complex of multiple tracks for motorsports racing. The complex is owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina .
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The Speedway at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
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Following the final closure of Stardust International Raceway in 1971, plans were developed for a newly racing facility in Las Vegas : the Las Vegas Speedrome. Located in the far northeastern corner of the Las Vegas Valley, the Speedrome consisted of a road course and embroil strip, opening in 1972. Alexander Rodriguez leased the facility from the City of Las Vegas, and added the 3/8-mile short track in 1985 after the closure of Craig Road Speedway in 1983. Ralph Engelstad of the Imperial Palace purchased the track in 1989, renaming the facility Las Vegas Speedway Park. Engelstad partnered with William Bennett of the Sahara Hotel and opened a new $ 72 million superspeedway on the web site in September 1996. The first race at the speedway was on September 15 with an IndyCar event, which was won by Richie Hearn. A NASCAR Truck Series race followed in November. In December 1998, Speedway Motorsports purchased Las Vegas Motor Speedway from Engelstad and Bennett for $ 215 million. Veteran motorsports publicist Chris Powell was named the speedway ‘s president of the united states and general director and distillery holds that position today. The Winston No Bull 5 Million Dollar Bonus was held at the track from 1999 to 2002. Jeff Burton won a million dollars in 2000 and Jeff Gordon won the bonus in 2001. The drag strip was relocated into the current The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, while the previous drag leach and road course was rebuilt to the current out 2.4 mile road course in use today. The 3/8-mile egg-shaped was rebuilt with a new pit lane and start-finish changed to the opposite english. During the 2004 and 2005 seasons, Champ Car besides held races at the speedway, which were both won by Sébastien Bourdais. In 2006, plans were announced to reconfigure the track after the Nextel Cup Series race held in March, increasing the banking from the original 12 degrees to 20 degrees. [ 2 ] This reconfiguration entailed “ progressive bank ” which increases the degree of deposit on a gradient towards the away of the path. This increased side-by-side race. The speedway besides constructed a sports fan zone called the “ Neon Garage ”. This area has bouncy entertainment, unprecedented access to the drivers and teams, such as viewing areas for fans to watch their favorite driver ‘s cable car scram worked on and talk to the drivers, and is home to the Winner ‘s Circle. The speedway moved pit road 275 feet ( 84 m ) close to the grandstands, built a new media focus on and added a quarter-mile ellipse for Legends Cars, Bandoleros, and Thunder Roadsters, in the tri-oval area. On August 8, 2006, the newly reconfigured track reopened to stock cars. Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series Champion and Las Vegas native, became the beginning NASCAR Cup Series driver to test a banal car on the newly reconfigured track in his No. 2 Penske Dodge. The Truck Series race in September 2006 was the first base NASCAR raceway run on the open, with Mike Skinner being victorious. Jeff Burton won the first Busch Series race on the new surface in March 2007, taking a Monte Carlo SS to Victory Lane. The follow sidereal day, Jimmie Johnson drove a Chevrolet to Victory Lane, capturing the first NASCAR Cup Series win on the modern sidewalk, and for him the third true year he drove to victory lane at Vegas. In March 2011, Insomniac Events announced that their largest rave festival in North America, Electric Daisy Carnival ( EDC ), would take place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time on June 24–26. More than 235,000 people attended the three-day event. The 2012 event was held June 8–10 with an attendance of 315,000 people. The 2013 event was held June 21–23 with an attendance of approximately 345,000 people. The 2014 consequence was held on June 20–22, and the 2015 event took place June 19–21. The twentieth anniversary EDC Las Vegas 2016 took set June 17–19, 2016 ; the most holocene edition ran from May 17–19, 2019 ; and the event was to have returned May 15–17, 2020, but was ultimately canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Insomniac signed a ten-year compress with LVMS to host EDC through 2022. [ 3 ] A third base road course designed by Romain Thievin was added in 2012. The course is 1.4 miles ( 2.3 km ) long with 11 turns and an 1,800-foot ( 550 thousand ) straight. [ 4 ] In deep 2017, the drag strip was expanded to four lanes. Since 2018, NHRA ‘s April meet is held with four cars racing simultaneously. Starting in 2018, a second race weekend was initiated at the track, taking the New Hampshire Motor Speedway ‘s Cup Series and Truck Series fall weekend races. [ 5 ] besides, both weekends will now be triple headers ( Cup, Truck, and Xfinity Series ), moving the October stand alone race for the Truck Series at LVMS to the spring weekend, and moving the stand-alone Xfinity rush from the Kentucky Speedway to the fall weekend. The Cup raceway would be the first race for the playoffs ( replacing Chicagoland Speedway ), The regular season finale for Xfinity Series, and the second playoff slipstream for the Truck Series. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHRA cancelled both races ( the four and two lane meetings ) and moved the NHRA World Finals, which had been held at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, to the embroil strip. ( The World Finals is a different race than the NHRA capitulation race touch legally. )
2011 IndyCar accident [edit ]
On October 16, 2011, the final slipstream of the 2011 IndyCar temper, the IZOD IndyCar World Championship, was held at Las Vegas. however, the rush was halted by a crash on lap 11 that involved 15 cars, some of which became airborne, and some of which burst into flames. The crash began when Wade Cunningham made light contact with James Hinchcliffe, but the position turned into a big pile-up of cars. The crash forced the crimson flag to be waved about immediately, due to the remains of the damaged cars and the amount of debris on the lead. [ 6 ] Four of the 15 drivers were seriously injured and taken to the nearby University Medical Center for treatment, one of which was two-time, reigning Indianapolis 500 achiever and 2005 series supporter Dan Wheldon, who suffered austere dull force trauma to the head after his car flew into the catch fence. He was pronounced dead on arrival two hours later and IndyCar ‘s officials formally decided to abandon the race. [ 7 ] alternatively of completing the race with 188 laps to go, the 19 drivers who were not involved went back out on the track and did a five-lap salute in Wheldon ‘s respect. [ 8 ] In December 2011, IndyCar announced that they would not return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and that the future of IndyCar depended on what they would learn from the ongoing probe of the crash that claimed Wheldon ‘s biography. [ 9 ]
The crash happened during the film of an sequence about IndyCar for the television documentary series Nerve Center. The crash was shown in the episode. [ 10 ]
Records [edit ]
lick Records [edit ]
The official slipstream lap records at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are listed as :
NASCAR Cup Series records [edit ]
( As of March 7, 2022 ) [ citation needed ]
* from minimum 5 starts .
Tracks [edit ]
2008 UAW-Dodge 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
- Inside Road Course: 1.1 miles (1.8 km), with a 0.76 miles (1.22 km) road configuration and a 0.33 miles (530 m) oval configuration
- Outside Road Course: several configurations with a maximum length of 2.4 miles (3.9 km)
- The Bullring: 0.375 miles (604 m) paved oval
- Dirt Track: 0.5 miles (800 m) clay oval
- The Strip: 0.25 miles (1,320 ft)/(402 m) drag strip
- Dream Racing Course: 1.5 miles (2.41 km) road course, with a 1.2 miles (1.9 km) configuration
- Off-road Course: an 850 by 750 ft (260 by 230 m) area which may accommodate multiple configurations
Speedway track length [edit ]
The NASCAR time and score use a duration of 1.5 miles ( 2.4 kilometer ). [ 25 ] This distance was besides used by IRL between 1996 and 2000. [ 26 ] In their final race in 2011 Indycar remeasured the track distance to 1.544 miles ( 2.485 kilometer ). [ 27 ] This is the result of the reconfiguration of the track. between 2005 ( old layout ) and 2011 ( new layout ), no Indycar race was held there. NASCAR calm use the old length of precisely 1.5 miles for the reconfigured egg-shaped .
other events [edit ]
Notes [edit ]
- Both drivers took the same lap clock in different races independently .
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