Las Vegas to Host Second NASCAR Cup Series Event
28 Jun, 2017
Just days before the flag dropped on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway last month, the track and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced that the city would host a second NASCAR Cup Series race beginning in fall 2018. An article in Travel Weekly detailed this information as follows.
It was a move years in the making, and one that was cheered by Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman and motor speedway president Chris Powell.
The speedway will inherit Monster Energy and Camping World Truck Series races from a New Hampshire track also owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc., as well as a NASCAR Xfinity Series race from the Kentucky Speedway, which is under the same ownership.
"It's still the largest single-day sporting event [in Nevada]; that's why we decided to sponsor a second race," Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority communications director Jeremy Handel told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
However, attendance estimates for NASCAR's three races in March in North Las Vegas showed declining numbers in the grandstand, and the Review-Journal has reported that the motor speedway might eliminate certain seating sections in 2018, cutting the seating capacity to approximately 80,000.
Whether adding a second race weekend in the Vegas market was smart strategy or a few years too late, only time — and ticket sales — will tell.
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