Las Vegas Motor Speedway History

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway had to be spectacular. Ordinary has no shot in a city where you can see Paris, Venice, New York and ancient Rome all in the space of a few blocks. So just a few miles north of “The Strip,” Las Vegas Motor Speedway sits like a diamond in the desert. One of the most complete racing complexes in the world, its 1,600 acres include road courses, a three-eighths mile oval, a dirt track and a state-of-the-art drag racing facility.

At its heart, however, lies the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway, home for the Las Vegas 400 on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series each season. Construction on the $200 million complex began in ‘95, with crews moving more than 4 million cubic yards of dirt. More than 2,600 light fixtures on more than 200 poles help Las Vegas Motor Speedway keep up with the bright lights of the city it lives in. Nearly 2,000 tons of concrete were originally used to build more than 100,000 seats for race fans wanting to buy tickets to see racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but like Las Vegas itself, the track just keeps right on growing.

Not long after Speedway Motorsports Inc. bought Las Vegas Motor Speedway in ‘98, it announced plans to add seats for 22,000 more tickets in the Dale Earnhardt Tower overlooking the front straightaway. When those tickets were snapped up, Las Vegas Motor Speedway decided to keep growing. By ‘06, construction of the Richard Petty Terrace in Turn 1 will be ready, allowing fans a shot at 14,000 additional tickets and pushing the track’s seating capacity to nearly 150,000.

The first race held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was an Indy Racing League event in ‘96. NASCAR’s Busch Series followed soon thereafter, and in 1998 the Cup series made its first visit with Mark Martin picking up the victory.

Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth have both won a pair of Cup races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with Jeff Gordon, Sterling Marlin and Jimmie Johnson also joining Martin on the list of Cup winners at the 1.5-mile track.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s wide racing surface allows drivers to choose their own preferred racing lanes through turns banked a 12 degrees. The frontstretch tri-oval, which runs 2,275 feet, is banked at 9 degrees. The 1,572-foot-long backstretch is banked three degrees. Race fans buying tickets at Las Vegas Motor Speedway get more than just some of the world’s best racing. With Nellis Air Force Base located just beyond the backstretch, a day at the track also frequently provides an opportunity to see some of the American military’s most advanced aircraft soar into the skies.

And, by the way, there’s also Las Vegas itself. The city has more than 140,000 rooms in some of the most famous and fabulous hotels in the world, and offers a boundless array of restaurant and entertainment options. Las Vegas is the place where the world’s biggest stars come to see their name in lights, and with Las Vegas Motor Speedway it’s also a place where race fans can see the greatest drivers in the world work their magic, too. It’s Vegas, baby.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Seating Chart

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Seating Chart