Work under way on drag-race venue

LAS VEGAS -- Construction started on a $10 million state-of-the-art drag-racing venue, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The facility is due to be completed in time to host the National Hot Rod Association's Winston Drag Racing Series event, April 7 to 9.

The new drag strip will seat up to 40,000 spectators. Design features will include 28 luxury suites that will line the top of the west grandstand rather than being built behind the starting line.

Future plans include the addition of more suites and a four-lane capacity. Tickets for the race went on sale in September.

Meanwhile, the longest off-road race in America, the Millennium Race, is due to run July 8 to 15. The 2,000-mile loop will begin and end here.

The course will run in and around the Nevada towns of Mesquite, Ely, Elko, Reno and Tonopah.

The race is the idea of Casey Folks, director of the Best in the Desert Racing Association. Competition classes will include cars, trucks, motorcycles and quads.Post-race events will take place at the Orleans Resort in Las Vegas.

Best in the Desert Racing Association
Phone: (702) 457-5775

Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Phone: (702) 644-4444

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