LAS VEGAS, California – The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will recognize local retired racing heroes Wednesday night as the 3/8-mile asphalt oval presents its annual Wild Wednesday stock car spectacular. Retired heroes will be recognized during the evening’s opening ceremonies and some also will serve as honorary starters. Among the drivers to be recognized will be Doc Faustina. His driving career, which spans three decades, began in 1965 in SCCA sports car competition. He began racing stock cars at the famed Craig Road Speedway one year later. After a two-year stint in Can-Am racing behind the wheel of a Lola, Faustina purchased a NASCAR Grand National (now known as the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series) Plymouth from Richard Petty in 1971.
“I competed on all the big tracks in the South, including Daytona, Talladega, Rockingham, Charlotte, Trenton, Dover and Texas World Speedway,” said Faustina, who was seen many times on the old ABC Wide World of Sports NASCAR telecasts. “My best finish was 18th at Talladega in 1971 (he won $1,800) and it was the highlight of my career.”
He returned to local racing in ’76 and raced at what now is known as the Bullring, Mesa Marin (Calif.), Craig Road Speedway and Willow Springs Raceway. In 1999, he entered the NASCAR Winston West Series and was invited to compete in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series exhibition race at Motegi, Japan. Today he is a sponsor on Dustin Ash’s Super Late Model.
Wayne Morris Sr., nicknamed “Wayne-o,” was born in Shrewsbury, Mass., and began racing Midgets in New England in 1953. In 1968, he moved to Las Vegas and began driving stock cars at Craig Road Speedway.
Jack Mulligan, now 74, was born in Pasadena, Calif. His family moved to Las Vegas in 1939 and he began racing jalopies at the old Silver Slipper Speedway (behind the Silver Slipper Casino on Las Vegas Blvd. at Desert Inn Rd.). He also raced on the quarter-mile dirt track in Barstow, Calif., which was the closest track to the Silver Slipper in the 1950s.
Scheduled to participate with Doc, Wayne and Jack are: Curley Price (founder of the track now known as the Bullring), Fred Kiser Sr. and John Montgomery. Many more are expected to join the list of oval-track heroes.
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series stars Rod Fuller and John Force will participate in an autograph session beneath the main grandstands from 6-7 p.m. Fuller is the current NHRA Top Fuel Dragster points leader and has five Top Fuel Dragster wins to his credit. Force is a 14-time NHRA Funny Car champion.
Two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie will compete in an ASA Speed Truck LaJoie, who won NASCAR Busch Series championships in 1996 and 1997, also has competed in the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck Series.
This special Wednesday evening stock car racing show – dubbed “Wild Wednesday” – will feature NASCAR-sanctioned Super Late Models, American Speed Association (ASA) Speed Trucks, Thunder Roadsters and Legends Cars.
Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and military personnel with ID and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children five and under are free. A Family Four Pack may be purchased for $26. The Bullring concession stand offers family-friendly $1 hot dogs, $1 soda and $1 beer every race night.
For more information, please call the Bullring office at (702) 632-8213