The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted NASCARS two top series this past weekend and by all accounts it was an amazing weekend. The week started early on Thursday with some of the drivers getting over to Sams Town Hotel & Casino to help raise some money for Speedway Childrens Charities. There was a silent auction, with an array of items being auctioned from bottles of wine to racing helmets signed by the drivers. The fast paced live auction was enhanced by some of the drivers like Casey Mears , Elliot Sadler, Kyle Petty and others getting the bidders worked up offering more incentive to raise money for the Speedway Childrens Charity.
Friday was not short on drama, Brendan Gaughan had his Rusty Wallace Racing / South Point Hotel & Casino up on top of the speed charts early in the day until with only about 5 minutes left in the final practice session of the day he got turned around coming off the 2nd turn and wadded up his ride making it necessary to bring the back up car out to make a run at qualifying on Saturday.
The Sprint Series had more local flavor added with Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch leading the field after qualifying, unfortunately Kyles Toyota blew an engine and he would have to start the race from the rear of the field.
Saturday brought a mostly sunny near 70 degree day with a reported estimated crowd of 90,000 race fans out to watch the Sams Town 300. Not short on talent and action things got stirred up on lap 21 when Kyle Busch got into turn 4 too hard and loosing control collecting Pole Sitter Scott Speed and Kevin Harvick. Busch later admitted racing to hard so early on in the race but two top contenders were taken out of going for the win. Harvik would later finish up 29th. The race had two red flag stoppages and a green white checkered finish with the crowd cheering on Gregg Biffle to the start finish line ending his winless 76 race streak. His teammate Carl Edwards had his hands full of Brian Vickers ,Jason Lefler and Dale Earnhardt Jr. making the top 5. Noteworthy finishers had to be Bendan Gaughan, he had a back up car and spun twice and had some rear quarter panels taped up but he kept up with the lead lap and brought home a 3rd straight top 10 finish for his team coming in 7th. One car that didn’t look like it would make it around the track before the team made some “big tape” repairs was Jeff Burtons ride, he also kept up on the lead lap and came in 10th.
Sunday brought out even higher drama, Kyle Busch and his brother Kurt would pace the field for the 1st two pace laps then Kyle fell back to take up his position in the rear of the field. The top names lead the field, 12 different leaders in all. The high banked mile and a half offered up two sometimes three wide e racing lanes even through the turns as was proven by Kurt Busch being sandwiched by teammates Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon stayed locked from before the 1st turn till after the 2nd turn, nearly as beautiful a formation as the pre-race fly by of the Thunderbirds. Kyle Busch held off late race challenges after cautions kept the field bunched up behind him. A noteworthy 2nd place finish was the RCR team of Clint Boyer and Jeff Burton bringing up the podium finishers. Bobby Labonte rounded out the top 5 with his ask.com ride. What a weekend, full of race track drama, Nevada sunshine and more excitement that people come to expect when they visit Las Vegas. Be Safe, Be fast