LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials announced the 2003 Bullring schedule Tuesday, and race fans will notice some significant differences from this year’s slate to The Orleans NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Presented by Dodge.
The current NASCAR Late Model division will change its name to Super Late Models, while the current NASCAR Outlaw Stock division will become the Late Models. This change will create unity among other tracks across the country. The International Motor Contest Association (I.M.C.A.) Modifieds will return to the weekly racing program at the Bullring and will compete 12 times during the regular season.
"Everyone is excited about the return of the IMCA Modifieds to the Bullring," said Andy Adamcik, manager of The Bullring. "We had a few Modified events in 2002, and the excitement of their races and the reaction of the fans made the decision to add more races an easy one."
The 2003 season will begin Feb. 27 with a special event for Super Late Models, Modifieds and Legends. The regular season will start April 26 and end September 13. The weekly racing series will race at the Bullring every weekend until July 3. Following a two-week summer break, racing will resume on July 26.
"Based on feedback from competitors and fans, we decided to give everyone a short break during the brutal July heat," said Chris Powell, LVMS president and general manager. "By running every weekend, except for the summer break, race fans will know that Saturday night means short-track racing in Las Vegas. We announced earlier a reduction in concession prices, and we are committed during the offseason to working hard at making even more improvements in the Bullring program for 2003."
In addition to the regular weekly racing events, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motorspeedway will host the Supermodified Racing League and United States Superspeedway Series on Oct. 4, the Silver State Fall Classic for Super Late Models on Nov. 4 and the USAC Sprints and Midgets on Nov. 29. The Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks will make seven appearances at the Bullring in 2003.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK), a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. In addition to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, SMI owns and operates the following premiere facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and Texas Motor Speedway. SMI also provides event souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiary, and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars through its 600 Racing subsidiary.
|Feb. 27||Las Vegas Showdown||Super Late Models (100 laps), IMCA Modifieds & Legends Cars|
|April 26||Opening Night||Super LM, Late Models, Speed Trucks, Legends, Bandoleros & Roadsters|
|May 3||Regular Race||IMCA Mods, Late Model Twin 25s, Chargers, Legends, Bandos, Roadsters & Bombers|
|May 10||Regular Race||Super LM, Speed Trucks, Chargers, Legends, Bandoleros & Roadsters|
|May 17||Regular Race||IMCA Mods, Late Models, Chargers, Legends & Bullring Bombers Grand Enduro|
|May 24||Memorial Day Special||Super LM (75 laps), IMCA Mods, Speed Trucks, Legends, Bandoleros & Roadsters|
|May 31||Regular Race||Super LM, Late Models, Chargers, Legends, Bandos, Roadsters & Bombers|
|June 7||Regular Race||IMCA Mods, Speed Trucks, Chargers, Legends, Bandoleros & Roadsters|
|June 14||Chris Trickle Father's Day||Double Super LM Twin 30s, Late Models, Legends, Bandoleros, Roadsters & Bombers|
|June 21||Regular Race||Super LM, IMCA Mods, Speed Trucks, Chargers & Legends|
|July 3||Night of Fire||Super Late Models (75 laps), IMCA Mods, Late Models, Legends & Demo Derby|
|July 12||Summer Break|
|July 19||Summer Break|
|July 26||Regular Race||Super LM, Late Models, Chargers, Legends, Bandoleros, Roadsters & Bombers|
|Aug. 2||Regular Race||IMCA Mods, Late Model Twin 25s, Chargers, Legends, Bandos, Roadsters & Bombers|
|Aug. 9||Regular Race||Super LM, IMCA Mods, Chargers, Legends, Bandoleros, Roadsters & Bombers|
|Aug. 16||Keith Danser Kid's Candy Toss||Super LM, Late Models, Chargers Twin 25s, Legends, Bandoleros & Roadsters|
|Aug. 23||Regular Race||IMCA Mods, Late Model Twin 25s, Chargers, Legends, Roadsters & Bombers|
|Aug. 30||Labor Day Special||Super LM Twin 30s, IMCA Mods, Legends, Bandoleros, Roadsters & Bombers|
|Sept. 6||Regular Race||IMCA Mods, Late Models, Chargers, Legends, Bandoleros, Roadsters & Bombers|
|Sept. 13||Final NASCAR Point Night||Super LM (75 laps), Late Models, Speed Trucks, Legends, Bandoleros & Roadsters|
|Sept. 20||Fan Appreciation Night||IMCA Mods, Chargers, Legends, Bullring Bombers Grand Enduro & Car Football|
|Oct. 4||Open Wheel Extravaganza||SRL Supermodifieds, USSS Indy Cars, ARCA Trucks & IMCA Modifieds|
|Nov. 3||Silver State Fall Classic||Super Late Models, Speed Trucks & IMCA Modifieds|
|Nov. 4||Silver State Fall Classic||Super Late Models, Speed Trucks & IMCA Modifieds|
|Nov. 29||USAC Championships||USAC Western States Sprints & National Midgets|