Las Vegas to gain second NASCAR tripleheader weekend in 2018

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

The allure of Las Vegas has enticed organizations in the sporting world as far up as the NFL to consider a move to the city in upcoming years.

As it turns out, it’s also caught the eye of NASCAR fans and, as a result, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI).

The organization announced Wednesday that Las Vegas Motor Speedway will play host to a second weekend of NASCAR action beginning in 2018, with a fall race weekend during the sport’s playoff accompanying the venue’s current stop as part of the spring ‘NASCAR Goes West’ tour.

The facility will host all three of NASCAR’s premier series for both weekends, culminating in the featured Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

The move comes in what is essentially a swap from SMI. The organization will replace the current fall races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Cup, Trucks) and Kentucky Speedway (XFINITY) with the combined weekend, while also doing away with the track’s current Camping World Truck Series standalone event. Las Vegas will become the only track on the NASCAR circuit with two tripleheader weekends.

New Hampshire and Kentucky will each retain their race weekends during the summer.

The move offers an opportunity for SMI to pack more fans in the grandstands. Las Vegas can currently seat as many as 104,000 fans, a 15,000 person increase over New Hampshire’s 89,000.

New Hampshire has also experienced a fair share of struggles in recent years. The track failed to secure a presenting sponsor for its summer race in 2016, dubbing the race the New Hampshire 301. The facility currently has no sponsors for its two 2017 events either, as can be seen on NASCAR.com’s schedule.

The exact placement of the Las Vegas race within the 10-race 2018 playoff is unknown at this time.

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