The sound of roaring engines and the smell of gasoline fumes will fill the air this weekend as NASCAR invades Las Vegas.
It’s time for the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and that means it’s also time for parties, food and drink specials and fun events for the fans all weekend long.
The action begins with Friday’s qualifying runs for Stratosphere Pole Day. Saturday is the NASCAR Nationwide Series Boyd Gaming 300 and Sunday is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400.
Rascal Flatts will be singing the national anthem at the big race and you can also catch their show at the Hard Rock Hotel, along with other top country entertainers around town this weekend.
Start your engines
Cheap Trick will be revving up the crowds with a free concert at the Fremont Street Experience March 7 at 9 p.m. as part of the 12th annual RaceJam. You know you’ll be singing along to hits like “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender,” “Dream Police” and more. RaceJam is a four-day event March 5 – 8 with free nightly entertainment plus NASCAR merchandise booths.
If you’re not at the Speedway but still want to watch the races, Cabo Wabo Cantina will be showing them in all their glory in The Loft, a new events space above the bar, on a number of flat-panel, big-screen televisions including a monster 184-inch video grid, a 180-inch projection screen and multiple 80-inch high-definition televisions. Toast to your favorite drivers with the Can’t Drive 55, a blend of Cabo Wabo blanco tequila, Sammy Hagar’s beach bar rum, vodka, gin, splashes of lime, orange, pineapple and cranberry juices, finished with a touch of Amaretto Disaronno. As a bonus you’ll get a complimentary Cabo Wabo souvenir glass with each purchase of the signature cocktail ($15).
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa is located just minutes from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, so it’s always full of race fans. Celebrate NASCAR weekend with food and drink specials March 6 – 8. All bottled beer products will be $2 each with the option to add a shot of Jack Daniels Honey, Jägermeister or Fireball Whiskey for $3 with the purchase of any beer. Sounds like a good option to us.
PBR Rock Bar, located inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, and Rockhouse, inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo, are waving the green flag to racing fans on March 8. Fans that make it (safely) from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to either bar, with a ticket stub in hand, within one hour of the race’s conclusion will receive a free open bar all night.
Meet a driver
What’s better than watching your favorite driver race around the track? Meeting your hero in person. On Friday, March 6, the legendary Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet SS, will make a live appearance at The Orleans Hotel and Casino. Chris Myers of Fox Sports will host the event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.
Carl Edwards, Driver of the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota, will appear at the Fremont Hotel and Casino on March 6. Jeff Hammond of Fox Sports will host the event at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.
Brendan Gaughan, driver of the South Point Chevy No. 62 for Richard Childress Racing, and fellow NASCAR drivers Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Brian Scott and Paul Menard will take over South Point Hotel for a special autograph signing March 5 from 8 – 9 p.m. Signing is limited to the first 200 fans.
What do NASCAR fans eat when they’re hungry after a long day at the races? Well, Tacos & Tequila at Luxor was inspired to create White Trash Nachos for fans March 5 – 9. The White Trash Nachos include tortilla chips and french fries topped with barbecue baked beans, nacho cheese sauce, red onions, cilantro, jalapeños and grilled hot dog slices. The combination is finished off with a bottle of Coors Light and accompanied by a shot of Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper. The nachos, beer and shot combination will be priced at $15.
Guests who order the Double Blind at Culinary Dropout during NASCAR weekend will be surprised with a house selected beer and a mystery shot in a brown paper bag to enjoy while watching the races. The Double Blind is $8 and you get to take the paper bag home with you.
Country concerts and comedy
Jeff Dunham’s show is a hilarious combination of stand-up comedy and ventriloquism and he’ll be cracking up audiences March 4 – 8 at Planet Hollywood. Dunham will undoubtedly be bringing out his cast of characters like Bubba J – the beer-drinkin,’ NASCAR-watching puppet. Dunham has won a multitude of awards including two-time Ventriloquist of the Year and TNN Music City News Country Awards’ Comedian of the Year and 2008 top comic in Comedy Central’s “Stand-Up Showdown.”
If you’re in town early before the race, catch comedian “Ron White’s Comedy Salute From Vegas” on March 4. Country Music Television (CMT) is recording the show, which will be aired at a later date. Featuring guest appearances by many of White’s funny fellow comedians and friends, not only will this performance make you laugh, but all of the show’s proceeds will benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. You’ll recognize White from his stint with comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy as part of the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour.”
Country/pop group Rascal Flatts will be singing the national anthem at the big race on Sunday but you can also see their show at the Hard Rock Hotel Friday and Saturday during their “Vegas Riot!” residency. The group is known for its big hits like “What Hurts the Most,” “Bless the Broken Road,” “These Days” and “My Wish.”
For more information about NASCAR weekend events, check out: http://www.vegas.com/nascar-weekend/