Vegas Weekender: Fast cars, hot bars and history too

The year is still young, so while you are too, come to Vegas and have some fun! There are plenty of shows to see and attractions to visit and the only problem you’ll face is finding time to do them all. Of course, there are plenty of NASCAR activities as well. From fast cars to the hottest bars, it’s all happening this weekend in Vegas.


Pole Position Raceway

Pole Position Raceway

NASCAR speeds through Vegas

If you like to watch race cars making a left turn, you’ll love this weekend when NASCAR takes over the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gear up to watch your favorite drivers battle it out in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Shelby American and Nationwide Sam’s Town 300 races.

When you’re hungry, check out the NASCAR Café at the Sahara.

Or, if you’re looking to put a wager on your favorite driver, check out Lagasse’s Stadium, where you can watch your favorite sporting event on the large television screens and chow down on ribs, burgers, nachos and fries.

ESPN Zone is also a great place to watch your favorite driver win the race. They have jumbo screens and lots of smaller screens so you can watch the race from any angle.

Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar & Grill has great food and a bar atmosphere. Stoney’s Rockin’ Country is more of a nightclub scene. Both play your favorite country hits where you can party the night away. Stoney’s even has a mechanical bull should you feel daring enough to ride it.

If you think you have what it takes to be a NASCAR driver, test out your skills at Pole Position or Richard Petty Driving Experience. Each let you take the driver’s seat to see if you have the skills to compete — of course, without the pressure of having Jeff Gordon on your tail.

While you’re in Vegas, check out some blues music with Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the Orleans showroom. Tickets start at $27.50 and show times are Feb. 26 – 27 at 8 p.m.

Laugh your way through a show with Bill Engvall as he performs his hilarious stand-up comedy routine. While well-known for taking part in “The Jeff Foxworthy Show” and creating a catch phrase with the 1996 comedy album “Here’s Your Sign,” Engvall hit it big when he joined fellow comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Engvall will be at the Treasure Island theater Feb. 25 – 26. Tickets start at $61.40 and show time is at 9 p.m.



First class cabin at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

Magic and comedy entertain audiences

If you want to see some mesmerizing magic, head to see David Copperfield this weekend. Copperfield performs marvelous illusions and magic tricks that will astound even the skeptics among us. Copperfield performs nightly, Feb. 25 – 28 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. with an extra show at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday in the MGM Hollywood Theatre. Tickets start at $79.

Known for his sarcastic humor, David Spade will make you laugh out loud with his quick wit and funny anecdotes. Spade, known for his parts in “Saturday Night Live,” “Tommy Boy” and “Just Shoot Me,” rolls into the Venetian Showroom Feb. 25 – 27. Tickets start at $85.75 and show times are 9 p.m.


Have a Titanic or a CSI experience

With more than 300 artifacts and large scale replicas of the ship, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition will let you explore the mystery that looms over the sinking of the giant vessel. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Luxor is open daily, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. with the last admission at 9 p.m.

If you’re a fan of the television show, you’ll love the multi-sensory CSI: The Experience attraction at MGM Grand. CSI: The Experience will let you be the investigator. If you think you have a knack for solving mysteries, this could be your chance to try it out. It’s open daily, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. with the last entry being at 9 p.m.