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Start your engines

     This kind of raw energy only comes to town once a year, so shift into high gear and get revved up for the fast-paced excitement of 2012 NASCAR Weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from March 9 - 11.

NASCAR Weekend is March 9-11 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.      Life in the fast lane, Vegas-style, includes the Stratosphere Pole Day, the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

     Special weekend packages are available where you'll enjoy the finest view of the competition as it unfolds on the 20-degree banking. The Dale Earnhardt Terrace and Richard Petty Terrace feature wide, flip-down seats with cup holders and a private concourse with restrooms, concessions and elevator access.

     The main grandstand offers seating along the front stretch with terrific views of all the pit road and racing action. Seats in sections 1, 2 and 3 are benches with back support, and they provide easy access to concessions and restrooms.

     No trip to the speedway would be complete without checking out the Neon Garage. You'll have unprecedented access to NASCAR's stars and teams, enjoy specialty concessions and be part of the winner's circle celebration.  Neon Garage access also allows you in the pit area on Friday, Saturday and during prerace on Sunday.

      In Vegas, you can do more than just watch the action - you can be a part of it. At the speedway complex, you can drive or ride along in a 600-horsepower NASCAR-style stock car at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. You and your heart will be racing like never before.

     Make Las Vegas the ultimate pit stop when NASCAR comes to town March 9 - 11!

 

The IndyCar season reaches the finish line in Vegas

     The excitement of IndyCar racing is back in Las Vegas, and the stakes have never been higher. Catch the season finale of the IndyCar series during IZOD IndyCar Weekend Oct. 14 - 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway!

     The action will be fast and furious, beginning with the Smith's 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, continuing with the first Firestone Indy Lights Series race and concluding with the IZOD IndyCar series finale - all at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

     Make your plans now for the Oct. 14 practice and qualifying sessions, as well as the exciting Truck Series race on Oct. 15 and the IndyCar race on Oct. 16. Certain ticket packages include access to the Neon Garage, a must-see for racing fans.

     The IZOD IndyCar Series World Championship will feature the sport's top racers vying to become IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Lights champions, so start your engine and get ready for the green flag to drop in Vegas!

     After the race, celebrate the victory with an evening in downtown Vegas. Check out the brand new Plaza Hotel - a vintage hotel on Fremont Street that has been remodeled from top to bottom.  Score a big win a room overlooking the promenade and the millions of lights of VivaVision. 

Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- Electronic music galore!

As you might expect with the Electronic Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Vegas this weekend -- top DJs and producers are all the rave. Here's a look at who you can see and where:

Encore Beach ClubThe EDC is an all-night event, but you still need something to do during the day, so check out the official EDC Weekend pool parties with Boyz Noise on Saturday at Aria's Liquid Pool Lounge and Avicii at Marquee at Cosmopolitan on Sunday. And for those who really want to cap off an amazing weekend, hit the official EDC After Party with Laidback Luke at XS at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas on Monday night.

There's also plenty to do in between all around town. Steve Aoki, Sidney Samson, Calvin Harris and Afrojack are part of the DJ Magazine 20-year anniversary weekend parties at Surrender and Encore Beach Club. On Friday night, Samantha Ronson provides the sound at Chateau at Paris Las Vegas, Armand Van Helden is on the turntables at Gallery inside Planet Hollywood, Twista performs at 1OAK at The Mirage and Alexandra Richards spins at The Bank at Bellagio. DJ Chuckie is also celebrating his birthday with a performance at Marquee.

Jay Sean is at Pure inside Caesars Palace Friday for a live performance, and Gavin DeGraw is at Red Rock Resort for an outdoor show. You can also party the night away with Solange Knowles as she celebrates her birthday at Lavo at The Palazzo.

You can also pump your fists all day as DJ Pauly D launches his residency at Ditch Fridays at the Palms pool and later that evening at Rain for Clash Fridays. He'll also be at Moon on Saturday night.

Benny Banassi is the special guest DJ at TAO Beach on Saturday for Lo Bosworth hosting her sister's bachelorette weekend, and over at Bare pool at The Mirage DJ Erra is doing a live set. Martin Solveig is at MGM Grand's Wet Republic and Yolanda Be Cool is at Encore Beach Club.

The celebrities come out on Saturday night as Nicki Minaj heads to the Gallery, Taio Cruz performs at Chateau, Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls fame celebrates her birthday at Tao at the Venetian and Shaq holds his retirement party at Moon.

Seize the summer like never before. The party is on all over Vegas this weekend!

Miss USA 2011: Some Southern hospitality

Note: This is the fourth in a series of blogs leading up to the Miss USA 2011 competition on June 19 at Planet Hollywood. In this entry, we're highlighting contestants from Southern states, and slowly worked our way up the East Coast a bit.

The contestants for Miss USA are used to answering questions, so we threw some Vegas-related Qs their way. Here are some selected answers:

MISS ALABAMA USA: MADELINE MITCHELL

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: I'm most excited about the amazing shopping.

Q: If you had to pick five things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: Swimsuit, oversized sunglasses, my favorite dress, skinny jeans and a sparkly top.

Q: What's the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: You can sleep when you get home!

MISS GEORGIA USA: KAYLIN REQUE

Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?
A: The Shoppes at The Palazzo.

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: Tao Beach.

Q: What's the one thing in Vegas you can't miss?
A: The scenery. I suggest taking a few laps on the Las Vegas Strip to see the people, the buildings and lights at night.

MISS FLORIDA USA: LISSETTE GARCIA

Q: Who would be your dream date in Vegas?
A: Brad Pitt and George Clooney ... and with the rest of the Ocean's Eleven cast!

Q: What's the most unique experience you've had in LasVegas?
A: In 2004, my mom came to Las Vegas to get married by Elvis. I arranged all the wedding events and we had dinner at the Top of the World in the Stratosphere.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: My favorite restaurant is American Fish in ARIA. I love eating seafood, and with Michael Mina restaurants, you can never go wrong.

MISS SOUTH CAROLINA USA: COURTNEY HOPE TURNER

Q: What's the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: I want to watch the Bellagio's water show!

Q: What's the one thing in Las Vegas you can't miss?
A: The Luxor, especially if you admire Egyptian culture.

Q: What's the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: Pace yourself, stay hydrated, and bring plenty of sunscreen.

MISS NORTH CAROLINA USA: BRITTANY LEIGH YORK

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: Frank Sinatra is a classic Vegas icon. I absolutely love the era that he represents.

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: Paul Walker! Fast cars, big blue eyes, and an awesome smile ... who could ask for more?

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: The amenities at ARIA seem phenomenal; I could definitely see myself living there!

MISS VIRGINIA: NIKKI POTEET

Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: It's a long flight from Virginia, so after I stretch my legs I want to see the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign!

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: I have in mind a 1950s showgirl costume, with lots of sparkle and glitz, and a feathered headdress 4 feet tall. Pretty sure that outfit would not be Richmond, Va., appropriate!

Q: What would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: First, I would want to go to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and race a Lamborghini. Then, to celebrate my victory over my date, I would like to enjoy a nice dinner at a restaurant with outdoor seating. Then, to finish off the evening, I would find the highest point that I can go to, possibly at the top of the Eiffel Tower restaurant, and enjoy my view of the bustling nightlife.

MISS PENNSYLVANIA USA: AMBER-JOI WATKINS

Q: What is the first thing you want to do want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: Visit one of the amazing spas so I can relax before the competition starts. The locals tell me I should try the Encore spa.

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: XS at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, I always have a great time there.

Q: What's the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: Meet new people, ask the locals for advice and do as much as you can. There is something for EVERYONE in Vegas.

MISS WEST VIRGINIA USA: WHITNEY VEACH

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: The Vegas Strip and all of the lights. I can't wait!

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: That fully sequined mini dress that has been sitting in my closet since I bought it.

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: Peepshow. I love Holly Madison.

All Miss USA contestants surveyed are over 21 years of age.
Images courtesy of Miss Universe Organization

Electric Daisy Carnival ready to light up Vegas

Three nights, all night. Beats pumping from dusk till dawn.

The Electric Daisy Carnival is making its debut in Las Vegas from June 24-26 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and some of the heavyweights from the electronic music world are leading the Electric charge.  

It all starts on June 24 with the incomparable Tiesto. This spinmaster's credits include a Grammy nomination, numerous MTV awards, and continuously sold out shows around the globe, including his monthly residency at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Multi-platinum artist/producer David Guetta is at the controls on June 25. He's worked alongside Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas, and Madonna, and Guetta's signature sound will have fans dancing the night away.

On the festival's closing night, June 26, the Swedish House Mafia is the featured headliner. SHM is a combination of three of the top talents in the DJ industry -- Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell.

For more information and to buy tickets to this landmark event, visit their website.

Vegas Minute: Chills and thrills

In this week's Vegas Minute, which is also available on our official YouTube channel, get ready for some thrills! First, submerge yourself at The Shark Reef inside Mandalay Bay. Then, it's a long way down from Skyjump at the Stratosphere. You can also take in the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand. Plan your trip at http://www.lasvegas.com Vegas Minute produced by http://www.vegas.com

Dirt Alert!

Las Vegas is the ultimate playground for adults.  It's not just about the A-list shows, award-winning restaurants, and celebrity-magnet nightclubs, its about being free to be yourself for the weekend, and sometimes that means getting a little dirty.

Dig ThisBeginning early April, there will be a new playground in town and it's all about being a kid again at the "Dig This - Heavy Equipment Playground."  Within minutes, under the careful direction of experienced instructors, you will be operating a Caterpillar bulldozer or excavator through a rugged activities course.  Move mountains of dirt, stack monster rocks, and dig huge holes, but most important, relive your childhood dreams!

If speed is on your list, then kick up the dirt at Sun Buggy Las Vegas.  With various tours for all skill levels, there's a track for everyone.  The Vegas Dunes Tour allows beginners to experience the magic of driving on the sand dunes a chance to take the wheel and see what it's all about.  But for real dirt enthusiasts, the Vegas Mini Baja Chase is a chance to drive like your life depends on it!'  It's a wild desert chase on 15,000 acres with the Las Vegas Strip in view from the tops of the dunes.

American Adventure Off-Road Tours offers two-wheeled and ATV adventures throughout the Southern Nevada landscape.  Near Primm Valley, beginners can enjoy the outdoor terrain with guided tours, and experience riders can run professional single-track race tracks with stops at the Historic Cabin and Buffalo Bill's Resort.  The RZR track takes you on the path of the old Mint 400 Race offering a one-of-a-kind professional experience.

For the explorer in you, head down to the Eldorado Canyon Mine Tour in Southern Clark County. This unique experience is located at the Historical Techatticup Mine - the oldest, richest and most famous gold mine in Nevada.  Enjoy exploring deep caverns in the historical mining tours or paddle a kayak at the scenic blue water cove trips on the Colorado River.  Bring your camera and take photos in the exact spot where famous photographers once captured this spectacular location!

When your day of adventure is over, relish in your new found abilities, or admire the talent of the true professionals.  The Monster Energy Supercross Finals at Sam Boyd Stadium showcases the best riders in the country May 7th.  And the Las Vegas Motor Speedway has ongoing events at their dirt track featuring top car and truck races throughout the year.

Getting down and dirty can be a lot of fun in Vegas - but you first have to get here.  Plan your trip today using our online booking tool and start your adventure!

NASCAR's ultimate winner's circle during Champions Week in Vegas!

The top racers from NASCAR made their annual end-of-season pit stop in Las Vegas for NASCAR Champions Week, which includes the NASCAR Awards show, a parade, a victory lap on the Strip and numerous appearances throughout town.

Check out five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson doing a classic burnout last week, one of eight videos you'll find online on our Facebook page, including Johnson receiving a key to the city from Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, the victory lap on the Strip and much more:  

We've also got lots of red carpet photos online from the NASCAR Awards show, which capped an amazing weekend of events.

And it's never too early to get revved up and make plans to watch the stars in action during 2011 NASCAR Weekend, March 4-6 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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