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  • BFJen's Las Vegas NASCAR Weekend Trip Report!

    Friday morning at 5:30 a.m., my brother and I left Provo, Utah and headed to Vegas.



    We passed the speedway around 11 a.m.


    We went straight to our hotel, the Monte Carlo, met our mom and the rest of the Miller Motorsports group to catch a bus and return the way we just came.



    My brother and I went straight out to the track. Since there was nobody there for the practice runs, we went straight down to the front row.



    Kyle Busch


    Jeff Gordon with his new paintjob - Nicorette




    Dale, Jr.


    An announcer for the Speed area with my mom




    My first impression was wow, those cars are so loud! The tv must muffle the sounds somehow. It was so loud that I had to put in ear plugs after 20 minutes.

    Second impression was - these guys are fast. It just looks so much faster as they're whipping by you. I had to learn not to follow one driver - I was giving myself whiplash watching them zip by me!

    Third, the jet dryers really stink. I don't know what kind of fuel they use to power those things, but it's pretty toxic smelling.

    It was just amazing to finally see all of this in person - frankly, I would have been perfectly happy at that point to go home. It was that cool. (Not that I'd actually go home with race tickets in my pocket).

    We only stayed a couple of hours that afternoon. We went back to the hotel and ate at the Monte Carlo buffet - really good prime rib.



    We then wandered over to the Bellagio to visit the atrium and the fountains.

    Not quite mickey, but a giant rodent all the same




    We then went across the street to see the Planet Hollywood - I wasn't really impressed. But, just a short walk more and we were at the wonderful smelling M&M World. Mmmmmmm, chocolate........oh, and Kyle Busch's car!


    Saturday - my first race experience. We got to the track around 10:30a.m. and wandered the tents and concessions. Fun stuff! and free stuff!!!

    Jimmy Johnson Car


    Let the racing begin!


    Driver Introductions






    Green Flag


    The race was awesome. 13 cautions - and most right in front of us at turn 4




    Tony Stewart got a little banged up.



    Mark Martin took the checkered flag. He did cause an accident in the last laps that took out the 1 and 2 spots, but, before he celebrated in the winners circle, he apologized - class act.




    To end the day - something I have never seen before and may never see again

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    GR8 TR Jen! I have to show my husband the bathroom shot...that would've been gr8 paybacks for the hannahmontana concert where it was just the opposite scene!!
    Just countin' the days til the next visit!

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      They use jet fuel in those dryers on the track.

      I remember reading about the previous week's race in California having so much rain delays, they used a lot of that stuff, and it's not cheap, either.

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        Wow! Awesome trip report so far! Very cool!
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          Isn't it funny how Nascar is the only event where the Men's Restroom lines are longer than the Women's? Gotta love it!
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            Those are some great some pictures you posted. Looks like you have had a really great time! We have been past the speedway a couple of times, but it's about time we stop and check out some races.
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              I'll get the Sprint race pictures up tonight - my camera battery died just before it got started! So, I borrowed my mom's camera for the rest of the pics.
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                Great TR Jen! I've been to a couple of the races in Fontana. What impressed me is just how big, and loud, everything is.

                That, and the fanatacism of the fans, and the rows and rows of souvenir trailers.

                Glad to see you had such a good time!

                -- Barry
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                  Great report so far, looks like you had a great time. Yes its loud, I have wanted to take my kids to a race, but I know I need to wait till their little ears are not so fragile.

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                    Someone had a little 1-2 year child a few rows in front of me. Not only would it be hard for a kid to sit through that long of a race, but she was crying before things even got started. The parents had a head set on her, but I still thought it was a little cruel.

                    As for the rows of fan stuff - wow. Trailer after trailer. All the interactive games, and things to sign up for, the giveaways - I think I came home with a dozen pop can cozies, temporary tattoos and those plastic bracelets. You almost didn't have to buy anything and you came home with bags full of stuff!

                    We were given a $25 gift certificate to spend in the gift shop (courtesy of Larry H. Miller Motorsports). So, I bought my son a Dale, Jr. shirt, and the other son a nascar teddy bear and pennant that he can color.
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                      Okay, I finally got my mom to download the pics from her camera!

                      We started off the day by visiting the gift shop. Then headed over to the Speed Stage to watch a little of RaceDay.

                      My "little" brother


                      During the breaks, Jimmy Spencer would puff on this huge cigar.


                      The "opening ceremonies" were put on by the Blue Man Group.


                      The Thunderbirds


                      Getting ready to go green


                      Bye Bye again to Tony Stewart





                      Carl Edwards pulled off the win (only later to be fined), but he did his famous flip!


                      Sorry it took so long to finish this off - Hopefully I'll get to do another report next year!
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