NASCAR Roars Back to Las Vegas in 2012

by Eric Miller on February 29, 2012

The 2012 is over, but Nascar will be back in Las Vegas for the weekend Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10, 2013. If you are looking for packages for the 2013 event, then check the following links. Otherwise you can read the article we published for the 2012 event below:

2013 Ticket Details at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (more details)
Packages for the 2013 Nascar event from South Point Hotel & Casino (more details)

——– 2012 Article ————

NASCAR is roaring back into Las Vegas Friday March 9 through Sunday March 11, 2012. The time to get your tickets and book your best deals is now!

Featuring both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series, the Sam’s Town 300 on Saturday and the Kobalt Tools 400 on Sunday promise to deliver high octane thrills for race enthusiasts. Both will be held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway located off Exit 54 on the I-15 about 12 miles north of downtown. But you don’t necessarily need a car to get out there. Many Vegas resorts are offering affordable package deals that include tickets and transportation to the events.

Mark Martin will try to defend last year’s Sam’s Town victory and Carl Edwards, who edged Tony Stewart out in last year’s Sprint Cup race, are once again the odds-on favorites to find victory lane in Las Vegas again. But not all the action is going to be out at the race track. NASCAR hotspots like the Southpoint and Sam’s Town casinos will vie against the Strip and downtown resorts for a piece of the action.

Insider’s Tip #1: Although featuring many high profile drivers, both races feature many up and coming drivers too. Don’t forget to look at a favorite long shot or two if you’re looking to fatten your bank roll.

obalt Tools 400

The main event on Sunday is the Kobalt Tools 400

If you really want to party and see the drivers faces, consider the Dale Earnhardt Terrace or Richard Petty Terrace seating packages. These seats, located either along or above the 20 degree banks of the front stretch, offer a fantastic view of the racing and pit action. They feature extra wide, flip-down seats with cup holders, a private concourse with easy restroom, concession and elevator access. The three day package includes the main event qualifying races on Friday, the Sam’s Town 300 race on Saturday and the main event on Sunday, the Kobalt Tools 400. Right now they are only $245 and can be purchased here.

INSIDER’S TIP #2 – Don’t forget the Friday morning free event of the haulers rolling down Las Vegas Boulevard. The sight of forty or fifty brightly colored semi’s strutting along at 15 mph peacocking their race insignias is not to be missed.

NASCAR Las Vegas Packages and Room Deals

The casinos in the Boyd Gaming chain have some best NASCAR package deals still available. All starting around $1,000, they include a 3-night stay, 2 tickets each to the Sam’s Town 300 and the Sprint Cup, plus motorcoach transportation to and from the Speedway. Flagship resort The Orleans, the newly re-modeled, Strip-adjacent Gold Coast, Sam’s Town out on Boulder Highway and the California, Fremont Hotel and Main Street Station downtown are all participating. Check out their terrific last minute NASCAR deals here.

The Golden nugget is offering an exclusive two deals, one for the Sprint Cup only starting at $379/pp and the other for both races starting at $519/pp. Both deals are based on quad occupancy. Single and Double occupancy is extra. These special deals are offered only through this NASCAR affiliate.

The MGM Grand is offering special room rates during the 2012 Nascar festivities for about $200/night. Click here for details on this deal which includes 2-for-1 buffet each day, 2 Complimentary admissions to the hot night club Tabu and 20% off salon and spa services. This deal does not cover tickets or transportation out to the Speedway though. For deals that do include race tickets and transportation call 1-800-782-8222 and ask about the MGM Grand NASCAR Race Packages.

Note: The South Point Hotel and Casino is already sold out for NASCAR weekend in 2012, but 2012 prices are available for 2013 reservations if you hurry and call 1-866-791-7626 before April 17, 2012! South Point is sort of the de facto NASCAR headquarters since many of the race teams stay here and this is where the previously mentioned Hauler Parade is staged.

Not looking for a NASCAR package deal?

Grandstand seating for the main event on Sunday ranges from $49-69 and can be purchased in advance here. A Vegas 4-Pack (4 tickets) is available for $199. Call 1-800-644-4444 for discounts for children 15 and under. Grandstand seating for Saturday’s Sam Town 300 ranges from $30-41, with discounts available for children under 15 too.

Since the 2012 NASCAR Las Vegas event is on the north end of town, some of the most affordable and convenient hotel deals are going to be found downtown at best value casinos like the California Hotel Casino, Main Street Station, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fitzgerald’s, and on the more upscale end, the Golden Nugget. If you book now, you can still find Friday and Saturday night rates between $80-150. Sunday night rates, (stay the extra day, believe me!) are currently running around $60-100.

RV TIP: There are also special package deals for those traveling by RV that include week-end parking and amenities at the Speedway. For fans arriving at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in their motor homes, check out info about Motorhome Hill or take some advice from long-time NASCAR fans and RV’rs and Morry and Kathy.

Okay. On your mark. Get set. GO!

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