NASCAR is on its way to Las Vegas for the South Point 400
August 16, 2018 9:51 AM
by Robert Mann
NASCAR is on its way, Sept. 13 thru Sept. 16, to the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” Las Vegas, with a series of “fan-centric” events to promote the South Point 400, this year’s kick off event for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
Las Vegas will be the scene for four action-packed days as NASCAR’s 16 best drivers and teams of 2018 begin their championship pursuit.
Among the events is a two-day Playoffs Party at Fremont Street Experience, Friday and Saturday, culminating in a free concert by platinum-selling recording artist Cole Swindell on the 3rd Street Stage.
The green flag drops for the big event at Noon PT at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 16, when it hosts its inaugural postseason race — the South Point 400.
Race fans will have the unique opportunity to see their favorite cars up close, interact with the sport’s top drivers and take part in a variety of other activities that build momentum and enthusiasm for the historic race weekend. A brief overview of events is below, with more information available online by going to NASCAR.com/playoffs.
On Thursday, Sept. 13, all 16 drivers will take their racecars down the iconic Las Vegas Strip in the NASCAR Burnout Blvd Fueled by Sunoco. Driver introductions and pre-event pageantry will take place on Las Vegas Boulevard outside the Miracle Mile Shops. The procession of cars will then travel north to Spring Mountain Road where all 16 drivers will take their turn emulating the victory burnouts.
Fans are invited to view the procession along Las Vegas Boulevard, including the pre-event festivities outside the Miracle Mile Shops and the burnout location at Spring Mountain, between Fashion Show and Wynn Las Vegas. NBCSN will have coverage of the event as part of a special two-hour playoff edition of NASCAR America, beginning at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT.
On-track activity kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where NASCAR’s next generation of rising stars will be on display at The Dirt Track in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West’s much anticipated return to dirt — the Star Nursey 100. Before the race, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer will be the featured guests at an autograph session at the track.
The event weekend also features two other national series races, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series World of Westgate 200 Playoffs race Sept. 14 and NASCAR Xfinity Series DC Solar 300 regular-season finale Sept. 15.