NASCAR Mayfield Will Drive In NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

NASCAR Jeremy MayfieldNASCAR Jeremy Mayfield will return to NASCAR competition for the first time since being fired last month by Nextel Cup team owner Ray Evernham.

Smith’s Las Vegas 350-kilometer NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Sept. 23 will see Mayfield, who lost his Evernham Motorsports Nextel Cup ride, compete on the newly upgraded 1.5 mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway real estate.

Jeremy Mayfield will be driving No. 15 Chevrolet truck in the Las Vegas NASCAR race, confirmed by Billy Balley, which Balley’s team had won previously with Shane Hmiel.

NASCARBalley said he also plans for Mayfield to drive the truck at a race in Atlanta, Phoenix and the Miami finale. Las Vegas native NASCAR Kyle Busch will drive the truck Saturday in Loudon, N.H., trying to win his second race in four starts with the team this year.

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Indy Car Racing Downtown Las Vegas At 180 Mph?

Indy Racing Las VegasIndy race cars racing downtown Las Vegas at speeds of 180 mph? It very well could happen in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas City Council is expected to give the green light to an Indy-car style street race in Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

The proposed course includes Grand Central Parkway, part of Main Street and some streets around the Fremont Experience.

The City Council is expected to allow the Champ Car World Series to open it’s 2007 season in April with an Indy style car race in downtown.

The contract between the owners of the race and the City of Las Vegas will be discussed and possibly voted on in Wednesday’s meeting.

Part of the agreement requires the city to make a one-time contributing to the event of up $500,000 for street improvements.

Indy Car RacingPromoters expect the three-day crowd to total 150,000 and bring in more than $70 million to the local economy.

“It’s technology, it’s competition, it’s high power,” said Steve Johnson, President of Champ Car Series. “It’s sleek and sexy - it really fits what Las Vegas is all about.”

“I really believe this will generate, as Councilman Ross says, terrific revenues,” said Mayor Oscar Goodman.

The 2007 Las Vegas race will be the season opener for the Champ Car Series and will be held on Easter weekend.

Promoters estimate the race will also create about a 1,000 jobs. Source: KVBC News

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