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Auto racing hits back-to-back homeruns in Southern Nevada
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Las Vegas Motor Speedway drew more than 200,000 fans March 8-9 on the grounds of what used to be the old Mint 400 now staged south of Las Vegas. Photo by Tom Donohue.

By Mike Henle
www.mikehenle.com

 

Not long after Brad Kesolowski won both the Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide race March 7 and the Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup event a day later on a weekend that attracted more than 200,000 fans, the resurgence of the Mint 400 off road race continued the roar of auto racing south of Las Vegas near Jean a week later.

In a true contrast of styles, each event had its own allure complete with pre-race festivities captivating fans and keeping the roadways and the airways jammed for two straight weeks.

Between the two events, there were enough motorhomes to create small cities at each end of the Las Vegas valley, enough beer consumption to test the biggest sewer systems in the country and enough fuel consumed to keep every gas station in the county at the lowest levels since the Middle East tightened the spigots on the oil refineries in 1979.

If it was a nice, quiet weekend you were looking for in March, anywhere would have been quieter and less active that Southern Nevada during the first two weeks of the month.

The Mint 400 off road race packed Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas March 13-14 before heading for the desert near Primm for a huge event that drew more than 300 entries March 15

NASCAR weekend, which started in 1998 when Mark Martin captured the Las Vegas 400, went off without a hitch on land which ironically enough was the home of the old Mint 400 off-road race back in the 1970s. The latest event drew extensive media attention worth untold millions of dollars in value.

The NASCAR weekend went smoothly and so did the Mint 400 near Jean. Won by Southern Californian Andy McMillin and co-driver Steve Sourapas, the event was typically tough claiming a big part of the field.

Placing second was Tavo Vildosola of Mexicali, Baja. McMillin’s brother, Dan, was third while X-Game champion Travis Pastrana drove his Red Bull Trick Truck to a fourth place.

In a city booming with activities, the auto racing doubleheader had the valley rumbling from one end of the desert to the other.
 

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