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LVMS, NASCAR to open pre-race drivers' meeting for Cup race

January 04, 2012, Track Release,

LAS VEGAS -- Fans attending the 2012 Kobalt Tools 400 allowed access inside Neon Garage

Race fans who wonder exactly what transpires in the drivers' meeting prior to a race will get their opportunity to learn for themselves during the 2012 NASCAR race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

For the first time at LVMS, fans will be able to attend the pre-race drivers' meeting for the Kobalt Tools 400. Weather permitting, the meeting will take place adjacent to the main stage in the center of the Neon Garage.

"The Neon Garage opened in 2007, and it's provided unprecedented access to all of the behind-the-scenes action within the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage," said LVMS president Chris Powell. "Thanks to NASCAR, we're able to take that access up another notch. This will give race fans an even deeper look into what goes on for the drivers and crew chiefs prior to a race."

"The entire NASCAR community has always worked closely to ensure that we are the most fan-friendly sport," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "This is another terrific example of a race track providing fans with access that is unprecedented in sports."

The weekend is composed of the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup event on March 11, preceded by the Sam's Town 300 Nationwide Series race on March 10 and Stratosphere Pole Day on March 9.

Race fans can obtain tickets and Neon Garage passes online at or by calling 1-800-644-4444.

Two nights of racing at the half-mile dirt track will kick off the weekend March 7-8 with World of Outlaws and USAC events.