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Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas Motor Speedway

LVMS, South Point reach sponsorship deal for Playoffs opener

RELATED: The complete 2018 NASCAR schedule

Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s newest race has a name, taking a cue from a Sin City institution that’s close to home.

South Point 400The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ second stop at the Nevada track in 2018 will be known as the South Point 400. The venue’s multiyear agreement with the hotel, casino and spa was announced Thursday, the final day of NASCAR’s Champion’s Week festivities.

“Racing has been one of my life’s greatest passions, and it’s a dream to be deeply involved with a sport I love,” South Point owner Michael Gaughan said in a news release. “The South Point and LVMS have had a long and strong partnership, and we can’t wait to be part of the track’s second tripleheader weekend next year.”

The 1.5-mile track announced in March that it would host two NASCAR tripleheader weekends next season. The South Point-backed event is scheduled Sept. 16 to kick off the Monster Energy Series’ Playoffs, with XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series races set for the preceding days.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s other triple bill on the 2018 schedule is set for March 2-4.