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Fall in place: Las Vegas to host second NASCAR weekend races in 2018

It’s a series so nice, Las Vegas will get to host it twice.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway has been awarded a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for the 2018 season and beyond, officials announced today at Cashman Center.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors voted today to sponsor the second race for $2.5 million a year for seven years, with an option for three additional years.

The second race will be in the fall.

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LVMS also will welcome a second NASCAR Xfinity Series race and an additional NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race beginning in the spring of 2018, meaning both of the speedway’s NASCAR weekends will include races from each of NASCAR’s top three series – the Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series and Monster Energy Cup Series, according to an LVMS news release.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway will become the first facility on the NASCAR schedule to host two annual event weekends with all three national touring series. Official race dates will be announced later by NASCAR as part of the full 2018 schedules.

LVMS first hosted a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in 1996, added a NASCAR Xfinity Series race in 1997 and will host its 20th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, the Kobalt 400, this Sunday. The first race held at the 1.5-mile oval was the Indy Racing League’s Las Vegas 500K in 1996.

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