LAS VEGAS — Budding NASCAR star Noah Gragson is coming home to take on a stacked field that includes 2017 runner-up Jeremy Doss at the third annual Senator’s Cup Fall Classic at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Bullring this weekend.
Gragson – a Las Vegas native who qualified for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs this season – will be among a talented group of Super Late Models drivers looking to claim the $15,000 winner’s check in The Open Comp NASCAR Super Late Models race on Saturday night. Last year’s winner, Derek Thorn, is working on putting the finishing touches on a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship and will not be back to defend his crown.
That opens the door for Gragson, Doss and the likes of and Kayli Barker – the track’s all-time winningest female driver – to challenge for the five-figure paycheck.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said Gragson, a 14-time winner at The Bullring. “There will be a lot of good drivers there, so it should be a great race.”
The 150-lap Open Comp and 100-lap features for the Late Models and 602 Modifieds divisions highlight a full slate of races spread out over the course of the weekend at the 3/8-mile paved oval. The Open Comp will feature a break at the midway point where car crews can add fuel, but not tires or make adjustments, for the race’s second half.
The Jr. Late Models class has 35-lap features scheduled for Friday and Saturday, and the division will crown its 2018 Bullring track champion on Saturday night. Gates open at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday and at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Friday night kicks off the festivities with heat races and qualifying for the 24-car Open Comp, along with heat races for the Late Models, Super Stocks and 602 Modifieds classes. Then, on Saturday night, a pair of Super Late Models B-features will precede a full slate of racing.
One of the most affordable entertainment options in Las Vegas, the Bullring’s annual series will feature family friendly concession prices that include $2 hot dogs and Coca-Cola products and $3 Budweiser beer. Spectators can also save money by purchasing admission tickets in advance by visiting or calling the LVMS ticket office at 702.644.4444 or online at LVMS.com.
2018 Senator’s Cup Fall Classic schedule
Thursday, Oct. 18
3 p.m.–Spectator gates open (free admission)
3-9:30 p.m.–Practice sessions for Super Late Models, Late Models, 602 Modifieds, Super Stocks and Jr. Late Models
Friday, Oct. 19
4 p.m.–Spectator gates open
4:30 p.m.–Qualifying begins
6 p.m.–Super Late Models heat races, Late Models heat races, 602 Modifieds heat races, Super Stocks heat races, Jr. Late Models feature (35 laps)
Saturday, Oct. 20
3 p.m.–Spectator gates open
4 p.m.–Bandolero group qualifying, Jr. Late Models single-car qualifying
4:15 p.m.–NASCAR Super Late Models B – Features
5 p.m.–National Anthem/Opening Ceremonies
Late Models feature – 100 laps
Bandoleros combined feature – 20 laps
Super Stocks feature – 50 laps
Jr. Late Models feature – 35 laps
602 Modifieds feature – 100 laps
NASCAR Super Late Models “Open Comp 150” – 150 laps
-Las Vegas Motor Speedway Press Release
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