LVMS invites displaced Super Bowl fans


Las Vegas Motor Speedway is doing more than trying to turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse. For the 400 Super Bowl ticket holders denied seats Sunday at the big game, LVMS is taking that sow’s ear and trying to turn it into a suitcase for them.

The speedway is offering the dismayed 400 Super bowl fans a ticket to attend the track’s March 4-6 NASCAR Weekend for free.

The football fans lost their seats when safety officials determined a temporary section at Cowboys Stadium was unsafe.

“It’s a shame what happened to all of those fans who got to the Super Bowl and then had nowhere to sit,” LVMS president Chris Powell said Monday in a news release. “I can assure them that the seats we are giving them are real, and they will have good seats to watch the Kobalt Tools 400 and Sam’s Town 300.”

The unlucky 400 who show proof of their displacement at the Super Bowl and choose to accept the LVMS offer will receive a ticket to NASCAR Weekend.

Among those fans, four will have their names drawn and receive race tickets and airfare for two and a room at the Stratosphere for the weekend.

LV NASCAR RACES START AT NOON

Starting times for the March 5 Sam’s Town 300 Nationwide and March 6 Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup races be at 12:15 p.m. each day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

BAD START FOR WALLACE DRIVER

Many of us have addictions, from gambling to drinking to drugs.

An accident and arrest in Moorseville, N.C., might eventually save the life of NASCAR Nationwide driver Michael Annett or an innocent driver on a highway or in a race.

Annett, 24, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with DWI, failure to reduce speed, texting while driving and resisting a public officer, according to The Charlotte Observer’s ThatsRacin.com.

A police report states the driver for Rusty Wallace Racing rear-ended a car that was stopped at a red light and that he registered a blood alcohol level of 0.32.

A 0.32 is four times the legal limit in North Carolina and most states.

The Wallace team released a statement that says, it “is currently working with Michael to develop a package of sanctions which will address this issue. Among these will be successful completion of a comprehensive alcohol awareness program, a zero tolerance policy towards alcohol use, a year-long community service program and additional internal sanctions.”

Annett’s racing status this year is unknown, but we hope all help him can get his life on the right track.

Annett was hired to replace Las Vegan Brendan Gaughan in RWR’s No. 62 car after Gaughan left to join Germain Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

KUBICA SERIOUSLY INJURED

Robert Kubica will miss all or most of the 2011 Formula One season after a horrific crash Sunday in a rally race in northern Italy.

Kubica was brought out of an induced coma Monday and was reported in stable condition.

The 26-year-old Polish driver will likely need further surgery to his elbow and shoulder, his Lotus Renault team said.

Kubica underwent seven hours of surgery Sunday after the high-speed crash. His right hand was badly damaged and surgeons averted the risk of amputation.

Kubica's Skoda Fabia went off the road and hit a wall when he was a few miles away from the start of the Ronde di Andora Rally.