Las Vegans who like off-road racing don’t have to travel far this weekend, and they even have two options.
The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts (SNORE) season opens with the Battle at Primm today through Sunday. As many as 300 racers, including Dave Matsui of Japan, are expected to compete.
This is the first of what is expected to be a six-race schedule; one date remains unconfirmed. SNORE’s Las Vegas event is Nov. 1 to 3.
Also taking place is the Mesquite Off-Road Weekend today and Friday.
Coming up on the Las Vegas off-road schedule is The Mint 400 on March 20 to 24.
■ GO, DANICA — Those already thinking about buying tickets for the 2014 NASCAR weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have an incentive to cheer for Danica Patrick in Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Tickets bought before the start of the 500 will be reduced $1 for each lap Patrick leads in Daytona. Even if she crashes out on the first turn off the pole position, the minimum reduction is $10 for buying so early.
“Danica has been headline news since she won the pole on Sunday, and it’ll add some excitement for our race fans to join in her success,” LVMS president Chris Powell said in a statement.
The speedway is hosting viewing parties for the Super Bowl of NASCAR at seven locations around the valley. Fans who attend can win tickets and other prizes. Go to lvms.com for a list of sites.
NASCAR weekend at LVMS is in two weeks, and Strip headliner Marie Osmond will sing the national anthem before the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup race on March 10. Local Jeff Stults will perform the honors before the Sam’s Town 300 Nationwide Series race on March 9.
■ GOING EAST — Dylan Kwasniewski, a senior at Faith Lutheran High School and Las Vegas’ next up-and-coming racer, is trying to add to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title he won last season.
He signed with Turner Scott Motorsports, which competes in the K&N Pro Series East division.
Kwasniewski made his debut with the new team Tuesday in the UNOH Battle of the Beach in Daytona, finishing 27th after crashing on lap 54.
His former Gene Price Motorsports teammate, Greg Pursley, led the first 127 laps of the 155-lap race before finishing ninth.
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