Chasers for Charity, Fanfest countdown

So much for drama in Sunday’s final Sprint Cup race of the year.

Jimmie Johnson only needs to finish 25th or better in Sunday’s Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win his fourth straight championship. And he will unless he’s kidnapped or attacked by a shark while in South Florida this weekend.

Plenty of excitement, however, lies ahead in two weeks when Champion’s Week comes to Las Vegas.

That week kicks off on Dec. 2 (Wednesday) with the best event of all: the Chasers for Charity Fanfest in the Neon Garage area of Las Vegas Motor Speedway when drivers 2 through 12 get to roast No. 1 Johnson.

Up to 300 folks will get to experience the roast live and in person from 2:30 p.m. to about 3:45 p.m. for a charitable donation of $250 to Speedway Children’s Charities. Because of limiting seating, don’t wait until the day of the roast to buy a ticket. You can purchase roast tickets at or by calling 800 644-4444.

You won’t have to pay to watch it on closed circuit TV in the Neon Garage as part of free activities offered that day beginning at 10 a.m.

Keep visiting and click on the Champion’s Week logo in the upper left corner for updated info.

Cup banquet tickets

The Cup banquet for Dec. 4 (Friday) does not offer tickets to the public but did make 300 available for sponsors, teams and tracks to distribute.

LVMS has put a pair of banquet tickets on auction at The bid Thursday was $4,000 with proceeds going to Speedway Children’s Charities.

Racing smorgasbord in Southern Nevada

Four big racing events are taking place this weekend in Southern Nevada.

The biggest is the SKUSA SuperNationals go-kart event outside the Rio where Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher will compete along with a couple other F1 racers. You can read about that one in my column this week.

And there’s more…

The Silver State DIRTcar Championships is today and Saturday on the half-mile dirt track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Super Late Models feature Saturday night pays the winner of the 50-lap race $5,000.

It will mark the first time at LVMS that Super Late Models will compete without roofs that allows fans to get a clear view of how the drivers wrestle their 800-horsepower machines.

Go to and, or call 800 644-4444 for information. …

Next door at the speedway’s dragstrip, Pro Street drag racers will compete today through Sunday for a $20,000 first-place prize in the fifth annual Street Car Super Nationals.

Pro Street is the featured category with wild, full-bodied cars that routinely run 220 mph and can exceed 230. A record 53 of them are entered.

Go to for information or call 800 644-4444. …

And for two-wheel fans, the GEICO AMA EnduroCross finals are Saturday night in the Orleans Arena.

Although Taddy Blazusiak has already clinched the season championship, he can earn a whopping $50,000 bonus if he wins the Orleans title as part of a triple-crown bonus; he already has ridden his KTM to victories in the first two legs in Guthrie, Okla., and Denver.

Go to for information.

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