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Local 2009 NASCAR dates tentatively set

It’s not official, but the 2009 NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway likely will be Feb. 27 through March 1.

Although NASCAR and facility owner Speedway Motorsports Inc. have not finalized their annual sanctioning agreement for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series races, track president Chris Powell said Thursday he expects those to be next year’s dates.

The 11th annual Cup race, which currently is not sponsored, will have qualifying on Friday of that weekend, with the 400-mile race set for Sunday. The Sam’s Town 300 Nationwide race will be Saturday.

The renewal process has been completed for last year’s ticket-holders. The date for when tickets go on sale to the general public is expected to be announced early next week.

• BULLRING — The annual Chris Trickle Father’s Day Doubleheader will highlight racing Saturday night in the NASCAR All-American series at the LVMS Bullring.

The event is named for late stock-car driver Chris Trickle, who was shot 11 years ago in an unsolved crime. He was 25 when he died 409 days later from complications of the attack.

His father, Chuck Trickle, a former Bullring series champion, started the event. Chuck Trickle has retired from racing full time but is expected to compete in the event. …

The Super Late Models/Late Models will race in two 35-lap features. The first 500 fathers will receive a free hat when gates open at 5 p.m. …

Former Bullring driver Alex Haase is featured on NASCAR.com this week as the development driver for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Haase, 19, moved to near Charlotte, N.C., at the beginning of the year to live with Busch and further his racing career.

Contact reporter Jeff Wolf at jwolf@ reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0247.

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