LAS VEGAS -- NASCAR weekend is one of the biggest money making events of the year for Las Vegas, with fans pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy.
Some hotels are even sold out and have doubled up on staff just to accommodate all the race fans.
All 1,700 rooms at the Sahara Hotel and Casino have been booked three weeks in advance. Other spots on the strip that say NASCAR weekend is even bigger than New Years Eve.
Jeannie Maltesen from Vancouver, Canada snubbed the Olympics to fly to Vegas for NASCAR weekend. She says she and her friends are on a budget, but there's not doubt there will end up spending even more.
"We spend a lot of money down here. We have to go back to Canada and work for a year so we can come back next year," she said.