NASCAR Roars Back into Las Vegas | News
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.
Dave Kittrell is the beverage director at the Sahara resort, where racing fans flock to during NASCAR weekend.
"It's a monster for us. We're sold out literally for weeks in advance. We're sold out this entire weekend," he said.
The Peppermill restaurant on Strip also sees one of its busiest times of the year during race weekend.
"The nights are great. The graveyard shift is always full. From the time races are over, we're packed, serving Budweiser to burgers," said General Manager Peggy Orth.
Despite the poor economy, fans like Deb and Mike Prize from Idaho saved their cash to come to make one of their favorite trips of the year.
"If you go the first time and you hear the engine start and they start going around the track, it just gets in your soul," said Deb.
And once the engines start, it means money in the bank for local businesses and a chance for race fans to enjoy a weekend in Las Vegas.