NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch, a Las Vegas native, first Nextel Cup driver on the repaved 1.5-mile tri-oval at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Tuesday. The new surface is part of a $30 million renovation.
When Las Vegas Motor Speedway was being built in 1995, Kurt Busch would sneak a peek at the construction. But he was never invited inside for a tour, let alone one with red-carpet treatment.
Ten years later, the 28-year-old Nextel Cup star was invited back as the featured guest Tuesday when the speedway officially unveiled its repaved 1.5-mile tri-oval. the centerpiece of the speedway’s $30 million makeover.