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Truck Yeah-Smith’s 350 Camping World Truck Series Race (A Photo Essay)

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

I am going to admit it- it has been a long time since I have been to a Truck Series race- especially a truck race at Las Vegas!  So when Misty mentioned us applying for credentials to cover it I was totally for it!!

One of the best things about the truck race at Vegas is that they let anyone in the NEON GARAGE which is one of my favorite parts of Las Vegas Motor Speedway because you can look right in to the garage bays and watch the crews work on the trucks! The kids their with there parents wandering around the Neon Garage seemed to really enjoy the “behind the scenes” views- and they especially enjoyed it when the drivers would wander over to the autograph windows at the rear of each garage bay between practices.  Sometimes the garage passes are a bit pricy for the cup races and might prevent families from enjoying the garage area. The fact that the neon garage was free was great because the kids could experience the garage area for free which makes the event family friendly! And that is how you hook a young race fan.  You let them into the garage area.  Trust me. I know these things.

It was also fun to watch some of the pressers- some of the younger drivers in the series are far less media saavy than more experienced truck and cup drivers (I am especially thinking of Ryan Blaney here- I don’t know if he is shy or what but he hardly looked up at all during his presser znd his hat was screwed down tight on his head- you could barely see his face).

But everyone, fans, drivers, media: was there for one reason! THE RACE. The race was awesome and did NOT disappoint. Race winner was a very excited Timothy Peters!

Here are some pictures from here and there around the track:

Monitors in Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Neon Garage

Monitors in Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Neon Garage. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach).

Many more pictures after the jump…

The Empty Neon Garage before it opens to fans

The empty neon garage before it opens to NASCAR truck series fans at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Driver bays labeled for truck fans in the Neon Garage.

Driver bays labeled for truck fans in the Neon Garage. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Tribute to Jason Lefler on the 32 of Miguel Paludo

Tribute to Jason Lefler on the 32 of Miguel Paludo in the Neon Garage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach).

Working on the 17 of Timothy Peters In The Neon Garage

Working on the 17 of Timothy Peters In The Neon Garage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Amy K, Marbach)

Ryan Blaney does his pre-race media presser

Ryan Blaney does his pre-race media presser prior to The Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

The Smith's 350 Victory Lane- Pre Race

The Smith’s 350 Victory Lane- Pre Race in the Neon Garage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

The Smith's 350 Victory Lane celebration with Timothy Peters.

The Smith’s 350 Victory Lane celebration with Timothy Peters in the Neon Garage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo credit: Amy K. Marbach).

 

And here are a couple of personal favorite pictures from our time covering the truck race:

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Sponsors

Sponsors adorn the South Point Hotel and Casino Nationwide Series car on display in the Neon Garage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Timothy Peters celebrates in victory lane.

While not a technically perfect picture I love the feel of this picture of the fun and chaos of a victory lane celebration. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

You can see all these pictures and more in the Truck Yeah! photo album over on Flickr.

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