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NASCAR CAFE PULLING INTO THE LAS VEGAS STRIP IN EARLY '99

          NASCAR and Las Vegas' Sahara Hotel and Casino have
     agreed to develop a NASCAR Cafe family entertainment complex
     within the existing Sahara Casino.  The complex will carry
     the NASCAR Cafe banner and will include a 400-seat upstairs
     dining area, as well as a dual track ride where guests race
     in simulated NASCAR Winston Cup race cars on a roller
     coaster type track through the Cafe.  In addition, an
     existing 35,000-square-foot venue called SpeedWorld will be
     converted to the NASCAR Cafe theme, featuring virtual
     reality racing simulators and two 3-D motion simulator
     theatres.  The Las Vegas NASCAR Cafe, scheduled to open in
     early '99, will be the chain's fourth outlet, joining
     locations in Myrtle Beach, Nashville and Orlando (NASCAR).
          VIVA LAS VEGAS: NASCAR made its Las Vegas debut with
     the Las Vegas 400, but it "won't go down as the kind of
     exciting show NASCAR or the city is famous for providing,"
     according to Holly Cain of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. 
     Although many of the capacity crowd of 107,000 "remained
     seated" during the race and "some fans even left before" it
     ended, "most" of the crowd "appeared to enjoy its
     experience."  Traffic delays "made for lots of late
     arrivals," but the Speedway hired .38 Special to play a
     concert after the race to "alleviate some of the post-race
     congestion" (Holly Cain, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/2). 

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