Legislator’s tax push could lead to increased ticket prices at Las Vegas Motor Speedway


If you plan on attending next year’s NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, you may have to dig a little deeper in your wallet.

Nevada Assembly Minority Leader Marilyn Kirkpatrick is seeking to increase the state entertainment tax on all live events – including NASCAR races – from six to eight percent, according to a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Such a move would bring events such as NASCAR races, the Electric Daisy Carnival concerts, the National Finals Rodeo, boxing events and outdoor festivals into conformence with the existing eight percent tax rate for other events, including strip clubs.

If the measure passes after hearings during next month’s legislative session, Assembly Bills 392 and 393 would go into effect July 1.

Kirkpatrick calls the proposed initiative the “Luxury Discretionary Spending Tax.” Among examples the Review-Journal cited were a VIP Tier 1 ticket to the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival would cost $700, of which approximately $60 would be from the proposed tax hike.

In analyzing the move, Review-Journal reporter Sean Whaley wrote:

“Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas, said the idea is to capture tax revenue for costly entertainment events that most average Nevadans cannot afford to attend while excluding more modest forms of entertainment, from movies to bowling to swimming at the municipal pool to a round of golf.”

The newspaper then quoted Kirkpatrick as saying,

“These are luxuries that no everyday, middle-class, blue-collar worker is going to be able to do. It is really just to ensure that Nevadans who don’t go to these big extravagant things; that their quality of life is protected.”

In a statement to NASCAR Talk, Las Vegas Motor Speedway president and general manager Chris Powell said the track opposes the tax increase.

“We at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are opposed to the proposed modification of the live entertainment tax in Nevada,” Powell said. “States around the country have for years granted speedways incentives because of the economic benefits brought by major racing events.

“Our spring NASCAR weekend annually pumps more than $200 million into our state’s economy, and many of the dollars spent by race fans – who come from all 50 states – already are taxed.  Race fans drive millions of dollars into the state when it collects taxes on hotel rooms, sales and gaming, among other taxes. We believe this tax modification is bad for our state.”

Powell also told NASCAR Talk that if the tax increase is passed, it would affect ticket prices.

“We’re already selling tickets for next year’s race (without the tax, obviously),” Powell said. “But if it does pass, yes, the ticket price would increase accordingly.”


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Portland Xfinity race results, driver points

Portland Xfinity results
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Cole Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when the top three cars made contact and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway. Custer is the 10th different winner in 13 races this season.

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JR Motorsports took the next three spots: Justin Allgaier placed second, Sam Mayer was third and Josh Berry was fourth. Austin Hill completed the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek remains the points leader after 13 races. He has a 14-point lead on Hill. Nemechek leads Allgaier by 44 points.

Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Portland in overtime


Cole Custer held off Justin Allgaier at the finish to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race in overtime at Portland International Raceway. It is Custer’s first victory of the season.

JR Motorsports placed second, third and fourth with Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Josh Berry. Austin Hill finished fifth.

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Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when Parker Kligerman, who restarted third, attempted to pass Allgaier, who was leading. Sheldon Creed was on the outside of Allgaier. All three cars made contact entering Turn 1, allowing Custer to slip by. Creed finished seventh. Kligerman placed 14th.

Custer won the second stage when John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Creed’s car while racing for the lead on the final lap of the stage. The contact spun Creed and Custer inched by Nemechek at the line.

Early in the final stage, Creed gained revenge with contact that spun Nemechek, who went on to finish 10th. A few laps later, Nemechek and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith had issues. Smith spun Nemechek. After getting back around, Nemechek quickly caught Smith and turned into Smith’s car, damaging it.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Despite the contact on the overtime restart, runner-up Justin Allgaier managed to score his fourth consecutive top-three finish. … Sam Mayer’s third-place finish is his best on a road course. … Austin Hill’s fifth-place finish gives him four consecutive top-five results.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished 33rd after a fire in his car. … Riley Herbst placed 32nd after an engine issue. After opening the season with six top 10s in a row, Herbst has gone seven races in a row without a top 10.

NEXT: The series competes June 10 at Sonoma Raceway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Truck race results at WWT Raceway: Grant Enfinger wins


Grant Enfinger took the lead when the leaders wrecked in the final laps and held off the field in overtime to win Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

It is Enfinger’s second win in the last five races. He also collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the Triple Truck Challenge.

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Christian Eckes finished second and was followed by Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar and Chase Purdy.

Ty Majeski and Zane Smith wrecked while racing for the lead with six laps to go. Majeski, running on the inside of Smith, slid up the track and clipped Smith’s truck. Both hit the wall. That put Enfinger in the lead.

Smith finished 20th. Majeski placed 30th.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Grant Enfinger’s victory is his fourth top 10 in the last five races. … Carson Hocevar’s fourth-place finish is his fourth consecutive top-five result. … Stewart Friesen’s third-place finish moved him into a playoff spot with four races left in the regular season. … Matt DiBenedetto‘s sixth-place finish is his third consecutive top 10. … Jesse Love finished ninth in his series debut.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski had a chance to take the points lead with series leader Corey Heim out because of illness, but Majeski’s 30th-place finish after running at the front most of the day, leaves him behind Heim. … Hailie Deegan finished 32nd after contact sent her truck into the wall hard. … After finishing a career-high third last week at Charlotte, Dean Thompson placed 34th Saturday due to an engine issue.

NEXT: The series races June 23 at Nashville Superspeedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Xfinity starting lineup at Portland: Sheldon Creed wins pole


Sheldon Creed scored his first career Xfinity Series pole by taking the top spot for Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway.

Creed, making his 50th career series start, earned the pole with a lap of 95.694 mph on the 1.97-mile road course.

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Cole Custer will start second with a lap of 95.398 mph. He is followed by Josh Berry (94.242 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (95.127) and Charlotte winner Justin Allgaier (94.897). Road racing specialist Jordan Taylor, driving for Kaulig Racing, qualified sixth at 94.772 mph.

The green flag is scheduled to wave 4:46 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.