Sunday, March 9, 2014 | 11:58 p.m.
Two Strip entertainers dazzled the crowds on the first two days of NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“Pin Up” at the Stratosphere starlet Claire Sinclair, in a sexy red bustier, matching pumps and black short shorts, was on parade for Stratosphere Pole Day on Friday that declared Joey Logano the No. 1 slot for today’s Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at LVMS.
Flamingo headliner Marie Osmond made it a family affair Saturday for the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series and even got a ride in a pre-race car at high speed around the track.
Brad Keselowski won the race, and hometown high-speed hero Kyle Busch placed second after making a big comeback from the Back of the race pack.
Some of NASCAR’s biggest racecar stars took park in practice sessions at LVMS on Thursday, among them Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose, Danica Patrick, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
One of the largest crowds ever on downtown’s Fremont Street Experience — reportedly more than 12,000 — enjoyed a free concert by rockers REO Speedwagon during NASCAR’s Race Jam.
Among the celebrities expected at today’s Kobalt 400: Motley Crue rocker and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil and Luxor headliner comedian Carrot Top.
We’ll wrap up our NASCAR Weekend coverage — and coverage of today’s Kobalt 400, which Keselowski also won — right here at Vegas DeLuxe on Monday.
Our thanks to hard-working contributing photographer Tom Donoghue, who has been shooting photo galleries from start (Wednesday’s NASCAR Hauler Parade on the Strip) to finish (today’s Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series).
A&E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy contributed to this report.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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It is virtually impossible to be anywhere in Las Vegas and miss the Stratosphere. It towers 1,149 feet above Las Vegas and is the tallest observation tower in the United States. The casino itself is 55,784 square feet and contains 950 slot machines, 120 game tables and 2,427 hotel rooms.
Of the hotel's 2,427 rooms, 909 were recently remodeled into Stratosphere Select rooms.
The Stratosphere is mostly known for its rides at the top of the tower. The Big Shot, located at the 113th floor, torpedoes riders up 160 feet using compressed air. X-Scream is a teeter-totter perched at the top of the observation deck — if that wasn't scary enough, the coaster arm flings the riders out 27 feet over the edge of the tower. Guests looking for something more sedate can just hang around the 107th floor and simply look at the scenery.