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As our city gets ready for the Las Vegas Grand Prix to be a part of the Formula 1 racing season in 2023, we get a taste of the action this weekend when Formula 1 Fan Fest comes to town.

According to, there is a free launch party on Saturday, November 5th, which “will bring the spectacle of Formula 1 to the high energy of the famous Las Vegas Strip, and fans will be able to hear the roar of the engines, smell the burning rubber and witness the power of Grand Prix cars up close and personal.”

Some of the sports star drivers will also take part in Formula 1 Fan Fest, including “seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton will be joined by his Mercedes team mate George Russell, Red Bull’s four-time Grand Prix winner Sergio Perez, and Williams racer Alex Albon,” per According to the website, Caesars Palace is the site where most of the festivities and activities will take place, from 11am-11pm on Saturday, November 5th.

According to an article posted by Mick Akers on, the Formula 1 Fan Fest festivities will incur road closures so that the driver demonstration on the Las Vegas Strip can take place. Per Akers’ article: “on Friday, full curb lane closures will be in place starting at 6 a.m. on Las Vegas Boulevard north and south between Mirage and Planet Hollywood, as water filled barriers for the demonstration course are installed. Those are set to be in place by 5 p.m. That closure will be in effect through Sunday, after crews remove all barriers tied to the event.”

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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.


17 NASCAR Items That’ll Get Your Blood Racin’

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If there’s anything we know as NASCAR fans, it’s that we gotta show EVERYBODY we are NASCAR fans, right? From the drop of the green flag to the exhilaration of that winning car taking the checkered flag, we know there are a lot of opportunities for you to show your NASCAR pride. We went out and found some of the best NASCAR items to show you’re a true fan. Check them out below: 

  • 1) Kyle Busch Toilet Paper

    No disrespect to the two-time Cup champion, but we all universally understand why he’s on the greatest gag gift we’ve ever seen, right? The perfect accessory for every NASCAR home.

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  • 2) Fast Cars. Beer. Raceday. Unisex Shirt

    What more do you need in life than the three staples: Fast cars, beer, and race day? Sure, maybe food and water are important. But this shirt understands the priority.

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  • 3) Race Fuel Scented Candle

    Admit it, you love the smell of that race fuel at a NASCAR track. It’s ok to admit it. There’s a certain intoxication from the smell, and this candle does a great job of replicating raceday at home for you.

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  • 4) NASCAR Race Tracks Slate Coasters

    We got a little more excited about finding these than we should have. You can order these customized for your favorite tracks, and help keep those obnoxious rings from forming on your table when the beer starts to get a little messy.

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  • 5) NASCAR Race Tracks Vintage Map

    The perfect addition for your man cave or NASCAR garage. This map showcases all the tracks in use, and will help you illustrate your love for racing and for country.

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  • 6) Tire and Wrench Coffee Mug

    If you aren’t drinking your morning brew out of a mug that looks like a wrench and tires, are you even a fan of racing? Nope. It’s that simple.

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  • 7) Goodyear Tires NASCAR Coaster Set

    There’s something cool about seeing all the tire stacks in the pits on race day. Well, now you can add that same flare to your NASCAR setup. These coasters are the best.

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  • 8) Vintage NASCAR Stock Car Races Shirt

    Go back to the roots of NASCAR with this classic roadster shirt, celebrating where the sport has come from. This style just screams out that you’re a real NASCAR fan.

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  • 9) NASCAR Picnic Caddy

    Tired of lugging all your snacks and beers around by hand? Well you’re in luck, cause we found a great solution.

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  • 10) NASCAR Checkered Flag Patriotic Shirt

    Everything about this shirt is so delightfully tacky, we absolutely have to have it. This would be the perfect shirt to wear out at the track.

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  • 11) NASCAR Crash Circuit Short Track Speedway

    A little something for the NASCAR kids around your house. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell that this is actually for you.) Who doesn’t love toy cars and crashes? Nobody. That’s who.

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  • 12) Jeff Gordon Funko Pop

    For all of you Funko Pop collectors, you’ll want to make sure you get your hands on this one. This one features Jeff Gordon in a Rainbow Warriors paint scheme car. Definitely something great to add to the collection.

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  • 13) Dale Earnhardt Funko Pop

    And speaking of Funko Pops, you don’t want to forget including a race car legend like Dale Earnhardt to your collection. There aren’t many of these left in stock, so grab them quickly.

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  • 14) Mount Racemore

    When we saw this shirt we couldn’t stop laughing. You can grab it in sizes Small to 5XL.

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  • 15) NASCAR Race Tracks Wall Art

    How cool is this? This art print from Image Kind features the race tracks from the 2018 NASCAR National Series. This would be a cool piece of memorabilia for any NASCAR home.

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  • 16) Turn Left Shirt

    We get it all the time, don’t we? Why not lean into it a bit? You can grab this tee from Tee Public in sizes Small to 5XL.

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  • 17) NASCAR Vintage Daytona 500 Graphic Tee

    If you really like the vintage vibe when it comes to graphic tees then this one is perfect for you. It would also make a super great gift for any NASCAR fan no matter what the occasion.

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