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Celebrity Sightings at the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

by Dixie Haag | Posted on Sunday, March 4th, 2018


LAS VEGAS – There will be plenty of star power at the Penzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube, and we would expect no less form Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The 267-lap race is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time and will be televised live on FOX, with pre-race activities kicking off at approximately 11 a.m. on the front stretch.


Golden Globe-winning actor Dylan McDermott will serve as Grand Marshal of the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube. Courtesy of LVMS

Dylan McDermott will be serving as Grand Marshall.  McDermott is a Golden Globe-winning actor.  He is currently starring in LA to Vegas, so he is a perfect choice for a Las Vegas race.  McDermott has been in almost 60 movies and television programs. 








The celebrity pace car driver this week is NHRA Top Fuel World Champion Antron Brown.  “I’m really excited about

Three-time NHRA Top Fuel World Champion Antron Brown will be the celebrity pace car driver for the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at LVMS on Sunday, March 4. Credit David Allio

going to the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube,” said Brown, a five-time No. 1 qualifier and four-time winner at

The Strip at LVMS. “It’s going to be my first experience as a pace car driver, and I’m just super stoked to go out there and drive a Toyota Camry for Pennzoil and start those NASCAR boys off the right way. Throttle down, pedal to the metal.  I just want to get them off to a great start, and I couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity. It’s an honor to be out there with such talented drivers, and I know I’m going to really enjoy watching our NASCAR counterparts.”

Brown has won several times here in Vegas, including last year, and is looking forward to doing it again next month!







The Jabbawockeez will perform pre-race. Courtesy of

The hip-hop performance group The Jabbawockeez will perform during the pre-race activities.  The group currently performs at the MGM Grand in a show called “JREAMS.”  Performing all over the world, on major television shows, and regular performances in Las Vegas, the Jabbawockeez should be a real treat to watch.




The southern rock band 38 Special will perform the national anthem. Courtesy of

The national anthem will be performed by 38 Special.  The band has released 15 albums and is best known for hits like “Caught up in You” and “If I’d Been the One.”  Their signature song is “Hold on Loosely.”  Selling over 20 million albums, the band continues to tour to 100 cities a year.




A replica of the world-famous Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas sign will be at LVMS this weekend for the track’s first tripleheader of 2018. Courtesy LVMS

In addition to famous people, the iconic Las Vegas welcome sign is coming to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

A 15-foot-tall replica of the world-famous “Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas” sign will be a must-see attraction in the speedway’s fan-engagement area during this weekend’s NASCAR tripleheader. Fans will be able to take photos in front of the sign and are encouraged to share them on social media throughout the race weekend, and the display also will be equipped with a prize wheel for visitors to enjoy.

The display will be a touring experience that will travel to other Speedway Motorsports Inc. facilities throughout the year to promote the city of Las Vegas as a travel destination. The replica – mounted on a 17’x18′ platform – was produced by CSM Events in Charlotte.

“The Welcome To Las Vegas Sign is one of the most iconic images of our destination and is recognized around the world,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “We are excited to have the sign promoting Las Vegas throughout the NASCAR season as part of our great partnership with Speedway Motorsports and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.”


Information provided courtesy of Las Vegas Motor Speedway Media Relations.

About the Author

Dixie Haag is married to Mike Haag. She is a mother to two fantastic young people and a life-long educator.