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Meet and Greet Party With NASCAR Drivers at the Plaza Hotel & Casino During the Sprint Cup Series in Las Vegas -- Friday, March 8, 8 p.m.

Special Two-Night NASCAR Weekend Package Available for Just $209

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 03/02/13 -- NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas is just two weeks away, and the Plaza Hotel & Casino is where NASCAR fans can enjoy a comfortable stay at an affordable price and have the rare opportunity to hang out with drivers from the TriStar Motorsports team on Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m.

The exclusive meet and greet party will be in the Plaza's Z Bar, located on the casino floor, with drivers of the TriStar Motorsports team, including Jeff Green, Mike Bliss, and Hal Martin.

The Plaza is also offering a great, last minute package for NASCAR fans, including a two-night weekend stay on Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, for just $209. The package includes VIP check-in, guaranteed early check-in starting at noon, guaranteed late check-out at 4 p.m., and a complimentary view room upgrade. For NASCAR fans that are only coming for the weekend and not Friday night, the Plaza is also offering the same room package for a check-in on Saturday night, March 9 and check-out on Sunday, March 10.

Plaza guests who book the NASCAR weekend package with a check-in on Friday, March 8, will enjoy first entry to the meet and greet party at the Z Bar, as well as three complimentary buckets of beer. The meet and greet party will also be open to the general public on a first-come-first-serve basis, following the initial opening for those who participate in the NASCAR weekend package. More details on the meet and greet will be released soon on the Plaza's website.

Attendees can now book this special package using the code: PNASCAR. Reservations can be made by phone at 800-634-6575. The NASCAR weekend package price is based upon availability and rates are subject to change.

As an "official hotel" for the race team, the Plaza Hotel & Casino looks forward to welcoming fans to Las Vegas for the Sprint Cup Series being held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from March 8 to 10. Located just a short drive down Interstate 15 from the speedway, the Plaza offers visitors a comfortable and modern place to stay at an affordable price. To book a stay at the Plaza, please visit: http://www.plazahotelcasino.com.

About the Plaza Hotel & Casino
The Plaza Hotel & Casino opened in 1971 at 1 Main Street, at the intersection of Main and Fremont Street, and was a fashionable stop on the first train service through Las Vegas. Anchoring the Fremont Street Experience, the Plaza has been an iconic hotel in the heart of downtown Las Vegas for more than 40 years. It sits on 16.5 acres of land and has more than 1,000 rooms and suites, making it one of the largest hotel-casinos in downtown Las Vegas. Renovations have updated and improved the Plaza's ambiance throughout, creating a stylish and comfortable new experience for its guests. It has earned it the distinction of being named "Best Downtown Hotel" by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. For more information and reservations: http://www.plazahotelcasino.com.

About TriStar Motorsports
TriStar Motorsports was established in 1989 by Mark and Kathy Smith. In its early years, the team competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, where the team won the Coors Light Pole for the 1994 Daytona 500 with Loy Allen Jr. -- the first rookie in the history of NASCAR to set the pace for the historic race. After accumulating 151 starts in the Winston Cup Series, with three poles and nine top-10s, Smith withdrew from team ownership to focus on building engines for the NASCAR industry. Now, Smith's company -- Pro Motor Engines -- is the leading independent builder of race engines for all three of NASCAR's top-tier divisions and other series like ARCA and the SCCA. Smith was eager to return to team ownership and the opportunity came along in 2010 when he re-launched his TriStar Motorsports team and began fielding cars in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In only three short years, TriStar Motorsports has accumulated 279 starts and closed out their 2012 campaign with driver Mike Bliss sitting eighth in the Championship Point Standings. Former driver Tayler Malsam closed out the year 15th and the team's sophomore driver, Eric McClure, finished a mere 50 points out of the top-15 in 16th position. The team plans to field four entries in 2013 with manufacturer support from Toyota.

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