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RACE-FULL ENTRANCE: As NASCAR’s Pennzoil Weekend roars into town, take a joyride through its highlights and history

If your heart pumps gasoline and you take your morning coffee with a side of motor oil, you already know the joys of NASCAR’s Pennzoil 400. You may also want to see a doctor. None of that sounds remotely healthy. If, instead, your last car purchase was a late-’90s Camry, you don’t know what you’re missing. Since 1998, NASCAR has made a home on the northern edge of Las Vegas, debuting what was then known as the Las Vegas 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race has gone through several name changes, settling on the Pennzoil 400 in 2018. More than just a race, NASCAR’s Pennzoil weekend (Feb. 21-23) is a celebration of motorsports in the desert. The event is expected to draw more than 85,000 attendees to town, generating an economic impact of $166.6 million.

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WHAT DREAMER MAY COME: An immigrant toddler matures into an up-and-coming Vegas hospitality dynamo

What is the All-American Story? We are passionately, divisively — nay, acrimoniously — debating that in this country, writ large. Perhaps it would help to narrow the focus and examine it, writ small. That brings us to Maria Miranda: The All-American Story.

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YOU STURDY RAT!: The Venetian welcomes Chinese New Year of the Rat with feng shui — and a massive golden rodent — in iconic waterfall atrium

Encountering a scurrying rat is hardly a sign of good fortune. But absorbing the awesome beauty of a majestic, dare we say, noble, 2,000-pound golden rodent sculpture in feng-shui-inspired surroundings in the Venetian’s waterfall atrium for the Year of the Rat — which begins Jan. 25 — is another matter entirely.

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IRONY, MEET ARTISTRY: Exhibit of anti-consumerist artist Banksy comes to Fashion Show

Josh Breski spent his birthday with Banksy.

The Long Beach, Calif. resident, freshly 46, was delighted to discover that his birthday-week visit to Las Vegas coincided with the opening of the Banksy: Genius or Vandal? exhibition inside Immersion Vegas, a new venue at Fashion Show mall.

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WATCH: Boring machine breakthrough

The Las Vegas Convention Center, which is tunneling into history with the creation of an underground transportation system, is celebrating a milestone. This week, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced that the excavation of the first of two vehicular one-way tunnels has been completed for TBC —The Boring Company d/b/a Vegas Loop’s underground system.

After tunneling 40 feet underground for nearly a mile over three months, the boring machine penetrated the concrete wall near the 1.4-million-square-foot West Hall convention center expansion, now under construction as part of a $1.52 billion renovation of the entire LVCC campus.

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A WOMAN’S PLACE IS IN THE KITCHEN … INDUSTRY: Achieving gender parity in culinary management/ownership propels new Vegas-based Women’s Hospitality Initiative

Never mind shattering the glass ceiling of gender disparity in the culinary industry when even the first one or two rungs of the ladder are broken. A startling fact supports that troubling notion: Although women make up about 50 percent of culinary school graduates, only 7 percent of head chefs and restaurant owners in the country are women, according to 2014 Bloomberg Research. Working to study the disparity and accelerate the development of women in the restaurant and hospitality industry is the newly formed Women’s Hospitality Initiative (WHI). The organization is made up of prominent entrepreneurs and executives from Las Vegas’ food and beverage industry, including cofounder Elizabeth Blau, a longtime restaurateur/consultant and founder/CEO of restaurant development company Blau & Associates.

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Tip of the Hat to the Year of the Rat

Oh RATS! — and we mean that in the most celebratory way possible because this Chinese New Year is the Year of the Rat. Every year, Las Vegas honors the Chinese New year in spectacular fashion with lush, ornate displays and colorful, exciting performances. So take a photographic journey through the city’s tip of the hat to the rodent that symbolizes the new Chinese New Year.

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Newly installed sculpture honors The Rat Pack 

It’s a fact, Jack — the Rat Pack is back. Permanently. And artistically. 

The legacy of Vegas’ iconic quintet — the late Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford — has been immortalized in bronze with the placement of the new statue titled “Spin Baby.”   

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Celebs, Gov. Sisolak spread the word on new global Vegas awareness campaign

Here — and ONLY here.

That’s the new word on the streets all over the world as Las Vegas has launched “What Happens Here, Only Happens Here” as its new slogan.

Building on the longstanding brand recognition sparked by its famous, oft-quoted predecessor, “What Happens Here, Stays Here,” the new “Only” campaign — hashtag: #OnlyVegas — advances the city’s reputation as the world’s premier adult playground.

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Chinese New Year to ring throughout Las Vegas

A guide to vivid displays and special entertainment among the many commemorations of the Chinese New Year in Las Vegas.

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NASCAR Pennzoil 400 Fast Facts

+ Fastest race: 2:35:11, Joey Logano, 2019
+ Fastest average speed: 154.849 mph, Joey Logano, 2019
+ Fastest Lap: 27.505 seconds (196.328 mph), Kurt Busch, 2006
+ Most wins (driver): 4, Jimmie Johnson (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010)
+ Most wins (team): 7, Roush Fenway Racing (1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011)
+ Most wins (manufacturer): 11, Ford
+ Biggest field running at finish: 42 (three times, in 2000, 2014, 2015)
+ Smallest field at finish: 33 (2004) Most laps led (career): 587, Jimmie Johnson
+ Most laps led (race): 219, Jeff Gordon

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Bally’s illusionist Xavier Mortimer is donating $1,000 to the nonprofit Opportunity Village in celebration of his 1000th show back in January. To mark the milestone, …

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Las Vegas heads Forbes list of 2020 travel destinations

We’re the city to see, enjoy and frolic in — a fact that’s regularly confirmed in travels lists and honors. The latest comes courtesy of the Forbes.com travel guide, which lists Las Vegas first in its “Top 20 Destinations for 2020” selections.

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