Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 15, 2000

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This Issue: NASCAR Cafe and Cyber Speedway

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NEW ROLLER COASTER – The new Speed ride at the Sahara is going to use linear induction motors to speed you to 70 mph as you shoot through the Sahara sign, a loop, and a tunnel. That’s not enough? The midpoint of the ride is climbing a 222 foot vertical tower, after which you free fall backwards through the entire track once again. Picture and full story at This along with the NASCAR Cafe and Cyber Speedway (reviewed this issue) is helping put the Sahara back on the “must see” list for race fans and thrill seekers.

NEW CASINO – Station Casinos is slated to build a new $275 million dollar casino in the Green Valley area of Las Vegas. This casino is scheduled to have a 54,000 square foot casino with 2,000 slot machines and 40 table games along with the prerequisite restaurants, movie theatres, spa, and meeting space. Full story as well as proposed drawing at

YES, WE REALLY LIVE HERE – Having the regular contact I have with tourists, I hear my share of “How can you actually live here” questions. One of the more popular questions is “Where does everybody live?” (usually asked by someone who flew on over plenty of residential rooftops). Gaming does account for 25% of our work force, and these people are real people with real lives just like you and I.

Kit Miller’s book “Inside the Glitter: Lives of Casino Workers” is a stunning work of photography and interviews of casino workers from around the state. You can read separate reviews of it at and It is available from Amazon.Com at

4 DIAMONDS – The Las Vegas Hilton has won a AAA Four Diamond rating for the 24’th year on a row. Las Vegas now has more Four Diamond guest rooms than any other city in America with 17,205. Seen to the left accepting the award are Julius Kazen (Hilton, left) and Rick Ernst (AAA, right)

VEGAS MUSIC – Las Vegas is now the 40’th largest media market (Arbitron) in the country and the exploding population has brought a great diversity of local music talent to the city. is an internet radio station playing local talent exclusively while sister site gives you information on just about every local band and artist. Full story at
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COPA – You can read Mike Weatherford’s review of the new David Cassidy / Sheena Easton show at

LAS VEGAS HILTON – OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN March 31-April 1, TIM CONWAY and HARVEY KORMAN in their “Together Again” tour April 7 and 8, KENNY RODGERS on April 14 and 15, JEFF FOXWORTHY on April 28-30, TRISHA YEARWOOD on May 5 and 6, JOHNNY MATHIS on May 12 and 13, and WYNONNA on May 19-21. Tickets are available at (800) 222-5361 and Las Vegas Hilton discount rooms are available at (Las Vegas Hilton link).

HARD ROCK HOTEL – OASIS with special guest TRAVIS on April 11. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at (Hard Rock link).


FEATURE STORY: NASCAR Cafe and Cyber Speedway

The NASCAR Cafe opened race weekend, joining similar operations in Myrtle Beach, Nashville, Orlando, the Smoky Mountains. I took the opportunity to visit on the Monday after the race.

If driving, park in the Sahara’s lot in back of the hotel across Paradise Rd. A covered walkway directs you right into the Cyber Speedway area, and the parking lot is usually empty. Avoid the Sahara parking garage. It ranks right there with Paris and MGM on the “complicated parking garage” list.

The Sahara has had racing simulator Indy cars for quite some time now. In keeping with the new NASCAR theme, they have replaced most of the Indy cars with Winston Cup cars in the “Cyber Speedway” area. For $8, you get in a car with a 180 degree screen wrapped around you. The car tilts and moves as you drive around Las Vegas Motor Speedway, along with different sound effects. (The one you don’t want to hear is what it is like to bounce off the wall)! You are “racing” against up to 5 other people at a time. (Get in line at the “B” staging area, as staging area “A” only has 2 cars). I came in 2 out of 5. No credit to my driving skills, but more a credit to having played a few computer games and getting the feel for stuff like that pretty quickly.

The place was buzzing with fans who came into town for the race and decided to make an extended trip out of it. The new casino area adjacent to the Cafe features blackjack (including a number of $1 games), roulette, and a few slots. Next to it is the gift shop, featuring almost everything NASCAR. Just what Las Vegas needs — another place selling $20 t-shirts. The entire downstairs if filled with NASCAR photos and memorabilia, much like the Hard Rock is for rock music.

The restaurant is upstairs and overlooks the downstairs bar area. You are given a number if there is a wait. The only place you can see the numbers are on the corners of some of the TV monitors in the bar area. Drinks aren’t cheap — we took note of what people were paying: domestic bottles of beer at $3 and premium shots at $4.50. You can also order appetizers in the $7 range. The plus side? The bar has 9/6 jacks or better video poker (quarters and above) and you can use your slot club card. Buy a roll, get a free drink, and play “break even” video poker.

NOTE: This is a weird situation. The machines are multi-denomination machines that take (and dispense) nickels. So, you need to stick a $10 in as the bartender watches and ask for a comp drink. And the unwritten rule in Las Vegas is that you play full coins in if you are playing quarters or below and getting comped a drink. Coffee, bottled water, booze — it doesn’t matter. One more crazy thing — any payout above $5 is a hand pay. Otherwise these machines would run out of nickels in no time. Very irritating, to both players and the staff that was running around doing $10 hand pays.

The restaurant is loud and busy, but much of that may have had to do with it being new. It is the typical food selection you find at most theme restaurants. My steak was a great 9 oz. steak with a $16 price tag. Expect the tab for two including an appetizer, meals, and a couple drinks to be $40-50. Well worth it for a NASCAR fan. Otherwise, just go look around and take one of the cyber cars for a drive. You don’t have to like NASCAR to enjoy racing the cars or the $1 blackjack.

The NASCAR Cafe is located in the north end of the Sahara Hotel. The restaurant is open from 11 AM until 10 PM (closing time subject to change — they said that they are still getting a feel for demand) and the lounge is open until 2 AM. Sahara Hotel discount rooms are available at (Sahara link).



Debra Cook wrote:

>We just got back from Las Vegas after 4 days at the
>Desert Paradise Resort, a timeshare/condo facility on
>Decatur Rd. We usually visit LV 3 or 4 times a year
>and wanted a break this time from the usual hotels.
>What a great idea!!!!
>We reserved our unit online and I wasn’t sure of what
>the buildings were like. I e-mailed you and you said
>they were pretty nice. You were never wrong for a
>The unit was 1 bedroom, full kitchen, approximately 32
>inch stereo television in the nicely appointed living
>room, another set in the bedroom which had a king
>sized bed, a very nice bathroom, and all the
>dinnerware/glasses and utensils one would need. Of
>course, I did not cook while vacationing, but could
>have. They even threw in a washer/dryer (non coin
>operated) and an iron and board.
>Housekeeping came once a day to tidy up, and, it is a
>secure gated facility. Complementary breakfast is
>served each morning (although very early for Las Vegas
>vacation visitors – from 8 to 9am)in the main building.
>The facility has a fitness center, pool, spa. It’s
>just a few blocks by car to everything. If you don’t
>rent a car, they have shuttles to the strip. It is a
>non-gaming facility, but, with the rent a car, we did
>not mind.
>Since we were there for 4 days, we did not cram all of
>our usual stops into a limited number of hours. When
>we grew tired of walking and gawking, we went back to
>our unit and relaxed a bit in a very spacious
>environment. This was the best trip ever.

Glad to hear that you had a great trip! Booking info for the Desert Paradise is at (Desert Paradise link).

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March 15, 2000