A number of Las Vegas casino properties are getting into the NASCAR spirit by hosting Daytona 500 viewing parties for fans on Sunday.

The South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower, Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, The Orleans, The Cannery, Aliante Casino and Hotel, Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Suncoast Hotel and Casino and the Fremont Hotel and Casino are all hosting viewing parties that will include the iconic race shown on big screens, as well as prizes, raffles and giveaways. Tickets to Las Vegas Motor Speedway's 2018 Pennzoil 400 NASCAR Weekend, which runs from March 2-4, will be part of the giveaways, and racing fans can enjoy seeing the 60th "Great American Race" in fun and festive atmospheres at the participating casinos.

The free viewing parties begin at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, and the Daytona 500's green flag is scheduled to drop at 11:30 a.m. Lotus Broadcasting will provide hosts and DJs for the viewing parties from its array of radio stations as part of the festivities.

Alex Bowman will start from the pole after topping 2016 Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin and others in qualifying this past Sunday, while Las Vegas native Kurt Busch is the defending champion after a thrilling last-lap pass when Kyle Larson ran out of gas a year ago.

The Daytona 500 kicks off the 2018 NASCAR season, which continues the following weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway before heading west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. LVMS' first tripleheader of the year begins on Friday, March 2, with Stratosphere Qualifying and the Stratosphere 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, continues with the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, March 3, and concludes with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube on Sunday, March 4.

Various ticket packages, fun extras and special-access passes for LVMS' first NASCAR weekend of the year are available at www.lvms.com or by calling 1-800-644-4444.