Speed Demons, Speed Wagons and Speedy Ticket Sales

Illustration by Cierra Pedro

Illustration by Cierra Pedro

Another NASCAR Weekend has come and gone, and with it 48 points in the Sprint Cup standings for winner Brad Keselowski, for those of you still adjusting your Sprint Cup leaderboards at home. But what did we learn, other than Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs a bigger gas tank in his whip?

Well, we learned that one should never underestimate the overlap between NASCAR fans and REO Speedwagon fans (a reported 12,000 crammed in the Fremont Street Experience to see rock dwarf Kevin Cronin chug through “Roll With the Changes”). We learned that Claire Sinclair looks fantastic in jean shorts and a corset (some lessons are easier to take than others). And we learned that, as usual, you’ve got to keep moving fast if you want to stay ahead of the Paul Menards of the world.

One person who’s never shown any signs of slowing down, Penn Jillette, has his usual amount of far-more-irons-than-any-human-being-should-reasonably-be-expected-to-have in the fire. He’ll be on the March 16 Chopped Tournament of Stars on the Food Network; he co-wrote a movie with Neil Gaiman, an adaptation of E.H. Jones’ The Road to En-Dor; and he’s working on another book: An Atheist Answers Catholic School Girl Questions.

“I just want someone in the uniform on the cover. That’s really all that matters,” Jillette says. “It’s not even the cover that matters. It’s just the photo shoot.”

Staying on top of the Downtown real estate puzzle is like trying to keep track of sand dunes. ST Residential—the owners of Fourth Street mid-rise tower Juhl—have reportedly received a purchase offer from a Chinese group. The street level of the tower was originally zoned for office and art gallery use only, which partly explains why the lone retail tenant, The Town Bike, had such difficulty, ultimately shuttering last month … which also explains why the city is working to amend the zoning.

And speaking of zoning Downtown, the site of the former Western RV Park has a sign up signifying intent to build a mid-rise tower while also securing a waiver for the mixed-use zoning that would require—let’s see here—retail on the ground floor. Seems like all parties could have gotten together and saved each other some time and effort.

If you didn’t get your three-day pass to Electric Daisy Carnival on June 20-22 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, you better come up with a Plan B. Insomniac Events announced they sold out all VIP and general admission tickets to the event—beating last year’s sellout by nearly two months.

Particularly notable is the fact that EDC hasn’t yet announced a lineup. Remind us again why DJs can command five-figure paydays for a night’s work at a club when people mostly seem excited just to go experience the atmosphere? Do they charge a premium for working under a roof? That’s probably it.

The one person who needs to move a little faster: Antonio Tarver. The former light heavyweight champ was arrested in Florida for failing to pay back a $200,000 marker to Wynn Las Vegas, according to reports. He took a loan from his manager to pay back the debt and says he’s going to box again to get square. But doesn’t hand speed slow down as you get older?

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