President & General Manager
Chris Powell is president and general manager of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, having been appointed to the position in December 1998. Powell came to the speedway after spending 10 years with R.J. Reynolds Sports Marketing Enterprises.
Since Powell’s arrival at LVMS, the speedway has generated more than $4 billion for the Las Vegas economy. Powell has overseen phenomenal growth of the speedway including the construction of a new drag strip, short track, two new superspeedway grandstands, and the Neon Garage. LVMS has also been named Speedway Motorsports’ Track of the Year five of the past seven years.
Each year, LVMS hosts two NASCAR Weekends that are two of the most highly anticipated and highly attended motorsports weekends in America. The second NASCAR weekend kicks off the NASCAR playoffs as well. LVMS also hosts two NHRA drag racing national events, including the only four-wide event on the west coast, many other events that are regional in nature, as well as corporate events, driving experiences and other manufacturer-related events. LVMS also hosts the Electric Daisy Carnival, which is the largest electronic music festival in North America and attracts approximately 300,000 music fans.
Powell began his RJR career as a public relations representative for the Vantage and Nabisco golf programs. In 1991, he moved to the NHRA Winston (now Mello Yello) Drag Racing program) and in 1994 became RJR’s manager of media relations for the NASCAR Winston Cup (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup) Series. In 2013, Powell was inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame along with tennis legend Andre Agassi, UFC President Dana White and three others.
Chris is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in journalism. Chris began his professional career as a sports writer in North Carolina.
A native of Ahoskie, N.C., Chris and his wife Missy have five children.