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May 16 could be the last day to ride Speed - The Ride in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Sahara Hotel & Casino is scheduled to close that day, after having operated since 1952. The owners say the iconic casino on the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip is no longer economically viable as a business. It's expected that the Premier launch coaster from 2000 will cease operation that day as well, if not sooner.

The loss of Speed - The Ride would mark the second roller coaster to be lost in recent years from that end of the Strip. High Roller, at the top of the Stratosphere tower, closed in 2005.

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