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Kobalt 400
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sun, Mar 8, 2015
3:45pm EDT - FOX

Race Data

Race #: 3 of 36
Event: Kobalt 400
Location: Las Vegas, Nv
Track Size: 1.5 Miles
Track Type: Tri-Oval
Total Laps: 267
Total Miles: 400.5
2014 Winner: Brad Keselowski
Pit Speed: 45 mph

Previous Winners

4 Jimmie Johnson 05/06/07/10
3 Matt Kenseth 03/04/13
2 Jeff Burton 99/00
2 Carl Edwards 08/11
1 Jeff Gordon 01
1 Kyle Busch 09
1 Tony Stewart 12
1 Brad Keselowski 14

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NASCAR Productions and SPIKE TV Present
'I Am Dale Earnhardt,'

A Compelling Look at the Life of an Indelible American Icon

SPIKE TV's New, Original Documentary Premieres Monday, March 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 26, 2015) - NASCAR Productions and Spike TV have joined forces to create a captivating and revealing documentary on the life of a legendary American sports hero - Dale Earnhardt. The original film, "I AM DALE EARNHARDT," premieres exclusively on Monday, March 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.

With in-depth and insightful interviews with some of the biggest names in the sport, unforgettable highlights from Earnhardt's greatest moments on the track, and rare footage of Earnhardt's life off-the track, the film is an up-close-and-personal look at the man behind the iconic mustache.

"I AM DALE EARNHARDT" digs deep beyond the legend to reveal the complex figure at the core of "The Intimidator." He was an idol to millions, but a villain to others; a working man's hero, but also a darling of Madison Avenue; a husband, father and friend, but also a solitary man who few really knew. His tragic death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 sent shockwaves through the nation and immortalized him as one of the greatest stars NASCAR has ever known.

"I've got many fond memories of my dad, so being able to share some of those memories in a project such as this was a privilege," said Dale Earnhardt Jr. "This film captures everything about him - the dad, the racer, the businessman, the friend, the polarizing figure, everything. I think fans - even longtime Dale Earnhardt fans - will find themselves learning new things about my dad by watching this documentary."

Among those interviewed for the film include some of the biggest names in NASCAR such as Jimmie Johnson, Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Richard Childress, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

"I AM DALE EARNHARDT" is the latest in Spike's critically acclaimed "I AM" documentary series. Past subjects include Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen and Evel Knievel.

Jeff Cvitkovic from NASCAR Productions directed and produced "I AM DALE EARNHARDT" for Spike TV. The Executive Producers for the documentary include Zane Stoddard and Tally Hair from NASCAR Productions and Gil Colon, Jon Slusser, and Kevin Kay from Spike TV.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes
2015 Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


 

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

 

Wild Wild West

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for its first stop on a three-race west coast swing - Sunday's Kobalt 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX). Following Las Vegas, the series moves on to Phoenix and concludes its Pacific trip at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California before heading back east to Martinsville. Phoenix was formerly the second race on the docket, but is now the fourth. Auto Club still occupies its traditional fifth race slot.

 

Jackpot For Johnson In Vegas?

By his standards, six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson had a sub-par season in 2014, logging a career-low 11th-place finish in the final points standings (he had never been worse than sixth).

 

It looks like Johnson has put 2014 in his rearview mirror.

 

The No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet driver out-dueled defending NSCS champion Kevin Harvick to win the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, one week after a fifth-place showing at Daytona. Johnson now has 71 career wins - five behind Dale Earnhardt for sixth on the all-time list - and owns at least four victories at nine different tracks. He will try to hit the jackpot again in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he holds the track record with four wins.

 

Bet on Jeff: Gordon Tries To Change His Luck In Las Vegas

Jeff Gordon started the season with a bang by winning the pole at his final Daytona 500. Since, he has struggled to produce strong finishes in the first two races due to tough-luck wrecks at both Daytona and Atlanta. Gordon will attempt to turn around his luck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Sunday's Kobalt 400. The 43-year-old has competed in all 17 races at the 1.5-mile track and will move ahead of Jeff Burton as the sole leader in starts there.  Gordon's lone win at Las Vegas came in 2001 - the same year he won his last NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title.

 

Keselowski Set To Join 200 Club

One of NASCAR's ultimate success stories, Brad Keselowski harnessed his talent, working his way up from a family-owned ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series all the way to a Team Penske car that he piloted to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 2012.  Now one of NASCAR's most recognizable superstars, Keselowski will make his 200th career start in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 31-year-old Ford driver will try to make his deuce wild, and show up in Victory Lane for the second straight season as Sin City's defending race winner. Now in his sixth full-time season on the NSCS circuit, Keselowski boasts 16 wins, 50 top fives, 80 tops 10s and eight Coors Light Pole Awards.

 

Vickers Ready For Fast Finish After Speedy Recovery

Tough. That's usually one of the first words that comes to mind when describing Brian Vickers.

 

Just three months after undergoing corrective heart surgery, Vickers will make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start of the season in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 31-year-old, who has battled issues with his heart, as well as blood clots in the past, has three career NSCS wins and will race full time for the rest of the season in Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 55 Toyota. Brett Moffitt, a member of the first-ever NASCAR Next class in 2011, posted an eight-place finish as Vickers' sub at Atlanta.

 

Truex Leads Furniture Row To Fast Start Out Of The Gates

Martin Truex Jr. didn't get his second top-10 finish last year until the 13th race of the season, at Dover, in June.

 

This year, it took the 34-year-old New Jersey native only two races to notch a pair of top 10s.

 

Truex Jr. has been hot out of the gates with a second-place finish in the Sprint Unlimited, followed by showings of eighth and sixth at Daytona and Atlanta, respectively. The production from the two-time NASCAR XFINITY champion has earned him the fifth-spot in the final standings - the highest his solo-car Furniture Row Racing team has ascended in its 10 years of existence. On NASCAR's west coast swing, Truex will try to pilot his No. 34 Furniture Row / Denver Mattress Chevrolet to its first win since Regan Smith drove it to Victory Lane at Darlington in 2011. An added incentive for a west coast Truex victory - Denver, Colorado-based FRR is the NSCS' only team with headquarters outside of the Carolinas.

 

Fond Vegas Memories for Roush Fenway Racing

The inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway featured a nearly unprecedented 'five of a kind.'

 

Jack Roush kicked off an era of Las Vegas dominance by placing all five of his drivers inside the top 10 of the 1998 Las Vegas 400.  The quintet was led by NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Mark Martin, who held off teammate Jeff Burton for the checkered flag.  Johnny Benson (4th), Ted Musgrave (6th) and Chad Little (10th) also earned top-10 finishes for Roush Racing.

 

Roush became the first team owner in the Modern Era with five top 10s in one race, a feat previously accomplished by Peter DePaolo in the 1950's.  The team's Las Vegas success continued with Burton, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards each winning two races at the 1.5-mile track. Roush still holds the record for most Las Vegas wins, with seven.

 

Mears Gears For Strong Finish At Las Vegas

With two strong performances to start the season, Casey Mears ranks sixth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings entering Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet driver finished sixth at Daytona, 15th at Atlanta and will try to notch his fourth top 10 in his 12th start in the Entertainment Capital of the World. At Daytona, Mears' crew chief Robert 'Bootie' Barker earned his first career MOOG Problem Solver of the Race Award by guiding his driver to the greatest second-half of the race improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. The duo picked up 35 positions overall to notch its sixth-place showing.

 

Gaughan And Back Again

Las Vegas resident Brendan Gaughan returns home for Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at the 1.5-mile track. Gaughan has never finished higher than 22nd in NSCS action at LMS, but did win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from the pole there in 2003. He is the grandson of Las Vegas gaming pioneer Jackie Gaughan and the son of Michael Gaughan, a hotel and casino magnate. His family owns South Point Casino Hotel Casino and Spa.

 

 

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

 

Buescher And Dillon Have Risen To The Top

Roush Fenway Racing's Chris Buescher and Richard Childress Racing's Ty Dillon are tied for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship standings lead with 83 points each after two races. Buescher and Dillon are cruising eight points ahead of third-place Ryan Reed as the series heads to Las Vegas for the Boyd Gaming 300 on March 7 on FOX Sports 1.

 

Buescher is having the best start of his NASCAR XFINITY Series career, finishing second at Daytona and following it up with a fourth at Atlanta.  His average finish thus far this season is 3.0 and his season-to-date Driver Rating leads the series with a 116.4.

 

Buescher has started to excel on 1.5 mile tracks, in seven of his last 13 starts on 1.5-mile speedways he has finished in the top-10; including his one start at Las Vegas last season, starting 12th and finishing ninth.  Buescher's pre-race Driver Rating for Las Vegas is 86.8 (13th-best) and his Average Running Position is 12.645 (10th-best).

 

Dillon has also reached the summit in his NASCAR XFINITY Series career standings ranking; his previous best points position was third last season. Dillon is on pace to contend for a title this season, and his season-to date Loop Data supports his early success. He is ranked second in Driver Rating with a 107.7 and second in Average Running Position with a 7.273.

 

Dillon has made two series starts at Las Vegas, twice finishing 11th at the 1.5 mile speedway. Dillon has made 15 series starts on 1.5-mile tracks posting an average finish of 10.3. His pre-race Loop Data for Las Vegas has him ranked ninth in Driver Rating (94.5) and seventh in Average Running Position (9.553).

 

XFINITY Series Youth Movement

The top five drivers in the NASCAR XFINITY Series are all under the age of 24. Top Five in points: 1. Chris Buescher (22 years old), 2. Ty Dillon (23), Ryan Reed (21), Darrell Wallace Jr. (21) and Dakoda Armstrong (23). The average age of the drivers in the top five of the series standings is 22 years old. If any of the five drivers listed above wins this weekend at Las Vegas they will hold the record for youngest series winning driver at LVMS - the current record holder is Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (24 years, 5 months, 8 days).

 

Qualifying Counts at Las Vegas

As the old adage goes, "it's not where you start, but where you finish."  However, in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where you start really does matter. In the previous 18 races held at the speedway, 13 race winners started from inside the top 10. Defending race winner, Brad Keselowski, started second in last year's 200 lap event. 

 

Hometown Hero: Gaughan Heads Home

Who says you can't go home?  Brendan Gaughan does just that this weekend as he competes in the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gaughan has four series starts at the speedway including two top-10 finishes. The Las Vegas native will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday. Gaughan is currently 12th in the XFINITY Series championship standings.

 

Sunoco Rookie Spotlight: Cale Conley & Harrison Rhodes

Rookie Standings Update: Darrell Wallace Jr. captured the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award at Atlanta for being the highest finishing rookie in the race. Wallace is currently second in the ROY standings one point behind Ross Chastain.

 

This week's Sunoco Rookie spotlight shines on Cale Conley and Harrison Rhodes.

 

Cale Conley: Conley is currently fifth in the Sunoco Rookie standings seven points behind the rookie points leader Ross Chastain. Conley, a 22 year old who hails from Vienna, West Virginia is driving the No. 14 TriStar Motorsports Toyota for car owner Mark Smith.  Conley has 13 series starts, posting one top-10 finish, last season at Kentucky. In his two starts this season he has finished 30th (Daytona) and 35th (Atlanta). This will be Conley's NASCAR national series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.

 

Harrison Rhodes: Rhodes is currently last in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings with nine points, due to failing to qualify for the race at Daytona. Rhodes made his first series start last weekend at Atlanta where he started 35th and finished 34th. At the age of 21, Rhodes has made 14 series starts dating back to 2013. This season he behind the wheel of the No. 0 Chevrolet for car owner Andrea Nemechek.

 

Elliott, Smith and Scott Make Biggest Moves In The Standings

Following a surprisingly disappointing start to 2015 for Chase Elliott, Regan Smith and Brian Scott, who all finished 25th or worse at Daytona, the trio was able to bounce back in impressive fashion this past weekend at Atlanta. All three drivers gained 11 or more positions in the series standings - the most in the series following Atlanta.

 

The 2014 series champ, Chase Elliott, finished 28th at Daytona putting him 20th in the series standings. This past weekend Elliott was able to rebound considerably. He finished fifth at Atlanta jumping 12 positions in the standings from 20th to the top 10 (eighth). Watch for Elliott's ascension up the standings to continue this week at Las Vegas. He finished in the top five in his one and only start there, last season. 

 

Elliott's JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith was caught in an accident at Daytona ultimately finishing 35th in the season opener. Smith's finish at Daytona had him 26th in the points standings, but last weekend at Atlanta he was able to capitalize on his situation. Smith finished in the top 10 and in doing so leap frogged 12 positions in the series points standings from 26th to 14th. Smith has made five starts at Las Vegas posting two top-10 finishes.

 

Of the three biggest movers in the point standings this week, Brian Scott moved up to the highest point standings position (seventh).  Scott finished 25th at Daytona and was 18th in the points heading to Atlanta. Scott moved up 11 positions in the standings following his seventh-place finish at Atlanta and all signs point to Scott's momentum not slowing at Las Vegas. In his last two starts at the 1.5-mile track he has posted two top-10 finishes.

 

After Two We Have Three: The Owner Points Lead Is Split Three Ways

After two races the NASCAR XFINITY Series has a three-way points tie for the owner standings lead among car owners Jack Roush (No. 60 Ford), Richard Childress (No. 3 Chevrolet) and Roger Penske (No. 22 Ford) with 83 points each.

 

When it comes to NASCAR XFINITY Series owner titles, all three car owners have enjoyed success. Roush has two series owner titles. He won his first series owner title in 2002 with driver Greg Biffle. His second came in 2011 with multiple drivers. This season Chris Buescher drives the No. 60 Ford full-time for Roush Fenway Racing.

 

Childress is tied with Joe Gibbs for the series' most owner titles with four each. Childress won his first in 2001 and his third in 2006 with driver Kevin Harvick. He won his second and fourth owner titles in 2003 and 2007 with multiple drivers behind the wheel.  This season his grandson Ty Dillon is driving the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.

 

Penske is returning from back-to-back NASCAR XFINITY Series owner titles (2013, 2014) with the formidable No. 22 Ford team. Penske has captured both titles by rotating both veteran and upcoming drivers in the seat of the No. 22. This weekend at Las Vegas Brad Keselowski will be in the No. 22 to defend his win from last season at the 1.5-mile speedway. 

 

NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.

Texas native Brennan Poole, will be replacing Kyle Larson this week in the HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi No. 42 Chevrolet at Las Vegas. This will be Poole's NASCAR national series debut. . NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin will be piloting the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota this week for driver Kyle Busch. 

 

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

 

Crafton Cruises On Quest To Three-Peat

Defending two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton proved any driver hoping to take his title will have to go through him. The 16-year veteran dominated in Saturday's Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, leading 85-of-130 laps for his first career win at the 1.5-mile track. Crafton's victory moved him to second in the driver point standings, two points behind Brad Keselowski Racing's Tyler Reddick.

 

Already the only driver in Truck Series history to win the championship in consecutive years, Crafton can join Jack Sprague for second-place all time by taking a third title. The No. 88 ThorSport Racing driver returns to action at Martinsville Speedway on March 28 for the Kroger 250 (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1), as the defending spring race winner.

 

Kennedy Impresses In Second Start With New Team

There might be a new "dark horse" championship contender in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season - actually, make that a "red horse." In just his second start with Red Horse Racing, Kennedy showed his speed by capturing his first career Keystone Light Pole Award at Atlanta Motor Speedway, leading the field to green in the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on Saturday evening. The 23-year-old turned that speed into performance, tying a career-best third-place finish after running in the top five for the final half of the event.

 

Kennedy goes back to the site of his first third-place finish (03/30/14) when the NCWTS heads to Martinsville Speedway for the Kroger 250.

 

Speedy Suarez

In only his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, Daniel Suarez posted his first top-five showing, crossing the finish line at Atlanta in the fourth position. The Monterrey, Mexico native is running a limited schedule in the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, but has started the first two races of the season, placing top 10 in both. Suarez is on deck for KBM in Martinsville and Kansas as he continues to compete full time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. The 23-year-old won five-of-15 races in the NASCAR Mexico Series and two-of-13 races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East last year.

 






Statistical Advance:
Analyzing the KOBALT 400

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 2, 2015) - Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada going into the KOBALT 400 on

March 8.
 

LAS VEGAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Cheez-It Ford)

         Two top fives, six top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 14.5

         Average Running Position of 12.3, sixth-best

         Driver Rating of 97.9, fifth-best

         150 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

         568 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.725 mph, fifth-fastest

         1,759 Laps in the Top 15 (65.4%), eighth-most

         281 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 11th-most

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet)

         Three top fives, eight top 10s

         Average finish of 14.7

         Average Running Position of 14.0, eighth-best

         Driver Rating of 91.5, ninth-best

         108 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

         584 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.610 mph, sixth-fastest

         1,857 Laps in the Top 15 (69.0%), sixth-most

         336 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

 

 


Carl Edwards (No. 19 Comcast Toyota)

         Two wins, five top fives, six top 10s

         Average finish of 9.2

         Average Running Position of 12.0, fifth-best

         Driver Rating of 97.8, sixth-best

         159 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

         636 Green Flag Passes, second-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.568 mph, seventh-fastest

         1,879 Laps in the Top 15 (69.8%), fourth-most

         390 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 3M Chevrolet)

         One win, six top fives, eight top 10s

         Average finish of 15.0

         Average Running Position of 9.7, second-best

         Driver Rating of 103.7, second-best

         181 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

         548 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.927 mph, third-fastest

         Series-high 2,130 Laps in the Top 15 (79.2%)

         385 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet)

         Three top fives, five top 10s

         Average finish of 14.7

         Average Running Position of 11.6, fourth-best

         Driver Rating of 94.5, eighth-best

         89 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

         571 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.564 mph, eighth-fastest

         1,870 Laps in the Top 15 (69.5%), fifth-most

         316 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 KOBALT Tools Chevrolet)

         Four wins, five top fives, eight top 10s

         Average finish of 9.2

         Series-best Average Running Position of 8.9

         Series-best Driver Rating of 113.6

         Series-high 346 Fastest Laps Run

         553 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most

         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 171.233 mph

         2,090 Laps in the Top 15 (77.7%), third-most

         365 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

 

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet)

         Three top fives, six top 10s; three poles

         Average finish of 13.5

         Average Running Position of 14.3, 11th-best

         Driver Rating of 88.1, 10th-best

         94 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

         609 Green Flag Passes, third-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.170 mph, 11th-fastest

         1,735 Laps in the Top 15 (64.5%), ninth-most

         290 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 DEWALT Toyota)

         Three wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 11.5

         Average Running Position of 14.0, 10th-best

         Driver Rating of 98.1, fourth-best

         197 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.972 mph, second-fastest

         1,774 Laps in the Top 15 (65.9%), seventh-most

         295 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

Joey Logano (No. 22 Pennzoil Ford)

         One top five, two top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 12.3

         Average Running Position of 13.8, seventh-best

         Driver Rating of 87.5, 11th-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.111 mph, 12th-fastest

 

Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)

         Three top fives, seven top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 17.3

         Driver Rating of 81.9, 12th-best

         37 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

         1,667 Laps in the Top 15 (61.9%), 11th-most

         298 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1/ Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet)

         One win, six top fives, nine top 10s

         Average finish of 14.0

         Average Running Position of 14.0, ninth-best

         Driver Rating of 97.1, seventh-best

         188 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

         538 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.498 mph, ninth-fastest

         1,733 Laps in the Top 15 (64.4%), 10th-most

         298 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Joey Logano

6

1

0

1

2

0

12.3

87.5

 

2

Jimmie Johnson

13

0

4

5

8

0

9.2

113.6

 

3

Kevin Harvick

14

0

0

3

5

0

14.7

94.5

 

4

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

15

0

0

3

8

2

14.7

91.5

 

5

Martin Truex Jr.

9

0

0

0

2

0

16.0

81.9

 

6

Casey Mears

11

0

0

0

3

0

20.9

57.3

 

7

Kasey Kahne

11

3

0

3

6

2

13.5

88.1

 

8

AJ Allmendinger

5

0

0

0

0

0

26.4

60.7

 

9

Aric Almirola

6

0

0

0

0

3

31.3

51.2

 

10

Clint Bowyer

9

0

0

1

3

0

17.8

74.2

 

11

David Gilliland

8

0

0

0

0

1

27.0

49.5

 

12

Sam Hornish Jr.

3

0

0

0

0

0

28.3

62.3

 

13

Greg Biffle

11

1

0

2

6

1

14.5

97.9

 

14

Carl Edwards

10

0

2

5

6

0

9.2

97.8

 

15

David Ragan

8

0

0

0

1

1

26.9

52.3

 

16

Danica Patrick

2

0

0

0

0

0

27.0

49.3

 

* - Based on last 10 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (2005 - 2014).

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 3 of 36 (3-8-15)

Track Size: 1.5-miles

Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 20 degrees

Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 20 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 9 degrees

Banking/Backstretch: 9 degrees

Frontstretch Length:  2,275 feet

Backstretch Length:  1,572 feet

Race Length: 267 laps / 400.5 Kilometers

 

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Las Vegas

Jimmie Johnson........................ 113.6

Jeff Gordon.............................. 103.7

Kyle Busch............................... 103.4

Matt Kenseth.............................. 98.1

Greg Biffle.................................. 97.9

Carl Edwards.............................. 97.8

Tony Stewart............................... 97.1

Kevin Harvick.............................. 94.5

Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 91.5

Kasey Kahne.............................. 88.1

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (10 total) among active drivers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 pole winner:

Joey Logano, Ford

193.278 mph, 27.939 secs. 03-07-14

 

2014 race winner:

Brad Keselowski, Ford

154.633 mph, (2:35:24), 03-09-14

 

Track qualifying record:

Joey Logano, Ford

193.278 mph, 27.939 secs. 03-07-14

 

Track race record:

Brad Keselowski, Ford

154.633 mph, (2:35:24), 03-09-14

 

 

At Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

History

         The construction to build the superspeedway known today as Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) began in 1995. Speedway Motorsports Inc. acquired the property in 1998.

         The first NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race won by Ken Schrader on Nov. 2, 1996.

         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held on March 1, 1998, won by Mark Martin.

         In 2006, the track was reconfigured to include progressive banking.

Notebook

         There have been 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

         135 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas; 100 in more than one.

         Two drivers have participated in all 17 races: Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon.

         Dale Jarrett won the inaugural pole with a speed of 168.224 mph (32.773 secs.).

         11 drivers have poles at LVMS, led by Kasey Kahne with three (2004, 2007 and 2012).

         Kyle Busch is the only driver to win consecutive poles at LVMS from (2008-'09).

         Youngest LVMS pole winner: Kyle Busch (3/2/2008 - 22 years, 10 months, 0 days).

         Oldest LVMS pole winner: Dale Jarrett (3/4/2001 - 44 years, 3 months, 6 days).

         10 different drivers have won at LVMS, led by Jimmie Johnson (four). Three other drivers have multiple wins at Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth (three), Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards (each have two).

         Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Las Vegas with seven, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with five.

         Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch became the first and only driver to win from the pole, in 2009.


         Only three LVMS races (17.6%) have been won from the front row: Kyle Busch, 2009 (pole); Carl Edwards, 2008 (second-place); Brad Keselowski, 2014 (second-place).

         Four of the 17 races (23.5%) have been won from a top-five starting position at Las Vegas.

         Eight of the 17 (47%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position at Las Vegas.

         Four of the 17 races (23.5%) at Las Vegas have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.

         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 25th, by Matt Kenseth in 2004.

         Youngest LVMS winner: Kyle Busch (03/01/2009 - 23 years, 9 months, 27 days).

         Oldest LVMS winner: Sterling Marlin (03/03/2002 - 44 years, 7 months, 32 days).

         Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series in runner-up finishes at Las Vegas with three; followed by Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart with two each.

         Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart lead the series in top-five finishes at Las Vegas with six each.

         Mark Martin has 10 top-10 finishes, more than any other driver. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with nine top-10 finishes.

         Carl Edwards leads the series in average finish at LVMS with a 9.200; Jimmie Johnson (9.231) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.  

         There has been one green-white-checkered finish at Las Vegas: 2006 (270/267).

         Kyle Busch made his first start and Kasey Kahne won his first pole at Las Vegas, in the same event (2004).

         Aric Almirola made his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2007.

         Three drivers have won consecutive races at Las Vegas: Jeff Burton (1999, 2000); Matt Kenseth (2003, 2004) and Jimmie Johnson is the only one of the three to win three consecutive races (2005, 2006 and 2007).

         Eight of the 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who have won at Las Vegas participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Mark Martin (1998; inaugural event) is the only driver to win at Las Vegas in his first appearance.

         Tony Stewart competed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 13 times before winning (2012); the longest span of any the nine winners. Stewart is the only driver to have made 10 or more attempts before his first win at LVMS.

         Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Las Vegas without visiting Victory Lane with 15.

         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas was the (3/12/2006) race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.045 second.

 


         No driver has won the first three races of the season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The five drivers that have won the first two events of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season are: Matt Kenseth (2009), Jeff Gordon (1997), David Pearson (1976), Bob Welborn (1959) and Marvin Panch (1957).  

         Three reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions have gone on to win at Las Vegas the following season: Matt Kenseth (2004), Jimmie Johnson is the only one to do it multiple times (2007, 2010) and Tony Stewart (2012).

         Three drivers have won at Las Vegas and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same season: Jeff Gordon (2001), Matt Kenseth (2003) and Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2007 and 2010).

         Danica Patrick and Shawna Robinson are the only two female drivers to compete at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

22

21

3/9/2014

Danica Patrick

37

33

3/10/2013

Shawna Robinson

36

42

3/3/2002

 

         Only two car numbers have produced three or more Las Vegas NSCS wins:

Car Number - Drivers - (Years)

o    No. 48  - Jimmie Johnson (2005-2007 and 2010)

o    No. 99 - Jeff Burton (1999, 2000) Carl Edwards (2008, 2011)