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THE RACE: Kobalt Tools 400

TRACK: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #3 of 36 for the 2012 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, March 11, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV

Title Sponsor: Kobalt Tools

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:16pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: FOX - 2:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 3:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip

  • Virtual Garage: Jeff Hammond

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:30 pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: Wednesday, March 14 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage

  • This Week - Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • goprn.com

  • siriusxm.com


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, March 8

7:00 pm NSCS Haulers Enter

Friday, March 9

6:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:00 am NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meeting, Random Drawing Qualifying Order
12:00 - 1:30 pm NSCS Practice
3:40 pm (6:40 pm/et) NSCS Qualifying
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, March 10

7:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:30 - 10:25 am NSCS Practice
12:20 - 1:20 pm NSCS Final Practice
4:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, March 11

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:30 - 10:30 am Speedway Children's Charity Track Walk
10:00 am NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
11:30 am NSCS Driver Intros
12:00 pm (3:00 pm/et) NSCS Race

ALL TIMES ABOVE ARE LISTED IN LOCAL / PACIFIC TIME ZONE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, March 9, 3:00 - 4:30pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, March 10, 12:30 - 1:25pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 10, 3:20 - 4:20pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, March 9 at 6:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 9:00pm/et & 2:30am/et.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2012: $6,382,683
2011: $6,250,807
2010: $6,304,875
2009: $6,577,562
2008: $6,459,779
2007: $6,381,100
2006: $6,255,298
2005: $6,131,958
2004: $6,011,590
2003: $5,291,856
2002: $4,729,088
2001: $4,281,953
2000: $4,122,916
1999: $3,797,094


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles (2010-2011)
    Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 285 laps, 427.5 miles (2009)
    Front straight: 2,275 feet
    Back straight: 1,572 feet
    Banking after reconfig 2007: Corners:20°, Front Straight: 9°, Back Straight: 9°
    Banking before config 2006: Corners:12°, Front Straight: 9°, Back Straight: 3°
    Grandstand Seating: 142,000
    Pace Car Speeds: Pit Road - 45 mph; Track 55 mph
    Opened: 1996 (First Cup race held in 1998)

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Tim Allen
    Command to start engines: Tim Allen
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Kurt Schulke, LVMS Chaplain
    National Anthem: Pia Toscano
    Military Flyover: U.S. Air Force Thunderbird

  • Track Websites:
    Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Facebook Las Vegas Motor Speedway - MySpace
    Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Twitter

  • March 2011: see my Las Vegas Race Info page

  • 2011 Pole Sitter: #17-Matt Kenseth, 188.884, finished 11th

  • Current Track Config Qualifying Record: Matt Kenseth, 3/4/2011, 188.884

  • Old Track Config Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, 3/5/2004, 174.904mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Dale Jarrett, 44 years, 3 months, 6 days, 3/04/2001

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 22 years, 10 months, 0 days, 3/02/2008

  • 2011 Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 135.508, started 3rd

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, March 1998, 146.554mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Kyle Busch, 2009, 119.513mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth 2004, started 25th

  • Oldest Winner: Sterling Marlin, 44 years, 8 months, 1 days, 3/3/2002

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 23 years, 9 months, 29 days, 3/1/2009

  • The numbers for the Kobalt Tools 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    0 - number of Sprint Cup races won from a starting spot outside the top 25
    0 - number of times Sprint Cup qualifying has been cancelled at LVMS
    1 - number of wins from the pole in the previous 14 races (3/1/09 - Kyle Busch)
    2 - fewest number of cautions for a race (twice, most recently 3/5/00)
    6 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend
    7 - number of cautions for last year's race (seven for 35 laps)
    10 - fewest cars on the lead lap (twice - most recently 3/7/99)
    13 - fewest lead changes in the previous 14 races (3/5/00)
    14 - most cautions for a race at the 1.5-mile track (3/1/09)
    17 - number of cautions in first two Sprint Cup races of 2012; 24 after two races in 2011
    21 - number of lead changes in last year's race
    28 - most lead changes in previous 14 races (3/11/07)
    30 - most cars on the lead lap at finish (3/12/06)
    42 - most cars running at the finish (3/5/00)
    66 - most caution laps for a Sprint Cup race at LVMS (3/1/09)
    120 - minutes, the amount of time it takes to dry the 1.5-mile track after a significant rainfall
    (Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports)(3-9-2012)

  • At Las Vegas Motor Speedway...
    • 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.
    • There have been 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    • Four drivers have participated in all 14 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
    • Dale Jarrett won the inaugural pole.
    • 10 drivers have poles at LVMS, led by Dale Jarrett, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch and Bobby Labonte (two each).
    • Eight different drivers have won, led by Jimmie Johnson (four). Three other drivers have multiple wins at Las Vegas: Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards and 2012 Daytona 500 champion Matt Kenseth (two each).
    • Only six of the 14 races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    • Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch became the first driver to win from the pole, in 2009.
    • Four of the 14 races 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.
    • 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 also made his first NASCAR Sprint Cup career start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Las Vegas Motor Speedway winner: Kyle Busch (03/01/2009 - 23 years, 9 months, 27 days)
    • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Las Vegas Motor Speedway winner: Sterling Marlin (03/03/2002 - 44 years, 7 months, 32 days)
    (NASCAR)(3-7-2012)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Las Vegas Motor Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Stewart wins at Las Vegas: #14-Tony Stewart won the Kobalt Tools Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the year, his first win in Las Vegas, and 45th win of his career. #48-Johnson finished 2nd followed by #16-Biffle, #39-Newman, #99-Edwards, #15-Bowyer, #27-Menard, #1-McMurray, #21-Bayne, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    There were 8 cautions for 33 laps. There were 16 lead changes among 11 drivers. The estimated attendence was 150,000, down from 152,000 in 2011.
    See race results, awards, money won and more on the Las Vegas Race Results page (pdf) and also on the Official Las Vegas Race Report (pdf).(3-11-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Las Vegas, race 3 of 36]
    1) #16-Greg Biffle [0 wins], 125
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 115, -10
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 113, -12
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 107, -18
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 102, -23
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [0 wins], 102, -23BR> 7) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 100, -25
    7) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 98, -27
    9) #20-Joey Logano [0 wins], 98, -27
    10) #55-Mark Martin [0 wins], 97, 28
    11) #27-Paul Menard [0 wins], 89, -36
    12) #18-Kyle Busch [0 wins], 87, 38
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings page (pdf).
    and Owners Points on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(3-11-2012)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Las Vegas Race Report (pdf)
    Las Vegas Race Results page (pdf)
    Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
    Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    Las Vegas 500 Starting Lineup
    Las Vegas Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf)
    Las Vegas Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf)
    Las Vegas Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)

  • Race Fast Facts - Las Vegas:
    Tony Stewart won the 15th Annual Kobalt Tools 400, his 45th victory in 467 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 14 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Stewart now is winless on only two current NASCAR Sprint Cup tracks - Darlington Raceway and Kentucky Speedway.
    Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 11 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . It is his second top-10 finish in 2012.
    Greg Biffle (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in nine races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
    Josh Wise (40th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Greg Biffle leads the point standings by 10 points over Kevin Harvick.(NASCAR Statistics)(3-11-2012)

  • Las Vegas Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Tony Stewart has won a race each season for 14 years (1999-2012).
    " Tony Stewart posted his first Las Vegas victory in 14 races; previous best Vegas finish, second (twice).
    " Tony Stewart scored his 15th 1.5-mile win; that ties Jeff Gordon for second all time.
    " Tony Stewart has won four of the past six 1.5-mile races.
    " Tony Stewart has won six of the past 13 races.
    " This is the earliest in the season Tony Stewart has won a race.
    " Tony Stewart posted his first top-10 finish in 2012.
    " Tony Stewart led three times for 127 laps, including the final 34; he has led in all three races in 2012.
    " Tony Stewart has led 482 laps at Las Vegas, most of all drivers.
    " Tony Stewart passed Jimmie Johnson for 12th in all-time laps led.
    " Three different manufacturers have won the first three races of 2012: Ford (Daytona), Toyota (Phoenix) and Chevrolet (Las Vegas).
    " Jimmie Johnson (second) scored his fifth top-two finish at Las Vegas; it's his second consecutive top-five of 2012.
    " This is the 13th 1-2 finish for Johnson and Stewart; Johnson has won seven times, Stewart six.
    " Greg Biffle (third) tied his best finish at Las Vegas (2008); he has finished third in all three races of 2012.
    " Ryan Newman (fourth) posted his third top-five finish at Las Vegas, and second in a row; it's his first top-20 finish this season.
    " Carl Edwards (fifth) posted his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Las Vegas; he has finished in the top 10 in two of the first three races of 2012.
    " Paul Menard (seventh) scored his first top-10 in his sixth Las Vegas race; he restarted 17th on Lap 251 after pitting for four tires on Lap 246.
    " Trevor Bayne (ninth) scored his second career top-10 finish.
    " Timmy Hill finished 42nd in his Cup debut. (Racing Recall/nascar.com)(3-11-2012)

  • To the Back: #18-Busch & #48-Johnson (backup cars), #42-Montoya (engine change), #78-Smith (transmission)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Las Vegas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #34-Ragan, 21st
    Caution 2: #51-Busch, 35th
    Caution 3: #11-Hamlin, 20th
    Caution 4: #21-Bayne, 9th
    Caution 5: #31-Burton, 14th
    Caution 6: #20-Logano, 16th
    Caution 7: #34-Ragan (2), 21st
    Caution 8: #43-Almirola, 24th
    (3-11-2012)

  • Race Coverage of the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 11, 2012.
    Television (TV): FOX at 3:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 2:30 pm/et; green flag approx 3:16pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: on SPEED, Wednesday, March 14 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #5-Kahne chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #18-Busch took pit stall 15, the next staall with an opening in front of it..
    #29-Harvick, who starts 3rd took the 31st pit stall.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 6th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-10-2012)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Las Vegas Starting Lineup
    Las Vegas Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf)
    Las Vegas Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf) Las Vegas Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Final practice Practice for the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over after 60 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #20-Logano 182.970
    #55-Martin 182.698
    #29-Harvick 182.698
    #9-Ambrose 182.618
    #56-Truex, Jr. 182.618
    Slowest: #98-McDowell 175.867 & #26-Wise 174.582
    Notes: #48-Johnson hit the wall off turn 2 during his first lap on track. He will have to go to a backup car. #9-Ambrose spun off turn 4 but stayed off the wall and ran into the grass.
    See speeds on the Las Vegas Practice 3 Speeds (pdf). (3-10-2012)

  • First Saturday Practice for the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 184.957
    #5-Kahne 184.754
    #22-Almendinger 184.666
    #48-Johnson 184.489
    #18-Busch 184.187
    Slowest: #49-Yeley 176.783 & #98-McDowell 176.361
    Notes: #18-Busch slid into the wall coming off turn 4. The team will go to a backup car.
    See speeds on the Las Vegas Practice 2 Speeds (pdf). (3-10-2012)

  • Kahne wins pole at Las Vegas: #5-Kasey Kahne won the pole for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with new track record speed of 190.456mph for his 1st pole of 2012, 23rd career pole, and 3rd pole at Las Vegas. #18-Busch was 2nd fastest followed by #29-Harvick, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #15-Bowyer, #48-Johnson, #14-Stewart, #20-Logano, #16-Biffle, and #56-Truex, Jr.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #26-Wise, #49-Yeley, #36-Blaney, #98-McDowell, #87-Nemechek, #37-Hill, and #30-Stremme.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (2):#23-Riggs & #7-Gordon#49-Yeley.
    See qualifying results & starting lineup on Las Vegas Qualifying Page or the Starting Lineup page (pdf). (3-9-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Las Vegas:
    Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 15th Annual Kobalt Tools 400 with a lap of 28.353 seconds, 190.456 mph.
    This is his 23rd pole in 291 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. His last pole came in September 2011 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2012. This is Kahne's first pole as a driver for Hendrick Motorsports.
    This is his third pole in nine races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2012 and his seventh in nine races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
    Kevin Harvick (third) posted his second top-10 start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . It is his second in three races this season.
    Josh Wise (33rd) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(3-9-2012)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2012 at 6:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 6:40pm/et
    Qualifying Re-Air: 9:00pm/et and 2:30am/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #7-Gordon, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #48-Johnson, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Las Vegas Qualifying Page.(3-9-2012)

  • Friday Practice for the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 188.140
    #15- Bowyer 188.134
    #14-Stewart 188.127
    #9-Ambrose 187.813
    #16-Biffle 187.656
    Slowest: #23-Riggs 181.818 & #7-Gordon 181.739.
    Notes: #42-Montoya slipped up into the wall off turn 2 and made hard contact on his first lap. The team will go to a backup. #93-Travis Kvapil had trouble with a power steering line that caused the car to smoke, but the team repaired it.
    See speeds on the Las Vegas Practice 1 Speeds (pdf).(3-9-2012)

  • Go-or-go homers: 1st practice rank for the Kobalt Tooks 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    these drivers would make the race:
    #21-Bayne, 21th
    #98-McDowell, 35th
    #36-Blaney, 36th
    #87-Nemechek, 37th
    #49-Yeley, 40th
    #26-Wise, 41st
    #30-Stremme, 42nd
    #37-Hill, 43rd
    these drivers would miss the race:
    #23-Riggs, 44th
    #7-Gordon, 45th
    (3-9-2012)

  • Rain Out Procedures: the rain-out qualifying procedure for all three NASCAR national series is as follows: If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.

  • The Entry List for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #7-Robby Gordon(44th 2012 owners pts/1 attempts)
    #21-Trevor Bayne (43/1)
    #23-Scott Riggs (45/2)
    #26-Josh Wise (30/2)
    #30-David Stremme (35/2)
    #36-Dave Blaney (16/15)
    #37-Timmy Hill (47/2)
    #49-J.J. Yeley (40/2)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (38/2)
    #98-Michael McDowell (41/2)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,36,26,30,87,98,7,49
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 23,37
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Las Vegas Entry List.(3-5-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Chase Points Standings:
    [after Las Vegas, race 2 of 36]
    1) #16-Greg Biffle [0 wins], 125
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 115, -10
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 113, -12
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 107, -18
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 102, -23
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [0 wins], 102, -23
    7) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 100, -25
    8) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 98, -27
    9) #20-Joey Logano [0 wins], 98, -27
    10) #55-Mark Martin [0 wins], 97, 28
    11) #27-Paul Menard [0 wins], 89, -36
    12) #18-Kyle Busch [0 wins], 87, 38
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings page (pdf).
    and Owners Points on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(3-11-2012)


Local Newspapers

Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Las Vegas.com
Nevada Appeal


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ABC 13 KTNV
CBS 8 KLAS
FOX 5 KVVU
NBC 3 KVBC


Weather Links

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Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

Laid Back Racing
NASCAR Camping
Speed Eats


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#1-Jamie McMurray McDonald's #1 Team Schemes Page
#5-Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance #5 Team Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle Meguiars #16 Team Schemes Page
#17-Matt Kenseth Zest #17 Team Schemes Page
#18-Kyle Busch M&M's Brown #18 Team Schemes Page
#20-Joey Logano Dollar General #20 Team Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
#33-Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel and Casino #33 Team Schemes Page
#39-Ryan Newman Quicken Loans #39 Team Schemes Page
#42-Juan Pablo Montoya Clorox #42 Team Schemes Page
#43-Aric Almirola Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp #43 Team Schemes Page
#48-Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools #48 Team Schemes Page
#55-Mark Martin Aaron's #55 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page
#99-Carl Edwards Aflac #99 Team Schemes Page

Paint Scheme news and links on the Paint Schemes Gallery


Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for the Kobalt Tools 400: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? like the #11, #24 or others? those teams do not report what chassis in the race previews or prs.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the No.1 McDonald's team will be bringing a brand new chassis, Chassis #1208, to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-811 during Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). This is a new chassis to the No. 2 fleet.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: For Sunday's race at Las Vegas, crew chief Kenny Francis and the No. 5 Farmers Insurance team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-685. Built in July 2011, the car has been used three times and Mark Martin recorded its highest finish (17th) at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 735 for this weekend's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This DEWALT Ford was previously run last season at several 1.5-mile tracks including Las Vegas.
    #10-David Reutimann: Chassis No. 356 is a new chassis for TBR purchased in the off-season from Richard Childress Racing.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-640: This car debuted in May 2011 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway where it enjoyed a solid outing, qualifying ninth and leading six laps before finishing seventh. It spent time in the wind tunnel afterward and made its second career start at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in June. There, it qualified 15th and moved its way into the top-five by lap 124, only to be felled two laps later when Stewart reported that he had lost third gear. The balky transmission prevented Stewart from getting up to speed quickly on restarts, which conspired to leave Chassis No. 14-640 in 21st place when the checkered flag dropped. The car returned to Pocono in August where it rallied from its 28th-place starting spot and a flat left-front tire on lap 92 that at one point had Stewart a lap down to finish on the lead lap in 11th. Chassis No. 14-640 broke through in the first race of the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., when it started 26th and led four times for 35 laps en route to the win. The car received a new body during the offseason and participated in a Goodyear Tire Test Feb. 7-8 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. This weekend's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway marks Chassis No. 14-640's fifth career start and first of 2012.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: will race chassis No. 716 at Las Vegas. Chassis No. 716 was used in the Goodyear Tire test Feb. 7-8 at Texas Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 721 will serve as the backup. Both chassis are new in 2012.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary: RK-777 - Last ran Texas as the No. 6 - finished 12th; Backup: RK-803 Brand new chassis
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-741 (Last run at Homestead)
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 335: This brand new chassis will make its debut in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    #22-A.J. Allmendinger: and his Todd Gordon-led Penske Racing No. 22 Team will be racing their "PRS-812" Pennzoil Dodge Charger in this weekend's Kobalt Tools 400 action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is a brand new addition to the "Double Deuce" fleet. The "PRS-814" is the backup Dodge Charger. It is a new car, also.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot Chassis No. 379 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 27 Chevrolet Impala was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and was last seen on track at Texas Motor Speedway in November, where Menard started fourth and finished 15th. The chassis was also used in competition at Kansas Speedway in October, where the 2011 Brickyard 400 winner started sixth and finished 12th.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: The No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team will utilize chassis No. 391 from the Richard Childress Racing stable for Sunday's race. This is a brand new race car that will make its first laps on-track at LVMS this weekend.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 385 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend. This is a brand new No. 31 Chevrolet Impala that will turn its first laps during opening practice on Friday.
    #33-Brendan Gaughan: will pilot Chassis No. 381 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This RCR racer was revamped into a No. 33 Chevrolet during the off season. Most commonly ran as a No. 29 machine, this Chevrolet Impala earned two top-10 and five top-15 finishes in 2011 with Kevin Harvick behind the wheel at Chicagoland Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Michigan International Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. In addition, this entry raced in the 2010 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway where Harvick started 13th and finished sixth.
    #36-Dave Blaney: will drive the No. 293, which he drove to a 23rd-place finish last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Blaney also drove his favorite chasses five times during the 2011 season. The Harford, Ohio native's best start with the No. 293 chassis was 22nd and best finish was 23rd. TBR purchased the chassis from Richard Childress Racing, where Jeff Burton drove the chassis prior to its debut with TBR.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-686: Chassis No. 39-686 made two starts last season at intermediate racetracks during the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. The chassis made its debut in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in October. In that race, Newman started sixth, led six laps and finished a solid 10th. In the second start for the chassis at the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Newman recovered from a loose wheel and two laps down to finish a respectable 16th. The car has been updated for the 2012 season, and this weekend at Las Vegas will be Chassis No. 39-686's first appearance in 2012.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Chris Heroy and the No. 42 Clorox team will be bringing a brand new chassis, Chassis #1205, to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The No. 43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 783 for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This chassis has been torn down and updated and is the one the team raced at Homestead and Charlotte last fall.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson:: Chassis No. 659 serves as the primary for Johnson at Las Vegas. Chassis No.669 serves as the backup.
    #51-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 665: This weekend's Kobalt Tools 400 will be only the second race for this chassis. The car was built by Phoenix Racing in 2011 and competed during the June race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where driver Landon Cassill scored a 12th-place finish after starting 12th.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-668. Earnhardt most recently raced this car to an 11thplace finish in the 2011 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-739 - This car last raced at Homestead, finished 2nd
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(3-9-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,250, Right-side -- 1,250;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice and qualifying, and 9 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4524; Right-side -- D-4528

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.6 (2,250 mm)

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 34 psi; Left Rear -- 34 psi;
    Right Front -- 62 psi; Right Rear -- 58 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 58 psi; Right Rear -- 54 psi

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Las Vegas this weekend . . . this is the first time NASCAR teams will be running either of these two codes . . . this tire combination came out of a Goodyear test at Las Vegas on November 7 & 9, 2011 . . . participating in that test were A.J. Allmendinger and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, Sam Hornish in the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge, Joey Logano in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Paul Menard in the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet and Juan Pablo Montoya in the Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Chevrolet . . .compared to what was run at Las Vegas last year, this tire set-up features a slight construction change on both sides, while this right-side tire features a new tread compound to give the cars more grip . . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Las Vegas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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