NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Kobalt Tools 400

TRACK: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #3 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Jumps to sections on this page:
Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers/TV | Local TV
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, March 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV

Title Sponsor: Lowe's - Kobalt Tools

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)
REVISED

Times are local to the Track

Wednesday, March 6
6:00 pm NSCS hauler parade on Las Vegas Blvd.
7:00 pm NSCS Haulers Enter

Thursday, March 7
6:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
8:30 am 12:00 pm NSCS practice
12:30 - 3:30 pm NSCS practice
5:00 pm Speedway Children's Charities NASCAR Driver Auction
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Friday, March 8
6:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:00 - 11:50 am NNS practice
12:00 - 1:30 pm NSCS practice
1:40 - 3:30 pm NNS final practice
3:40 pm NSCS qualifying
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, March 9
7:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
8:00 - 9:30 am NNS practice 9:40 - 10:40 am NSCS practice
11:35 am -12:30 pm NSCS final practice
12:40 pm NNS driver introductions
1:15 pm NNS Sam's Town 300
3:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, March 10
6:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
8:30 - 9:30 am Speedway Children's Charities track walk
11:30 am NSCS driver introductions
12:00 Noon NSCS Kobalt Tools 400

All times above are listed in LOCAL / Pacific Time Zone

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times in this section are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Thursday, March 7, 11:30 am 3:00 pm, NO TV scheduled
    Thursday, March 7, 3:30 - 6:30 pm, NO TV scheduled
    Friday, March 8, 3:00 - 4:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, March 9, 12:00 - 12:50 pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 9, 2:35 - 3:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-2, Friday, March 8 at 6:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 10:30pm/et and 12:30am/et.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $6,439,381
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
    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: Rick Coffee, Dir. of Cosumer Marketing, Lowe's
    Command to start engines: Rick Coffee, Dir. of Cosumer Marketing, Lowe's
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Kurt Schulke, LVMS Chaplain
    National Anthem: Marie Osmond
    Military Flyover: US Air Force Thunderbirds

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

  • March 2012: see my Las Vegas Race Info page

  • 2012 Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 137.524, started 7th

  • 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

  • 2012 Pole Sitter: #5-Kasey Kahne, 190.456, finished 19th

  • Current Track Config Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, 3/9/2012, 190.456

  • 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

  • Some Las Vegas Motor Speedway Facts & Stats: There have been 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    125 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas; 96 in more than one.
    Four drivers have participated in all 15 races: #31-Jeff Burton, #24-Jeff Gordon, #47-Bobby Labonte and #55-Mark Martin.
    Dale Jarrett won the inaugural pole with a speed of 168.224 mph (32.773 secs.)
    Kyle Busch is the only driver to win consecutive poles at LVMS from (2008-09).
    Nine different drivers have won at LVMS, led by Jimmie Johnson (four). Three other drivers have multiple wins at Las Vegas: Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards and two-time Daytona 500 champion Matt Kenseth each have two.
    Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Las Vegas with seven, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with five.
    Only seven of the 15 races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch became the first and thus far only driver to win from the pole, in 2009.
    Only two LVMS races have been won from the front row: Kyle Busch, 2009 (pole); and Carl Edwards, 2008 (second-place).
    Four of the 15 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.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart lead the series in runner-up finishes at Las Vegas with two each.
    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. His average finish is 13.4.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the series in average finish at LVMS with a 9.818; he is the only active driver with an average finish in the top 10.
    There has been one green-white-checkered finish at Las Vegas: 2006 (270/267).
    Three drivers have won consecutive races at Las Vegas: Jeff Burton (1999, 2000); Matt Kenseth (2003, 2004) and Jimmie Johnson the only one of the three to win three consecutive races (2005, 2006 and 2007).
    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.
    Bobby Labonte 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 at Las Vegas was the (3/12/2006) race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.045 seconds.
    This weekend will be Danica Patrick's first attempt at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Shawna Robinson is the only female driver to have made a NASCAR Sprint Cup start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to date. She did so on March 3, 2002 starting 36th and finishing 42nd.(NASCAR)(3-5-2013)

  • Passing up and Phoenix: NASCAR's new Gen-6 Sprint Cup race car racked up some impressive statistics in Sunday's race. The official race reports reads 22 lead changes among eight drivers, with the 22 lead changes being the most at Las Vegas since 2007, the year before the Gen-5 car (Car of Tomorrow) was introduced at intermediate race tracks. Beyond those numbers, NASCAR's loop data (stats measured at the 10 scoring loops around the 1.5-mile track) showed a phenomenal 2,342 green-flag passes throughout the race, compared with 1,301 last year. In addition, there were 31 green-flag passes for the lead (including intra-lap passes scored at loops other than the finish line), the most since NASCAR started recording loop data in 2005.(NASCAR Wire Service)(3-11-2013)

  • 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

  • Kenseth wins at Las Vegas: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2013, 1st win with Job Gibbs Racing, 3rd win at Las Vegas and 25th career win. #5-Kahnefinished second followed by #2-Keselowski, #18-Busch, #99-Edwards, #48-Johnson, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #56-Truex, Jr., #29-Harvick, and #27-Menard.
    Kenseth did not take any tires on his final pitstop to grab the lead and held Kahne off the rest of the race.
    There were 22 lead changes among 8 drivers and 5 cautions for 25 yellow flag laps. The average speed was 146.287mph. Starting this season, NASCAR doesn't release the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Las Vegas Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Bristol Penalty Report (pdf).

  • Race Fast Facts - Las Vegas:
    Matt Kenseth won the 16th Annual Kobalt Tools 400, his 25th victory in 475 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is Toyota's 50 Sprint Cup Series victory.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2013. Today is Kenseth's 41st birthday. Cale Yarborough won twice on his birthday; Kyle Busch once.
    This is his third victory and seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
    Kasey Kahne (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in ten races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . It is his first top-10 finish in 2013.
    Brad Keselowski (third) posted his first top-10 finish in five races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (18th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 5 points over Brad Keselowski.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-10-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Las Vegas, race 3 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 129
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski, 124, -5
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 119, -10
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 102, -27
    5) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 98, -31
    6) #55-Mark Martin, 95, -34
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 93, -36
    8) #16-Greg Biffle, 93, -36
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 89, -40
    10) #43-Aric Almirola, 88, -41
    11) #17-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 87, -42
    12) #27-Paul Menard, 82, -47
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #24-Jeff Gordon is 13th in points
    #5-Kasey Kahne, 14th
    #14-Tony Stewart, 18th
    #29-Kevin Harvick. 19th
    #56-Martin Truex Jr. 22nd
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Las Vegas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #39-Newman, 38th
    Caution 2: #11-Hamlin, 15th
    Caution 3: #14-Stewart, 11th
    Caution 4: #22-Logano, 12th
    Caution 5: #42-Montoya, 19th
    (3-10-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 10, 2013.
    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: SPEED, Wednesday, March 13 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 #2-Brad Keselowski chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #15-Bowyer took pit stall 15, the first pitstall in front of it.
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took the 31st pit stall, the 3rd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #17-Stenhouse, Jr., who starts 7th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-9-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 3 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • 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 - 2013 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 Saturday practice session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #56-Truex, Jr. 188.383
    #99-Edwards 187.007
    #18-Busch 186.845
    #48-Johnson 186.528
    #55-Martin 185.816
    slowest: #98-McDowell 179.027 & #87-Nemechek 177.830.
    #11-Hamlin spun off turn four right after the session started. He did not hit anything.
    See fastest laps, laps run, best 10-lap averages on the Las Vegas Practice 4 Speeds page (pdf).(3-9-2013)

  • First Saturday practice session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #5-Kahne 188.134
    #16-Biffle 187.859
    #18-Busch 187.611
    #29-Harvick 187.084
    #99-Edwards 187.071
    slowest: #83-Reutimann 180.084 & #87-Nemechek 178.879.
    #83-Reutimann got loose and made light contact with the wall early in the session. The team will repair the car.
    See fastest laps, laps run, best 10-lap averages on the Las Vegas Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(3-9-2013)

  • Las Vegas qualifying rained out: Rain forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It's the first time a Cup qualifying session has ever been rained out in Las Vegas. The lineup was set by the NASCAR rule book. #2-Keselowski will start from the pole followed by #15-Bowyer, #48-Johnson, #5-Kahne, #16-Biffle, #11-Hamlin, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #29-Harvick, #14-Stewart, and #24-Gordon. For unofficial qualifying rules, see my Qualifying Rules page. The only driver to miss the race: #19-Bliss.(3-8-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 8, 2013 at 6:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 6:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN, live streaming at goprn.com
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: on SPEED at 10:00pm/et and 12:30am/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #15-Bowyer.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #33-Cassill.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice is scheduled.
    See the full qualifying order on the Las Vegas Qualifying Page.(3-8-2013)

  • Rain in Vegas? Weather could be an issue Friday at Las Vegas Motors Speedway. The Weather Channel calls for a 60% chance of rain with a high temperature of 55 degrees. The hourly forecast calls for the greatest chance of rain coming in the moring, with the odds decreasing in the afternoon. Cup practice is scheduled to start at 9:00 Las Vegas time (noon/et) and qualifying is set for 3:40 local time (6:40pm/et). See more weather links on the Las Vegas Race Info Page - weather section.(3-8-2013)
    UPDATE: As of 3:40pm/et, rain has returned and track drying has stopped. NASCAR nearly had the track dry before the rain resumed. A revised schedule has not been announced, but it's expected Nationwide Series will practice first, once the track is dry. If Cup practice and qualifying is rained out #19-Mike Bliss would be the only driver that does not make the race. For unofficial qualifying rules, see my Qualifying Rules page.(3-8-2013)

  • Second Thursday test/practice session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over after180 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #16-Biffle 189.427
    #48-Johnson 189.142
    #55-Martin 189.142
    #99-Edwards 189.102
    #29-Harvick 189.049
    slowest: #47-Labonte 182.143 & #98-McDowell 180.699. 43 drivers were on track in the afternoon session.
    There is no TV coverage or online streaming for today's sessions.
    See fastest laps, laps run, best 10-lap averages on the Las Vegas Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(3-7-2013)

  • First Thursday test/practice session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over after 210 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #20-Kenseth 187.396
    #99-Edwards 187.363
    #29-Harvick 187.344
    #56-Truex, Jr. 187.214
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 186.819
    slowest: #32-Schrader 179.862 & #83-Reutimann 179.671. 42 drivers practiced during the session.
    There is no TV coverage or online streaming for today's sessions.
    See fastest laps, laps run, best 10-lap averages on the Las Vegas Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(3-7-2013)

  • Teams test Thursday at Las Vegas: Sprint Cup teams typically get only about three hours of practice on a race weekend. They will get more than six hours on Thursday alone at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and then about three more hours on Friday and Saturday. The key for drivers and crew chiefs during Thursday's one-day test session will be to not only find pure speed in the car but also find ways for it to handle better in traffic. The test, which will not count against the four-per-organization allotment for the year, is key for smaller teams that don't test often at non-Cup tracks. NASCAR opted to open Las Vegas, the first 1.5-mile track on a 36-race schedule that includes 11 races at 1.5-mile tracks, a day early for testing rather than have the teams using one of their four allotted tests this early in the year. Teams will be allowed to have telemetry on the cars for the day of testing and change engines after the test. NASCAR will begin its regular race weekend with technical inspection Friday morning, followed by practice and qualifying.(Sporting News)
    AND: Race fans are invited to watch NASCAR's new "Gen6" Sprint Cup Series cars test at LVMS. The grandstands will be open, free of charge, to the public.(LVMS)(3-7-2012)

  • Entry List for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #51-Austin Dillon, #19-Mike Bliss, #30-David Stremme, #98-Michael McDowell is back, #33-Landon Cassill. #19-Bliss needs to make the race by speed and be in the top 36 in speed as the team is too far down the owners points list to use a provisional.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Las Vegas Entry List

  • For the new 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Phoenix, race 2 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 90
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 82, -8
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski, 82, -8
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 72, -18
    5) #15-Clint Bowyer, 72, -18
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 66, -24
    7) #55-Mark Martin, 65, -25
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 60, -30 (best 2013 finish 9th)
    9) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 60, -30 (12th)
    10) #43-Aric Almirola, 60, -30 (13th)
    11) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 59, -31
    12) #9-Marcos Ambrose, 52, -38
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #20-Matt Kenseth is 18th in points
    #14-Tony Stewart, 23rd
    #29-Kevin Harvick. 30th
    #5-Kasey Kahne, 31st
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.. 34th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).


Local Newspapers

Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas.com
Nevada Appeal


Local TV Network Stations

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


Weather Links

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast

Weather Underground


Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

Laid Back Racing
NASCAR Camping
Speed Eats


Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Las Vegas: 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? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases or websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-838 New chassis; Backup Chassis: PRS-837 New chassis
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-779 for Sunday's event at Las Vegas. Kahne will drive this car for the first time during Thursday's test session at Las Vegas.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 team has prepared chassis No. 840 for Vegas. This is a new chassis that the team built in the off-season.
    #10-Danica Patrick Chassis No. 10-751: Chassis No. 10-751 was first used by Patrick in October 2012 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City when Patrick started 40th and finished 32nd after an accident ended her day after just 154 of 267 laps. Patrick then tested the car in January at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-707: This car made its first start in May 2012 in the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. It was an unassuming debut, as Chassis No. 14-707 started ninth and finished a quiet 17th. The car sat idle until returning to action for the Labor Day weekend event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It won the pole and led eight laps early in the 327-lap race, but as day turned to night, the handling of the car deteriorated, leaving Tony Stewart one lap down in 22nd when the race ended. It has since been totally rebuilt with 2013 Chevrolet SS sheetmetal, and it will be used for the open test Thursday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before serving as the No. 14 team's backup racecar for the remainder of the weekend.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 738 finished second in the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami, and finished sixth at Kansas in the fall. The backup chassis (No. 724) raced to top-five finishes at Bristol (fourth) in March and Dover (fifth) in June. It also finished seventh at Bristol in August and tested at Charlotte in January 2013.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-825 Last ran Kansas  finished 27th; Backup Chassis: RK-809 Last ran Texas  finished 10th
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK-820  test car at Charlotte test. Backup Chassis: RK-815  chassis for the #99 in 2012
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #21-Trevor Bayne: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-840 New chassis; Backup Chassis: PRS-835 New chassis
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 403 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable in 2013.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 396 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Kobalt Tools 400. Harvick last drove this RCR racecar to a 12th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in 2012.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 393 this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized five times during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Auto Club Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Michigan International Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-760: Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-760 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Built new for 2013, Chassis 39-760 made laps in January at Charlotte Motor Speedway while participating in the final test for NASCAR's sixth-generation Sprint Cup car. It will see its first laps of racing competition this weekend.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 team has prepared chassis No. 742 for Vegas. The team raced this is chassis in Homestead last year.
    #47-Bobby Labonte chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson:chassis No. 728 at Las Vegas. Chassis No. 720 serves as the backup.
    #55-Mark Martin: Primary/Backup Chassis: 715/720
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-726. Earnhardt most recently raced this car to a seventhplace finish at Texas Motor Speedway last November.
    #99-Carl Edwards Primary: RK-831 new chassis; RK808 backup  last ran in Atlanta
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(3-7-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,600, Right-side -- 1,650;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 650, Right-side -- 650

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: Up to 6 sets for Thursday open practice, 5 sets for remaining practice/qualifying, and 9 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 3 sets for first practice, and 6 sets for final practice/qualifying/race

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.6 in. (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 Goodyear tire codes at Las Vegas this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams ran at Las Vegas last season . . . this is the only track at which these two tire codes are scheduled to be run in 2013 . . . 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.


Race / Cup Odds

Vegas Insider
Race and Champisonship odds
Phoenix Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

World Sports Exchange:
Kobalt Tools 400
2013 Sprint Cup Championship

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2013 Sprint Cup Championship
Race Odds

(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)

Next Race: IRWIN Tools Night Race

Countdown to Race Time: 8/23/2014 ~7:43pm/et

Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol, TN

ESPN, 7:30pm/et
Performance Racing Network
SiriusXM Radio Channel 90

Qualifying:
Friday, August 22, 2014, 5:40pm/et
ESPN2, 5:30pm/et
Live Radio online at goprn.com

Happy Hour Practice:
Friday, August 22, 2014, 1:30pm/et
FoxSports1 1:30pm/et



Race / Event Information

Bristol Race Info page


Michigan Race Info page



Team / Driver / Track Links

Jayski's Corner

Race Track News

Racing Charity Spotlite

Upcoming Racing Charity Events

Article / Column / Blog Links

added a DELUGE of new links
on AUGUST 21, 2014
to the Article Links page, including.......



NOTE: the 20-25 links that seemed the most interesting to me are posted in the basic order they are shown on the Article / Column / Blog Links page with approx 15 days worth of links