THE RACE: Kobalt Tolls 400
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Race: Sunday, March 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV
Title Sponsor: Lowe's / Kobalt
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:46pm/et
NASCAR Pre-Race: FOX - 3:00pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 3:30pm/et
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Pit Reporters: Chris Neville, Jamie Little, Matt Yocum
Hollywood Hotel/Host: Chris Myers, Michael Waltrip, Darrell Waltrip
Rules Analyst: Andy Petree
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 2:00pm/et on FoxSports1 (FS1)
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, March 9 at 10:00am/et on FS1
TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
Fox Sports TV Listings
FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
NBC Sports - TV Times
Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR
Schedule TSN Race - Canada
FOX Sports GO. All NASCAR programming on FOX and FOX Sports 1 is streamed live through the FOX Sports GO app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content. Requires a participating TV provider.
Radio: PRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio is available via any internet connected device, with a subscription.
EVENT SCHEDULE (REVISED)
Event Schedule times are local to the track
Thursday, March 5
7:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, March 6
6:30 AM - 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:15 PM NSCS PRACTICE
4:50 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
Saturday, March 7
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 - 9:25 AM NSCS PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, March 8
7:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Speedway Children's Charity Track Walk
10:30 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:00 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM PM) NSCS RACE
Las Vegas Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
1:30 pm: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
2:36 pm: Intro Honorary Starter: Ben Martinez, Store Manager, Lowe's
2:37 pm: Intro Grand Marshal: Rascal Flatts
2:56 pm: USAF Enlistment Ceremony
3:05 pm: Driver Introductions
3:30 pm: Presentation of Colors by: Nellis AFB Honor Guard
3:30:20 pm: Invocation by: Kurt Schulke, Chaplain, LVMS
3:31 pm: National Anthem by: Rascal Flatts
3:32:30 pm.: Fly-By: US Air Force Thunderbirds
3:37:30 pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Rascal Flatts
3:46 pm: Start of the Kobalt 400
eastern time (NASCAR.com)
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time
PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
(these times in eastern time)
Friday, March 6, 3:00 - 4:15 pm/et, TV-FS1
Saturday, March 7, 11:30 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-FS2
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 7, 2:30 - 3:25 am/et, TV-FS1
Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, March 6 at 7:50 pm/et, TV-FS1. Re-air scheduled for 4:30am/et and 10:00am/et on FS1.
TRACK NEWS & LINKS
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)
Grand Marshal: Rascal Flatts
Command to start engines: Rascal Flatts
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Ben Martinez, Store Manager, Lowe's
Color Guard: Nellis Air Force Base Honor Guard
Invocation: Kurt Schulke, Chaplain, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
National Anthem: Rascal Flatts
Flyover: US Air Force Thunderbirds
Track Websites & Social Media:
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Facebook
Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Twitter
Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Instagram
Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Flickr
Las Vegas Motor Speedway - YouTube
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info
March 2014: see the Las Vegas Race Info page
2014 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 154.633, started 2nd
Track Race Record: Brad Keselowski, March 2014, 154.633mph
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
2014 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 193.278mph, finished 4th
Current Track Config Qualifying Record: Joey Logano, 3/7/2014, 193.278
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
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Las Vegas
#48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 113.6
#24-Jeff Gordon.............................. 103.7
Kyle Busch............................... 103.4
#20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 98.1
#16-Greg Biffle.................................. 97.9
#19-Carl Edwards.............................. 97.8
#14-Tony Stewart............................... 97.1
#4-Kevin Harvick.............................. 94.5
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 91.5
#5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 88.1
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (10 total) among active drivers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)
Las Vegas Notes & Facts - Thursday - 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.
Las Vegas Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
· 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 (now retired) and Jeff Gordon.
· 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.
· Aric Almirola made his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 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.
· 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).
· Danica Patrick and Shawna Robinson are the only two female drivers to compete at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Las Vegas Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
· There have been 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
· 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).
· 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).
· 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).
· Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Las Vegas with seven, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with five.
· Only two car numbers have produced three or more Las Vegas NSCS wins:
o #48 - Jimmie Johnson (2005-2007 and 2010)
o #99 - Jeff Burton (1999, 2000) Carl Edwards (2008, 2011)
· There has been one green-white-checkered finish at Las Vegas: 2006 (270/267).
· 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.
For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski.com's Las Vegas Motor Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page
RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links
Kevin Harvick wins at Las Vegas: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at LVMS and his 29th career win. Harvick has won at least one race in six straight seasons. Harvick has won or finished 2nd in six straight races and has won four times in the last nine races
#78-Truex Jr. finished 2nd followed by #31-Newman, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #11-Hamlin, #47-Allmendinger, #2-Keselowski, #42-Larson, #20-Kenseth and #22-Logano,.
Harvick led the most laps of the race with 142 and took the Chase points lead, 9 points over #88-Earnhardt Jr.
Pole winner #24-Gordon, was in a backup car and had to start from the rear of the field. Gordon ran into the rear of #26-Burton during the race doing damage to the nose, but recovered to finish 18th, leading one lap.
There were 18 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 6 cautions for 28 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 143.677 mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-8-2015)
Race Fast Facts - Las Vegas:
#4-Kevin Harvick won the 18th Annual Kobalt 400, his 29th victory in 505 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2015.
This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 15 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His previous best finish was second in 2010.
This is the sixth consecutive race where Harvick has finished either first or second, extending back to the race at Texas Motor Speedway in 2014. The last time a driver had six consecutive top-two finishes was Jeff Gordon in 1996.
#78-Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his third top-10 finish in ten races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . It is his third top-10 finish in 2015.
#31-Ryan Newman (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 15 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
#9-Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 9 points over #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-8-2015)
2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
[after Las Vegas, race 3 of 36]
(by wins, then by points)
1) #4-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 134
2) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 123, -11
3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 91, -43
4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 125, -9
5) #78-Truex Jr., 118, -16
6) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 100, -34
7) #5-Kasey Kahne, 92, -42
8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 87, -47
9) #13-Casey Mears, 87, -47
10) #20-Matt Kenseth, 85, -49
11) #16-Greg Biffle, 84, -50
12) #31-Ryan Newman, 82, -52
13) #27-Paul Menard, 82, -52
14) #15-Clint Bowyer, 81, -53
15) #43-Aric Almirola, 80, -54
16) #2-Brad Keselowski, 77, -57
(ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(3-8-2015)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Las Vegas: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #95-McDowell, 30th
Caution 2: #55-Vickers, 15th
Caution 3: #55-Vickers(2), 15th
Caution 4: #2-Keselowski, 7th
Caution 5: #33-Scott, 13th
Caution 6: #41-Smith, 16th
Race Coverage of the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 8, 2015.
Television (TV): FOX at 3:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 3:00pm/et; green flag approx. 3:46pm/et
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, March 9 at 10:00am/et on FS1
Pole winner, Gordon, wrecks in Happy Hour at Las Vegas, goes to backup: Polesitter #24-Jeff Gordon couldn't avoid hitting #10-Danica Patrick after she lost control of her car exiting Turn 2 in the closing minute of Happy Hour at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday. "Danica spun out and we hit her," Gordon said. "Oh my (expletive) god," replied crew chief Alan Gustafson. "It shouldn't be too bad, just the right front," Gordon said. "Isn't she smart enough to know when (indiscernible) to watch out," Gustafson added. Gordon scored his 79th pole on Friday for the Kobalt 400. He was 14th on the speed chart after posting a lap of 185.306 mph. He was on stickers tires at the time when Patrick lost control of her car. "The right front fender is pretty bad," spotter Eddie D'Hondt said from above the track. "Gosh, darn it."
"We'll have to get a backup," Gustafson concluded. Gordon wasn't alone. David Ragan also had an issue and slapped the right rear of the #18 M&Ms Toyota. "Got in a little too high in the gray stuff," Ragan radioed to the crew. Ragan will also go to a backup car.(Motorsport)
AND Pole-sitter #24-Jeff Gordon will go to a backup car after it was damaged when #10-Danica Patrick's car spun late in Saturday's final practice session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Patrick spun and Gordon reported damage to his car. Gordon's spokesperson confirmed on Twitter that Gordon will go to a backup car. Gordon will start at the rear of the field because of the move. Gordon raced his backup car last season at Chicago, Charlotte and Texas. He finished second at Chicagoland and Charlotte during the Chase. He was racing for the lead late at Texas before contact with #2-Brad Keselowski saddled Gordon with a 29th-place finish.
Also, #18-David Ragan, driving for the injured Kyle Busch, hit the Turn 2 wall in the final minutes of the practice session. The Joe Gibbs Racing team rolled out a backup car for Ragan.(NBC Sports)(3-7-2015)
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been made.
Pole sitter #24-Gordon chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took pit stall 2, right behind Gordon.
#5-Kahne, who starts 3rd took the 31st pit stall, the 4th stall with an opening in front of it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #42-Larson, who starts 5th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-6-2015)
Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
" Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
" 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
" Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
" Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
" Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
" Pit stalls are laser measured
" Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
" Fueling can start once car is stopped.
" Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.(2-14-2015)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Lap Summary Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest Entry List
Preliminary 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.
See Jayski's - 2015 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 and practice speeds as well as link to race track and race information page for each race
QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
#78-Truex Jr. 186.438
Most laps run: #48-Johnson, 47; three drivers with 44: #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #33-Scott
slowest: #62-Gaughan 176.974 & #98-Wise 178.843
notes: The pole winner, #24-Gordon got some damage after #10-Patrick spun, Gordon got into the wall, doing damage to the #24 Chevy, Gordon will go to a backup car and have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag on Sunday. Also, late in practice #18-Ragan slapped the wall and the team will pull out the backup car.
See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Las Vegas Happy Hour speeds page (pdf).(3-7-2015)
First Saturday practice for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 189.394
Most laps run: #42-Larson, 36; #20-Kenseth & #21-Blaney, 35
slowest: #40-Cassill 176.765 & #98-Wise 181.159
notes: with less then 10 minutes to go, #43-Almirola spun out in turn 2, blew two tires but no damage to the car.
Happy Hour (final) practice is scheduled for 2:30-3:25pm/et and will be aired on FoxSports1.
See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Las Vegas practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-7-2015)
Gordon wins Las Vegas pole: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light pole for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a track record speed of 194.679mph for his 2nd pole of 2015, 1st ever at Las Vegas and 79th of his career. Gordon has won 20 races from the pole out of 78 previous poles. Gordon now has two tracks he has not won a pole at: Kansas and Kentucky.
#22-Logano is on the outside pole followed by #5-Kahne, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #42-Larson, #20-Kenseth, #31-Newman, #78-Truex Jr., #48-Johnson, #1-McMurray, #2-Keselowski and #14-Stewart.
Missing the race were: #29-Sorenson, #44-Kvapil, #83-DiBenedetto, #66-Wallace and #32-Bliss.
See the starting lineup, round-by-round qualifying results and more on Jayski.com's Las Vegas Qualifying Page.(3-6-2015)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Las Vegas:
#24-Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 18th Annual Kobalt 400 with a track qualifying record lap of 27.738 seconds, 194.679 mph. The previous record was set in 2014 by Joey Logano (27.939 sec/193.278 mph).
This is his 79th pole in 764 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Gordon's pole total is third on the all-time series poles list.
This is his second pole and second top-10 start in 2015. Gordon also won the pole for the Daytona 500.
This is his first pole in 18 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His previous best starting position at Las Vegas was second, twice (2003 and 2010).
Gordon has now won at least one pole at every track except Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway. He has started four races at Kentucky and 18 races at Kansas.
#22-Joey Logano (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2015 and his fifth in seven races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
#5-Kasey Kahne (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . It is his second in three races this season.
Second Round of Qualifying for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes. The top seven drivers were faster than the old track record of 193.278mph, set in 2014 by Logano.
#1-McMurray 193.833 (new track record)
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 193.354
the rest of the top 12: 5 20 48 78 31 2 14;
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 18 19 43 16 13 4 11 15 10 47 33 27
First Round of Qualifying for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 15 scheduled minutes.
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 192.137
the rest of the top 24: 2 48 78 19 13 14 18 1 24 10 31 11 16 33 15 4 47 43 27;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 3 51 7 55 9 21 17 95 46 41 6 34 38 35 98 23 26 40 62 32 29 44 66 83
Drivers who will miss the race: #29-Sorenson, #44-Kvapil, #83-DiBenedetto, #66-Wallace and #32-Bliss.
Coverage of Qualifying for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:50pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 7:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, March 7 at 4:30am/et and 10:00am/et on FS1
Qualifying Order for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted. 48 cars/drivers are listed.
The driver scheduled to line up first on pit road is #41-Smith.
The driver scheduled to line up last on pit road is #83-DiBenedetto.
Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
Cars are lined up on pit road, nose in, by this order.
See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Las Vegas Qualifying Page.(3-6-2015)
Friday practice for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 75 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
Most laps run: #55-Vickers, 23; #26-Burton, 20
slowest: #83-DiBennedetto 178.489 & #40-Cassill 178.944
notes: ten minutes into practice, #46-Annett spun off turn 4, went thru the infield grass a bit, went to garage and Annett came out for practice later..
See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Las Vegas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-6-2015)
The Entry List for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted, 48 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Ryan Blaney, #29-Sorenson, #32-Bliss, #33-Scott, #34-Moffitt, #44-Kvapil, #55-Vickers, #66-Wallace, #83-DiBenedetto, #95-McDowell.
This is the final race of the 2015 season where 2014 owners points will be used, at Phoenix, 2015 owners points/attempts take over.
Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in 2014 owners points): #19-Edwards (none), #34-Moffitt (48th), #29-Sorenson (none), #44-Kvapil(44th), #46-Annett(49th).
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least 2015 race attempts, then lowest 2015 owners pts): #21-Blaney (1 attempt, 46th in 2015 owners pts), #44-Kvapil (1/42), #29-Sorenson (2/49), #66-Wallace (2/45), #98-Wise (2/43)
If qualifying is cancelled, #19-Edwards makes the race as a 2014 race winner, plus the team is 16th in 2015 owners points.
See the full entry list at my Jayski.com's Las Vegas Entry List
For the new group 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
2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
[after Atlanta, race 2 of 36]
1) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 88
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 87, -1
3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 86, -2
4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 84, -4
5) #78-Truex Jr., 75, -13
6) #13-Casey Mears, 68, -20
7) #5-Kasey Kahne, 65, -23
8) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 62, -26
9) #43-Aric Almirola, 62, -26
10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 58, -30
11) #38-David Gilliland, 56, -32
12) #9-Sam Hornish Jr., 55, -33
13) #16-Greg Biffle, 54, -34
14) #19-Carl Edwards, 54, -34
15) #18/#34-David Ragan, 53, -35
16) #10-Danica Patrick, 51, -37
(ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(3-1-2015)
CAMPING & TRAVEL
Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
If a driver/team is not listed, the team doe NOT report chassis information on pre-race PR, website or social media:
THESE are the ONLY teams now reporting Chassis info
#3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 477 in the Las Vegas 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In 2014, Dillon raced this Dow Energy & Water Chevrolet SS to a 24th-place finish at Dover in September, a 20th-place finish at Richmond in September and a 14th-place finish at New Hampshire in July.
#4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot the #4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevy built on Chassis No. 4-858 in the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Las Vegas. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-858 made its debut at Texas on April 7, when the car started third and finished 42nd after a mechanical problem. Chassis No. 4-858 made its second appearance in May at Charlotte. Harvick started 11th and led 100 laps en route to a runner-up finish. Its most recent appearance came in September 2014, when it started and finished third and led 104 laps at New Hampshire.
#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-888 for Sunday's race at Las Vegas. Most notably, in 2014, Kahne led 70 laps and finished sixth driving the chassis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. He also raced it at Pocono Raceway in August, where he started 12th and finished 10th.
#10-Danica Patrick: will pilot Chassis No. 845 in the Kobalt 400. Formerly a #41 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch, Chassis No. 845 made its on-track debut at Las Vegas in March 2014. That weekend, Busch started the race from the 23rd position and finished 26th. The team also utilized the car at Darlington. Busch started the event from the 13th position and was running inside the top-10 until he got caught up in a late-race accident.
#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-848 debuted last March at Las Vegas, where it qualified 24th and struggled to a 33rd-place finish. It was later determined a malfunction with the right-rear spring caused the car's ill-handling form. Chassis No. 14-848 made its second career start last April at Darlington. There, it rallied from being two laps down to finish ninth. The car has been dormant since, but with new Chevrolet SS sheet metal honed in the wind tunnel this offseason, the car returns to Las Vegas for its third career start and second at Las Vegas.
#15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 812 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Las Vegas, is is a brand new chassis. Chassis No. 816 serves as the back-up chassis and is new, was the backup in Atlanta.
#24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-895 for this Sunday's Kobalt 400. Gordon raced the chassis to a record-breaking fifth Brickyard 400 victory in July, a win at Michigan International Speedway in August and a 14th-place finish at Kansas Speedway in October in 2014.
#27-Paul Menard will utilize chassis No. 480 for this weekend's 267-lap event at the 1.5-mile track in Las Vegas. This #27 Quaker State / Menards Chevrolet SS has four previous starts from the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season including Indianapolis, Chicago, Charlotte and Homestead.
#31-Ryan Newman will pilot chassis No. 491 in Sunday's Las Vegas 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This #31 Caterpillar Chevy is a brand new car and will take to the track for the first time on Friday when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams practice and qualify at the 1.5-mile speedway.
#32-Mike Bliss Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis 742, which will serve as the primary car. This chassis previously ran at the fall Texas event in 2014 with Joey Gase. Chassis 755 will serve as the backup car.
#33-Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 460 in Sunday's Las Vegas 400. This chassis has seen action at three previous tracks in 2014 including Auto Club, Atlanta and Phoenix.
#41-Regan Smith will pilot Chassis No. 838 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Sunday's Kobalt 400. It was previously a #10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick. It made its debut in April 2014 at Texas Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 24th and finished 27th. She was running in the top-15 with the car in June at Pocono but cut a tire, crashed and finished 37th. Chassis 838 then raced in August at Atlanta, where Patrick started 27th but finished a career-best sixth. It was last used in October at Kansas, where Patrick qualified 29th and over the final 30 circuits moved from 23rd to record an impressive 16th-place finish. Since then, Chassis No. 838 has undergone updates and will see its first laps of the season this weekend at Las Vegas.
#48-Jimmie Johnson: For the Kobalt 400, Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-922, which is a brand-new car. The backup car is No. 48-824, which last saw action at Pocono in June 2014.
#55-Brian Vickers: will drive primary chassis 817 in which Clint Bowyer finished eighth with at Homestead and 18th at Kansas in October. The backup chassis 813 was last driven by Bowyer Charlotte in May finishing 17th, 10th and sixth at Michigan races and ninth at Dover in September.
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Greg Ives and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-810. Earnhardt most recently raced the car at Kansas in October 2014. It is the same chassis Earnhardt drove to Victory Lane at Pocono in June and August of last season.
(from numerous team PR's/sites)
TIRE NOTES & FACTS
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:
Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 9 sets for the race
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4652; Right-side -- D-4630
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm); Right-side --88.39 in. (2,245 mm)
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 Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Las Vegas this weekend . . . this is the first time these teams will run this combination of left- and right-side tires at Las Vegas, though Sprint Cup teams did run this right-side tire code (D-4630) at Talladega last October . . . compared to what was run at Las Vegas last year, this right-side features a compound change for better wear . . . this weekend's left-side tire code (D-4652) features both construction and compound changes vs. the 2014 Las Vegas left-side . . . the construction change is to align this track with other, similar tracks; while the compound change will enhance 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.
RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS
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