NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Kobalt 400

TRACK: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #3 of 36 for the 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV

Title Sponsor: Kobalt Tool's / Lowe's

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:46pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on FoxSports1

  • Pre-Race Coverage: at 3:00pm/et on FOX

  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 3:30pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon

  • Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum

  • In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds

  • Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers

  • Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, March 7 at 2:30am/et on FS1;
    Monday, March 7 at 8:30am/et on FS1

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, March 3
5:00 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 - 11:00 AM NSCS TESTING (SESSION #1)
12:00 - 3:00 PM NSCS TESTING (SESSION #2)

Friday, March 4
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:30 - 11:55 AM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:45 PM (7:45 PM) NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, March 5
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 - 9:25 AM NSCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, March 6
6:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:00 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM (3:30 PM) NSCS RACE

Las Vegas Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
3:00pm/et: NSCS Drivers Introductions
3:30pm/et: Presentation of Colors by Nellis Air Force Base Honor Guard
3:30pm/et: Invocation by Kurt Schulke, Chaplain, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3:31pm/et: National Anthem by: Craig Morgan
3:32pm/et: Fly-By TOT: US Air Force Thunderbirds/Backstretch to Frontstretch
3:37pm/et: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" command given by Mike McDermott, chief merchandising officer at Lowe's
3:46pm/et: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 (267 laps, 400 miles)
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Testing:
    Thursday, March 3, 12:00 - 2:00 pm/et, TV-NONE
    Thursday, March 3, 3:00 - 6:00 pm/et, TV-NONE

  • Practices:
    Friday, March 4, 1:30 - 2:55 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, March 5, 11:30 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 5, 2:30 - 3:20 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, March 4 at 7:45 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled at 5:30am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2016: no longer being reported / posted

TRACK NEWS & LINKS

  • 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: Mike McDermott, chief merchandising officer, Lowe's
    Command to start engines: Mike McDermott
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Larry Baab of Kobalt Tools
    Color Guard: Nellis Air Force Base Honor Guard
    Invocation: Kurt Schulke, Chaplain, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    National Anthem: Country singer Craig Morgan
    Flyover: USAF Thunderbirds

    Track Websites and Social Media:
    Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    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 2015: see the Las Vegas Race Info page

  • 2015 Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 143.677, started 18th

  • 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

  • 2015 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 194.679, finished 18th

  • Current Track Config Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, 3/6/2015, 194.678 (final round)>/P>

  • 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, 111.9
    #18-Kyle Busch, 103.4
    #4-Kevin Harvick, 98.8
    #20-Matt Kenseth, 96.7
    #16-Greg Biffle, 97.9
    #19-Carl Edwards, 96.1
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 05.7
    #22-Joey Logano, 94.4
    #42-Kyle Larson, 89.7
    #5-Kasey Kahne, 89.4
    Note: Driver Ratings are compiled from 2005-2015 races (11 total) at Atlanta (active drivers only).
    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 Track Notes & 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.
    (NASCAR)

  • Las Vegas Pole Notes & Facts:
    Dale Jarrett won the inaugural pole with a speed of 168.224 mph (32.773 secs.).
    11 drivers have poles at LVMS, led by Kasey Kahne with three (2004, 2007 and 2012).
    Kyle Busch is the only driver to win consecutive poles at LVMS from (2008-'09).
    Kyle Busch leads the series among active drivers in average starting position with an 8.273.
    Only three LVMS races (16.6%) have been won from the front row: Kyle Busch, 2009 (pole); Carl Edwards, 2008 (second-place); Brad Keselowski, 2014 (second-place).
    Four of the 18 races (22.2%) have been won from a top-five starting position at Las Vegas.
    Eight of the 18 (44.4%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position at Las Vegas.
    Four of the 18 races (22.2%) at Las Vegas have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 25th, by Matt Kenseth in 2004.
    (NASCAR)

  • Las Vegas Driver Notes & Facts:
    139 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas; 106 in more than one.
    Jeff Gordon is the only driver to participate in all 18 previous Las Vegas Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
    Stanton Barrett (1999), Kyle Busch (2004), Timmy Hill (2012), Jon Wood and Aric Almirola (2007) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    11 different drivers have won at LVMS, led by Jimmie Johnson with four (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010).
    Three other drivers have multiple wins at Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth (three), Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards (each have two).
    Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch became the first and only driver to win from the pole, in 2009.
    Three drivers have won consecutive races at Las Vegas: Jeff Burton (1999, 2000); Matt Kenseth (2003, 2004) and Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to win three consecutive races (2005, 2006 and 2007).
    Eight of the 11 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.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Bobby Labonte lead the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Las Vegas without visiting Victory Lane with 16 each.
    Four reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions have gone on to win at Las Vegas the following season: Matt Kenseth (2004), Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2010), Tony Stewart (2012) and Kevin Harvick (2015).
    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).
    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. Dale Earnhardt Jr and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with nine top-10 finishes each.
    Carl Edwards leads the series in average finish at LVMS with a 11.375.
    Danica Patrick and Shawna Robinson are the only two female drivers to compete at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    (NASCAR)

  • Las Vegas Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Las Vegas with seven, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with five.
    Four manufacturers have visited Victory Lane in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at LVMS, led by Ford (eight), Chevrolet (seven), Toyota (two) and Dodge (one).
    Only two car numbers have produced two or more Las Vegas NSCS wins: #48 - Jimmie Johnson (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010), #99 - Jeff Burton (1999, 2000) Carl Edwards (2008, 2011), #17 - Matt Kenseth (2003, 2004)
    There has been one green-white-checkered finish at Las Vegas: 2006 (270/267).
    Qualifying has only been cancelled once (2013).
    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 seconds.
    (NASCAR)

  • 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

  • Keselowski wins at Las Vegas: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 2nd win in at Las Vegas and 18th career win. Keselowski led 24 of the 267 laps. He took the lead from #18-Busch with 6 laps to go and pulled away to win by .6 seconds.
    #22-Logano finished 2nd, followed by #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #3-Dillon, #21-Blaney, #4-Harvick, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #41-Busch, and #5-Kahne.
    Polesitter #41-Busch led the first 31 laps, but was penalized for speeding on pit road under the first caution and was never able to get back to the front of the field.
    There were 20 lead changes among 10 drivers and 6 cautions for 36 yellow flag laps.
    The race started a few minutes late after a few rain showers just before the start.
    The average speed was 138.170mph.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, March 7 at 8:30am/et on FS1
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and [NOTE: money won is no longer reported] more at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf). (3-6-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Las Vegas:
    Brad Keselowski won the 19th Annual Kobalt 400, his 18th victory in 236 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2016.
    Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 15 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Ryan Blaney (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 6 points over Jimmie Johnson.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-6-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Las Vegas, race 3 of 36]
    1) #18-Busch, 115
    2) #48-Johnson [1 win], 108, -7
    3) #4-Harvick, 109, -7
    4) #22-Logano, 104, -11
    5) #41-Kurt Busch, 103, -12
    6) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 97, -18
    7) #19-Edwards, 96, -19
    8) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 92, -23
    9) #78-Truex, Jr., 90, -25
    10) #3-Dillon, 89, -26
    11) #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 79, -36
    12) #88-Earnhrdt, Jr., 78, -37
    13) #5-Kahne, 77, -38
    14) #21-Blaney, 73, -42
    15) #43-Almirola, 72, -43
    16) #1-McMurray, 69, -46
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf) See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Las Vegas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #46-Annett, 30th
    Caution 2: #6-Bayne, 17th
    Caution 3: #6-Bayne (2), 17th
    Caution 4: none, #42-Larson was involved in the caution
    Caution 5: #16-Biffle, 20th
    Caution 6: #13-Mears, 23rd
    (3-6-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 6, 2016.
    Television (TV): FOX at 3:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 3:00 pm/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 7 at 8:30am/et on FS1

  • Weather an issue Sunday? While the threat of rain remains for Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it will be more about the wind than the rain. There's currently a wind advisory for Las Vegas from noon Sunday until 8:00pm/pt Sunday evening. Winds are going to increase during the afternoon out of the southwest. Sustained winds will be between 20-30 mph while wind gusts could reach 40 to possibly 45 mph. As for the rain, while there could be some rain showers or an isolated storm through the morning and into the early afternoon, any shower that could impact the track would be brief due to the strong winds pushing the precipitation quickly through the area. By mid- to late-afternoon skies are expected to clear out but winds will remain. Odds of racing Sunday continue to be between 75 to 85 percent, due to the unknown element of the wind and how NASCAR will handle the situation. Temperatures will also be much cooler than the previous days, with afternoon temperatures in the middle 60s. Follow @NASCAR_WXMAN on Twitter for the latest weather updates through the rest of the weekend.(SB Nation)(3-6-2016)

  • 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 #41-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took pit stall 15, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #20-Kenseth, who starts 3rd took the 40th and final pit stall.
    The 40th pit stall [the final pit stall being used at Las Vegas] was taken by #20-Kenseth, who starts 3rd.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-5-2016)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Test 2 Speeds
    Test 1 Speeds
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Final practice: for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #20-Kenseth 189.460
    #19-Edwards 188.851
    #41-Busch 188.706
    #27-Menard 188.679
    #31-Newman 188.547
    slowest: #32-Earnhardt 180.995 & #30-Wise 180.524.
    All 39 cars were on track during practice.
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Las Vegas Final Practice speeds page (pdf).(3-5-2016)

  • 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 and notes:
    #19-Edwards 191.564
    #3-Dillon 190.894
    #13-Mears 190.698
    #5-Kahne 190.355
    #2-Keselowski 190.925
    slowest: #98-Whitt 182.445 & & #30-Wise 182.537.
    All 39 cars have been on track during practice.
    NOTE: Happy Hour (final) practice is scheduled today at 2:30pm/et on FS1.
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Las Vegas Practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-5-2016)

  • Kurt Busch wins Las Vegas pole: #41-Kurt Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with speed of 196.328mph for his 2nd pole of 2016, 2nd at Las Vegas and 21st of his career. Busch has won 1 race from the pole out of 20 previous poles.
    #22-Logano is on the outside pole followed by #20-Kenseth, #2-Keselowski, #3-Dillon, #4-Harvick, #43-Almirola, #5-Kahne, #11-Hamlin, #78-Truex, Jr., #48-Johnson, and #47-Allmendinger.
    #41-Busch was fastest in the first round with a speed of 196.378mph [a track record]. #2-Keselowski topped the second round at 195.560mph.
    14 drivers posted laps faster than the previous track record of 194.679mph which was set last year by Jeff Gordon.
    Only 39 cars were entered so everyone made the race.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Las Vegas qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Las Vegas Starting Lineup page (pdf).(3-4-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Las Vegas:
    Kurt Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 19th Annual Kobalt 400 with a lap of 27.505 seconds, 196.328 mph.
    This is his 21st pole in 543 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and third top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his second pole in 15 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
    Joey Logano (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2016 and his sixth in eight races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
    Matt Kenseth (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . It is his second in three races this season.
    Chase Elliott (13th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    Busch set the track record in the first round of qualifying with a lap of 27.498 seconds, 196.378 mph.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-4-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): FoxSports1 (FS1), 7:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, March 5 at 5:30am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted. 39 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #23-Ragan.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #24-Elliott.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Las Vegas Qualifying Order Page (pdf).(3-4-2016)

  • Friday practice: for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #2-Keselowski 195.327
    #22-Logano 195.263
    #41-Busch 194.672
    #27-Menard 194.496
    #14-Vickers 194.398
    slowest: #32-Earnhardt 185.344 & #30-Wise 180.427.
    All 39 cars have been on track during practice.
    NOTE: Qualifying is today at 7:45pm/et on FoxSports1.
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Las Vegas Practice 1 speed page (pdf).(3-4-2016)

  • Thursday PM Test Session: Sprint Cup teams tested for 120 minutes Thursday morning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The fastest:
    #43-Almirola 192.940
    #3-Dillon 192.658
    #21-Blaney 191.659
    #41-Busch 191.381
    #16-Biffle 189.800
    Slowest: #32-Earnhardt 182.463 & #23-Ragan 180.891.
    38 drivers tested during the session. #11-Hamlin wrecked during the session and will go to a backup car tomorrow.
    See top speeds, 10 lap averages and complete results on the Las Vegas Test Session 2 page (pdf).(3-3-2016)

  • Thursday AM Test Session: Sprint Cup teams tested for 120 minutes Thursday morning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The fastest:
    #48-Johnson, 192.981
    #11-Hamlin, 192.843
    #20-Matt Kenseth, 192.137
    #14-Brian Vickers, 191.56
    #10-Patrick, 191.211
    Slowest: #32-Earnhardt, 180.536 & #95 McDowell 180.536.
    38 drivers tested during the session. See top speeds, 10 lap averages and complete results on the Las Vegas Test Session 1 page (pdf).(3-3-2016)

  • Entry List for the Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #14-Vickers, #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #98-Whitt
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts, then owners pts): none
    Since only 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Las Vegas Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Atlanta, race 2 of 36]
    UPDATED after #78-Team penalty
    1) #18-Busch, 78
    2) #4-Harvick, 74, -4
    3) #19-Edwards, 73, -5
    4) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 70, -8
    5) #48-Johnson [1 win], 70, -8
    6) #41-Kurt Busch, 69, -9
    7) #22-Logano, 64, -14
    8) #3-Dillon, 63, -15
    9) #78-Truex, Jr., 60, -3 [was 75 pts]
    10) #43-Almirola, 55, -23
    11) #2-Keselowski, 54, -24
    12) #20-Kenseth, 51, -27
    13) #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 50, -28
    14) #42-Larson, 49, -29
    15) #31-Newman, 48, -30
    16) #5-Kahne, 46, -32
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf) See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Las Vegas Sun

Las Vegas.com

Nevada Appeal

WEATHER

Weather Channel

Accuweather

National Weather Service

Race Weather

Race Day Forecast

Weather Underground

CAMPING & TRAVEL

Laid Back Racing

Speed Eats

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 6 sets for Thursday open test day;
    5 sets for practice and qualifying;
    and 9 sets for the race

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4688; Right-side -- D-4690

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm); Right-side -- 88.46 in. (2,247 mm)

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

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run different tire set-ups at Las Vegas this weekend . . . this is the first time Sprint Cup teams have run either of these two tire codes . . . this right-side tire incorporates Goodyear Racing's multi-zone tread technology, which features two distinct tread compounds -- one for endurance and heat resistance on the inboard two inches of the tread and one for traction on the outboard 10 inches . . . compared to what was run at Las Vegas last season, this right-side code (D-4690) features the same compound on the inboard, with a different compound for more grip on the outboard . . . this left-side tire code (D-4680) also features a compound change to give more grip . . . Goodyear held a tire test at Las Vegas on January 12-13 . . . drivers participating in that test were Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run 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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added a FINAL BATCH of new article links
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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 10 days worth of links