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Friday February 29th
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9:30 a.m. – NNS rookie and spotter meetings, drawing for qualifying order

10:30-11:50 a.m. – NNS practice

11 a.m. – NSCS rookie and spotter meetings, drawing for qualifying order

Noon-1:30 p.m. – NSCS practice

1:45-3:30 p.m. – NNS final practice

3:40 p.m. – NSCS qualifying (two laps, all positions)


Saturday March 1st
(Gates open at 8 a.m.)

9:05 a.m. – NNS qualifying (all positions)

10:30-11:15 a.m. – NSCS practice

11:30 a.m. – NNS driver and crew chief meeting

11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. – NSCS final practice

1 p.m. – NNS driver introductions

1:30 p.m. – Nationwide Series Sam’s Town 300 (200 laps, 300 miles)

5:30-8 p.m. – Richard Petty Driving Experience rides


Sunday March 2nd
(Gates open at 7 a.m.)

8:30-10:30 a.m. – Speedway Children’s Charities Track Walk

11:30 a.m. – NSCS driver and crew chief meeting (in the garage)

1 p.m. – NSCS driver introductions (Security to clear pit road)

1:30 p.m. – Sprint Cup Series UAW-Dodge 400 (267 laps, 400 miles)

5:30 p.m. – 600 Racing events

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THE RACE: UAW-Dodge 400

Sprint Cup Race #3 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Purse/Race Awards | Radio
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  • Race: Sunday, March 2, 2008 in Las Vegas, NV

  • Title Sponsor: UAW-Dodge

  • Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 4:30pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • FOX 3:30pm/et

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    TBA
    Thursday, March 6 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, March 6 at 10:00pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

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

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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


Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

  • This Week - Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius Satellite

  • Locally on KCYE 104.3 FM


Purse/Race Awards

    2008: $6,459,779
    2007: $6,381,100
    2006: $6,255,298
    2005: $6,131,958
    2004: $6,011,590


Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, February, 29, 3:00 - 4:30pm/et, TV-SPEED;
    Saturday, March 1, 1:30 - 2:15pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, March 1, 2:50 - 3:50pm/et on TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, February 29, 2:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, February 29 at 6:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 11:00pm/et;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
news and links

  • #99 Fails post race inspection at Las Vegas: been told the oil tank lid was not secured on the winning #99 Ford of Carl Edward's and found during post race inspection at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The car failed post race inspection and will keep the win, but will face points penalties and a fine. NASCAR usually announces penalties late Tuesday afternoons.(3-2-2008)
    MORE: The #99 car had a problem in the postrace inspection. The lid of the oil tank reservoir was off, so NASCAR officials are taking the car to the Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. Any possible penalties would come later this week, probably Tuesday. Five Nationwide Series teams were penalized for a similar violation at Daytona.(ESPN.com)....the rule...the oil reservoir tank cover was not fastened securely, the five teams were penalized with the loss of 25 driver and owner championship points.(Jayski's Past NNS News page)(3-3-2008)

  • Edwards wins again: #99-Carl Edwards won the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway winning his 2nd race in a row and 9th of his career, taking over the points lead with the win. #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 2nd followed by #16-Greg Biffle, #29-Kevin Harvick, #31-Jeff Burton, #9-Kasey Kahne, #6-David Ragan, #28-Travis Kvapil, #11-Denny Hamlin and #8-Mark Martin. Former points leader and pole sitter, #18-Kyle Busch finished 11th. #24-Jeff Gordon tangled with #17-Matt Kenseth with a few laps to go, going for 2nd place and crashed out, finishing 35th and falling to 22nd in points. 2007 Champ, #48-Jimmie Johnson was not a factor all race and finished 29th. $20-Tony Stewart crashed hard around lap 107 and finished 43rd/last. There were a record 11 cautions for 44 laps 2 laps short of a record] and 9 drivers led with 19 lead changes.
    See Reace results/Awards on Jayski's Las Vegas Race Results.(3-2-2008)

  • The Unofficial Points Standings [after Las Vegas, race 3 of 36]:
    1) #99-Carl Edwards 491
    2) #18-Kyle Busch 470 -21
    3) #12-Ryan Newman 450 -41
    4) #9-Kasey Kahne 440 -51
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick 428 -63
    6) #16-Greg Biffle 427 -64
    7) #31-Jeff Burton 421 -70
    8) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 371 -120
    9) #19-Elliott Sadler 368 -123
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 361 -130
    11) #20-Tony Stewart 355 -136
    12) #2-Kurt Busch 348 -143
    See updated points standing on Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Standings after Las Vegas.(3-2-2008)

  • Some Las Vegas Race Notes and Lucky Dogs:
    Green flag at 4:48pm/et. #18-Busch leads lap one. #10-Carpentier got high, but didn't hit anything, but #00-Reutimann slipped high and smacked the wall, doing right rear damage, NASCAR finally black flagged the #00 as parts were hanging off the car. #24-Gordon is smoking, may be rubbing a tire. On lap 7, #07-Bowyer scraped the wall, causing #9-Kahne to move down and into #26-McMurray, who slid thru the front stretch grass, causing the first caution. About half the field came down to pit, the leader of the race, #18-Busch, stayed out. The leaders made green flag stops around laps 48-51, just as #77-Hornish smacked the wall and limped the car back to the pits, no yellow flag, he headed to the garage. #66-Riggs was penalized for speeding on pit road around lap 51. Then #2-Busch and #16-Biffle were penalized for speeding on pit road and had to come in for a pass-thru penalty on lap 54. The 2nd caution came out on lap 68 for debris in turn 2. As of lap 100, #48-Johnson is a lap down and not close to getting near the lucky dog. #20-Stewart crashed hard in turn 3, possibly lost a right front tire stopping there, alot of damage to the car bringing out the 3rd caution on lap 108. Stewart needed help to the ambulance, possibly re-injuring the ankle he hurt in Saturday's Nationwide race. During the 3rd caution pit stops, #99-Edwards came out 5th, but the crew had a tire roll away from the pit bax and Edwards is sent to the end of the longer line before the restart. Stewart was interviewed by PRN Radio and said he is ok, he blew a right front tire, the hit was harder then his Nationwide wreck, but he said he will be at Phoenix Monday testing. On lap 143, #7-Gordon blew a right front tire and slammed the turn 1 wall bringing out the 4th caution
    On lap 161, #10-Carpentier got squeezed up towards th outside wall and slapped the wall, slid across the track and slammed the inside wall along the backstretch, bring out the 5th caution and the #10 headed to the garage
    Around lap 172 #70-Mayfeild looked like he got hit in the rear by #01-Smith and slid, but recovered and no caution was thrown, Mayfield was able to keep on the lead lap.
    On lap 178 got loose in turn 4 running on the inside of #43-Labonte, #40-Franchitti had no place to go and ran into Riggs, causing the 6th caution, neither has much damage. #88-Earnhardt Jr. didn't pit during the 6th caution and took over the lead. #48-Johnson is 36th, down 2 laps, no wrecks or penalties reported, just a poor handling car today.
    Debris in turn 2 brings out the 7th caution; oops another tire got away from a team and it rolled down pit road, NASCAR is gathering up the tire to identify the team, the tire came from the #99 team, but a cameraman was in the pit and blocked the tire catcher from gathering the tire, NASCAR will not penalize the #99 team.
    On lap 223, #5-Mears got into #83-Vickers, who slid and spun, doesn't look like the #83 touched the wall, causing the 8th caution. #18-Busch was running 8th came in to pit, the reast of the top 10 stayed out. #44-Jarrett lost it in turn 2 and backed into the outside wall, causing the 9th caution.
    #2-Kurt Busch had a right front tire explode and slammed into the wall while running 15th, causing the 10th caution [ties the track record, set in 2005]. He is out of the race.
    WOW, with 4 laps to go, #24-Gordon made contact with #17-Kenseth in turn 2, with Kenseth sliding, but Gordon spun and hit the inside wall near an opening and the front end was destoyed, Gordon is ok and Kenseth drove on. The #24 radiator ended up out on the track. The red flag came out at 7:53pm/lap 263, to clean up around the wreck. A new record for cautions at Las Vegas with 11. Red Flag over at 8:10pm/et. Kenseth came in to get some tires.
    Lucky Dogs [lap back]
    Caution 1: #00-Reutimann, still 2 laps down
    Caution 2: #41-Sorenson
    Caution 3: #6-Ragan, 17 cars are on the lead lap
    Caution 4: #28-Kvapil, 18 cars are on the lead lap
    Caution 5: #9-Kahne, back on the lead lap
    Caution 6: #11-Hamlin, back on the lead lap
    Caution 7: #2-Busch, back on the lead lap, 20 cars on the lead lap
    Caution 8: #19-Sadler, 21 cars on the lead lap now
    Caution 9: #5-Mears, 22 cars on the lead lap now
    Caution 10: #42-Montoya, back on the lead lap
    Caution 11: none with 10 laps or less to go
    (3-2-2008)


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
news and links

  • To The Back [2]: #07-Bowyer [backup car]; #9-Kahne [engine change]

  • Race Coverage of the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 2, 2008.
    TV: Fox in Hi-Def at 3:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Thursday, March 6 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, March 6 at 10:00pm/et

  • Las Vegas Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour practice for the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #9-Kahne 176.586
    #99-Edwards 176.298
    #15-Menard 176.240
    #24-Gordon 176.211
    #48-Johnson 176.108
    slowest: #70-Mayfield 171.320 and #27-Skinner 172.783
    wreck: #07-Bowyer lost it and smacked the outside wall, bounced off and came back down the track and backed into the inside wall. #45-Petty got into the #07 and did some damage to the left front of the #45. The #07 team is going to a backup car, looks like the same car he ran at California last week
    See all the speeds on my Las Vegas Practice Speeds page.(3-1-2008)

  • Saturday's first practice for the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #17-Kenseth 178.094 mph
    #07-Bowyer 178.065
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 177.171
    #28-Kvapil 176.968
    #38-Gilliland 176.852
    slowest: #49-Schrader 173.745 and #44-Jarrett 173.077
    most laps run: #77-Hornish & #31-Burton 34 laps
    best 5 lap average (SPEED coverage)
    #19-Sadler 174.984
    #38-Gilliland 174.871
    #99-Edwards 174.814
    #2-Busch 174.644
    #31-Burton 174.475
    See all the speeds on my Las Vegas Practice Speeds page.(3-1-2008)

  • Kyle Busch on pole at Las Vegas: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the UAW-Dodge 400 at his hometown track, Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 182.352mph for his 1st pole of 2008 and the 3rd of his career. #99-Carl Edwards [who won the last race at Calif] qualified second with the rest of the top-10 being: #8-Martin, #24-Gordon, #27-Skinner [best of the go-or-go homers], #16-Biffle, #66-Riggs, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #2-Busch and #19-Sadler. 2007 Cup champ qualified 33rd. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #27-Skinner, #2-Busch, #10-Carpentier, #00-Reutimann, #44-Jarrett, #49-Schrader, #55-Waltrip and #83-Vickers [gets the final spot on speed since the past champs prov was not needed by Busch or Jarrett]. For qualifying results and the starting lineup see my Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(2-29-2008)

  • Four do not qualify [DNQ] for the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: #84-Allmendinger, #78-Nemechek; #34-Andretti and #21-Sauter [who wrecked on his first lap. #08-Burney Lamar withdrew before qualifying.(2-29-2008)

  • Qualifying Order for the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #28-Travis Kvapil, the final 2007 top-35 driver scedhuled to go out is #7-Robby Gordon. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #49-Ken Schrader, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #10-Patrick Carpentier. See the full qualifying order on my Las Vegas Qualifying Page.(2-29-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, February 29, 2008 at 6:40pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 6:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: 11:00pm/et on SPEED

  • Friday practice for the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #18-Busch 179.946
    #24-Gordon 179.736
    #48-Johnson 179.004
    #20-Stewart 178.879
    #00-Reutimann 178.790 [GoGHer]
    slowest: #42-Montoya 169.795 and #34-Andretti 172.287 [only one lap]
    no speed listed: #08-Lamar [withdrew?]
    incidents/wrecks: #12-Hornish scraped the turn two wall early in practice; #10-Carpentier spun off turn 4 and looped around a couple times; #42-Montoya slammed the turn 2 wall hard and will go to a backup car. #41-Sorenson spun off turn 4; #9-Kahne smacked turn 4, unknown if they have to go to a backup, but little damage. Late in the session, 343-Labonte lost it in turn 4 and spun around, slapping the wall with the left rear and drivers side, the team will go to a backup car. Ironically, all six were Dodges.
    [GoGHer] = go or go homer, not in top 35 of 2007 owners pts.
    See the speeds on my Las Vegas Practice Speeds page.(2-29-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Las Vegas
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #00-David Reutimann, 5th fastest
    #2-Kurt Busch, 9th [would not need to use past champ prov]
    #83-Brian Vickers, 11th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 15th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 21st
    #27-Mike Skinner, 23rd
    #49-Ken Schrader, 29th
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 40th [would half to use past champ prov]
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 36th
    #21-Johnny Sauter, 41st
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 43rd
    #34-John Andretti, 46th
    #08-Burney Lamar, withdrew?
    See the speeds on my Las Vegas Practice Speeds page.(2-29-2008)

  • Entry List for the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted, 48 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-David Reutimann (2/18)
    #08-Burney Lamar (2/49)
    #2-Kurt Busch [Past Champ 1](2/4 switched with #77)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (2/46)
    #21-Johnny Sauter(2/43)
    #27-Mike Skinner (2/48)
    #34-John Andretti (2/41)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [Past Champ 2] (2/25)
    #49-Ken Schrader (2/45)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (2/29)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (2/42)
    #83-Brian Vickers (2/11)
    #84-A.J. Allmendiner (2/44)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 2,44,83,00,55,34,78,21
    missing the race would be [5]: #'s 84,49,10,27,08
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Las Vegas Entry List
    (2-25/27-2008)

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
    If it is the first five races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:

    #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - ALL Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
    #4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
    #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]

    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Last Years Sprint Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - ALL Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint Cup Race Results 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

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Sprint Cup Series [NSCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Sprint Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Sprint Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Sprint Cup, the top 35 in the NSCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Sprint Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Sprint Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Sprint Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.
    See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Four Race Tracks Tony Stewart has never won a Cup race at: There are four current race tracks the Cup Series runs on that #20-Tony Stewart has not won at [a Cup race]:
    California 0 for 14 with a best finish of 4th in 1999 & 2001
    Las Vegas 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 2000
    Talladega 0 for 18 with a best finish of 2nd [6 times] in 2001,2002,2005,2006
    Darlington 0 for 15 with a best finish of 4th in 2001 & 2002
    Stewart has won at 18 of 23 tracks he has raced on, didn't win at Rockingham which is no longer active for Cup racing.(2-25-2008)

  • 2007 Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 128.183, started 23rd

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

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Burton, 2000, 119.982mph [rain shortened]

  • 2007 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 184.856, finished 35th

  • NEW Track Config Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, 3/9/2007, 184.856mph

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

  • Most Wins: Jimmie Johnson, 3
  • Most Poles: Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett, 2
  • Most Top 5s: 5 - Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon
  • Most Top 10s: 8 - Mark Martin
  • Oldest Winner: Sterling Marlin, 44 years, 8 months, 1 days, 3/3/2002
  • Youngest Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 29 years, 6 months, 24 days, 3/13/2005
  • Most Cautions: 10 - 3/13/05
  • Most Caution Laps: 46, 3/13/05
  • Fewest Cautions: 2 - 2 times, most recently 3/5/2000
  • Fewest Caution Laps: 9, 3/1/1998
  • Most on the Lead Lap: 30 - 3/12/2006
  • Fewest on the Lead Lap: 10 - twice, most recently 3/7/1999
  • Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 3/5/2000
  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 33 - 3/7/04
  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth 2004, started 25th
  • Most Leaders: 16, 3/11/2007
  • Fewest Leaders: 7, 3/5/2000
  • Most Lead Changes: 25 - 3/7/1999 and 3/13/2005
  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 3/5/2000
  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 123 - Matt Kenseth, 3/7/2004
  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - Jimmie Johnson 3/12/2006
  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 5 - Ford
  • Closest Margin of Victory: 0.045 second - Jimmie Johnson over Matt Kenseth, 3/12/2006
  • Greatest Margin of Victory: 9.104 seconds - Matt Kenseth over Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3/2/2003

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 10] 0.0%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 0
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 0
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 0
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 23: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 1 of 10
  • Races won from the top 10: 3 of 10

    Noting the UAW-Dodge 400
  • Only seven drivers have competed in all 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup events at LVMS. They are Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Sterling Marlin, Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek.
  • No driver has ever won the UAW-Dodge 400 from the pole position.
  • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to start in the top five and win. He won from the third starting spot in 2006.
  • Jack Roush has posted wins at LVMS with three different drivers (Martin, J. Burton and Kenseth).
  • Chip Ganassi, who won with Sterling Marlin in 2002, is the only car owner other than Roush or Hendrick to win at LVMS.
  • Jeff Burton (2000) is the only driver to sweep both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide races at LVMS.
  • Jeff Burton also is the only driver running at the finish of every Sprint Cup event at LVMS.
  • Juan Pablo Montoya used LVMS as his test track before winning the 2000 Indianapolis 500.
  • Both Sam Hornish Jr. and Patrick Carpentier will be making their first stock-car starts at LVMS. Hornish competed at LVMS in the IRL in 1999 and 2000, while Carpentier competed in Champ Car races in 2004 and 2005.
  • Carpentier is the only current Las Vegas resident competing in the Sprint Cup Series. Brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch were born in Las Vegas but now reside in North Carolina.
  • There will be three former Indy 500 winners in the race (Dario Franchitti, Juan Pablo Montoya and Hornish).


PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS

    Race Winners

    2007 Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 128.183, started 23rd, MOV 2.795 seconds
    2006 Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 133.358, started 3rd, MOV .045 second
    2005 Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 121.038, started 9th, MOV 1.661 seconds
    2004 Matt Kennsth, #17 Ford, 128.790, started 25th, MOV 3.426
    2003 Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 132.934, started 17th, MOV 9.104
    2002 Sterling Marlin, #40 Dodge, 136.754, started 24th, MOV 1.163
    2001 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 135.546mph, started 24th, MOV 1.477
    2000 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 119.982mph, started 11th (rain shortened to 148 laps)
    1999 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 137.537mph, started 19th
    1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 146.554mph, started 7th
    MOV = Margin of Victory

    Pole Winners

    2007 Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 184.856, finished 35th
    2006 Greg Biffle, #16 Ford, 172.403, finished 8th
    2005 Ryan Newman, #12-Dodge, 173.745, finished 9th
    2004 Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 174.904, finished 2nd
    2003 Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 173.016, finished 4th
    2002 Todd Bodine, #66 Ford, 172.850, finished 29th
    2001 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 172.106, finished 2nd
    2000 Ricky Rudd, #28 Ford, 172.563, finished 12th
    1999 Bobby Labonte, #18 Pontiac, 170.643, finished 5th
    1998 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 168.224mph, finished 40th


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #5-Casey Mears Kelloggs Pop Tarts none...yet
    #17-Matt Kenseth USG #17 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #22-Dave Blaney Cat Paving Equipment #22 Team Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Nicorette/DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
    #40-Dario Franchitti Target #40 Team Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby LabonteCasey Mears Cheerios "Circle of Helping Hearts" none...yet
    #45-Kyle Petty Wells-Fargo #45 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards DISH Network #99 Team Schemes Page


  • Pop Tarts featured on #5 at Vegas: This weekend, Pop-Tarts, Kellogg's most popular morning food product, will adorn the hood of the #5 Chevy of Casey Mears for the first time. The Pop-Tarts brand, created in the early 1960s, is more than 40 years old, putting the product in the same age bracket as just six members of the #5 team, which averages a very young 34 years old.(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(2-27-2008) Comment here

  • Special scheme on the #43 at Vegas MORE: This weekend at Las Vegas Bobby Labonte is running a special Cheerios "Circle of Helping Hearts" paint scheme on the #43 Petty Racing Dodge. More info about at cheerioshelpinghearts.com.(Petty Racing PR)(2-27-2008)
    MORE: Bobby Labonte knows the importance of a number. He races the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge, one of the most famous and recognizable numbers in the history of the sport. Veteran media members, Wendy Venturini [SPEED Channel Reporter], Jenna Fryer [Associated Press Motorsports Journalist] and Krista Voda [Fox Sports Pit Road Reporter/SPEEDtrucks host] are also familiar with an important number. They each know that their cholesterol number is vital for them to continue to live a strong and healthy life. This weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Venturini, Fryer and Voda will be wearing Cheerios “Circle of Helping Hearts” stickers to help raise awareness for women to “Know Your Number” and get cholesterol checks. Women’s heart disease is the number one killer among women today, making it more important for all females to “Know Your Number” and help take care of their heart. The Cheerios racing team will be doing their part on the track. Labonte will carry the “Cheerios Circle of Helping Hearts” logo on the hood for this weekend’s race. The “Cheerios Circle of Helping Hearts” is a reminder to help a heart and make a difference. Fans can enter a code found inside specially marked boxes of Cheerios cereal or on containers of 8th Continent soy milk. Cheerios and 8th Continent will donate a $1.00 for each code entered. Through the code program, Cheerios and 8th Continent soy milk will donate up to $300,000 to WomenHeart, the nation’s only patient advocacy organization serving women with heart disease, to provide free cholesterol screening for communities of women in need. Together with 8th Continent soy milk, Cheerios is donating an additional $200,000 to WomenHeart, bringing the total possible contribution to $500,000.(Breaking Limits/General Mills PR)(2-27-2008) Comment here

  • USG scheme returns to the #17: MattKenseth will run the USG Sheetrock paint scheme on the #17 Ford at Las Vegas on Sunday for the first of three times this season. The other two USG Sheetrock races in 2008 are Chicago in July and Atlanta in October.(Roush Fenway Racing PR), see the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(2-27-2008) Comment here

  • Nicorette scheme for the #24 at Las Vegas UPDATE: Jeff Gordon will run the special #24 DuPont Nicorette Chevy paint scheme for the first of six races in 2008 at Sunday's UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "It is rewarding to be involved with a sponsor such as Nicorette that focuses on making a difference in people's lives and helping people achieve better health by quitting smoking," said Gordon. "Nicorette continues to be an excellent partner and I look forward to a big weekend in the special DuPont Nicorette paint scheme at Las Vegas." The special paint scheme coincides with one of the most unique sponsorships in motorsports history with Nicorette helping race fans and crew members quit smoking through its QUIT Crew program. Nicorette's QUIT Crew program is currently helping over 300 NASCAR team members from 19 different racing organizations quit smoking through counseling, support, and the proper use of the smoking cessation products Nicorette, NicoDerm CQ and Commit. Quit smoking support is also available to NASCAR fans throughout race weekend at Nicorette's interactive Winner's Circle Exhibit located in the LVMS fan area. At the exhibit, Nicorette's certified smoking cessation coaches will be on hand to provide individuals with free, quit smoking counseling. For more information about Nicorette's racing program and on how to quit smoking, visit www.quit2winracing.com.(Lighthouse Marketing PR)(2-26-2008)
    UPDATE: Gordon is scheduled to drive the #24 DuPont/Nicorette Chevy at Las Vegas, Phoenix [4/12], Chicago [7/12], Richmond [9/6], Atlanta [10/26] and Texas [11/2]. Nicorette also sponsors the Nicorette 300 Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 8. see an image of the scheme on the #24 Team Schemes page.(2-27-2008) Comment here

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
    Front straight: 2,275 feet
    Back straight: 1,572 feet
    NEW Banking: Corners:20°, Front Straight: 9°, Back Straight: 9°
    OLD Banking: 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: UAW's John Byers
    Command to start engines: UAW's John Byers
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: LVMS Chaplin Kenny Farmer
    National Anthem: Mama Mia's Carol Linnea Johnson
    Military Flyover: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: lvms.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • Last Year: see my March Las Vegas Race Info page


  • Winner of spa treatment at LVMS Spa: Hundreds of thousands of race fans will enjoy NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Judy Kelly of Placerville, Calif., will enjoy it just a little bit more. On Feb. 6, LVMS announced a contest to reward a lucky fan with a free spa treatment package at The Spa, located in the Neon Garage. All fans who purchased a weekend Neon Garage pass before the Feb. 15 deadline were eligible for the random drawing. Judy's name was selected at random and she was notified while driving to LVMS from her home in Placerville.(LVMS PR)(2-29-2008)

  • LVMS announces virtual sellout for 7th consecutive year: The Sprint Cup event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a virtual sellout for the seventh consecutive year, but Dodge has made sure that at least 700 more race fans can attend Sunday's UAW-Dodge 400. The LVMS ticket services office had only single seats remaining for Sunday's race at the close of business on Thursday. However, event co-sponsor Dodge has made 700 tickets available to race fans. These tickets were part of the Dodge allotment as part of its race entitlement with the United Auto Workers. "Announcing a virtual sellout for the seventh consecutive year really confirms the demand for NASCAR tickets in Las Vegas," said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. "We had a higher renewal rate this year, which also suggests the facilities and service race fans are receiving are like no other." Race fans can purchase one of the 700 tickets only by calling the speedway ticket services department at (800) 644-4444 or in person at the speedway box office. Tickets are still available for Saturday's Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race as well as Pole Day on Friday, Feb. 29. Tickets for Friday and Saturday may be purchased by calling the LVMS ticket office at (800) 644-4444 or online at www.LVMS.com.(PR)(2-28-2008)

  • LVMS expects smooth vehicle flow for NASCAR Weekend: Las Vegas Motor Speedway's ever-improving vehicle flow for its Feb. 29-March 2 NASCAR Weekend should be even better for this year's event, according to LVMS officials. Over the past few years, the 215 Beltway, new interchanges and wider roads have helped make ingress and egress from the speedway's property a constantly improving experience for race fans. "The combination of better planning, cooperation from all areas of transportation and law enforcement and the continued education of our race fans has dramatically improved vehicle flow over the past several years," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. The speedway is reminding race fans using Interstate 15 that there are three exit lanes on the ramp leading into the speedway. Local fans living in the northern and western parts of the valley are encouraged to use the 215 Beltway.
    Speedway officials also are encouraging as many race fans as possible to use buses and shuttles such as the Regional Transportation Commission's Race Transit for transportation to the races. The speedway will continue to crack down on the fraudulent use of handicapped placards. Speedway security will be checking the validity of handicapped passes on each vehicle. Tickets for the UAW-Dodge 400, Sam's Town 300, Qualifying Day (Friday, Feb. 29) and the Neon Garage fan experience may be purchased by calling the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444 or online at www.LVMS.com.(LVMS PR)(2-27-2008)

  • Blue Man Group, Mama Mia's Carol Linnea Johnson headline entertainment at LVMS: The world-famous Blue Man Group [Jayski fave] and award-winning Las Vegas stage star Carol Johnson are just two of the entertainment options Las Vegas Motor Speedway will offer to race fans during the Feb. 28-March 2 NASCAR Weekend. Blue Man Group, which performs nightly at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino will perform throughout the day Saturday and Sunday in the Neon Garage and put on a 15-minute show on the pre-race stage prior to the start of the Sprint Cup Series UAW-Dodge 400 on Sunday, March 2. Carol Linnea Johnson will sing the National Anthem prior to the start of the UAW-Dodge 400. Johnson is the star of the Broadway hit, "Mama Mia!" (she plays the part of Donna) at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Popular country music artist Josh Gracin ("Nothin' To Lose") will sing the National Anthem on Saturday prior to the start of the Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 on Saturday, March 1. Gracin, a former American Idol TV show contestant, also will perform at the Official After-Race Concert on Saturday evening at Sam's Town Live! in the Sam's Town Hotel & Casino. Jason Michael Carroll, who was named "Top New Country Artist of 2007" by Billboard Magazine, will perform on stage in the midway behind the main grandstands on Sunday morning. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds, who are based at nearby Nellis Air Force Base, will provide a unique flyover for Sunday's UAW-Dodge 400. Tickets for the UAW-Dodge 400, Sam's Town 300, Qualifying Day (Friday, Feb. 29) and the Neon Garage fan experience may be purchased by calling the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444 or online at www.LVMS.com.(LVMS PR)(2-26-2008)

  • Las Vegas Strip to host NASCAR Hauler Parade on Feb. 28: The world-famous Las Vegas Strip, through the years, has seen it all. It's been the site of Evel Knievel's death-defying motorcycle jumps, attracted thousands of New Year's Eve revelers and served as the backdrop for hundreds of movies. And on Thursday, Feb. 28, a new spectacle will take place on one of the world's most famous streets. The colorful NASCAR team haulers, transporting the Sprint Cup race cars that will compete later that week, will parade north on the Strip among the world's most well-known hotels and casinos. "During the week of the NASCAR event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, this entire town becomes NASCAR crazy," said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. "Every opportunity we get to take NASCAR to the Strip is something special. Parades of any kind are very rare on the Strip, so we are very appreciative of the support from the various public agencies that have helped make this happen." The transporters will be staged at approximately 2:30pm in the right lane of Las Vegas Boulevard just south of Russell Road. Once all trucks are lined up, the haulers will move north using the middle lane of northbound Las Vegas Boulevard. The haulers will proceed the roughly five miles to Sahara Avenue before returning to Interstate 15 and the short ride north to the speedway. The speedway expects 48-50 haulers to take part in the parade, which will conclude with the haulers parking in their assigned spaces in the LVMS garage in preparation for the March 2 UAW-Dodge 400. Race fans will be able to watch the hauler parade from both sides of the Strip and from any of the properties along Las Vegas Boulevard.(LVMS PR)(2-25-2008)

  • LVMS to give rain-weary race fans a little sunshine: If a couple of rainy race days have gotten you down, Las Vegas Motor Speedway wants to brighten your day. LVMS is offering $25 tickets for Saturday's Sam's Town 300 Nationwide series race to race fans who have a ticket stub from the rain-delayed Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway of Southern California."As our friends at Nationwide say, life comes at you fast," said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. "Nationwide has been a great sponsor at LVMS for several years, and it's also bringing renewed enthusiasm to NASCAR racing. We're making this gesture to do our part to help the series grow. While we have sold more than 100,000 tickets to the Sam's Town 300 this Saturday, we have plenty of room to accommodate those loyal race fans who have endured the poor weather in Southern California." Race fans who want to take advantage of this offer can come to the LVMS Ticket Services office beginning Monday to purchase their tickets. Race fans will receive one $25 ticket for every ticket stub from the scheduled Feb. 23 Nationwide Series event in California. For more information, race fans can call the LVMS ticket office at 1-800-644-4444.(LVMS PR)(2-24-2008)

  • Dale Jr.'s South Point Jackpot has LVMS phones buzzing: Dale Jr.'s South Point Jackpot has kicked off and already the phones at LVMS are ringing ... and ringing ... and .... The speedway ticket services department fielded hundreds of calls within the first couple of hours of the promotion and there are no signs of a slowdown. "I believe there are several factors that have turned this promotion into the success we hoped it would be," said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. "First off, race fans love coming to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and we have many loyal fans who make this a must-see event each year. Secondly, the promotion involves Dale Earnhardt Jr., easily the most popular driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. And finally, Dale Jr.'s win in the Bud Shootout last Saturday night has race fans taking notice that this could be a special year for him and his team." Race fans renewing the first 8,888 tickets - reflecting Earnhardt Jr.'s car #88 - will be refunded the entire ticket amount for next spring's Sprint Cup event on Sunday of NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas - if Dale Jr. wins the 2008 Sprint Cup championship. As long as the number has not exceeded 8,888, the speedway will continue renewals until the scheduled start of the Daytona 500 on Sunday (3:30pm/et). The only way to participate in Dale Jr.'s South Point Jackpot is to call the LVMS Ticket Services department at 1-800-644-4444 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. before Sunday's scheduled start. Tickets for the 2008 NASCAR Weekend, as well as credentials for the fan-interactive Neon Garage, are still available. Race fans can call 1-800-644-4444 or log on to www.lvms.com.(2-13-2008)

  • The Spa at LVMS not just for drivers and team owners: The Spa at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a hit with NASCAR's biggest stars and their families last year. This year, a lucky race fan will get a chance to experience one of the speedway's true treasures. All fans who have purchased a weekend Neon Garage pass before Feb. 15 will be entered into a drawing to receive a free, full-service spa treatment during the Feb. 29-March 2 NASCAR Weekend. The spa offers a full menu with various levels of massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, body wraps and designer haircuts. The spa's beds are outfitted with 750-threadcount sheets and cashmere blankets. Each room is equipped with a Swiss shower, which has water raining from above and three-way jets on the sides. Tickets and Neon Garage passes for the NASCAR Weekend are available by calling the speedway's Ticket Service office at 1-800-644-4444 or by logging on to www.lvms.com. The deadline for the drawing and weekend Neon Garage passes is Feb. 15.(LVMS PR)(2-11-2008)

  • LVMS race fans pinning their hopes on a Dale Jr. title run: What would a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship by Dale Earnhardt Jr. mean to race fans? Answer: For 8,888 fans who participate in a unique promotion offered by Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it would mean free tickets to the spring 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at LVMS. In one of the most extraordinary promotions in sports history, Las Vegas Motor Speedway is offering free tickets to thousands of race fans should Dale Earnhardt Jr. power his No. 88 Chevrolet to the 2008 Sprint Cup title.
    The promotion, known as Dale Jr.'s South Point Jackpot, is sponsored by the South Point Hotel of Las Vegas. Fans can renew their weekend race tickets for 2009 - and be included in the promotion - Wednesday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 17. Ticket office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entries for the promotion will end at the scheduled start of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17 (12:30 p.m. PST)
    "Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been the most popular driver in NASCAR for the past five years, and we're excited to give race fans a stake in his quest for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship," said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. "This promotion is unprecedented in our sport. We've bought the best insurance policy available, so if Dale Jr. is fortunate enough to win the title, we'll be ecstatic for all the fans who receive free tickets to our spring 2009 event."
    Said South Point Hotel owner Michael Gaughan: "The South Point has become synonymous with NASCAR, and we're thrilled to be a part of Dale Jr.'s South Point Jackpot. Our family has been involved in racing for many years, and we have a very strong relationship with Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the entire racing community. Thousands of race fans stay at the South Point during NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas, so we're excited about the fans' opportunities to take advantage of this creative promotion. We wish the best of luck to Dale Jr. and his legions of followers."
    Individual ticket-holders will have five days next week (Feb. 13-17) to renew their Weekend Package tickets for the spring 2009 NASCAR Weekend at LVMS. The people renewing the first 8,888 tickets - reflecting Earnhardt Jr.'s car No. 88 - will be refunded the entire ticket amount for next spring's Sprint Cup event on Sunday of NASCAR Weekend - if Dale Jr. wins the 2008 Sprint Cup championship. As long as the number has not exceeded 8,888, the speedway will continue renewals until the scheduled start of the Daytona 500. The only way to participate in Dale Jr.'s South Point Jackpot is to call the LVMS Ticket Services department at 1-800-644-4444 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 13-16 and 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 17. (All times PST.) Tickets for the 2008 NASCAR Weekend, as well as credentials for the fan-interactive Neon Garage, are still available. Race fans can call 1-800-644-4444 or log on to www.lvms.com.

    Q&A with Las Vegas Motor Speedway General Manager Chris Powell
    Question: What was the motivation behind this promotion known as Dale Jr.'s South Point Jackpot?
    Answer: We're always looking for ways to make racing more exciting for the fans. There is a tremendous amount of attention and anticipation surrounding Dale Jr.'s move to Hendrick Motorsports, and this allows our race fans to share in his quest for his first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title.
    Q: Given the cost involved with refunding ticket revenues, are you rooting against Dale Jr. this year?
    A: Absolutely not. We've purchased an insurance policy that will cover every dime that we would pay out. So if Dale Jr. is fortunate enough to win his first Sprint Cup championship, we'll be ecstatic for the race fans who'll have the cost of their tickets refunded.
    Q: Why did you pick Dale Jr.?
    A: He's been NASCAR's most popular driver for the past five years, and I believe his popularity transcends NASCAR and motorsports. Combine his popularity with his switch to a new race team, and he's the logical choice. Imagine the excitement if Dale Jr. makes the Chase for the Sprint Cup this year as 8,888 ticketholders sit on the edge of their seats hoping he wins the title.
    Q: What about the ticketholders who don't participate? Can they still renew their tickets in the same seats.
    A: Absolutely. All Weekend Package holders are eligible to renew their same seats regardless of whether they participate in the promotion.
    Q: What's the role of the South Point Hotel?
    A: There is no greater supporter of motorsports in the Las Vegas community than Michael Gaughan, owner of the South Point Hotel. As soon as we mentioned this promotion to Michael, he was captivated by it. Michael's from "old-school Las Vegas." He still works in the sports book on Super Bowl Sundays. He knows a fun wager when he sees one. And he immediately agreed for the South Point to become the sponsor. It's not a coincidence that NASCAR fans flock to the South Point when they're in town for our NASCAR Weekend.
    Q: How does this promotion benefit Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
    A: First off, we want it to benefit our returning ticketholders. We also want to entice people to purchase the few tickets that we have remaining for our NASCAR Weekend in three weeks. And I'm confident that Dale Jr.'s South Point Jackpot will help build goodwill with the race fans who participate, and it should draw the attention of anyone who follows Dale Jr.'s progress throughout the year. So this promotion benefits our speedway as well as NASCAR and its fans.
    www.lvms.com.(LVMS PR)(2-7-2008) Comment here.

  • LVMS inviting fans to "leap" for Pole Day tickets: For race fans who get to celebrate their birthday only once every four years, Las Vegas Motor Speedway is inviting them to spend it at the speedway. NASCAR Sprint Cup Pole Day is Feb. 29, and LVMS is offering free Pole Day tickets as a birthday gift to anyone celebrating a birthday on the same day."We realize that people born on Feb. 29 don't get to celebrate their birthdays as often as others, so we want to make it extra special for those people who choose to spend their birthdays here at the speedway," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. Race fans taking advantage of this offer must contact our ticket office by phone at 1-800-644-4444 or in person. They will need to show proof of their birth date in order to receive this offer.(LVMS PR)(1-23-2008)

  • NASCAR cites LVMS for improvement in security: Las Vegas Motor Speedway was selected as one of three tracks to be recognized by NASCAR for its "improvement in exhibiting security and public safety." The speedway was chosen along with New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway. The announcement was made at the NASCAR Security Summit held last week in Charlotte, N.C. "We take the security and safety of our race fans very seriously," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. "I salute David Stetzer and our operations team for spending countless hours working with various local and national law enforcement agencies to make sure that everyone who comes to the speedway is able to enjoy NASCAR racing in a safe environment. We are honored that NASCAR has noticed the work we have put into this area."(LVMS PR)(1-17-2008)

  • Name change, new race date for NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas: Las Vegas Motor Speedway is announcing the following points of interest regarding the 2008 NASCAR Weekend at LVMS:
    Tickets for the 2008 NASCAR Weekend are slated to go on sale Monday, Aug. 6. Neon Garage passes (which in 2008 will include pit access), pre-race activities passes and Lucky 7 preferred parking also will be available that day. Race fans may order tickets by logging onto the LVMS website at www.lvms.com and clicking on “Tickets” or by calling 800-644-4444.
    The 2008 Sprint (formerly Sprint) Cup Series event will be known as the UAW-Dodge 400. The proposed purchase of a majority stake of Chrysler from DaimlerBenz by Cerberus Capital Management necessitates the name change.
    NASCAR Weekend is set for Feb. 29-March 2 – one week earlier than the 2007 event. The new dates call for the following schedule: Qualifying for both the UAW-Dodge 400 and Sam’s Town 300 will be Friday, Feb. 29. The Sam’s Town 300 event will be Saturday, March 1 and the 11th annual UAW-Dodge 400 will be run on Sunday, March 2. “Our ticket-renewal process yielded the highest renewal rates that we’ve ever experienced,” said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. “Our Ticket Services group has worked overtime in order to launch public-sale tickets a month earlier than in the past. I want to add that we’ve also had a very successful relationship with the United Auto Workers and its National Training Center, and we look forward to continuing that sponsorship under the name of the Dodge brand. The earlier race date is not new for Las Vegas Motor Speedway. From 1998-2004, NASCAR Weekend at LVMS was the first weekend in March. This date change in 2008 will allow NASCAR to continue the momentum from the start of the season without an open date just two weeks into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.”(LVMS PR)(8-3-2007)

  • Kentucky Cup race? Vegas 2nd race? NASCAR executives may be ready to settle one of those thorny legal situations they face, according to sources who say that a settlement with Kentucky Speedway could be coming — by adding the 11/2-mile track south of Cincinnati to the Sprint Cup tour next season. And there is also an unconfirmed report that NASCAR could be looking at adding a second Sprint Cup event at Bruton Smith’s Las Vegas track for next season.(Winston Salem Journal), so what tracks lose a date?(6-23-2007)

  • Name change for Vegas Cup race: DaimlerChrysler will be dropped from the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 title pending finalization of the sale of 80 percent of Chrysler divisions to a private equity firm. LVMS general manager Chris Powell said he expects a name change and should know by June what the 11th annual Las Vegas Cup race will be called. He said the sponsorship with the company is good through at least 2008 but would not disclose the length of agreement.(Las Vegas Review Journal)(5-19-2007)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Las Vegas Motor Speedway


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,350, Right-side -- 1,350;
    Nationwide Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4142; Right-side -- D-4144

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 in.

    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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same tire codes at Las Vegas this weekend . . . this is the first time that teams have run a race on either of these two tire codes . . . teams in these two series did run these codes during open testing at Las Vegas in January . . . Goodyear's tire recommendation for this year's Las Vegas events offers an increase in traction over the tire combination for last year's repaved surface. . . the 2008 tire combination incorporates improvements found during Goodyear's tire test in December . . . the tread compound for the left side tire offers a significant increase in traction, and the revised left side construction has consistently demonstrated more predictable response . . . 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.(2-28-2008)

    See tire notes for all the current season races so far on the Tire Notes by Tracks page


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • See all the testing results and news from the Jan 28-29, 2008 test on my Las Vegas Testing 2008 page.

  • Wood skips Vegas, Sauter to run #21: Jon Wood told Mike Bagley and David Poole this morning on "The Morning Drive" (Sirius NASCAR Radio 128) that he will step aside for this weekend's Sprint Cup UAW Dodge 400 at Las Vegas. Jon feels he is not ready to drive his family's car this weekend due to lack of experience in NASCAR's new race car. He has elected to take a pass and let Johnny Sauter take the wheel. The Wood Brothers decided to put Sauter in the car because they feel he is the best qualifier that was available. Bill Elliott was unavailable for this weekend's event due to other commitments. Wood's next Sprint Cup race is scheduled to be the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowes Motor Speedway in May.(Sirius NASCAR Radio)(2-27-2008) Comment here

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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