Sprint Cup Series
Camping World Truck Series
Sprint Cup Schedule
Pit Stall Selections
Practice Speeds Page
Goodyear Tire Notes
Times are local
to the Track
Thu, February 25
5 pm – Speedway Children’s Charities NASCAR Driver Auction at Sam’s Town Live!
6 pm – NASCAR Hauler Parade on Las Vegas Blvd
7 pm – NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series haulers enter
Fri, February 26
6 am – NASCAR Nationwide Series garage opens
6:30 am – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage opens
11-11:50 am – Sam’s Town 300 practice
12-1:30 pm – Shelby American practice
1:40-3 pm – Sam’s Town 300 final practice
3:40 pm – Shelby American qualifying
6 pm – NASCAR garages closed
7 pm Neon Garage closed
Sat, February 27
6:30 am – NASCAR Nationwide Series garage open
8:30 am – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage open
9 am – Sam’s Town 300 qualifying
10:40-11:20 am – Shelby American practice
11:45 am -12:50 pm – Shelby American final practice
1 pm – Sam’s Town 300 driver introductions
1:30 pm – NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam’s Town 300
7-9 pm – Neon Garage Sam’s Town 300 Post-race Party
Sun, February 28
3:00 pm Shelby American Sprint Cup Series race (green flag sched ~3:19pm/et)
7 am – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage opens
8-9:30 am – Speedway Children’s Charities Track Walk
11:30 am – Shelby American driver introductions
12 pm – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Shelby American
4 pm (approx) – Neon Garage Shelby American Post-race Party
7 pm – Neon Garage closed
Times above are listed in Pacific Time, which is three hours behind Eastern Time
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
NNS = Nationwide Series
NCWTS = Camping World Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Sun
ABC 13 KTNV
CBS 8 KLAS
FOX 5 KVVU
NBC 3 KVBC
National Weather Service
ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide
ESPN's Travel Guide - Las Vegas
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Race / Cup Odds
Las Vegas Preview by Micah Roberts
2010 Sprint Cup
World Sports Exchange:
2010 Sprint Cup Championship
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Stutzman Computer Service
Race: Sunday, February 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, NV
Title Sponsor: Carroll Shelby
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:16pm/et
Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team
NASCAR Pre-race: Fox - 2:00pm/et
Television Race Coverage: Fox, 3:00pm/et
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:00pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Wednesday, March 3 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED
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 XM Sirius Satellite
Co-Anchors: Mark Garrow, Doug Rice
Garage/Pit Reporters: Steve Richards, Brett McMillan
Turn Announcers: Chuck Carland, Rob Albright, Brad Gillie
Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage
(times in eastern time)
Friday, February 26, 3:00 - 4:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
Saturday, February 27, 1:40 - 2:20 pm, TV-SPEED
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, February 27, 2:45 - 3:50pm/et, TV-SPEED
Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage
news and links
Johnson wins the Shelby American: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Shelby American Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The win is Johnson's 2nd of 2010, 2nd in a row, 4th win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and 49th win of his 294 race career, now 12th best ever. Johnson has won at least two races every year since his first full-time season in 2002, nine straight years. #29-Harvick finished 2nd [for the 2nd straight race in a row], followed by #24-Gordon [who lead 219 of the 267 laps and dominated the race until 16 laps to go], #5-Martin, #17-Kenseth, #20-Logano, #14-Stewart, #33-Bowyer, #9-Kahne and #16-Biffle [was also 10th last week at ACS]. Pole sitter #2-Busch never led a lap and was caught up in a wreck on lap 94 when #42-Montoya and #1-McMurray got together and Busch had no place to go. Busch finished 35th, 8 laps down. 21 cars finished on the lead lap. There were 7 caution periods for 29 yellow flag laps. There were 18 lead changes among 9 drivers.
The race is scheduled to be re-aired, Wednesday, March 3 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED.
See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Las Vegas Race Results/Awards page.(2-28-2010)
Las Vegas Notes and Facts:
* Jimmie Johnson won the 2010 Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was Johnson's 49th Sprint Cup Series victory in 294 career starts. He took sole possession of 12th on NASCAR's all-time wins list. It was Johnson's fourth series victory at Las Vegas in nine starts. Johnson became the first repeat race winner in three races this season. It is seventh time he has posted victories in consecutive races. There have been three multiple race winners at Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson (four), Jeff Burton (two) and Matt Kenseth (two).
* Jeff Gordon (third) led the most laps in the race; he led seven times for 219 laps, a Las Vegas record.
* Mark Martin finished fourth in the past two races; he posted his fourth top-10 finish in his past five races at Las Vegas.
* Kenseth (fifth) posted his third top-10 finish in 2010.
* Pole-winner Kurt Busch finished 35th, eight laps down.
* Four drivers have scored top-10 finishes in the first three races in 2010 (Daytona, California, Las Vegas): Greg Biffle (third, 10th and 10th), Clint Bowyer (fourth, eighth and eighth), Kevin Harvick (seventh, second and second) and Matt Kenseth (eighth, seventh and fifth).
* Chevrolet scored its fifth Sprint Cup Series victory at Las Vegas; Ford has six Sprint Cup Series Las Vegas victories, Dodge has one and Toyota has one.(ESPN)(3-1-2010)
Race Fast Facts - Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
#48-Jimmie Johnson won the Shelby American, his 49th victory in 294 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He is now 12th alone in all-time wins one behind Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson.
This is his second victory and second top-10 finish in 2010.
This is his fourth victory and fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
#29-Kevin Harvick (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in ten races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2010.
#24-Jeff Gordon (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 13 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
#37-Kevin Conway (36th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 47 points over Clint Bowyer.(NASCAR Statistics)(2-28-2010)
2010 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings
[after Las Vegas, race 3 of 36]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #29-Kevin Harvick 506
2) #33-Clint Bowyer, 459, -47
3) #5-Mark Martin, 457, -49
4) #17-Matt Kenseth, 448, -58
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 443, -63
6) #16-Greg Biffle, 443, -63
7) #31-Jeff Burton, 430, -76
8) #20-Joey Logano, 413, -93
9) #00-David Reutimann, 397, -109
10) #99-Carl Edwards, 389, -117
11) #14-Tony Stewert, 386, -120
12) #18-Kyle Busch, 375, -131
Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 373, 2 out of the Chase
14) #1-Jamie McMurray [1 win], 363, -12
15) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 357, -18
2009 Chasers not in top 15
18) #83-Brian Vickers 320, -55
19) #2-Kurt Busch, 312, -63
22) #11-Denny Hamlin, 304, -71
23) #9-Kasey Kahne, 277, -98
26) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 248, -127
32) #39-Ryan Newman, 225, -150
See standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(2-28-2010)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Atlanta Motor Speedway and first five races of 2010:
Teams that are guaranteed a starting spot for the first five races, but are currently out of the 2010 top 35 of owners points are:
36) #37-Conway/Front Row: 7 points out of 35th
38) #26-Said/Latitude 43: -28
Two teams are currently outside the 2009 Top 35 owners points and a guaranteed starting spot, but are in the top 35 for 2010 owners points after three races, which would assure a starting spot if qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway is canceled [rain out, etc]:
#82-Speed/Red Bull: 16th in 2010 Owners Points
#71-Labonte/TRG: 30th, but would get in via being a past champ anyway
#09-Almirola/Phoenix Racing start and parked at Auto Club and Las Vegas, is 45th but would make the race via being a past winning team in 2009 [winning at Talladega last April]
The other teams likely to attempt Atlanta this coming weekend that would make the race if qualifying is canceled would be (5):
#21-Elliott [past champion]; #13-Papis (37th in 2010 owners points, 27 pts out of the top-35); #36-Bliss (39th/-33); #55-McDowell (40th/-75); and #66-Blaney (41st/-79).
Missing the race would be #87-Nemechek (42nd/-96); #90-Mears (44th) and #46-Cook (47th)
For the owners points standings, see my 2010 Owners Points Standings and 2010 Owners Points Rack for the first five races.(2-28-2010)
Penalty Report - Las Vegas:
Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
#43, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, engine change
#37, 2, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
#37, 4, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, 1 lap
#98, 47, Lug nut(s) not installed, pit
#38, 48, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
#77, 88, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
#83, 88, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
#2, 94, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
#1, 94, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
#2, 94, Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area, tail end
#83, 95, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
#7, 95, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
#2, 109, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, tail end
#26, 138, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
#1, 159, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
#7, 162, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
#77, 166, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
#13, 169, Outside half of the pit box tire violation
/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, pass thru
#12, 213, Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon, pass thru,
#37, 213, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
#18, 216, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
#12, 217, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
#37, 228, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
#9, 230, Running over/under equipment, stop and go
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Las Vegas: (and their finish)
and cars reported as wave arounds, a lap down, do not pit, stay on track, in front of leader, get waved around
Caution 1 - no driver down a lap
Caution 1 - none reported
Caution 2 - Lucky Dog: #77-Hornish Jr., 28th
Caution 2 - Reported Wave Around cars: #43-Allmendinger
Caution 3 - Lucky Dog: #34-Kvapil, 24th
Caution 3 - Reported Wave Around cars: none reported
Caution 4 - Lucky Dog: #82-Speed, 22nd
Caution 4 - Reported Wave Around cars: #19-Sadler
Caution 5 - Lucky Dog: #43-Allmendinger, 25th
Caution 5 - Reported Wave Around cars: none reported
Caution 6 - Lucky Dog: #34-Kvapil (2), 24th
Caution 6 - Reported Wave Around cars: none reported
Caution 7 - Lucky Dog: #00-Reutimann, 13th
Caution 7 - Reported Wave Around cars: none reported
NOTE: wave around cars are not always reported and not scored on results pages
Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Las Vegas (or seemed to)?
43rd: #09-Almirola, 23 laps run
42nd: #55-McDowell, 40 laps
41st: #87-Nemechek, 65 laps
(only count a team with a history of start and parking, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(2-28-2010)
Race Coverage of the Shelby America at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 28, 2010.
Television (TV): FOX at 3:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 2:00 pm/et; green flag approx 3:16pm/et
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
SPEED, Wednesday, March 3 at 12:00pm/et
Pit Stall Selections - Las Vegas: The selections of pit stalls for the Shelby America at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #2-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 15, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
#39-Newman, who starts 3rd took the 31st pit stall, the 3rd stall with an opening in front of it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #5-Martin, who starts 8th.
To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Las Vegas Pit Stall Selection chart.(2-27-2010)
Some Manufacturer Las Vegas Notes:
Chevy A Chevy driver has won four (4) of the 12 previous NSCS races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). Chevy has won one (1) pole at LVMS. Chevy drivers have scored 24 top-five finishes and 44 top-10 finishes at LVMS. A Chevy has led 1,026 laps (33% of 3,106 possible) at LVMS. #48-Johnson has three (3) LVMS victories (’05, ’06, and ‘07). Chevy has won both Sprint Cup races in 2010 and has 653 wins and 592 poles since 1949.
Ford: Ford Racing has more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway than any other manufacturer with 6.
Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards are the only two active Ford drivers to win a NSCS race at LVMS. Kenseth won back-to-back events in 2003 and 2004 while Edwards took the checkered flag in 2008. There are no “FR9” engines being run this week. A total of 12 Fords are entered and guaranteed starting spots in Sunday’s Shelby American.
Dodge: Dodge has one win in 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sterling Marlin took the win in a Dodge in 2002. Dodge has earned two poles at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – 2004 and 2007. In nine career LVMS starts, Kurt Busch has never started outside of the top 10. Busch’s average starting position at the 1.5-mile track is an incredible 5.7. Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Kurt Busch, 11/08/2009, 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Dodge teams have posted 45 wins since the manufacturer’s return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.
Toyota: Toyota drivers have combined for two top-fives and three top-10 finishes in the first two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races of 2010 … Joey Logano (fifth) earned his fourth career NSCS top-five last week in California … Last year, Camry driver Kyle Busch earned the pole position, led 51 (of 285 laps) and won at his Las Vegas hometown track … David Reutimann (fourth) and Denny Hamlin (ninth) earned top-10 finishes for Toyota at the 1.5-mile track in 2009 and 2008, respectively.(from manu PR's if sent)(2-28-2010)
Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page and from last season: Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
(pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)
NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing 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 new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR)(2-11-2010)
NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)
NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation last June  of the double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
news, notes and links
Las Vegas Pit Stall Selections
Happy Hour 'final' practice for the Shelby American Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, about 15 minutes early. The rain had held off and Nationwide qualifying and 1st Cup practice were held. Some results and notes:
slowest: #26-Said 175.650 and #38-Gilliland 176.898
incidents: #88-Earnhardt Jr. spun off turn 4, no damage.
See fastest speeds, average speeds, most laps run on my Las Vegas Practice Speeds page.(2-27-2010)
Saturday first practice for the Shelby American Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over. The rain has held off and Nationwide qualifying was held earlier. Some results and notes:
slowest: #26-Said 174.678 and #37-Conway 178.731
no speed: #09-Almirola [wrecked Friday and likely a start-and-park Sunday]
See fastest speeds, average speeds, most laps run on my Las Vegas Practice Speeds page.(2-27-2010)
Some Chassis selections for Las Vegas:
#1-Jamie McMurray: Crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion will bring chassis #070. This chassis ran in the 2009 season spring event at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway and in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway where it finished10th, 25th and ninth respectively.
#2-Kurt Busch the Steve Addington-led #2 Penske Racing Team will be racing their "PRS-702" Dodge Charger this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The "PRS-702" was brought out for the first time in last November's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Brother Kyle may have had the dominant car, but the #2 Dodge, carrying a special Operation Homefront color scheme, used fuel mileage strategy and came home the winner.
#5-Mark Martin: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-555 for the race in Las Vegas this weekend. This chassis was raced at Texas Motor Speedway last November where Martin finished fourth.
#6-David Ragan: The Chassis Primary is RK-620 which last ran Homestead – finished 34th. The backup is RK-670 ran Homestead in 2009 as the #26 (McMurray) – finished 18th. The Red Rock Center (SLIC – 8911) was selected as the Maximum Center for the February 28 Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The center in the Pacific Region is recognized for their achievements on the Great Basin District's Balanced Scorecard in January 2010.
#11-Denny Hamlin: The #11 FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 248 this weekend in Las Vegas. This car has two starts and two wins to its credit – taking the checkered flag at both Pocono and Martinsville in 2009. The backup chassis 246 sat on the pole at Auto Club in the fall of 2009 and will serve as the backup this weekend. The #11 FedEx Ground Toyota will carry the letters DSRT on the B-posts for Sunday's race in recognition of the Desert Region's outstanding performance with regards to package care. The FedEx Ground Desert Region includes not only the cities of Las Vegas, El Paso and San Diego but also the entire states of Arizona and New Mexico.
#12-Brad Keselowski The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-708 during Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. PRS-708 is a brand new chassis to the #12 Dodge team.
#14-Tony Stewart: running Chassis No. 14-583 at Las Vegas. It is a brand new racecar that has only been tested in the wind tunnel. Las Vegas will mark its first time on a racetrack.
#17-Matt Kenseth: primary chassis will be RK-646, with the backup being RK-616, no details
#18-Kyle Busch will drive Chassis No. 268 which is a brand new race car that has never turned a wheel on the racetrack.
#20-Joey Logano: The team is bringing to Las Vegas chassis No. 252, which Logano drove to two top-15 finishes last year — 14th at Richmond in September and 12th at Martinsville in October.
#29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 299 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Shell-Pennzoil Chevy which will circle the track for the first time this weekend.
#31-Jeff Burton: This Week's #31-Caterpillar Chevy at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 293 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Caterpillar Chevrolet Impala that will circle the race track for the first time this weekend.
#33-Clint Bowyer: This Weekend's Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet Impala at Auto Club Speedway … Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 277 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Bowyer piloted this #33 Chevy twice last season and finished 18th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and 21st at Kansas Speedway in October.
#39-Ryan Newman will pilot a new #39 chassis this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The car, which was built in the offseason, will turn its first laps ever on the racetrack in first practice at the 1.5-mile speedway on Friday morning. The car was tested in the wind tunnel in early February.
#42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Brian Pattie and the No. 42 Target team will bring chassis #910 to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This chassis ran at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the 2009 season finale where a mid-race incident forced the team to a 38th-place finish.
#48-Jimmie Johnson will pilot a brand new chassis - No. 580 - in Sunday's event. The backup chassis No. 534 was last driven to a 13th-place result at Pocono Raceway last August and also ran at Las Vegas last year, finishing 24th.
#71-Bobby Labonte will run chassis number 282, will be making its on-track debut with TRG Motorsports.
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. This weekend at Las Vegas, crew chief Lance McGrew and the #88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-556, which is the first chassis McGrew built from scratch for Earnhardt. This chassis, which Earnhardt debuted in 2009 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was used last at Texas Motor Speedway in November. Earnhardt was running sixth before a late-race fuel gamble resulted in a 25th-place finish.
#99-Carl Edwards The #99 Roush Fenway Racing crew will unload RK-565 for the weekend. Edwards raced this car at both Atlanta events, Chicago and Darlington in 2009. Its best finish was third at Atlanta in March.(from team PR's if reported)(2-26-2010)
- Kurt Busch wins pole at Las Vegas: #2-Kurt Busch won the Coors Pole for the Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a TRACK RECORD speed of 188.719mph for his 1st pole of 2010 and 11th of his career and first pole in 83 races (Sept 2007 at Auto Club Speedway). #24-Gordon will start 2nd followed by #39-Newman, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #18-Busch, #20-Logano, #16-Biffle, #5-Martin, #14-Stewart and #42-Montoya [the winner of Friday's practice]. Eighteen drivers were faster the the previous track record of 185.995mph, set last season by Kyle Busch.
The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #87-Nemechek, #13-Papis, #82-Speed, #71-Labonte, #36-Bliss, #55-McDowell, #66-Blaney and #09-Almirola
The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (2): #90-Casey Mears and #46-Terry Cook
See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Las Vegas Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(2-26-2010)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Las Vegas:
#2-Kurt Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Shelby American with a lap of 28.614 seconds, 188.725 mph. This is a track record breaking the mark of 185.995 mph set by his brother, Kyle, in 2009. Eighteen drivers qualified under the previous record.
This is his 11th pole in 331 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. His last pole came in September 2007 at Auto Club Speedway.
This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2010.
This is his first pole in ten races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
#24-Jeff Gordon (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2010 and his fifth in 13 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
#39-Ryan Newman (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his first in three races this season.
#37-Kevin Conway (39th) was the fastest qualifying rookie [the other rookie, #46-Cook, failed to qualify]
Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
Chevy: #24-Gordon, 188.646, starts 2nd
Dodge: #2-Busch, 188.719, starts 1st
Ford: #16-Biffle, 187.598, starts 7th
Toyota: #18-Busch, 188.153, starts 5th
Coverage of Qualifying for the Shelby America at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, February 26, 2010 at 6:40pm/et.
Television (TV): SPEED 6:30pm/et
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
Qualifying Re-Air: 11:00pm/et on SPEED
Qualifying Order for the Shelby America at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed. 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 #48-Johnson.
The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #16-Biffle.
The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #90-Mears with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #46-Cook.
See the full qualifying order on the Las Vegas Qualifying Page.(2-26-2010)
Friday practice: for the Shelby American Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, some results and notes:
#42-Montoya 186.168 [track record is 185.995 set last year]
slowest: #26-Said 174.368 and #37-Conway 176.413
incidents: #29-Harvick [was 9th fastest] smacked the turn 2 wall early in the session, doing some damage to the right side of the car. #43-Allmendinger lost an engine and the team in installing a new one, so Allmendinger will have to go to the rear of the field on Sunday before the start of the race.
See fastest speeds, average speeds, most laps run on my Las Vegas Practice Speeds page.(2-26-2010)
Las Vegas practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
#13-Max Papis, 15th fastest
#82-Scott Speed, 16th
#87-Joe Nemechek, 20th
#36-Mike Bliss, 29th
#55-Michael McDowell, 30th
#71-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 32nd
#09-Aric Almirola, 36th
#66-Dave Blaney, 37th
these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
#46-Terry Cook, 39th
#90-Casey Mears, 41st
The Entry List for the Shelby America at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Not in top 35 of owners points for the first five races in 2010:
#09-Aric Almirola (2009 race winner as owner)(46/2)
#13-Max Papis (36/2)
#36-Mike Bliss (35/2)
#46-Terry Cook (47/2)
#55-Michael McDowell (40/2)
#66-Dave Blaney (45/2)
#71-Bobby Labonte [past champ 2000](25/2)
#82-Scott Speed (15/2)
#87-Joe Nemechek (43/2)
#90-Casey Mears (44/2)
#35-Johnny Sauter (49/1)
In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 09,71,82,36,13,55,87,90
missing the race would be : #'s 66,46
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Las Vegas Entry List and the 2010 Owners Points Standings for the first FIVE races page.(2-22/25-2010)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and first five races of 2010:
Teams that are guaranteed a starting spot for the first five races, but are currently out of the 2010 top 35 of owners points are:
37) #34-Kvapil/Front Row: 12 points out of 35th
38) #39-Newman/Stewart: -18
41) #47-Ambrose/JTG Daugherty: -36 (yikes)
Three teams are currently outside the 2009 Top 35 owners points and a guaranteed starting spot, but are in the top 35 for 2010 owners points after two races, which would assure a starting spot if qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is canceled [rain out, etc]:
#82-Speed/Red Bull: 15th in 2010 Owners Points
#71-Labonte/TRG: 25th, but would get in via being a past champ anyway
#36-Bliss/Baldwin: 35th in 2010 Owners Points
#09-Almirola/Phoenix Racing start and parked at Auto Club and is 46th but would make the race via being a past winning team in 2009 [winning at Talladega last April]
The other teams likely to attempt Las Vegas this coming weekend that would make the race if qualifying is canceled would be:
#13-Papis (36th in 2010 owners points, 12 pts out of the top-35); #55-McDowell (40th); #87-Nemechek (43rd) and #90-Mears (44th).
Missing the race would be #66-Blaney (45th) and #46-Cook (47th)
For the owners points standings, see my 2010 Owners Points Standings and 2010 Owners Points Rack for the first five races.(2-21-2010)
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 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]
Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page
Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.
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 points).
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: See my 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more
RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
There are three current race tracks the Cup Series runs on that Tony Stewart has not won at a Sprint Cup race:
Auto Club Speedway 0 for 18 with a best finish of 4th in 1999 & 2001, last race 2/2010 9th
Las Vegas 0 for 12 with a best finish of 2nd in 2000, last race 2/2010 7th
Darlington 0 for 17 with a best finish of 3rd in 2009
Stewart has won at 19 of 23 tracks he has raced on, didn't win at Rockingham which is no longer active for Cup racing.(2-28-2010)
2010 Pole Sitter: #2-Kurt Busch, 188.719, finished 35th
2009 Pole Sitter: #18-Kyle Busch, 185.995, finished 1st
Current Track Config Qualifying Record: Kurt Busch, 2/26/2010, 188.719mph
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
2010 Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 141.450, started 20th
2009 Race Winner: Kyle Busch, 119.513, started 1st
Track Race Record: Mark Martin, March 1998, 146.554mph
Slowest Race Record: Kyle Busch, 2009, 119.513mph
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth 2004, started 25th
Oldest Winner: Sterling Marlin, 44 years, 8 months, 1 days, 3/3/2002
Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 23 years, 9 months, 29 days, 3/1/2009
Most Wins: 4 - Jimmie Johnson
Most Poles: 2 - Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett, Kyle Busch
Most Top 5s: 6 - Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 10 - Mark Martin
Most Cautions: 14 - 3/1/2009
Most Caution Laps: 66, 3/1/2009
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 - 3/7/2004
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: 12 - 3/1/2009
Most Laps Led: 219 - Jeff Gordon, 2/28/2010
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: 6 - Ford; 5 - Chevy; 1 - Dodge; 1 - Toyota
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: 1 [of 13]
- Races won from starting pos 2: 1
- 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 20: 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: 3 of 13
- Races won from the top 10: 5 of 13
At Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
· The first NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race won by Ken Schrader on Nov. 2, 1996.
· The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held on March 1, 1998, won by Mark Martin.
· In 2006, the track was reconfigured to include progressive banking.
· There have been 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
· Five drivers have participated in all 12 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
· Dale Jarrett won the inaugural pole.
· Eight drivers have poles, led by Dale Jarrett, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch and Bobby Labonte (two each).
· Eight different drivers have won, led by Jimmie Johnson (three).
· Only five of the 12 races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
· Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch became the first driver to win from the pole, last season.
· Four of the 12 races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 25th, by Matt Kenseth in 2004.
· There has been one green-white-checkered finish at Las Vegas: 2006 (270/267).
· Only one driver averages a top-10 finish: Jeff Burton (9.8). Burton won consecutive races in 1999 and 2000, and has finished in the top five in the last two races (fifth in 2008, third in 2009). Burton has been running at the finish in all 12 of his events.
· In three of the last four races, the margin of victory was under one second.
· Kyle Busch made his first start and Kasey Kahne won his first pole at Las Vegas, in the same event (2004).
· There have been 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in Nevada, one at Las Vegas Park Speedway in 1955 and the rest at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1996-Present).
· 19 drivers all-time in NASCAR’s three national series have their home state as Nevada.
PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS
2010: Jimmie Johnson (4), #48 Chevy, 141.450, started 20th, MOV 1.874 seconds
2009: Kyle Busch, #18-Toyota, 119.513, started 1st, MOV 0.411 seconds
2008: Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 127.729, started 2nd, MOV 0.504 seconds
2007: Jimmie Johnson (3), #48 Chevy, 128.183, started 23rd, MOV 2.795 seconds
2006: Jimmie Johnson (2), #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
2010: Kurt Busch, #2-Dodge, 188.719, finished 35th
2009: Kyle Busch, #18-Toyota, 185.995, finished 1st
2008: Kyle Busch, #18-Toyota, 182.352, finished 11th
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
Ambrose to run Kingsford colors at Vegas: With warmer weather around the corner, Marcos Ambrose is reminding race fans that “Racing Season is Grilling Season” as he straps into his #47 Kingsford Toyota Camry and attempts to change his luck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). "Kingsford Charcoal is a wonderful partner of ours and they’ve been with us for a long time,” Ambrose said. “I’m an outdoorsman and I’m always cooking on the grill at the race track or at home. Steaks are my favorite with Bush’s Baked Beans of course. Bush’s will also have presence on the JTG Daugherty Racing car as well as Scotts Towels, Little Debbie and Clorox. We just want to fans to remember that racing season is grilling season and it’s time to pull out the grill and fire it up. I’m looking forward to doing that myself when I get to the track because I love to grill.” He likes grilling so much that he will be firing up his grill and hosting country music artist Craig Morgan at LVMS.(JTG Daugherty Racing) see images oif the scheme on my #47 Team Schemes page and looks for Ambrose to run Lance Snacks colors at Atlanta next week.(2-26-2010)
Sacred Power sticks with Said at Las Vegas: Sacred Power and U.S. Chrome will continue to support Boris Said in the #26 Sacred Power Ford Fusion at the Shelby American in Las Vegas. Sacred Power will be on the lower rear quarter Panel. Sacred Powers V.P. / COO Odes Armijo-Caster stated, "I'm encouraged by the amount of business and attention we have recieved from being a part of the Latitude 43 and the number 26 team." David Melton President / CEO of Sacred Power added, "Boris Said could not be a better representitive of our product and company." Latitude 43 still has partnerships available for Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Bristol. Latitude 43 thanks Southern Pride Trucking Inc. for their support of the team during the Auto Club 500.(Latitude 43 PR)(2-26-2010)
#29 scheme to promote new Pennzoil product: The #29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevy of Kevin Harvick will be carrying a special paint scheme this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that coincides with some exciting news coming from Pennzoil (RCR). The car will be all yellow to promote Pennzoil Ultra. See images of the car on my #29 Team Schemes page.(2-24-2010)
Sponsor debut for Newman at Vegas: While Ryan Newman embarks on his 299th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, he will also celebrate an important first for his #39 Stewart-Haas Racing team. Sunday's Shelby American will be the first of nine races where new sponsor Tornados, a brand of family owned Ruiz Foods, will adorn the #39 Chevy as the team's primary sponsor (SHR), see a schedule of races for Tornados on my #39 Team News & Links page and images of the scheme on my #39 Team Schemes page.(2-24-2010)
Kellogg's debut for Edwards: The #99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford of Carl Edwards will have co-primary sponsorship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Aflac and Kellogg's (RFR). See images of the schemes on my #99 Team Schemes page.(2-24-2010)
Tums scheme for Reutimann at Vegas: Michael Waltrip Racing's #00 Toyota Camry of David Reutimann is featuring new partner TUMS as the primary sponsor at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the first of five primary paint schemes this season. The #00 TUMS Toyota also will appear at Martinsville-1, Chicago, New Hampshire-2 and Phoenix-2. Reutimann currently has the longest streak of consecutive races finished without a Did Not Finish (DNF) at 43 races of drivers to start every race during that period. He was also one of only three drivers to finish every point race in 2009 - Juan Pablo Montoya and Casey Mears were the other two [Montoya DNF'd at Auto Club and Mears has failed to qualify the first two races of 2010]. Reutimann's last DNF was Oct. 5, 2008 at Talladega Superspeedway.(MWR), see images of the scheme on my #00 Team Schemes page and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya will runs a Tum's scheme at Talladega in April.(2-23-2010)
Pink scheme for Bliss at Vegas: As part of a contest / promotion, looks like the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy that Mike Bliss will drive in 2010, will have a pink paint scheme at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Shelby American Sprint Cup Series race, promoting the Sephora's Live Like Kim Kardashian Sweepstakes.(see more on my Racing Contest page or kimkardashian.celebuzz.com), see an image of the scheme on my #36 Team Schemes page.(2-3-2010)
Tums to sponsor Reutimann: TUMS announced a multi-year partnership with Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) to sponsor David Reutimann’s #00 Toyota Camry starting with the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. TUMS will be prominently displayed as the primary sponsor on the #00 Toyota Camry for five races during the 2010 and 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons with Coca-Cola 600 winner Reutimann as the driver. The brand also will have visibility as a full-time associate sponsor beginning with the season-opening Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach. TUMS will continue to be featured as a primary sponsor for one race and a full-time associate sponsor on the #42 Chevy driven by Juan Pablo Montoya through a partnership with Target.(Michael Waltrip Racing), see an image of the scheme on the MWR site or on my 2010 #00 Team Schemes page.(11-6-2009)
More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles (2010)
Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 285 laps, 427.5 miles (2009)
Front straight: 2,275 feet
Back straight: 1,572 feet
Banking after reconfig 2007: Corners:20°, Front Straight: 9°, Back Straight: 9°
Banking before config 2006: Corners:12°, Front Straight: 9°, Back Straight: 3°
Grandstand Seating: 142,000
Pace Car Speeds: Pit Road - 45 mph; Track 55 mph
Opened: 1996 (First Cup race held in 1998)
Grand Marshal: Carroll Shelby/Kim Kardashian
Command to start engines: Carroll Shelby/Kim Kardashian
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
Invocation: LVMS Track Chaplin, Joe Freiburger
National Anthem: Las Vegas headliner Terry Fator
Military Flyover: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
Pace Car: 2011 Shelby GT350
For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page
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February 2009: see my Las Vegas Race Info page
LVMS records ninth consecutive sellout: Las Vegas Motor Speedway recorded its ninth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series sellout with Sunday’s running of the Shelby American. Speedway officials sold the final grandstand seats Sunday morning prior to the green flag for the 13th annual event. The capacity crowd marked the largest crowd of the season. “In what are still challenging economic times, today’s turnout is a testament to the popularity of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, this great city and NASCAR’s premier racing series,” said LVMS president Chris Powell. “We really appreciate the thousands of race fans who chose to spend the day with us.”
Tickets for the 2011 NASCAR Weekend are on sale now, and anyone who buys or renews tickets for 2011 will get them at 10 percent off this year’s prices if they purchase by April 9. Race fans purchasing before April 9 will be able to pay 33 percent of their invoice on April 9 and have the remainder charged in two additional installments. Fans also will receive a commemorative poster.(LVMS)(2-28-2010)
Human Nature to perform prior to start of Shelby American: Race fans arriving early for the Feb. 28 Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be entertained by Las Vegas headliner Human Nature. The Australian group will perform on the main stage in front of the grandstands prior to the green flag, set to wave at noon. Billed as The Ultimate Celebration of Motown, Human Nature is presented by R&B music legend Smokey Robinson. Covering Motown’s greatest songs, the quartet consists of Toby Allen, Andrew Tierny, Michael Tierny and Phil Burton. The group took root in Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia 20 years ago and has opened for Celine Dion and Michael Jackson. Human Nature has headlined at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino since last May. To purchase tickets for the Feb. 26-28 NASCAR Weekend at LVMS, including the fabulous Neon Garage fan experience, Lucky 7 Preferred Parking and driver introduction passes, call (800) 644-4444 or visit www.lvms.com.(LVMS)(2-27-2010)
Shelby and Kardashian to serve as co-grand marshals at LVMS: Automobile legend Carroll Shelby and television star Kim Kardashian will serve as co-grand marshals for Sunday’s Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kardashian and Shelby will share the microphone when it comes time to give the command to start engines. “Of course, I will have my rooting interest during the race,” Kardashian said, referring to Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 Chevy driven by Mike Bliss, which will feature a special paint scheme, celebrating the launch of her new fragrance. “But I'm really looking forward to meeting all the drivers. It's such a tremendous honor to serve as co-Grand Marshal and I'm really looking forward to experiencing a Sprint Cup race up close.” Kim stars in the E! network television series, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, on Sunday nights.
Shelby has raced and designed cars for more than 50 years and is known throughout the world for his legendary Cobra and Shelby GT350. His company, Shelby Automobiles, Inc. is headquartered in Las Vegas and also is the sponsor of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at LVMS.
To purchase tickets for the 2011 NASCAR Weekend – as well as tickets for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Shelby American and NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 (including the fabulous Neon Garage fan experience, Lucky 7 Preferred Parking and driver introduction passes), please call (800) 644-4444 or visit www.lvms.com.(LVMS)(2-25-2010)
2011 Shelby GT350 to pace Shelby American: Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, so it is only fitting that the city’s NASCAR race be paced by something that reflects that image. The aggressively-styled, exciting new 2011 Shelby GT350 will serve as the pace car for the Feb. 28 Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race will be the public’s first opportunity to see the supercharged supercar at speed – and the first time for a Shelby GT350 to pace a NASCAR event. The 2011 Shelby GT350 is constructed by Shelby American, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International, Inc. The Shelby team unveiled a supercharged concept version of the Mustang-based 2011 Shelby GT350 to the surprise of thousands of automotive enthusiasts gathered at the Barrett-Jackson Auction opening-night gala to honor the 45th anniversary of the first GT350 and first Shelby big-block Cobra. It was an immediate hit with the muscle car crowd. The Shelby GT350 is a post-title program. The customer purchases a car from their local Ford dealer, which is transformed into a GT350 by the Shelby American Team in Las Vegas. A limited number will be built in the 2011 model year. A Ford Mustang GT can be drop-shipped by a Ford dealer to Shelby’s Las Vegas facility for conversion, or a customer may arrange to have a properly-specified car transported to the factory.
Each GT350 will be adorned in the traditional white paint scheme, accented with Shelby Guardsman Blue Le Mans stripes. The GT350 will feature the new Coyote 5.0 liter Ford V8, coupled to a six-speed transmission and center-exit exhaust. Blue Shelby GT350 valve covers and billet caps set off the supercharged engine. The Baer brake system features a six-piston kit in the front, as well as 14-inch ERADISPEED rotors in the rear with cooling ducts for all four corners.
The suspension was upgraded with new Ford Racing springs, struts, sway bars and adjustable caster/camber plates. The car also receives a new front fascia, tail light trim, front splitter, rear deck lid filler panel and rear fascia. Functional scoops are located on the side rockers and hood. The GT350 badges on the outside and inside of the car will include a Shelby serial number. The A-pillar carries a fuel pressure, oil pressure and boost gauge.
To purchase tickets for the 2011 NASCAR Weekend – as well as tickets for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Shelby American and NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 (including the fabulous Neon Garage fan experience, Lucky 7 Preferred Parking and driver introduction passes), please call (800) 644-4444 or visit www.lvms.com.(LVMS)(2-25-2010)
LVMS offers discount incentives, bonuses for fans purchasing 2011 Tix: Las Vegas Motor Speedway is offering a substantial discount – and other bonuses – to its weekend ticketholders. Tickets for the 2011 NASCAR Weekend will go on sale tomorrow and anyone who purchases or renews tickets for next year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events prior to April 10 will receive a 10-percent discount off of 2010’s prices. Fans that renew their NASCAR Weekend tickets for 2011 will have the option to keep their present seat locations or upgrade them. LVMS is offering a three-payment plan for 2011 NASCAR Weekend ticket purchases or renewals. The first one-third is due at time of purchase (up to April 15) and the second and third installments will be charged to their credit cards on July 1 and Oct. 1. Fans taking part in this special offer also will receive an exclusive, commemorative poster of the 2010 LVMS NASCAR Weekend. To purchase tickets for the 2011 NASCAR Weekend – as well as tickets for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Shelby American and NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam’s Town 300 (including the fabulous Neon Garage fan experience, Lucky 7 Preferred Parking and driver introduction passes), please call (800) 644-4444 or visit www.lvms.com.(LVMS)(2-23-2010)
LVMS expects highway widening to improve vehicle flow: Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials are expecting the smoothest vehicle flow ever for the NASCAR Weekend thanks to improvements made to Interstate 15. A design-build project by the Nevada Department of Transportation has widened I-15 to four lanes in each direction between the U.S. 95 interchange and Craig Road. This project was completed well ahead of schedule and should improve ingress and egress for the Feb. 26-28 events.
“We are very grateful to the Nevada Department of Transportation for its efficiency in completing this project,” said LVMS president Chris Powell. “When we first heard of this project in 2007, we were told it would impact NASCAR Weekend in ’08, ’09 and 2010. But NDOT delayed the start until after the ’08 race and concluded the project before this year’s big weekend – a full six months ahead of schedule.”
While commuting by car should be much easier, the speedway still encourages fans to use mass transit to attend the races. For the second consecutive year, Coach America will service the event. In 2009, Coach America replaced CAT as the preferred transit organization for the events at LVMS. Race fans can contact Coach America at nascar.coachamerica.com or (702) 948-7360.
For those wishing to take a private charter to the races, LVMS recommends Key Tours. Key Tours has been providing service to the speedway for several years, and we vouch for the quality of its service. Key Tours can be contacted at www.keytourslv.com or 1-800-261-2691. To reserve seats on either the Coach America or Key Tours buses, please go to www.LVMS.com and click on the “Getting to the Races” link in the NASCAR Weekend Quick Links box.
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. “We take caring for the handicapped very seriously at the speedway,” Powell said. “It’s important to us that handicapped fans coming to our race are not inconvenienced by those who are perfectly capable of parking in the general parking area.” The speedway also has added a new feature to its website. Videos depicting the preferred entry and exit from the speedway can now be found online at www.lvms.com.(LVMS)(2-22-2010)
Bruton Smith suing Wayne Newton: Las Vegas Motor Speedway executive O. Bruton Smith is suing singer Wayne Newton, charging Newton is delinquent on a $3.35 million loan and seeking to foreclose on Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah ranch in Las Vegas. The lawsuit was filed in Clark County District in Las Vegas Feb. 9 by Smith, chairman and chief executive of Speedway Motorsports Inc., against Newton, his wife, Kathleen McCrone Newton, Newton company Desert Eagle LLC and a Newton Living Trust dated Dec. 19, 2001. The lawsuit was filed by attorneys Mark Ferrario and Brandon Roos of the Las Vegas office of the law firm Greenberg Traurig on behalf of Smith, whose company based in Concord, N.C., owns tracks around the country for NASCAR and other races. Smith is also the chairman and chief executive of automotive retailer Sonic Automotive Inc. of Charlotte, N.C. The suit says that in March 2006, when Wayne Newton and Smith were friends, the Newtons approached Smith and asked him to assist the Newtons and Desert Eagle in obtaining a $3.75 million loan from Bank of America by providing a personal guarantee. The suit says Wayne Newton planned to refinance existing debt with B of A and that the loan would be secured by Newton’s 38-acre residence in Las Vegas at Pecos and Sunset roads and by a private jet valued at more than $2 million.(see full article at the Las Vegas Sun)(2-18-2010)
Coach America shuttle service available from hotels to LVMS: Coach America once again will provide shuttle service from selected hotels to Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the Feb. 26-28 NASCAR Weekend. The Coach America shuttle buses will provide one-way service (hotel to speedway) on Friday (qualifying), Saturday (Sam’s Town 300) and Sunday (Shelby American) morning. Return shuttle service (speedway to hotel) will begin as soon as the event ends and will continue as needed. Shuttle service also will be available from Parking Lot 5 immediately after the World of Outlaws Sprint Car races on Friday night at the Dirt Track.
Shuttle tickets may be purchased at the Coach America shuttle desk at the following locations: Tropicana Hotel & Casino (bus plaza lobby), T.I. Hotel & Casino (registration lobby), Riviera Hotel & Casino (south lobby), Las Vegas Hilton (east lobby-monorail connection) and the downtown Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino (south lobby). Shuttle tickets are $30 per person for Friday, $30 per person for Saturday and $40 per person on Sunday. A three-day pass also is available for $40.
The Coach America shuttle desks will be open 6-10 p.m. on Wednesday of NASCAR Weekend; 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 7 a.m.-noon on Sunday.
Coach America shuttle schedule (subject to change, please check updated information at desk):
Friday, Feb. 26 – 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (one way, from hotel to speedway).
Saturday, Feb. 27 – 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (one way, from hotel to speedway).
Sunday, Feb. 28 – 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (one way, from hotel to speedway).
Return shuttle service (speedway to hotel) will begin as soon as the event ends and will continue as needed.
Shuttle service also will be available from Parking Lot 5 immediately after the World of Outlaws Sprint Car races on Friday night at the Dirt Track. To purchase shuttle service tickets online, please visit nascar.coachamerica.com.
LVMS ticket office at (800) 644-4444 or online at www.lvms.com. Follow LVMS on Facebook and Twitter.(LVMS)(2-17-2010)
Hauler Parade to kick off NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas: The popular NASCAR Hauler Parade once again will thunder up the world-famous Las Vegas Strip to kick off NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas. The 2010 edition of the NASCAR Hauler Parade will begin at 6:00 pm – under the fabulous neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip – on Thursday, Feb. 25. The new, later starting time will allow more fans to view the parade. The colorful 18-wheelers that carry the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series race cars and equipment to the tracks will be staged at approximately 6 p.m. in the right lane of Las Vegas Boulevard just south of Russell Road. Once all trucks are lined up, the haulers will move north on Las Vegas Boulevard. The haulers will proceed approximately five miles to Sahara Avenue before returning to Interstate 15 and the short ride north to the speedway. The speedway expects 60-75 haulers to take part in the parade, which will conclude with the haulers arriving at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in preparation for the Feb. 28 Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. 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. Tickets for the NASCAR and Dirt Track events may be purchased by calling the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444 or online at www.LVMS.com.(LVMS)(2-11-2010)
LVMS invites President Obama to see Las Vegas from new perspective: Las Vegas Motor Speedway is inviting the President to see firsthand how visiting Las Vegas for entertainment is a boon to the economy. LVMS president Chris Powell is inviting President Barack Obama to be the grand marshal for the Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Feb. 28 [FYI - he would replace current Grand Marshal Kim Kardashian if the President chose to attend]. The invitation comes less than 24 hours after the president told a gathering in New Hampshire that Americans shouldn't "blow a bunch of cash on Vegas" during the current economic climate. "It's a shame that the president doesn't realize the impact of tourism on the Las Vegas economy," Powell said. "Telling people not to visit Las Vegas is the same as telling them not to buy vegetables would be to a farmer in the Midwest - or telling them not to buy cars would be to an autoworker in Detroit. On the last weekend of this month, NASCAR Weekend at the speedway will bring in more than $150 million to the local economy. It will generate 3,000 jobs at the speedway alone. Hotels in town have reduced room rates. We've reduced ticket prices. And the races themselves will be a showcase of American knowhow and ingenuity. I would love to have the president come to Las Vegas Motor Speedway during NASCAR Weekend and see firsthand how important tourism is to our community. We'll even let him give the command to start engines. NASCAR Weekend is the largest sporting event in Nevada, and the 300,000 people who visit here during the weekend will surpass any event in Las Vegas in 2010."(LVMS)(2-4-2010)
Las Vegas headliner Terry Fator to sing national anthem for Shelby American: Popular Las Vegas headliner Terry Fator has been tapped to sing the national anthem for the Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 28. Fator, known throughout the world for his celebrity singing impressions and unparalleled ventriloquism, won the second season of NBC-TV’s America’s Got Talent and currently performs at The Mirage Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. “It is an honor for me to sing the national anthem at the Shelby American race in Las Vegas,” said Fator. “I believe that my fans and NASCAR fans are one and the same, so it is a match made in Heaven. I grew up in Texas, so you know I’m a NASCAR fan!” Tickets for the Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam’s Town 300 are available by visiting www.lvms.com or by calling (800) 644-4444.(2-2-2010)
LVMS secures discounted hotel rooms for NASCAR Weekend: Las Vegas Motor Speedway has partnered with 13 local hotels to bring deeply discounted room rates to race fans for the Feb. 26-28 NASCAR Weekend. “We understand that coming to races involves much more than just the purchase of a race ticket,” said LVMS president Chris Powell. “Several months ago, we announced the decision to lower all weekend and Sunday-only tickets for the NASCAR Weekend. We have been working since that time with our hotels for more affordable rates for our race fans. We are very appreciative to our hotel partners in helping us meet the needs of the thousands of race fans who travel from out of town to attend the races here at LVMS.” Participating hotels have dropped room rates by as much as 25 percent for the race weekend. In addition, many hotels are offering promotions such as free hats, free cocktail hours, discounted food options and gifts for kids. The following hotels are part of this partnership: Sam’s Town, The Orleans, Harrah’s, Imperial Palace, Flamingo, Bally’s, South Point, MGM Grand, Luxor, Excalibur, Mirage, Palace Station and Green Valley Ranch. Race fans interested in booking one of these deeply discounted rooms can do so by visiting www.lvms.com/hotels. Tickets for the Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Sam’s Town 300 featuring the Las Vegas debut of Indy star Danica Patrick are available at www.lvms.com or by calling 1-800-644-4444.(1-26-2010)
Promotions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
Thomas Taylor has been promoted to Manager, Information Technology Services.
Jeff Motley has been promoted to Vice President of Media Relations.
Tara Barkis Jimenez has been promoted to Manager of Business & Development in the Sales & Marketing Dept.
Naysan Gray and Craig Cochran have been promoted to Senior Manager, Business Development in the Sales & Marketing Dept.
Aaron Crowley has been promoted to Senior Manager, Business Development & Advertising in the Sales & Marketing Dept.
Brock Ita has joined the staff as Coordinator of Client Services in the Sales & Marketing Dept.(LVMS PR)(1-6-2010)
Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities grants $275,000 to charities: The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities hosted its annual Grant Distribution and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Las Vegas Chapter awarded $275,000 to 78 local children's charities at the ceremony. Children from all recipients were invited to attend and the event, which included musical entertainment by Malia Civetz and dancing by the Culture Shock dance group. The evening concluded with a visit from Santa Claus (delivered to the speedway in a Richard Petty Driving Experience stock car) and gifts for each child. Fund raising events for the 2009 season included the Mel Larson Night of Champions Presented By Autotrader.com (which honored Carroll Shelby), the 11th annual NASCAR Driver Auction at Sam's Town Live!, the chapter's seventh annual golf tournament and the sixth annual Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament at the Cannery Hotel & Casino. Making a difference in a child's life is the focus of Speedway Children's Charities. SCC strives to do this in collaboration with the non-profit organizations it supports nationwide. Individually, SCC's local chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them.
Shelby Autos returns to sponsor Vegas race: Shelby Automobiles, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., will return in 2010 as the sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Shelby teamed up with LVMS this past March for the Shelby 427. Next year's event on Feb. 28 will be called the Shelby American to honor the 45th anniversary of the Shelby G.T. 350 and 427 Cobra introductions in 1965. March's race was known as the Shelby 427 and featured a 427-mile, 285-lap race. The event will return to its traditional 400-mile, 267-lap distance in 2010. The 2010 NASCAR Weekend will kick off with qualifying for the Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Friday, Feb. 26. The Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race is set for Saturday, Feb. 27. Tickets for all 2010 events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, including the Shelby American on Sunday, Feb. 28, can be purchased by calling 1-800-644-444 or online at www.lvms.com. Neon Garage, Lucky 7 Preferred parking and driver introduction passes also are on sale.(LVMS)(11-6-2009)
Las Vegas sets 2010 Cup date, tix for sale: The annual NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be a February affair in 2010. LVMS officials announced Friday that next year’s event will take place Feb. 26-28. It marks the first year the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event will be run in February. “In reality, it’s on the same weekend as the 2009 event, it’s just a quirk in the calendar that has the event being held in February,” said LVMS president Chris Powell. “We have been blessed with great weather on this weekend the past few years, and we look forward to having another great weekend with a packed house in 2010.” Tickets, which start as low as $49, are on sale now. Race fans can purchase tickets by calling 1-800-644-4444, logging on to www.lvms.com or in person at the LVMS ticket services office. LVMS has reduced the price of all Weekend Package and single-day tickets from 2009 pricing. Neon Garage passes also have been reduced from 2009. The speedway has introduced a special Family Four Pack which starts at $199. Lucky 7 Preferred Parking and Driver Introduction passes also are available. Times for all events will be announced at a later date.(LVMS)(8-31-2009)
LVMS hires new excutive: Mike Mossholder has been named vice president of sales and marketing for Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mossholder comes to LVMS from his post as vice president of sales and marketing for Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Prior to working at the famed horse-racing facility, Mossholder spent five years as director of marketing partnerships for the Miami Dolphins and Dolphin Stadium (now Landshark Stadium). While with the Dolphins, he was instrumental in securing corporate partnerships for the NFL team as well as for the 2007 and 2010 Super Bowls, the 2009 BCS Championship game and the Florida Marlins.(LVMS)(7-28-2009)
Smith wants Las Vegas to hold season-finale: Bruton Smith wants NASCAR to yank its final race of the season out of south Florida. Never at a loss for words, the track owner said the championship-deciding race should return to Atlanta Motor Speedway, where it was held through 2001, or Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- both facilities he owns. "Why have the last race of the season at some Godforsaken area just north of Cuba?" he said, referring to Homestead Miami Speedway. Atlanta's fall race shifted a few weeks earlier in 2002 and this year it moves to an even earlier spot on Labor Day weekend. While plagued by weather issues when held in November, Smith said his track would still be a better location for NASCAR to hold the final race than Homestead. "If they'll give us our date back," he said, "we'll fill up the place again and do something major for the sport. If that doesn't work, put it in Las Vegas. We'll add more seats -- and sell out every one of them." Smith, who controls Atlanta and six other Sprint Cup tracks through Speedway Motorsports Inc., has long feuded with NASCAR and a related company that owns a majority of the facilities used on the circuit, including Homestead. NASCAR officials shrugged off Smith's complaints and disputed his claims that attendance was poor, saying last year's race was sold out. "We think Homestead-Miami is an excellent venue for NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend," Jim Hunter, the vice president of corporate communications, said in a statement. Smith also renewed his call for NASCAR to hold a Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway, which he purchased last year. IndyCar and Nationwide Series events have been held there, but NASCAR has balked at scheduling a Cup race.(Associated Press)(3-7-2009)
Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side – 1,500, Right-side – 1,500;
Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4316; Right-side -- D-4234
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.3 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 run the same tire codes at Las Vegas this weekend . . . teams in these two series will be running the same right-side tire code (D-4234) they ran at this track in 2009, but it will be paired with a new left-side code (D-4316) . . . compared to last year's left-side tire, the 2010 version features a slight construction change based on what Goodyear
learned at both the Las Vegas and Charlotte races in 2009 . . . the left-side compound remains unchanged from last year . . . Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran this right-side code at both Las Vegas and
Charlotte last year, and will do so again this year . . . 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.
TRG gains assoc sponsor..."'Festivus Pole" makers: TRG Motorsports announced that The Wagner Companies will serve as an associate sponsor with Bobby Labonte on-board the #71 TaxSlayer.com Chevy in Las Vegas. The Wagner Companies', which primarily produces a wide variety of metal products, assisted in developing the safety cage for NASCAR's COT and also manufactures the "Festivus Pole" made popular by the television sitcom "Seinfeld." The Wagner Companies has been in the metal business since 1850 as a manufacturer of handrail fittings and metal products for architectural and industrial applications, more info at wagnercompanies.com.(TRG)(2-23-2010)
#36 to feature "Scale the Strat" decal: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) has partnered with the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino to support "Scale the Strat," an event in Las Vegas on March 13-14 that will raise funds to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 Kim Kardashian Fragrance/Sephora.com Chevy driven by Mike Bliss will feature a "Scale the Strat" decal at the Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "Scale the Strat," an annual event organized by the American Lung Association and Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, features a 108-floor, 1,455-step vertical ascent inside the world-famous Stratosphere Tower.
"Scale the Strat" is not for beginners. It is the sort of stair climb that is usually experienced only by emergency personnel, fire fighters or police. The first 26 flights are configured like a typical stairwell, while the upper flights are suspended inside the middle of the hollow tower with open air on each side. Individuals and teams will race for the fastest times and most fundraising dollars, more info at www.scalethestrat.com. Participants must be at least 21-years old.(TBR)(2-23-2010)
Planet Hollywood to be #34 & #38 assoc sponsor at Vegas: The glitz of the Las Vegas strip is coming to the cars of Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing. The NASCAR Sprint Cup team will showcase Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Las Vegas with associate sponsorships on Travis Kvapil's #34 and David Gilliland's #38 Ford Fusions during this weekend's Shelby American 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Fans will see the resort and casino's logo on the lower-rear quarter panels of the teams' Fords at the 1.5-mile tri-oval in the Nevada desert.(Front Row Motorsports/Breaking Limits)(2-22-2010)
Edwards to have standby driver in case: #99-Carl Edwards breathed a sigh of relief Sunday at Daytona when his wife Kate didn't have their baby. The hope was that Kate would deliver the baby sometime this week; if not, Erik Darnell has been hired as a backup for Auto Club Speedway and Las Vegas should Edwards have to jump on a plane and head home.(Frontstretch)(2-19-2010)
See the Sprint Cup Series Team / Driver Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.