Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Preview

Las Vegas Preview by Jason Schultz

Any questions tweet me @celticsracin18 or @turn4racingnews or email turn4racingnews@gmail.com

Race Info

Date- March 11th, 2012

Location- Las Vegas, NV

Start Time- 2:30 EST, 11:30 PA

Distance- 267 Laps, 400.5 Miles

Broadcast TV- FOX

Broadcast Radio- PRN


Weather Forecast

High- 75 F Low- 52 F

Chance of rain- 0%

Partly Cloudy


Past Race Winners

2011- Carl Edwards

2010- Jimmie Johnson

2009- Kyle Busch

2008- Carl Edwards

2007- Jimmie Johnson

 Carl Edwards 2011 win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Notables yet to win at track

Kurt Busch (Las Vegas Native)

Tony Stewart (3-Time Champion)

A.J Allmendinger (Penske has no wins)

Brad Keselowski (Penske has no wins)

Kevin Harvick (RCR has no wins)

Jeff Burton (RCR has no wins)

Paul Menard (RCR has no wins)

Greg Biffle (Other teammates have at least 1 win)

Ryan Newman (SHR has no wins)


News & Notes

Richard Childress, Tony Stewart, Roger Penske, Richard Petty look to be first time winners as owners at Las Vegas

Las Vegas Motor Speedway went under design changes in 2007, adding multiple degrees of banking to turns

For first time ever fans will be able to attend drivers meeting in Neon Garage

First high-speed motorsports event held at Las Vegas since death of Indy-Car driver Dan Wheldon in October who crashed in turn 2 sending car into catch fence and Wheldon struck pole along fence

Jimmie Johnson looks to gain points from point penalty from Daytona

Dodge to unveil 2013 car at track after drivers meeting but still without 2013 after Penske announced their switch back to Ford last week

Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues to attempt to get back to victory lane, last visit to victory lane was 131 races ago in Michigan last year at Las Vegas Earnhardt Jr. finished  8th


My Fantasy Racing Picks

Group A- Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards

Group B- Jeff Burton, Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle

Group C- Bobby Labonte, Casey Mears


Event Schedule

Cup Practice 3:00 PM EST Friday Televised on SPEED

Qualifying 6:30 PM EST Friday Televised on SPEED

Practice 12:30 PM EST Saturday Televised on SPEED

Practice 3:30 PM EST Saturday Televised on SPEED

Race- 3:30 PM EST Sunday Televised on FOX

Next Race- Food City 500 @ Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, TN

Entry List via Nascar.com







1 Jamie McMurray Joplin, MO Chevrolet McDonald’s Teresa Earnhardt
2 Brad Keselowski Rochester Hills, MI Dodge Miller Lite Roger Penske
5 Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA Chevrolet Farmers Insurance Linda Hendrick
7 Robby Gordon Orange, CA Dodge Speed Energy Robby Gordon
9 Marcos Ambrose Launceston, Tasmania Ford Dewalt Richard Petty
10 David Reutimann Zephyrhills, FL Chevrolet Accell Construction Tommy Baldwin
11 Denny Hamlin Chesterfield, VA Toyota FedEx Freight J D Gibbs
13 Casey Mears Bakersfield, CA Ford GEICO Bob Germain
14 Tony Stewart Rushville, IN Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot Margaret Haas
15 Clint Bowyer Emporia, KS Toyota 5-hour Energy Rob Kauffman
16 Greg Biffle Vancouver, WA Ford 3M / Meguiars Jack Roush
17 Matt Kenseth Cambridge, WI Ford Zest John Henry
18 Kyle Busch Las Vegas, NV Toyota M&M’s Ms. Brown Joe Gibbs
20 Joey Logano Middletown, CT Toyota Dollar General Joe Gibbs
21 Trevor Bayne Knoxville, TN Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Glen Wood
22 A.J.   Allmendinger Los Gatos, CA Dodge Shell / Pennzoil Walter Czarnecki
23 Scott Riggs Bahama, NC Chevrolet North Texas Pipe / Riviera Hotel Robert Richardson
24 Jeff Gordon Pittsboro, IN Chevrolet DuPont 20 Years Rick Hendrick
26 Josh Wise* Riverside, CA Ford Morristown Driver’s Service Jerry Freeze
27 Paul Menard Eau Claire, WI Chevrolet Schrock / Menards Richard Childress
29 Kevin Harvick Bakersfield, CA Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress
30 David Stremme South Bend, IN Toyota Inception Motorsports Kevin Buckler
31 Jeff Burton South Boston, VA Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress
32 Ken Schrader Fenton, MO Ford Federated Auto Parts Jack Roush
33 Brendan Gaughan Las Vegas, NV Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino Richard Childress
34 David Ragan Unadilla, GA Ford Front Row Motorsports Bob Jenkins
36 Dave Blaney Hartford, OH Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Allan Heinke
37 Timmy Hill* Port Tobacco, MD Ford Poynt.com Larry Gunselman
38 David Gilliland Riverside, CA Ford Front Row Motorsports Brad Jenkins
39 Ryan Newman South Bend, IN Chevrolet Quicken Loans Tony Stewart
42 Juan Montoya Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet Clorox Chip Ganassi
43 Aric Almirola Tampa, FL Ford Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp Richard Petty
47 Bobby Labonte Corpus Christi, TX Toyota Kingsford / Bush’s Beans Tad Geschickter
48 Jimmie Johnson El Cajon, CA Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools Jeff Gordon
51 Kurt Busch Las Vegas, NV Chevrolet Tag Heuer Eyewear James Finch
55 Mark Martin Batesville, AR Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine Bill Jenkins
56 Martin Truex Jr. Mayetta, NJ Toyota NAPA Auto Parts Michael Waltrip
78 Regan Smith Cato, NY Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American Barney Visser
83 Landon Cassill Cedar Rapids, IA Toyota Burger King Thomas Ueberall
87 Joe Nemechek Lakeland, FL Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves Andrea Nemechek
88 Dale Earnhardt   Jr. Kannapolis, NC Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew Rick Hendrick
93 Travis Kvapil Janesville, WI Toyota Burger King Thomas Ueberall
98 Michael McDowell Phoenix, AZ Ford Curb Records Dusty Whitney
99 Carl Edwards Columbia, MO Ford Aflac Jack Roush
49 J.J. Yeley Phoenix, AZ Toyota America Israel Racing Jay Robinson

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