Race Day Preview: The Kobalt Tools 400

The cars storm off into turn 3 during last year's Kobalt Tools 400 Photo- Getty Images
The cars storm off into turn 3 during last year’s Kobalt Tools 400 Photo- Getty Images

The Sprint Cup Series invades Las Vegas this weekend for the third race of the season at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Great racing, amazing finishes and a whole lot of action is expected every time we head out to “Sin City.” From past races at Las Vegas, Jimmie Johnson has just about owned the keys to victory lane since he has won the race four times but, not since 2010. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is an interesting track where a surprise driver could take the win. Fuel mileage, pit strategy and cautions will surely play major factors in today’s race and all three of those things could have an impact on the outcome of this race.

The Kobalt Tools 400 is surely going to feature excitement and close racing and the one burning question we had going into the season will be answered. Then Gen 6 cars make their highly anticipated debut on an intermediate track today and one of the biggest questions we had going into the season will finally get an answer, how will the Gen  6 cars race at intermediate tracks?

 Race Info Needed for Fans

Race Start Time (Estimated) – 3:16 PM EST/ 12:16 PM PT

Race Distance- 267 Laps, 400.5 Miles

Race Day Weather- High Temperature- 67 F, Low Temperature- 44 F, Mainly Sunny Conditions

TV Broadcast of the Race- FOX

Radio Broadcast of the Race- PRN

Starting Lineup- http://turn4racingnews.com/2013/03/08/starting-lineup-for-the-kobalt-tools-400-at-las-vegas/

Interesting Race Notes-

-This will be the first race on a mile and a half track for the Gen 6 car.

-Tony Stewart will attempt to win back-to-back races at Las Vegas.

-Carl Edwards will look for his second straight win this season.

-Jimmie Johnson will try to keep the points lead after holding it after the first two races.

-Drivers including Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. need a good run to improve their point’s standings positions. All of them are currently either thirtieth or higher in the standings.

-Las Vegas Native Kurt Busch will be going after his first win at his home track.

-Limited track time this weekend due to a wash out on Friday could create some interesting racing since drivers haven’t had all the time on the track they’re used to.

Drivers to Watch Out For- Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr.

Practice/Qualifying Notes: Qualifying was rained out and Brad Keselowski won the pole due to the fact that he was first in the owner’s points last season. Turn 4 seemed like a tricky corner for the drivers in practice since many of them would slip and slide out of the turn.

Race Picks

Tyson- Matt Kenseth

Garrett- Kasey Kahne

Fan Race Picker (@trashmanfl)- Greg Biffle

Jason- Jimmie Johnson

Alanis- Jimmie Johnson

Caleb- Carl Edwards

The countdown to the green flag of the Kobalt Tools 400 is down to the hours, minutes and seconds. This will be the third true test of the Gen 6 car and one of NASCAR’s biggest goals was to improve the racing on the mile and a half tracks and by night fall tonight, we will know if NASCAR succeeded. A lot rides on NASCAR’s shoulders today and the racing today will determine whether adjustments are needed to the Gen 6 car. Many drivers will attempt to be the first driver to win with the new car on a mile and a half track today but, only one will be able to say he or she did so. Get ready race fans because the third race of the season is almost ready to start.

By Jason Schultz

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