This Sunday, not only is it Daylight Saving Time, but NASCAR stays out west and heads to Sin City for the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. As you prepare yourselves for this upcoming race, here are some interesting facts about this track and previous winners.
- The first ever race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was help on March 1, 1998. Mark Martin won the inaugural race.
- Of the 14 previous races, seven have been won by Roush-Fenway Racing and five by Hendrick Motorsports
- Six of the past 14 races, the driver who has led the most laps went on to win.
- Of the past six races, only Carl Edwards in 2008 has led the most laps and went on to win the race. (Later, Carl was penalized 100 driver points for a faulty oil pan cover)
- Jimmie Johnson has won four of the past seven races. Carl Edwards has won two of the last four.
Top 5 Drivers to Watch Out For
- Jimmie Johnson- He’s a four time winner at Las Vegas. He had the car to beat in Phoenix but a loose wheel kept him from the win. They are 38th in points still trying to overcome the 25 point penalty from Daytona. Look for them to be more motivated here at a track they have won at.
- Carl Edwards- Roush-Fenway has had a hold on the 1.5 mile tracks lately. Carl won this race last year and has won two of the last four.
- Tony Stewart- Led the most laps last year and finished second. If not for an air hose penalty, he would have won the race by a long shot. Look for Tony to try and redeem himself this weekend
- Kyle Busch- Kyle won this race back in 2009. He is from Las Vegas and likes calling LVMS his home track. He is very fast at this track having two poles to his credit.
- Matt Kenseth- Matt, like his RFR teammate Edwards, is a two-time winner. His last win here came in 2004. With RFR’s strong engine package, look for Matt to contend for a win.
My Predicted Winner: Jimmie Johnson
Dark Horse Prediction: Marcos Ambrose