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NASCAR Race Preview #3: Kobalt Tools 400 today from Las Vegas at 3:16 pm on FOX

Las Vegas Motor Speedway from above (photo by Tom Donoghue via wikipedia commons)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to another warm climate for the March 10 race.

From Daytona to Phoenix and now Las Vegas, Nevada for the Kobalt Tools 400 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

FOX has the televised broadcast with a starting tme of 3:16 p.m.

The desert speedway is a 1.5-mile tri-oval. The 400.5 mile race breaks down to 267 laps.

This speedway has wide, progressive banking which allows for fast, side-by-side racing.

After Stardust International Raceway closed up in 1970, plans were made for a dragstrip, road course and dirt track and a $72 million superspeedway, which was completed in 1996.

Indycar driver Richie Hearn won the first race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Mark Martin won the first Cup race in 1998.

Tony Stewart was the 2012 winner at Las Vegas in March (megasportsnews.com photo)

The track qualifying record was set by Kasey Kahne in 2012 with a lap of 190.456 mph and the race record was set by Martin at 146.554 mph in 1998.

Top active drivers with wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is Jimmie Johnson with 4 wins, Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth with 2 wins apiece.

RECAPPING 2012 KOBALT TOOLS 400

Tony Stewart beat out Jimmie Johnson to win the third race of the NASCAR season, however, Greg Biffle took the points lead by finishing third.

For more information or to follow the race you can log onto NASCAR.com or LVMS.com.

 

Juan Pablo Montoya earns NASCAR pole at Watkins Glen

Juan Pablo Montoya usually expects to win the pole whenever the NASCAR Sprint Cup races go to road courses due to his experience in Formula One.

Montoya earned the top starting spot last week at Pocono, and made it two in a row Saturday at Watkins Glen International, the 2.45-mile road course that gave the driver from Colombia, the second of his two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

Juan Pablo Montoya's #42 car getting a pre-race inspection (megasportsnews.com photo)

With seven wins during his time in Formula One racing, Montoya expects to run well at road courses, and on Saturday he did, winning the pole for Sunday’s Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen in a track-record 69.438 seconds (127.020 mph). The Coors Light pole award was Montoya’s second of the season and first on a road course at the Cup level and the ninth of his career.

Montoya edged out Kyle Busch (126.928 mph) by .05 seconds. Busch also broke the track record of 126.421 mph he set last year, as did third-place qualifier Jimmie Johnson (126.925 mph), fourth-place Brad Keselowski (126.626 mph), and fifth-place Marcos Ambrose (126.524 mph).

The top 10 drivers in the standings qualify for the Chase, along with the two drivers from positions 11-20 with the most victories. Montoya is 27 points behind 20th-place Jeff Burton and would have to improve at least one position to be able to grab a wild-card spot.

Bowyer wins first NASCAR race of year; gets redemption at Talladega

 

Clint Bowyer #33 Cheerios Chevrolet (photo by Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

Teammates Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton led the race around the Talladega Superspeedway for several laps on Sunday until a checkered flag came out and Bowyer took control to win the race.

Bowyer won his first race of the season as he grabbed Sunday’s Good Sam Club 500 to give Richard Childress Racing its 100th career win in the Sprint Cup Series.

The victory was redemption for Bowyer. He had lost the spring race at Talladega when Dale Earnhardt Jr. pushed Jimmie Johnson past the Bowyer-Burton duo and Bowyer had to settle for second-place.

Carl Edwards, who came into the race with a five-point lead on Kevin Harvick, finished 11th and increased his lead to 14 points over Roush Fenway Racing teammate Matt Kenseth.

 

Info from NASCAR news

Roush Fenway Racing re-signs Edwards

 

Carl Edwards (megasportsnews.com photo)

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards was trying to decide between staying at Roush Fenway Racing or to accept an offer from Joe Gibbs Racing.

On Thursday, Edwards announced that he was staying with owner Jack Roush’s team. He is the current points leader in the Sprint Cup Series, competing for his first Cup championship.

This week with a new deal in hand, Edwards heads to Pocono Raceway in Lake Pond, Pennsylvania with an 11-point lead over five-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson.

Roush Fenway Racing has four drivers under contract in Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and David Ragan.

The likeable Edwards has been with Roush since 2002, when he got his first break in NASCAR. He started in the Truck Series, then was elevated to the Cup series by 2004 as a late-season replacement for Jeff Burton.

In 2005, Edwards became a serious NASCAR star driver by winning a four times that season.

The best season for Edwards was 2008, when he was victorious a series-high nine times and finished second to Johnson in the championship race. He struggled in 2009.

 

Info compiled from staff, Roush Fenway Racing, NASCAR, Radio & TV news

 

Coca Cola 600 pole goes to Keselowski

 

Brad Keselowski (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

NASCAR’S longest race is coming up on Sunday, the Coca-Cola 600 and Brad Keselowski will be on the pole.

He turned a lap of 192.089 Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He earned his second career Sprint Cup pole.

AJ Allmendinger will join him on the front row in Sunday night’s race.

Carl Edwards, qualified third in a new car after wrecking his regular ride in a celebration wreck after winning last week’s All-Star race. Rounding out the top six in order: Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton and Jimmie Johnson.

 

Info courtesy of NASCAR news

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