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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 ( 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.


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.

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Edwards off to good start in 2011; wins Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas

Carl Edwards (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards has had a hot start to the current season, the best start of his career.

He received a gift in winning the most recent Sprint Cup race, an error by Tony Stewart.

Stewart had the dominate car  in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but he committed a penalty on pit road which hurt his chances of winning.

Stewart was the race leader when he was penalized for leaving his pit stall with the air hose still attached to his Chevy.

Edwards, driving in a Roush Fenway Racing Ford, pulled away for the win, while Stewart dropped to 22nd after the four-tire stop, finished second.

The win was the 19th of his career.

Juan Pablo Montoya in a Chevrolet finished third and Marcos Ambrose in a Ford ended up fourth and Ryan Newman in another Chevy, finished fifth.

Info courtesy of Bradley athletics

WEEK 3 NASCAR RACE PREVIEW: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kobalt Tools 400 Today at 3 p.m. on Fox-TV

Las Vegas Motor Speedway (photo by Rik, Solilv87 via wikipedia commons)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup season moves into the week 3 race by staying out West for a second week.

Today (Sunday) at 3 p.m., it’s the Kobalt Tools 400  on Fox-TV. The 400 mile race will be 267 laps on the 1.5 mile track.

This race track, a fan-favorite, has many characteristics. Improved by the addition of variable banking, the wide racing surface is fast and favored by the drivers.

No driver has won the Las Vegas Cup race from the pole.

Jimmie Johnson has won four of the last six Sprint Cup races at Las Vegas.

Top finishers in the past five years LVMS include, Jimmie Johnson with 3, Carl Edwards 1 and Kyle Busch 1.

Among car owners, Jack Roush (six) and Rick Hendrick (five) have 11 wins in 13 races at Las Vegas.

2010 Shelby American race recap: Using fresh tires, Jimmy Johnson led the final 17 laps to win. Jeff Gordon, who led 219 of 267 laps, had chosen late in the race on a pit stop, to take two tires, not four, and ended up finishing third behind Kevin Harvick. Mark Martin finished fourth, allowing Hendrick Motorsports three cars in the top four.

For more information on Las Vegas Motor Speedway, go to their website,