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Kobalt 400
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sun, Mar 8, 2015
3:45pm EDT - FOX

Race Data

Race #: 3 of 36
Event: Kobalt 400
Location: Las Vegas, Nv
Track Size: 1.5 Miles
Track Type: Tri-Oval
Total Laps: 267
Total Miles: 400.5
2014 Winner: Brad Keselowski
Pit Speed: 45 mph

Previous Winners

4 Jimmie Johnson 05/06/07/10
3 Matt Kenseth 03/04/13
2 Jeff Burton 99/00
2 Carl Edwards 08/11
1 Jeff Gordon 01
1 Kyle Busch 09
1 Tony Stewart 12
1 Brad Keselowski 14

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SPIKE TV's New, Original Documentary Premieres Monday, March 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 26, 2015) - NASCAR Productions and Spike TV have joined forces to create a captivating and revealing documentary on the life of a legendary American sports hero - Dale Earnhardt. The original film, "I AM DALE EARNHARDT," premieres exclusively on Monday, March 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.

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Statistical Advance:
Analyzing the KOBALT 400

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 2, 2015) - Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada going into the KOBALT 400 on

March 8.
 

LAS VEGAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Cheez-It Ford)

         Two top fives, six top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 14.5

         Average Running Position of 12.3, sixth-best

         Driver Rating of 97.9, fifth-best

         150 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

         568 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.725 mph, fifth-fastest

         1,759 Laps in the Top 15 (65.4%), eighth-most

         281 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 11th-most

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet)

         Three top fives, eight top 10s

         Average finish of 14.7

         Average Running Position of 14.0, eighth-best

         Driver Rating of 91.5, ninth-best

         108 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

         584 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.610 mph, sixth-fastest

         1,857 Laps in the Top 15 (69.0%), sixth-most

         336 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

 

 


Carl Edwards (No. 19 Comcast Toyota)

         Two wins, five top fives, six top 10s

         Average finish of 9.2

         Average Running Position of 12.0, fifth-best

         Driver Rating of 97.8, sixth-best

         159 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

         636 Green Flag Passes, second-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.568 mph, seventh-fastest

         1,879 Laps in the Top 15 (69.8%), fourth-most

         390 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 3M Chevrolet)

         One win, six top fives, eight top 10s

         Average finish of 15.0

         Average Running Position of 9.7, second-best

         Driver Rating of 103.7, second-best

         181 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

         548 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.927 mph, third-fastest

         Series-high 2,130 Laps in the Top 15 (79.2%)

         385 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet)

         Three top fives, five top 10s

         Average finish of 14.7

         Average Running Position of 11.6, fourth-best

         Driver Rating of 94.5, eighth-best

         89 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

         571 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.564 mph, eighth-fastest

         1,870 Laps in the Top 15 (69.5%), fifth-most

         316 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 KOBALT Tools Chevrolet)

         Four wins, five top fives, eight top 10s

         Average finish of 9.2

         Series-best Average Running Position of 8.9

         Series-best Driver Rating of 113.6

         Series-high 346 Fastest Laps Run

         553 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most

         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 171.233 mph

         2,090 Laps in the Top 15 (77.7%), third-most

         365 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

 

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet)

         Three top fives, six top 10s; three poles

         Average finish of 13.5

         Average Running Position of 14.3, 11th-best

         Driver Rating of 88.1, 10th-best

         94 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

         609 Green Flag Passes, third-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.170 mph, 11th-fastest

         1,735 Laps in the Top 15 (64.5%), ninth-most

         290 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 DEWALT Toyota)

         Three wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 11.5

         Average Running Position of 14.0, 10th-best

         Driver Rating of 98.1, fourth-best

         197 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.972 mph, second-fastest

         1,774 Laps in the Top 15 (65.9%), seventh-most

         295 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

Joey Logano (No. 22 Pennzoil Ford)

         One top five, two top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 12.3

         Average Running Position of 13.8, seventh-best

         Driver Rating of 87.5, 11th-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.111 mph, 12th-fastest

 

Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)

         Three top fives, seven top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 17.3

         Driver Rating of 81.9, 12th-best

         37 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

         1,667 Laps in the Top 15 (61.9%), 11th-most

         298 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1/ Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet)

         One win, six top fives, nine top 10s

         Average finish of 14.0

         Average Running Position of 14.0, ninth-best

         Driver Rating of 97.1, seventh-best

         188 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

         538 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.498 mph, ninth-fastest

         1,733 Laps in the Top 15 (64.4%), 10th-most

         298 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Joey Logano

6

1

0

1

2

0

12.3

87.5

 

2

Jimmie Johnson

13

0

4

5

8

0

9.2

113.6

 

3

Kevin Harvick

14

0

0

3

5

0

14.7

94.5

 

4

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

15

0

0

3

8

2

14.7

91.5

 

5

Martin Truex Jr.

9

0

0

0

2

0

16.0

81.9

 

6

Casey Mears

11

0

0

0

3

0

20.9

57.3

 

7

Kasey Kahne

11

3

0

3

6

2

13.5

88.1

 

8

AJ Allmendinger

5

0

0

0

0

0

26.4

60.7

 

9

Aric Almirola

6

0

0

0

0

3

31.3

51.2

 

10

Clint Bowyer

9

0

0

1

3

0

17.8

74.2

 

11

David Gilliland

8

0

0

0

0

1

27.0

49.5

 

12

Sam Hornish Jr.

3

0

0

0

0

0

28.3

62.3

 

13

Greg Biffle

11

1

0

2

6

1

14.5

97.9

 

14

Carl Edwards

10

0

2

5

6

0

9.2

97.8

 

15

David Ragan

8

0

0

0

1

1

26.9

52.3

 

16

Danica Patrick

2

0

0

0

0

0

27.0

49.3

 

* - Based on last 10 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (2005 - 2014).

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 3 of 36 (3-8-15)

Track Size: 1.5-miles

Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 20 degrees

Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 20 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 9 degrees

Banking/Backstretch: 9 degrees

Frontstretch Length:  2,275 feet

Backstretch Length:  1,572 feet

Race Length: 267 laps / 400.5 Kilometers

 

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Las Vegas

Jimmie Johnson........................ 113.6

Jeff Gordon.............................. 103.7

Kyle Busch............................... 103.4

Matt Kenseth.............................. 98.1

Greg Biffle.................................. 97.9

Carl Edwards.............................. 97.8

Tony Stewart............................... 97.1

Kevin Harvick.............................. 94.5

Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 91.5

Kasey Kahne.............................. 88.1

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (10 total) among active drivers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 pole winner:

Joey Logano, Ford

193.278 mph, 27.939 secs. 03-07-14

 

2014 race winner:

Brad Keselowski, Ford

154.633 mph, (2:35:24), 03-09-14

 

Track qualifying record:

Joey Logano, Ford

193.278 mph, 27.939 secs. 03-07-14

 

Track race record:

Brad Keselowski, Ford

154.633 mph, (2:35:24), 03-09-14

 

 

At Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

History

         The construction to build the superspeedway known today as Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) began in 1995. Speedway Motorsports Inc. acquired the property in 1998.

         The first NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race won by Ken Schrader on Nov. 2, 1996.

         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held on March 1, 1998, won by Mark Martin.

         In 2006, the track was reconfigured to include progressive banking.

Notebook

         There have been 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

         135 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas; 100 in more than one.

         Two drivers have participated in all 17 races: Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon.

         Dale Jarrett won the inaugural pole with a speed of 168.224 mph (32.773 secs.).

         11 drivers have poles at LVMS, led by Kasey Kahne with three (2004, 2007 and 2012).

         Kyle Busch is the only driver to win consecutive poles at LVMS from (2008-'09).

         Youngest LVMS pole winner: Kyle Busch (3/2/2008 - 22 years, 10 months, 0 days).

         Oldest LVMS pole winner: Dale Jarrett (3/4/2001 - 44 years, 3 months, 6 days).

         10 different drivers have won at LVMS, led by Jimmie Johnson (four). Three other drivers have multiple wins at Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth (three), Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards (each have two).

         Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Las Vegas with seven, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with five.

         Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch became the first and only driver to win from the pole, in 2009.


         Only three LVMS races (17.6%) have been won from the front row: Kyle Busch, 2009 (pole); Carl Edwards, 2008 (second-place); Brad Keselowski, 2014 (second-place).

         Four of the 17 races (23.5%) have been won from a top-five starting position at Las Vegas.

         Eight of the 17 (47%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position at Las Vegas.

         Four of the 17 races (23.5%) at Las Vegas have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.

         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 25th, by Matt Kenseth in 2004.

         Youngest LVMS winner: Kyle Busch (03/01/2009 - 23 years, 9 months, 27 days).

         Oldest LVMS winner: Sterling Marlin (03/03/2002 - 44 years, 7 months, 32 days).

         Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series in runner-up finishes at Las Vegas with three; followed by Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart with two each.

         Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart lead the series in top-five finishes at Las Vegas with six each.

         Mark Martin has 10 top-10 finishes, more than any other driver. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with nine top-10 finishes.

         Carl Edwards leads the series in average finish at LVMS with a 9.200; Jimmie Johnson (9.231) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.  

         There has been one green-white-checkered finish at Las Vegas: 2006 (270/267).

         Kyle Busch made his first start and Kasey Kahne won his first pole at Las Vegas, in the same event (2004).

         Aric Almirola made his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2007.

         Three drivers have won consecutive races at Las Vegas: Jeff Burton (1999, 2000); Matt Kenseth (2003, 2004) and Jimmie Johnson is the only one of the three to win three consecutive races (2005, 2006 and 2007).

         Eight of the 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who have won at Las Vegas participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Mark Martin (1998; inaugural event) is the only driver to win at Las Vegas in his first appearance.

         Tony Stewart competed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 13 times before winning (2012); the longest span of any the nine winners. Stewart is the only driver to have made 10 or more attempts before his first win at LVMS.

         Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Las Vegas without visiting Victory Lane with 15.

         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas was the (3/12/2006) race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.045 second.

 


         No driver has won the first three races of the season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The five drivers that have won the first two events of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season are: Matt Kenseth (2009), Jeff Gordon (1997), David Pearson (1976), Bob Welborn (1959) and Marvin Panch (1957).  

         Three reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions have gone on to win at Las Vegas the following season: Matt Kenseth (2004), Jimmie Johnson is the only one to do it multiple times (2007, 2010) and Tony Stewart (2012).

         Three drivers have won at Las Vegas and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same season: Jeff Gordon (2001), Matt Kenseth (2003) and Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2007 and 2010).

         Danica Patrick and Shawna Robinson are the only two female drivers to compete at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

22

21

3/9/2014

Danica Patrick

37

33

3/10/2013

Shawna Robinson

36

42

3/3/2002

 

         Only two car numbers have produced three or more Las Vegas NSCS wins:

Car Number - Drivers - (Years)

o    No. 48  - Jimmie Johnson (2005-2007 and 2010)

o    No. 99 - Jeff Burton (1999, 2000) Carl Edwards (2008, 2011)

 







Jimmie Johnson starts from the back
and dominates late in Atlanta win

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


HAMPTON, Ga. - Coors Light Polesitter Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick dominated the early and middle stages of Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway-before Jimmie Johnson decided to crash the party.

Johnson didn't take the lead in the second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season until Lap 198 of 325, but from then on, his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was the class of the field, leading six times for 92 laps in winning for the fourth time at Atlanta and for the 71st time in his career.

For the second straight event in NASCAR's premier series, Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second and third, respectively. Logano ran fourth, followed by Matt Kenseth, who capitalized on a late track-position play by staying out on old tires.

Johnson surged into the lead after a restart on Lap 305, starting fourth and charging past three drivers-Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Brett Moffitt-who had stayed out under caution for Cole Whitt's blown engine.

After Johnson took the top spot, a massive nine-car wreck in Turn 3 on the restart lap slowed the field for the 10th time. NASCAR red-flagged the race for 9 minutes, 1 second, after which Johnson led the field to a restart on Lap 312, with Kenseth beside him in the outside lane.

Johnson parried a bid for the lead from Earnhardt and quickly pulled away, ultimately crossing the finish line 1.802 seconds ahead of Harvick, who passed Earnhardt for the runner-up spot on Lap 319.

Martin Truex Jr., AJ Allmendinger, Moffitt, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman completed the top 10. Moffitt was driving the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota in lieu of Brian Vickers, who is recovering from offseason heart surgery. Vickers is scheduled to return to action next weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Before he could get to the front of the field, Johnson had obstacles to overcome. Along with 12 other cars, the No. 48 Chevrolet didn't get through pre-qualifying inspection on Friday in time to post a speed in time trials. Consequently, the six-time premier series champion started 37th on Sunday.

The starting position toward the back of the grid also meant an awkward pit stall selection in front of Carl Edwards and behind Joe Nemechek. Johnson lost positions on pit road until Nemechek fell off the lead lap and the No. 48 Chevrolet got past Edwards' No. 19 Toyota on the race track.

"We had a great race car, and unfortunately the way qualifying went (Friday), we didn't have a good pit stall pick, and it took us a long time to get in front of the No. 19 (Edwards)," Johnson said. "Once we did that, we were able to utilize our awesome pit crew; get the stops done and race for the win and get the job done today.

"Just very, very thankful. They (the team) surprised me today. We weren't that good (Saturday in practice), and they really dug deep and figured out what I needed in this race car and gave me an awesome Lowe's Chevrolet."

With the victory, Johnson is all but assured of remaining the only driver to have qualified for every Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since the inception of the playoff format in 2004.

"I think it is pretty much a lock, as long as we have a smooth season," Johnson said. "I think if we win a second one, it is definitely a lock. But this takes a ton of pressure off."

Harvick qualified second but started from the rear after blowing an engine in Saturday's practice and replacing it. With a banzai run to the front of the field, however, Harvick took the lead for the first time on Lap 87 and held the top spot six times for a race-high 116 laps.

But Harvick lost track position when he spun his tires in the outside lane on a Lap 257 restart and never got back to the lead. The coup de grace to the reigning series champion's chances came on the Lap 305 restart when he was trapped behind Moffitt in the inside lane.

"I had one bad restart there where I spun the tires on the outside, and we just never recovered from that one," Harvick said. "And then we got behind the No. 55 (Moffitt) when he was kind of shooting for the moon there to go on the restart-and he just didn't go.

"And then we got passed again. But, all in all, it was a great day."

Notes: The race produced 28 lead changes among 12 different drivers, though Johnson, Harvick and Logano combined to lead 292 of 325 laps. For the second straight week, Jeff Gordon was the victim of a late wreck; he finished 41st. Logano leads Johnson by one point in the series standings. Harvick is two points back in third, with Earnhardt four behind in fourth.