SPRINT CUP RACE INFO / RUNDOWN PAGE: News, Stats, Lineup, Results, Links and Info

THE RACE: Kobalt Tools 400

TRACK: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #3 of 36 for the 2011 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
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Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, March 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV

Title Sponsor: Lowe's / Kobalt Tools

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:14pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: FOX - 2:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 3:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, March 9 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, March 3rd

12:00 - 2:00 pm NNS Sam's Town 300 practice
3:00 -5:00 pm NNS Sam's Town 300 practice
6:00 pm NASCAR Hauler Parade on The Las Vegas Strip

Friday, March 4th

9:00 -10:15 am  NNS Sam's Town 300 practice
10:45 - 11:50 am NNS Sam's Town 300 final practice
12:00 - 1:30 pm NSCS Kobalt Tools 400 practice
3:40 pm NSCS Kobalt Tools 400 qualifying

Saturday, March 5th

9:05 am NNS Sam's Town 300 qualifying
10:10-11:25 am NSCS Kobalt Tools 400 final practice
11:30 am NNC Sam's Town 300 driver introductions
12:00 pm NNS Sam's Town 300
3:00 pm Speedway Children's Charities auction (on the Midway)
4:00 - 7:00 pm Richard Petty Driving Experience Laps for Charity

Sunday, March 6th

9:00 - 10:00 am Speedway Children's Charites Track Walk
11:30 am NSCS Kobalt Tools 400 driver introductions
12:00 noon NSCS Kobalt Tools 400

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
Times are local to the Track

Purse/Race Awards

2011: $6,250,807
2010: $6,304,875
2009: $6,577,562
2008: $6,459,779
2007: $6,381,100
2006: $6,255,298
2005: $6,131,958
2004: $6,011,590
2003: $5,291,856
2002: $4,729,088
2001: $4,281,953
2000: $4,122,916
1999: $3,797,094


Track Records

  • 2010 Pole Sitter: #2-Kurt Busch, 188.719, finished 35th

  • Current Track Config Qualifying Record: Kurt Busch, 2/26/2010, 188.719mph

  • Old Track Config Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, 3/5/2004, 174.904mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Dale Jarrett, 44 years, 3 months, 6 days, 3/04/2001

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 22 years, 10 months, 0 days, 3/02/2008

  • 2010 Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 141.450, started 20th

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, March 1998, 146.554mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Kyle Busch, 2009, 119.513mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth 2004, started 25th

  • Oldest Winner: Sterling Marlin, 44 years, 8 months, 1 days, 3/3/2002

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 23 years, 9 months, 29 days, 3/1/2009

  • There are two current race tracks the Cup Series runs on that Tony Stewart has not won at a Sprint Cup race:
    Las Vegas 0 for 12 with a best finish of 2nd in 2000, last race 2/2010 7th
    Darlington 0 for 18 with a best finish of 3rd in 2009
    After 18 attempts, Stewart won on his 19th try at Auto Club Speedway, Oct 10, 2010
    Stewart has won at 20 of 23 tracks he has raced on, didn't win at Rockingham which is no longer active for Cup racing.(10-10-2010)

  • At Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    " 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.
    " There have been 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    " Five drivers have participated in all 13 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
    " Dale Jarrett won the inaugural pole.
    " Nine drivers have poles, led by Dale Jarrett, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch and Bobby Labonte (two each).
    " Eight different drivers have won, led by Jimmie Johnson (four). Johnson has won four of the last six races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, including last season's event.
    " Only five of the 13 races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    " Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch became the first driver to win from the pole, in 2009.
    " Five of the 13 races have been won from a starting position of 20th or worse.
    " The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 25th, by Matt Kenseth in 2004.
    " There has been one green-white-checkered finish at Las Vegas: 2006 (270/267).
    " Jeff Burton won consecutive races in 1999 and 2000, and has finished in the top five in two of the last three races (fifth in 2008, third in 2009). Burton has been running at the finish in all 13 of his events.
    " In three of the last five races, the margin of victory was under one second.
    " Kyle Busch made his first start and Kasey Kahne won his first pole at Las Vegas, in the same event (2004).
    " There have been 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in Nevada, one at Las Vegas Park Speedway in 1955 and the rest at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1998-Present).
    " 19 drivers all-time in NASCAR's three national series have their home state as Nevada.
    " There have been three race winners from Nevada totaling a combined 124 victories in NASCAR's three national series.(NASCAR)(3-1-2011)

  • For more track records, past starting spots that have won and more on Jayski's Las Vegas Motor Speedway Track News/Stats/Links page

Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, March 4, 3:00 - 4:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 5, 1:10 - 2:25pm/et, TV-SPEED via delay at 6:00 pm/et

Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: Qualifying order is now set by the last practice speeds

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, March 4 at 6:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 10:00pm/et & 1:00am/et;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.

RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Edwards wins at Las Vegas: #99-Carl won the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2011 and the 19th win of his career. He took the lead by taking two tires during green flag pit stops near the end of the race. #14-Stewart, who dominated most of the race and lost the lead by taking 4 tires during his final pit, finished 2nd, followed by #42-Montoya, #9-Ambrose, #39-Newman, #56-Truex, Jr., #11-Hamlin, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #22-Busch, and #83-Vickers. Pole sitter #17-Kenseth cut a tire early and battled back to finish 11th. Point leader coming into the race, #18-Kurt Busch lost an engine. He finished 38th.
    Stewart and Kurt Busch now share the points lead with 113 points. They are 7 points ahead of #14-Stewart & #42-Montoya.
    There were 21 lead changes among 14 leaders with 7 cautions for 35 laps.
    See race results, awards and more on the Las Vegas Race Results page.
    For points standings, see the Drivers Points Standings page and the Owners Points Standings page. (3-6-2011)

  • Las Vegas News & Notes:
    " Carl Edwards won the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. It was his 19th series win in his 232nd start, with his last win coming in the 2010 season finale at Homestead. Edwards has won three of the past five series races.
    " This was Edwards' second series Las Vegas win in his seventh start. He is the fourth driver to win more than once at Las Vegas. This was his 10th win on a 1.5-mile track in the series. His MGM odds to win the race were 10-1. He led twice for 69 laps, including the final 23. Edwards started third. He has now finished second, 28th and first in the first three races of the season.
    " Edwards is the third different winner in 2011.
    " This was the 121st series win for Roush Fenway Racing and the team's first win of 2011. It was the team's 16th NASCAR win at Las Vegas, with seven being in Sprint Cup, five in the Nationwide Series and three in the Camping World Truck Series. The seven Sprint Cup Series wins at Las Vegas lead all teams. " This was Ford's seventh series win at Las Vegas, the most of all manufacturers. Ford has won four of the past five series races dating back to last season.
    " Tony Stewart (finished second) rebounded from a Lap 156 penalty for removing equipment from the pit that dropped him from first to 23rd. He led 163 of the 267 laps, the most of all drivers. He took over the points lead with 113. (Kurt Busch also has 113 points, but Stewart leads the points with the tiebreaker procedures.)
    " Juan Pablo Montoya (third) had his best Las Vegas finish in Cup in his fifth start.
    " Marcos Ambrose (fourth) earned his 14th series top-10 finish. His last was at Richmond in September 2010.
    " Ryan Newman (fifth) has top-5 finishes in the past two series races.
    " Martin Truex Jr. (sixth) earned his first top-10 finish since finishing sixth at Talladega in October 2010.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr. (eighth) was the best-finishing Hendrick Motorsports car for the first time since New Hampshire in September 2010. He has finished in the top 10 for the past two races, only the fourth time he has posted back-to-back top-10 finishes since his win at Michigan in June 2008. He has finished 11th or better in four of the past five races.
    " Kurt Busch (ninth) rebounded from a Lap 101 spin to earn his third Las Vegas top-10 finish.
    " Brian Vickers (10th) got his first top-10 since finishing 10th at Darlington in May 2010, his last race before blood clots sidelined him for the rest of the season.
    " Many drivers considered to be Chase contenders are off to rough starts through three races in 2011. Among them are Greg Biffle (35th, 20th and 28th), Jeff Burton (38th, 26th and 21st) and Joey Logano (23rd, 33rd and 23rd).

  • Las Vegas Fast Facts:
    Carl Edwards won the 14th Annual Kobalt Tools 400, his 19th victory in 232 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2011. His last win came at Homestead Miami Speedway in last year's finale.
    This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in seven races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . His previous win came in 2008.
    Tony Stewart (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 13 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . It is his second top-10 finish in 2011.
    Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted his first top-10 finish in five races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
    Andy Lally (32nd) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Tony Stewart leads the point standings by 0 points over Kurt Busch. Tie broken by highest finish of season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-6-2011)

  • Penalty Report - Las Vegas:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #11, engine change, Pre-Race to the rea
    #7, 8, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #71, 16, Speed-Exiting pits, tail end
    #21, 56, Speed-Entering pits, pass thru
    #71, 64, Speed-Exiting pits, pass thru
    #43, 98, Speed-Entering pits, tail end
    #22, 102, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #4, 102, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #38, 103, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #7, 109, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #29, 151, Speed-Entering pits, tail end
    #31, 151, Speed-Exiting pits, tail end
    #14, 151, Removing equipment from assigned pit area, stop and go / tail end
    #24, 194, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #20, 241, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire, pass thru
    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-6-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Las Vegas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver down a lap
    Caution 2: #7-Gordon, 31st
    Caution 3: #18-Kyle Busch, 38th
    Caution 4: #48-Johnson, 16th
    Caution 5: #6-Ragan, 22nd
    Caution 6: #21-Bayne, 20th
    Caution 7: 17-Kenseth, 11th

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Las Vegas (or seemed to)?
    43rd: #64-Cassill, 32 laps run
    42nd: #87-Nemechek, 34 laps
    41st: #66-McDowell, 41 laps
    40th: #46-Yeley, 45 laps
    with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #66 this week
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(3-6-2010)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Las Vegas: The selections of pit stalls for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #17-Kenseth chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #9-Ambrose took pit stall 15, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
    #99-Edwards, who starts 3rd took the 31st pit stall, the last stall on pit road with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #5-Martin, who starts 10th.
    To see where the drivers and all the other drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-5-2011)

  • Race Coverage of the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 6, 2011.
    Television (TV): FOX at 3:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 2:30 pm/et; green flag approx 3:16pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, March 9 at 12:00pm/et

  • Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions  the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.(10-11-2009)

  • Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
    (pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)

info, news, speeds and links

  • Happy Hour: for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, the top five, slowest and notes
    #17-Kenseth 184.112
    #18-Busch 183.717
    #39-Newman 183.680
    #99-Edwards 183.630
    #16-Biffle 183.511
    slowest: #66-McDowell 176.603 & #38-Kvapil 176.517
    notes: #09-Elliott spun late but did not hit anything.
    See all practice speeds on the Las Vegas Practice Speeds page. (3-5-2011)

  • Kenseth wins Las Vegas pole: #17-Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light pole for the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 188.884mph, a new track record. It is his 1st pole of the season, his first pole since Darlington of 2009 and the 5th of his career. #9-Ambrose starts 2nd followed by #99-Edwards, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch, #20-Logano, #43-Allmendinger, #39-Newman, #56-Truex, Jr., and #5-Martin.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #13-Mears, #32-Skinner, #87-Nemechek, #46-Yeley, #6-Blaney, #60-Cassill, #09-Elliott, and #66-McDowell.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (1): #92-Keselowski.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Las Vegas Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(3-4-2011)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Las Vegas:
    Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 14th Annual Kobalt Tools 400 with a lap of 28.589 seconds, 188.884 mph.
    This is his fifth pole in 403 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. His last pole came at Darlington Raceway on May 9, 2009.
    This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2011.
    This is his first pole in 12 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Marcos Ambrose (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2011 and his second in three races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Carl Edwards (third) posted his second top-10 start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his second in three races this season.
    Andy Lally (40th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-4-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2011 at 6:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 6:30pm/et
    Radio: Performace Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128, last season thru nascar.com only
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Las Vegas Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: 10:00pm/et & 1:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order: for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vehas Motor Speedway is posted, qualifying order was set by the drivers fastest practice speed in either session [if more then one was held], with the top-35 in owners points going first, with slowest in practice going first and the fastest in practice going last, Then the non-top 35 in owners points go out, slowest in practice first and fastest go out last.
    44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #37-Raines.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #17-Kenseth.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #92-Keselowski with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #13-Mears. See the full qualifying order on the Las Vegas Qualifying Page.(3-4-2011)

  • Friday Practice: for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, the top five, slowest and notes
    #17-Kenseth 186.599
    #6-Ragan 186.297
    #42-Montoya 185.957
    #99-Edwards 185.893
    #16-Biffle 185.675
    slowest: #37-Raines 176.794 & #92-Keselowski 176.390
    notes: #24-Gordon spun coming off turn four on his second lap out, but did not hit anything. #38-Kvapil made slight contact with the wall but didn't do any damage.
    See all practice speeds on the Las Vegas Practice Speeds page. (3-4-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #13-Casey Mears, 30th
    #32-Mike Skinner, 33rd
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 34th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 35th
    #36-Dave Blaney, 36th
    #60-Landon Cassill, 38th
    #09-Bill Elliott [PC], 39th
    #66-Michael McDowell, 40th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #92-Brian Keselowski, 44th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • The Entry List for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #09-Bill Elliott (1988 Champ) [18t in 2011 owner pts/2 attempts]
    #13-Casey Mears (35/2)
    #32-Mike Skinner (20/2)
    #36-Dave Blaney (39/2)
    #46-J.J. Yeley (41/2)
    #60-Landon Cassill (42/2)
    #66-Michael McDowell (45/2)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (43/2)
    #92-Brian Keselowski (46/2)
    In the event that practices and qualifying are ALL rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09, 32, 13, 36, 46, 60, 87, 66
    missing the race would be [1]: #92
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Las Vegas Entry List.(2-2/3-38-2011)


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Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#00-David Reutimann Tums #00 Team Schemes Page
#5-Mark Martin GoDaddy.com #5 Team Schemes Page
#11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Team Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle Post-It #16 Team Schemes Page
#18-Kyle Busch Snickers #18 Team Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
#42-Juan Pablo Montoya Clorox #42 Team Schemes Page
#47-Bobby Labonte Kingsford Charcoal #47 Team Schemes Page
#48-Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools #48 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy #88 Team Schemes Page
#99-Carl Edwards Scotts / Kellogg's #99 Team Schemes Page

Paint Scheme news and links on the Paint Schemes Gallery

Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Las Vegas:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Chassis #1102. Kevin "Bono" Manion and the #1 McDonald's team are bringing chassis #1102 to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. This is a brand new chassis.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: The #2 Miller Lite Dodge team will use chassis PRS-745 during Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas. This is a brand-new chassis to the #2 team.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-730 Brand new chassis. Backup: RK-695, Last ran Phoenix in 2010 as the #99 - finished first.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 735 for the 400.5-mile race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is a brand new Stanley Ford.
    #14-Tony Stewart: This car debuted last May in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. It qualified 26th and finished 15th in its maiden race. It saw extensive wind tunnel time before returning to action in late July for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There, it qualified 15th and ran most of the race at the lower end of the top-10. But a savvy two-tire pit call on the team's final stop allowed it to rally to a fifth-place finish. Chassis No. 14-591 spent the rest of the 2010 season as a backup, and in the offseason, it received a new body and logged many hours in the wind tunnel. The Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will mark its third career start and its first of 2011.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-733 (brand new chassis)
    #18-Kyle Busch: This chassis will make its third-ever start in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas. In its first start last October at Charlotte, Busch started sixth and led a race-high 217 laps before settling for a solid second-place finish. In its most recent start, Busch started seventh and finished 13th in the Kobalt Tools 500k at Phoenix. Busch ran within the top-three for a majority of the race, but late-race fuel strategy forced him to settle for 13th.
    #20-Joey Logano: The #20 Home Depot Team is taking chassis #297 this weekend for the 400-mile Las Vegas race. This is a new chassis for the #20 Team. The back-up chassis is chassis #284 which Logano drove last year at Auto Club Speedway to an 11th-place finish and at Phoenix in November to third.
    #22-Kurt Busch: and his Steve Addington led "Double-Deuce" team will be racing their "PRS-744" Dodge Charger in this weekend's action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "It's a brand new race car and you know how much Kurt likes the new race cars," said Addington.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot Chassis No. 328 from the RCR stable. This #27 Chevy is a brand new addition to the RCR fleet, and will see its first laps on the track at LVMS.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: Harvick will race chassis No. 325 from the RCR stable this weekend at LVMS. Built new in 2010, he drove this car to a third-place finish in the season finale at Homestead-Miami in November.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 344 from the RCR stable. This is a brand new Caterpillar Chevy that will circle the race track for the first time this weekend.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 324 from the RCR stable. This chassis was utilized during two races in last year's Chase for the Sprint Cup where Bowyer scored two top-10 finishes - the first at Auto Club Speedway, where he led 40 laps while finishing second and Texas, where he finished seventh.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis 39-31. In 12 starts, the car has one pole and four top-10 finishes. This car debuted in 2009 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Sprint All-Star Race, where Newman started 12th and finished 18th. The car saw action three other times in 2009 - at Chicagoland ; at Michigan and at Charlotte in October. Chassis No. 39-531 returned to action in February 2010 at Auto Club Speedway The car's next start came in March at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Michigan marked the car's fourth start of the season. Next up for 39-531 was a return trip to Chicagoland. After the Chicago race, a new front clip was placed on the car, echoing a new generation of race cars for SHR. Newman qualified sixth and finished eighth at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Next up was Charlotte, where Newman crashed his superfast race car into the turn-three wall on the second lap of the event, causing major damage to the #39 machine and resulting in a 36th-place finish. After extensive repairs at the race shop, the chassis returned for last year's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Newman finished a strong seventh. During the offseason, the car's front clip was updated for 2011.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Chassis #1105. Brian Pattie and the #42 Target team are bringing chassis #1105 to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. This is a brand new chassis.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 Richard Petty Motorsports team has prepared chassis No. 736 for this weekend's event at Las Vegas. This Best Buy Ford is a new car and has never been tested.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Johnson will pilot chassis No. 623 in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400. He last drove that car to a ninth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in Nov. 2010. Backup chassis No. 592 crossed the finish line in the runner up position at Kansas Speedway last October.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-732 This is a new car.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(3-4-2011)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,200, Right-side -- 1,200;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 700, Right-side -- 700

    Set limits: Sprint Cup:
    5 sets for practice/qualifying and 9 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 2 sets for open test day and a maximum of 6 sets for Friday practice/qualifying/race

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4374; Right-side -- D-4412

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 34 psi; Left Rear -- 34 psi; Right Front -- 62 psi; Right Rear -- 58 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi; Right Front -- 58 psi; Right Rear -- 54 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Las Vegas this weekend . . . this is the first time this left-side tire code (D-4374) has been run, though teams in both of these series did run this right-side code (D4412) at Daytona two weeks ago . . . compared to what was run at Las Vegas last season, this left-side tire features both construction and compound changes to give the cars more grip, as well as a minor right-side construction change to bring it into line with what is run at other mile-and-a-half tracks . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Las Vegas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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