NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 Notes and Entry List

SprintLVMS making safety modifications ahead of races:

In response to Sunday’s latest incident involving one of NASCAR’s top drivers hitting a wall unprotected by a SAFER barrier, Las Vegas Motor Speedway is making some adjustments ahead of this weekend’s Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races at the 1.5-mile track. “NASCAR on Monday conducted a thorough inspection of the racing conditions here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,” LVMS track president Chris Powell said in a statement released late Tuesday. “NASCAR has requested that we make several minor modifications adjacent to both the 1.5-mile oval and the openings on pit road. At the conclusion of this weekend’s Kobalt 400 and Boyd Gaming 300, we will reconvene with NASCAR regarding any long-term alterations.”

TRACK NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
    Front straight: 2,275 feet
    Back straight: 1,572 feet
    Banking after reconfig 2007: Corners:20°, Front Straight: 9°, Back Straight: 9°
    Banking before config 2006: Corners:12°, Front Straight: 9°, Back Straight: 3°
    Grandstand Seating: 142,000
    Pace Car Speeds: Pit Road – 45 mph; Track 55 mph
    Opened: 1996 (First Cup race held in 1998)
  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: TBA
    Command to start engines: TBA
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
    Color Guard: TBA
    Invocation: TBA
    National Anthem: Rascal Flatts
    Flyover: TBA
  • 2014 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 154.633, started 2nd
  • Track Race Record: Brad Keselowski, March 2014, 154.633mph
  • 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
  • 2014 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 193.278mph, finished 4th
  • Current Track Config Qualifying Record: Joey Logano, 3/7/2014, 193.278
  • 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

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TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: FOX – 3:00pm/et
  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 3:30pm/et
  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
  • Pit Reporters: Chris Neville, Jamie Little, Matt Yocum
  • Hollywood Hotel/Host: Chris Myers, Michael Waltrip, Darrell Waltrip
  • Rules Analyst: Andy Petree
  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 2:00pm/et on FoxSports1 (FS1)

EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, March 5
7:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, March 6
6:30 AM – 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 – 1:15 PM NSCS PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
4:50 PM NSCS QUALIFYING (FoxSports 1)

Saturday, March 7
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 – 9:25 AM NSCS PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
11:30 AM – 12:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)

Sunday, March 8
7:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Speedway Children’s Charity Track Walk
10:30 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:00 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM PM) NSCS RACE (Fox)
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

TIRE NOTES

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits:
Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 9 sets for the race

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4652; Right-side — D-4630

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 87.40 in. (2,220 mm); Right-side –88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

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

Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Las Vegas this weekend . . . this is the first time these teams will run this combination of left- and right-side tires at Las Vegas, though Sprint Cup teams did run this right-side tire code (D-4630) at Talladega last October . . . compared to what was run at Las Vegas last year, this right-side features a compound change for better wear . . . this weekend’s left-side tire code (D-4652) features both construction and compound changes vs. the 2014 Las Vegas left-side . . . the construction change is to align this track with other, similar tracks; while the compound change will enhance grip . . . 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.

Weather:
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Entry List
Kobalt 400
Las Vegas Motor Speedway – 3/8/2015
Entry Car # Driver Make Sponsor 2014 Owner Points Rank
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy Cessna 18
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 5
3 3 Austin Dillon Chevy Dow 20
4 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy Jimmy John’s 1
5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy Time Warner Cable 15
6 6 Trevor Bayne Ford Advocare 8
7 7 Alex Bowman Chevy Toy State / Nikko 33
8 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford Medallion Bank / Camping World 23
9 10 Danica Patrick Chevy GoDaddy.com 28
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 3
11 13 Casey Mears Chevy GEICO 26
12 14 Tony Stewart Chevy Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 25
13 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 19
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford Cheez-It 14
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Fastenal 27
16 18 David Ragan Toyota M&M’s Crispy 10
17 19 Carl Edwards* Toyota Comcast Business 56
18 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota DeWalt 7
19 21 Ryan Blaney (i) Ford Motocraft / Quick Lane Tire 43
20 22 Joey Logano Ford Pennzoil 4
21 23 J.J. Yeley (i) Toyota Dr. Pepper 36
22 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 3M 6
23 26 Jeb Burton # Toyota MaxiumFantasySports.com 31
24 27 Paul Menard Chevy Quaker State / Menards 21
25 29 Reed Sorenson* Toyota TBA 56
26 31 Ryan Newman Chevy Caterpillar 2
27 32 Mike Bliss(i) Ford Draftdemons.com 38
28 33 Brian Scott (i) Chevy Whitetail 40
29 34 Brett Moffitt* Ford Shaw’s Southern Belle Seafood 48
30 35 Cole Whitt Ford Speed Stick 32
31 38 David Gilliland Ford Love’s Travel Stops 30
32 40 Landon Cassill (i) Chevy Carsforsale.com 34
33 41 Regan Smith (i) Chevy Haas Automation 14
34 42 Kyle Larson Chevy Target 17
35 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 16
36 44 Travis Kvapil* (i) Chevy TBA 44
37 46 Michael Annett* Chevy Cypress 49
38 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevy Clorox 13
39 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Kobalt Tools 11
40 51 Justin Allgaier Chevy Brandt 29
41 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s 60th Anniversary Dream Machine 22
42 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Chevy South Point Hotel & Casino 35
43 66 Mike Wallace Chevy TBA 39
44 78 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy Furnitrue Row 24
45 83 Matt Dibenedetto Toyota Burger King 41
46 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy Nationwide 9
47 95 Michael McDowell Ford KLOVE Radio 42
48 98 Josh Wise Ford Phil Parsons Racing 37

# – Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
(i) – driver not running for Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points
* –
Required to qualify by speed, not eligible for a regular provisional, no owners points or too deeply ranked in owners points
Note – First three races are based off 2014 Owner Points if Qualifying is rained out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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