With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series heading to Las Vegas International Speedway, the wild show that has been on display the first two weeks of the season is just getting started.
As much as Las Vegas is described as one of the prototypical cookie-cutter tracks on the circuit, the racing it can produce is some of the best you could ever imagine as a race fan. Just sit back and enjoy!
Will Las Vegas Be a Boring Cookie-Cutter Race?
Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
When: Sunday, March 11, 2:30 p.m. ET
Listen: Motor Racing Network
Live Stream: TrackPass
Qualifying will be Friday, March 9 at 3:40 p.m. ET
SPEED, 03|09|12, 1:30 p.m. ET, Sam's Town 300 practice
SPEED, 03|09|12, 3 p.m. ET, Kobalt Tools 400 practice
SPEED, 03|09|12, 5 p.m. ET, Sam's Town 300 final practice
SPEED, 03|09|12, 6:30 p.m. ET, Kobalt Tools 400 qualifying
SPEED, 03|10|12, 12:30 p.m. ET, Kobalt Tools 400 practice
SPEED, 03|10|12, 1:30 p.m. ET, Sam's Town 300 qualifying
SPEED, 03|10|12, 3 p.m. ET, Kobalt Tools 400 final practice
ESPN2, 03|10|12, 5 p.m. ET, Sam's Town 300
FOX, 03|11|12, 3 p.m. ET, Kobalt Tools 400
Drivers to Watch
Tony Stewart—Eight of Smoke’s 13 races at Las Vegas have resulted in top-10 finishes because Tony Stewart knows how to race on these cookie-cutter tracks. If you can dominate one, you can dominate them all.
Carl Edwards—Last year’s Las Vegas race winner was Carl Edwards, and he comes into this year’s event with a chip on his shoulder. I guess that’s what losing the championship in the last week of a season will do to a team.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.—While Junior has never shared the immense success over his career at Las Vegas like he has other tracks, that doesn’t mean he isn’t a contender. With as strong as his car is running and how well his team is working together, the fact that he has never won at Vegas isn’t a big deal.
Predicted Winner: Carl Edwards
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