NASCAR at Las Vegas 2012: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2012

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!

 

Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV

When: Sunday, March 11, 2:30 p.m. ET

Watch: FOX

Listen: Motor Racing Network

Live Stream: TrackPass

 

Starting Order

Qualifying will be Friday, March 9 at 3:40 p.m. ET

 

TV Schedule

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 StewartEight 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 EdwardsLast 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

 

Check back for more on NASCAR as it comes, and check out Bleacher Report’s NASCAR Page to get your fill of all things motorsports.

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