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

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 06:  (***EDITOR'S NOTE*** COMPOSITE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION CREATED USING MULTIPLE IMAGES) Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Scotts/Kellogg's Ford, celebrates with a flip from his car after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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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

FORT WORTH, TX - MARCH 06:  Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, jokes with Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage during Media Day at Texas Motor Speedway on March 6, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/G
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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.

 

AVONDALE, AZ - MARCH 03:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/ Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, talk on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500
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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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