Oh yeah, it's Vegas, baby!
This week NASCAR stops in the city that never sleeps, with non-stop action, beautiful women, handsome men, more beautiful women and fast race cars at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS).
On everyone’s list of top-five favorite stops on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, Las Vegas is stop No. 3 of 26 on the road to the Chase. It’s also the first of the 1.5-mile, "cookie cutter" tracks that litter the Sprint Cup schedule. It’s the first chance to see if your team’s 1.5-mile track setup is on target. It had better be, because you can be sure that the No. 48 team’s setup will be right on the money.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. enters race No. 3 leading the driver points by six over Brad Keselowski. Neither driver has won a Cup race at LVMS, but Jeff Gordon, who is third in points (down by 10) has. Gordon’s fifth-place finish at Phoenix last weekend is likely an indication that this Hendrick Motorsports team is just getting warmed up, and Vegas could be lucky for the No. 24.
Forty-eight cars will vie for the 43 starting spots, making Friday’s knockout qualifying session worth watching. Since the track is longer than 1.25 miles in length, there will be three rounds of qualifying, unlike the two rounds contested in Phoenix.
*All quotes and statistics in this slideshow are taken from official team media releases and official NASCAR sources.