Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the Kobalt Tools 400, the third race of the season. I won’t predict who will make the chase or even attempt to understand why it would be important after two races. Several drivers will have to perform well in Las Vegas if they hope to get into the chase. As has always been the case, even before the new points system of 2011. This year points are collected in reverse order of one’s finish, with a win getting 43 points and last place getting 1 point. But I don’t think any of this has anything to do with the race at hand. JMO.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series had two practices on Friday. They will qualify for the Sam’s Town 300 in Las Vegas on Saturday morning. Then race Saturday afternoon. Practice speeds determine how they come on the track, with the slowest out first and the fastest out last. Like DW said, in theory each driver out should be on the pole. In theory.
Matt Kenseth in the Roush-Fenway #17 Ford was fastest in practice and will be out last for Coors Light Pole Qualifying. The top 35 in owner points will be first, followed by the slowest of the “go or go homers”. Although I can’t see why there should be this distinction. Slow is slow and fast is fast. There are 44 cars entered, so one will have to go home. Although I can’t figure that out, since 43 is an odd number, leaving one car in the final row when that last spot could well have been filled.
22 Kurt Busch came out sixth and was 3 mph faster than the other slower cars. He kept the pole position until 21 Trevor Bayne came out ninth and took over. Kyle Busch came out nineteenth and knocked him off with a speed of 187.565. Defending champion Jimmie Johnson almost lost it in his run but managed eighth at the time. 9 Marcos Ambrose came out thirtieth and took the pole from Kyle with a speed of 188.17. 6 David Ragan spun out while qualifying, but did not hit anything. He will start from the rear, as he did not post a time but is in the top 35 in owner points.
Since 17 Kenseth was the fastest in practice, he came out thirty-fifth. And as in practice, he was the fastest qualifier with a speed of 188.884 mph and 28.58 seconds, a new track record. 09 Bill Elliott made it in on speed and did not have to use a past champion provisional. The lone driver going home is 92 Brian Keselowski. 9 Ambrose will start second for the Kobalt Tools 400.
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