RACE PREVIEW

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KOBALT TOOLS 400

LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

MARCH 12th, 3:30PM CHARLOTTE TIME FOX TV

1.5 MILES 20 Degrees of Banking

I have never missed this race or this weekend.  This has been one of the most fun cities to watch a race in, but in the beginning it wasn’t the most fun race to watch. All of that changed eleven years ago the minute the 2006 race ended.  Right after the checkered flag flew workers began to make changes to this track. Garages were bulldozed and the track surface was ripped up, re-banked, and rebuilt. The 12 degrees of banking was replaced with a steeper, faster, and racier 20 degrees of banking. Now the country’s most exciting city might just have one of its most exciting tracks. We have had two great races to kick off the season with Ford winning at Daytona and again at Atlanta. So far this year the big move racing in stages has produced many exciting moments. At this race we’ll see two 80 lap stages followed by a 107 lap final stage.

Roush Fenway used to dominate here with five wins in the first seven races. Since they reconfigured the track Roush has only had two wins in ten races – still pretty good, but not the domination they once had. Chevy has four wins since the track has been redone: Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart Haas Racing each have two of those wins. Ford also has four wins, the two Roush Fenway wins plus two for Team Penske. Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing have won twice. Will Chevy or Ford continue their slight lead in most wins or will Toyota catch up? We’ll know on Sunday.

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