March 4, 2018
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, NV
Distance: 400.5 miles (644.542 km)
First race: 1998
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be bringing in the cream of the crop to compete for points in The Chase for the Sprint Cup. Las Vegas Motor Speedway has featured NASCAR racing since 1996 and has hosted Cup series racing each spring since 1998.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway sits like a diamond in the desert. One of the most complete racing complexes in the world, its 1,600 acres include road courses, a three-eighths mile oval, a dirt track and a state-of-the-art drag racing facility.
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a complex of four racing venues: the 1.5 mile Superspeedway, the Bullring for short track events, the Dirt Track, and the Strip. Each year sees three NASCAR events (Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series), two NHRA races, and many other adrenaline-fuelled races burnin up the track in Sin City. It wasn’t long ago that this race was called the UAW-Dodge 400, then briefly the Shelby 427, and now currently the Las Vegas 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s wide racing surface allows drivers to choose their own preferred racing lanes through turns banked a 12 degrees. The frontstretch tri-oval, which runs 2,275 feet, is banked at 9 degrees. The 1,572-foot-long backstretch is banked three degrees. This should be one Hellva run for this years sprint Cup series race.
The Nascar favorites should have some good betting odds on drivers like Jimmie Johnson (3 time winner), Jeff Gordon (2 time winner), and Matt Kenseth (2 time winner).
2017 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner - Martin Truex Jr
2016 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner - Brad Keselowski
2015 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner - Kevin Harvick
2014 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner - Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag for the first time this season, the first time at LVMS and the 11th time in his Sprint Cup career.
2013 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner - Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth wins the 2013 NASCAR Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas barely holding off Kasey Kahne for his third Nascar victory.
2012 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner - Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart wins 2012 Kobalt Tools 400. Stewart led 3 times for 124 laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson is second place. Greg Biffle is continuing to have have a great season with another top-5 finish at Las Vegas. Greg Biffle got his third straight top-3 finish.
2011 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner - Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards Wins 2011 Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas. Tony Stewart tied with Vegas native Kurt Busch, who was formerly second. Ex-points-leader Kyle Busch plummeted a whopping 13 spots to 14th in the standings, while Jeff Gordon fell 14 spots to 19th. The biggest gainer was Marcos Ambrose – who moved up 10 spots to 17th – and both Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards jumped nine spots apiece.
2010 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner - Jimmie Johnson
With his two wins out of the first three starts in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Jimmie Johnson has reclaimed his throne at the 2010 Shelby American. His incredible win at Las Vegas on Feb. 28, 2010, solidified Jimmie Johnson as a legit contender, and he'll continue being the top competitor of the Cup Series heading into the month of March.
2009 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner - Kyle Busch
In 2009, Kyle Busch notched the biggest victory of his young career by driving from the back of the field Sunday to win the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his hometown track. Busch was fast at the end of the race when it mattered most and claimed the win comfortably ahead of Clint Bowyer.