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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Las Vegas Race info page

THE RACE: Kobalt 400
TRACK: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #3 of 36

Sections on page:
Schedule | TV Info | Radio | Prac/Qual Times | Track/Race Info | Race Results
Entry/Prac/Qual Info | Local Info | Weather | Tire Notes | Odds


Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV
Title Sponsor: Kobalt Tools
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:46pm/et


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on FoxSports1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: at 3:00pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 3:30pm/et

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Sunday, March 12 at 10:00pm/et on FS1;
Monday, March 13 at 6:30am/et on FS1;
Monday, March 13 at 9:30am/et on FS2

TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
Fox Sports TV Listings
FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
NBC Sports - TV Times
NBCSN
CNBC
TSN NASCAR Cup TV Schedule - Canada
TSN Auto Racing TV Schedule - Canada
TV Racer
Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


RADIO COVERAGE

Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
goprn.com
siriusxm.com


ONLINE STREAMING

FOX Sports GO
NBC Sports - stream.nbcsports.com
Radio: PRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(times are local to the track)

Thursday, March 9
7:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, March 10
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:45 PM (7:45 PM) MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, March 11
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 - 9:55 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, March 12
7:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 - 10:00 AM TRACK WALK
10:30 AM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
11:50 AM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM (3:30 PM) MENCS RACE

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
(these times in eastern time)

Practices:
Friday, March 10, 2:00 - 3:25 pm/et, TV-FS1
Saturday, March 11, 12:00 - 12:55pm/et, TV-FS1
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 11, 2:30 - 3:20 pm/et, TV-FS1

Qualifying: qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, March 10 at 7:45 pm/et, TV-FS2 (NOT FS1);
re-air scheduled: none


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Track Specifications:
Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
Front straight: 2,275 feet
Back straight: 1,572 feet
Banking after reconfig 2007: Corners:20°, Front Straight: 9°, Back Straight: 9°
Banking before config 2006: Corners:12°, Front Straight: 9°, Back Straight: 3°
Grandstand Seating: 142,000
Pace Car Speeds: Pit Road - 45 mph; Track 55 mph
Opened: 1996 (First Cup race held in 1998)

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Rock & Roll Legend John Fogerty
Command to start engines: John Fogerty
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: U.S. Sen. Dean Heller
Color Guard: Nellis Air Force Base Honor Guard
Invocation: Kurt Schulke, Chaplain, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
National Anthem: Night Ranger
Flyover: 2 F-15's & 2 F-22's from USAFWS Nellis AFB

Track Websites & Social Media:
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Speedway Motorsports
Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Facebook
Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Twitter
Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Instagram
Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Flickr
Las Vegas Motor Speedway - YouTube
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

March 2016: see the Las Vegas Race Info page


A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV going into the Kobalt 400 on March 12, 2017, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing the Kobalt 400 page.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series news & notes

Who's Hot and Who's Not - Las Vegas Edition
HOT
• Dale Earnhardt Jr.: finished in the top 10 in 7 of his last 8 races at Las Vegas
• Kasey Kahne: top-10 finish in back-to-back races to start season for 2nd time in his career (also done in 2008)
• Brad Keselowski: 3.0 avg. finish in his last 4 races at Las Vegas (includes 2 wins)
NOT
• Denny Hamlin: finished outside top 10 in 4 of his last 5 races at Las Vegas
• Kurt Busch: 21.2 avg. finish at Las Vegas, which is tied for his worst at any track
• Clint Bowyer: 23.3 avg. finish in his last 4 races at Las Vegas
(ESPN Stats)

Jayski.com's Las Vegas Motor Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Truex Jr. wins at Las Vegas: #78-Martin Truex, Jr. won the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Las Vegas and 8th career win. Truex, Jr. dominated most of the race, leading 150 of the 267 laps and won all three stages to get the maximum possible 60 points on the day. However, he was running second until he passed the pole sitter #2-Keselowski coming to the white flag. Keselowski said something broke on the car before losing the lead.
#42-Larson finished second followed by #24-Elliott, #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #1-McMurray, #20-Kenseth, and #14-Bowyer.
#4-Harvick, the points leader coming into the race, had a tire go down early in the race and hit the outside wall. He finished 38th.
There was a fight on pit road after the race. On the final lap, contact between #22-Logano and #18-Busch sent Busch spinning off turn 4. Once cars were on pit road, Busch confronted Logano and a fight started. Logano was pulled away but Busch fought with a #22 crew member before they could be separated.
There were 14 lead changes among 6 drivers and 6 cautions for 34 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 136.032mph.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Sunday, March 12 at 10:00pm/et on FS1; Monday, March 13 at 6:30am/et on FS1; Monday, March 13 at 9:30am/et on FS2.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and [NOTE: money won is no longer reported] more at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-12-2017)

Race recap: Truex wins at Las Vegas; Kyle Busch, Logano brawl on pit road In a race whose aftermath left hometown driver Kyle Busch with a bloody forehead, Martin Truex Jr. passed the faltering car of Brad Keselowski on the white-flag lap and cruised to a sweep of all three stages in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. As Truex approached the checkered flag to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for the first time this season and the first time at LVMS, Joey Logano's Ford slid up into Kyle Busch's Toyota in a battle for third position. Busch spun into the inside wall on pit road and limped across the finish line in 22nd place.[More](3-12-2017)

Race Fast Facts - Las Vegas:
Martin Truex Jr. won the 20th Annual Kobalt 400, his eighth victory in 408 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 12 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Kyle Larson (second) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2017.
Chase Elliott (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Erik Jones (15th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Brad Keselowski leads the point standings by 1 point over Kyle Larson.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-12-2017)

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Driver Chase Standings:
[after Las Vegas, race 3 of 36]
1) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 132
2) #78-Martin Truex Jr [1 win], 127, -5
3) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 93, -39
4) #42-Kyle Larson, 131, -1
5) #24-Chase Elliott, 129, -3
6) #22-Joey Logano, 119, -13
8) #21-Ryan Blaney, 106, -26
9) #4-Kevin Harvick, 91, -41
10) #5-Kasey Kahne, 88, -44
11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 86, -46
12) #6-Trevor Bayne, 82, -50
13) #14-Clint Bowyer, 73, -59
14) #20-Matt Kenseth, 71, -61
15) #43-Aric Almirola, 70, -62
16) #11-Denny Hamlin, 68, -64
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Top-Ten Stage 2 Results of the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (lap 160/267):
#78-Truex Jr., 10pts
#2-Keselowski, 9pts
#42-Larson, 8pts
#24-Elliott, 7pts
#22-Logano, 6pts
#21-Blaney, 5pts
#88-Earnhardt Jr., 4pts
#1-McMurray, 3pts
#31-Newman, 2pts
#48-Johnson, 1pt

Top-Ten Stage 1 Results of the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
#78-Truex Jr., 10pts
#42-Larson, 9pts
#21-Blaney, 8pts
#2-Keselowski, 7pts
#24-Elliott, 6pts
#1-McMurray, 5pts
#48-Johnson, 4pts
#18-Busch, 3pts
#20-Kenseth, 2pts
#88-Earnhardt Jr., 1pt

Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Las Vegas: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #33-Earnhardt, 33rd
Caution 2: #47-Allmendinger, 25th
Caution 3: #37-Buescher, 23rd
Caution 4: #18-Busch, 17th
Caution 5: #95-McDowell, 19th
Caution 6: #43-Almirola, 14th
(3-12-2017)

To the back/rear of field before the green flag: #17-Stenhouse, Jr (backup car); #10-Patrick (rear gear change); #51-Hill (transmission)

Race Coverage of the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 12, 2016.
Television (TV): FOX at 3:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:30pm/et on FS1 and 3:00pm/et on FOX; green flag approx. 3:46pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Sunday, March 12 at 10:00pm/et on FS1;
Monday, March 13 at 6:30am/et on FS1;
Monday, March 13 at 9:30am/et on FS2

Las Vegas Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, March 12: (eastern time)
-- 1:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (Neon Garage)
-- 3 p.m: Driver introductions
-- 3:30 p.m.: Presentation of Colors by: Nellis Air Force Base Honor Guard
-- 3:30:20 p.m.: Invocation by: Kurt Schulke, Chaplain, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
-- 3:30:45 p.m.: Intro National Anthem
-- 3:31 p.m.: National Anthem by: Night Ranger (Large American flag unfurled by 433rd Fighter Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB)
-- 3:32 p.m.: Fly-By TOT: 2 F-15's & 2 F-22's from USAFWS Nellis AFB (Backstretch to Frontstretch)
-- 3:37 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: John Fogerty
-- 3:46 p.m.: Start of the Kobalt 400 (267 Laps, 400.5 Miles)
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (41,42,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Also, since only 39 cars and 40 stalls, stall 39 is not being used.
Pole sitter #2-Keselowski chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #78-Truex, Jr. took pit stall 15, with an opening in front of it.
#21-Blaney, who starts 3rd, took the 40th and final pit stall.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-11-2017)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumulative Race Report
Penalty Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

See Jayski.com's - 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page for race track and race information links, pole winner, race and stage winners, links to race results, drivers/owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds.


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr., 188.613
#24-Elliott 188.574
#88-Earnhardt, Jr. 188.436
#20-Kenseth 188.258
#2-Keselowski 188.140
slowest: #83-LaJoie 179.515, #51-Hill 170.363
best 10 consecutive lap ave #21-Blaney 185.347mph
notes: #17-Stenhouse, Jr slid up into the outside wall late in practice. He will have to go to a backup car.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Las Vegas Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (3-11-2017)

First Saturday practice for the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#24-Elliott 191.510
#42-Larson 188.818
#20-Kenseth 188.954
#18-Busch 188.515
#5-Kahne 188.068
slowest: #55-Cope 175.410 & #51-Hill 172.287
best 10 consecutive lap ave: #24-Elliott, 186.480
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Las Vegas Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (3-11-2017)

Pre-qualifying inspection penalties: #78-Truex, Jr and #5-Kahne failed the templates twice and will lose 15 minutes of practice time. #77-Jones failed weights and measures three times. The team will lose 15 minutes of practice and pit selection.(3-10-2017)

Keselowski wins Las Vegas pole: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light pole for the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with speed of 193.680mph for his 1st pole of 2017, 1st at Las Vegas and 13th of his career. Keselowski has won 2 times from the 12 previous poles.
#78-Truex, Jr. will start 2nd followed by #21-Blaney, #20-Kenseth, #42-Larson, #22-Logano, #5-Kahne, #77-Jones, #18-Busch, #1-McMurray, #19-Suarez, and #24-Elliott.
#21-Blaney was fastest in the second round with a speed of 194.147mph, will start 3rd
#18-Busch was fastest in the first round with a speed of 194.028mph, will start 10th
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none. 39 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Las Vegas qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Las Vegas Starting Lineup page (pdf).(3-10-2017)

With stellar final lap, Kevin Harvick wins Atlanta pole: Brad Keselowski blew the first and second corners on his money lap in Friday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Then he blew away the rest of the field. Perhaps "blew away" is a bit of an exaggeration. Keselowski covered the 1.5-mile distance in 27.881 (193.680 mph) to edge Martin Truex Jr. (193.458 mph) for the top starting spot in Sunday's Kobalt 400 by .003 seconds. The Coors Light Pole Award was Keselowski's first of the season, his first in nine attempts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the 13th of his career.
[More](3-10-2017)

Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 20th Annual Kobalt 400 with a lap of 27.881 seconds, 193.680 mph.
This is his 13th pole in 272 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in nine races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2017 and his fifth in 12 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Ryan Blaney (third) posted his first top-10 start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his first in three races this season.
Erik Jones (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(3-10-2017)

Second Round of Qualifying for the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#21-Blaney 194.147
#20-Kenseth 193.666
#24-Elliott 193.618
#42-Larson 193.500
#78-Truex, Jr. 193.403
the rest of the top 12: 78 5 2 18 1 77 22 19
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 14 27 11 48 41 88 4 6 31 3 4713
(3-10-2017)

First Round of Qualifying for the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
#18-Busch 194.028
#2-Keselowski 193.389
#77-Jones 193.313
#48-Johnson 193.112
#19-Suarez 193.112
the rest of the top 24: 22 78 88 24 42 20 41 4 11 21 5 1 3 31 6 14 27 13 47;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 37 95 34 10 17 43 32 38 72 93 23 33 15 55 51
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 39 entered
(3-10-2017)

Coverage of Qualifying for the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:45pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 7:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

Qualifying Order for the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #48-Johnson.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #78-Truex, Jr.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(3-10-2016)

Friday practice for the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr. 193.500
#2-Keselowski 192.995
#48-Johnson 192.988
#42-Larson 192.719
#20-Kenseth 192.644
slowest: #55-Cope 176.835 & #51-Hill 123.375
most laps run: #18-Busch 27, #22-Logano 22
open teams: #51-Hill(39th), #55-Cope(38th), #83-LaJoie(40th), #51-Hill(31st)
Top 10 consecutive laps: #5-Kahne 184.712
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Las Vegas Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(3-10-2017)

Entry List for the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #51-Hill*, #55-Cope*, #83-LaJoie*
Drivers who currently to not drive for a team with a Charter and need to race into the field: #51-Hill*, #55-Cope*, #83-LaJoie*.
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): none
Since only 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


LOCAL INFO

Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas.com
Nevada Appeal
Speed Eats


WEATHER

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits:
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying/start of race and 8 sets for race;
Xfinity: 7 sets for the event

Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4724; Right-side -- D-4726

Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.48 in. (2,222 mm); Right-side -- 88.66 in. (2,252 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 22 psi;
Right Front -- 58 psi; Right Rear -- 54 psi

Storyline - New Tire Compounds Will Lead to More Wear and Fall-off: Even though it was repaved many years ago, the track surface at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has not traditionally worn tires much. This past January, Goodyear tested at Las Vegas with the expressed intent of introducing more wear with its tire set-up. What was developed was a brand new combination of tires, with compound changes on both sides of the car to enhance wear for greater fall-off over the course of a run and increase grip to match up with the lower downforce package the Cup cars are running. The right-side tire Goodyear is bringing to Las Vegas is a multi-zone tread tire and will handle well the progressive banking, loads and speeds that this track is known for.

Notes: Teams In both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Las Vegas this week . . . this is the first time these teams have run either of these two tire codes . . . this combination of left- and right-side tires came out of a Goodyear test at Las Vegas on January 10-11 . . . drivers participating in that test were Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano and Jamie McMurray . . . compared to what was run at Las Vegas last year, this left-side tire (D-4724) features a compound change to enhance grip and introduce more tire wear . . . while this right-side tire (D-4726) is a multi-zone tread tire similar to what the Cup cars ran at Las Vegas last year, it features a construction change to bring it into line with what is run at other speedways and a compound change on the outboard 10 inches of the tread for more grip and higher wear . . . Goodyear Racing's multi-zone tread right-side tires employ two distinct compounds on the same tread - one on the inboard two inches that is tougher for more heat and wear resistance on the part of the tire that takes the most abuse (Endurance Zone) and one on the outboard 10 inches for more grip (Traction Zone) . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Las Vegas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS


Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
Las Vegas Race Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race