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2013 Las Vegas: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 09, 2014 - 06:53 AM
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2013 Las Vegas: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

Today, is round three of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup series season. The Cup series has been coming to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1998. With a near sell-out expected, the grandstands should be hosting over 137,000 NASCAR fans.

The 1.5-mile (2.41 km) track is a D-shaped asphalt oval with 20 degree banking each end, and 9 degree banking on the backstretch, and a parallel 9 degree banking on the front-stretch. The front-stretch is 2,275 feet or roughly 700 longer than the backside.

The first Cup event in 1998 was won by Mark Martin in a Ford. But Martin never won the event despite having six top-5s, and ten top-10s in 15 attempts.

The driver the most wins on the lucky oval is 6-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. But its all or nothing for Johnson at this track. His four wins - 12 tries - came in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010. But five times out of 12 attempts Johnson has finished outside the top ten including 2008 (29th), 2009 (24th), and 2011 (16th). In 2012, Johnson grabbed second, and in 2013 he tallied a sixth.

The other two big winners in Vegas have been Jeff Burton (wins in 1999, 2000) and Matt Kenseth (3 wins in 2003, 2004, 2013). Kenseth's win coming after nine years and failing to finish in the top-ten in four of five years from 2008 through 2012.

So who is going to win today ?

The Vegas book-makers have once again chosen Jimmie Johnson.

Can Johnson break out for his first win of the 2013 season ? We'd put money on it.

But, keep an eye on Carl Edwards who won the 2011 affair, which was his second win in four years. And keep your other eye on previous winners Matt Kenseth (3-times), Tony Stewart (2012), and Kyle Busch (2009). Including Johnson, those four drivers have won every race at Las Vegas since 2005.

Today, should be another exciting race, so enjoy! Because if the winner isn't Johnson, Kenseth, Edwards, Stewart, or Busch, the name will likely surprise us all!

 

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Starting Line Up by Row
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
17th Annual Kobalt 400
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, March 07, 2014 @ 07:43 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Mark Martin 03/01/98 02:43:58 146.554
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 27.939 193.278
2 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 27.965 193.099
2 3 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 28.021 192.713
4 3 Austin Dillon # Cheerios Chevrolet 28.026 192.678
3 5 48 Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools Chevrolet 28.038 192.596
6 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Zest Ford 28.038 192.596
4 7 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna/Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet 28.067 192.397
8 43 Aric Almirola Farmland Ford 28.076 192.335
5 9 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 28.087 192.260
10 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 28.134 191.939
6 11 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 28.185 191.591
12 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 28.197 191.510
7 13 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 28.175 191.659
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Mountain Dew Kickstart Chevrolet 28.181 191.618
8 15 24 Jeff Gordon Axalta Chevrolet 28.181 191.618
16 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevrolet 28.184 191.598
9 17 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 28.199 191.496
18 47 AJ Allmendinger Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet 28.200 191.489
10 19 66 Jeff Burton Let's Go Places Toyota 28.208 191.435
20 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 28.216 191.381
11 21 27 Paul Menard Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet 28.282 190.934
22 10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental Chevrolet 28.340 190.543
12 23 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 28.346 190.503
24 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 28.494 189.514
13 25 16 Greg Biffle Red Cross Ford 28.362 190.396
26 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford 28.437 189.893
14 27 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 28.456 189.767
28 26 Cole Whitt # Speed Stick GEAR Toyota 28.474 189.647
15 29 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 28.522 189.328
30 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 28.532 189.261
16 31 98 Josh Wise Ambient Edge HVAC Chevrolet 28.594 188.851
32 30 Parker Kligerman # Aria Hotels/Black Clover Toyota 28.596 188.838
17 33 38 David Gilliland Love's Travel Stops Ford 28.619 188.686
34 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 28.658 188.429
18 35 95 Michael McDowell WRL General Contractors Ford 28.682 188.271
36 23 Alex Bowman # Dr.Pepper Toyota 28.698 188.166
19 37 51 Justin Allgaier # Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet Owner Points
38 7 Michael Annett # Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet Owner Points
20 39 83 Ryan Truex # Borla Exhaust Toyota Owner Points
40 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Owner Points
21 41 33 Timmy Hill LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet Owner Points
42 32 Travis Kvapil Ask More-Get More Ford Owner Points
22 43 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: # 35 Blake Koch(i); # 40 Landon Cassill(i); # 77 Dave Blaney; # 87 Joe Nemechek(i); # 44 JJ Yeley.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 21 2 Toyota 10 1






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