Everything you need to know about Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in three minutes:
Three things to watch
1. If there is going to be any kind of impact from the weather, it will be the wind, not rain. Gusts of up to 30 mph are expected. Drivers say that kind of unpredictably makes it tough to drive.
2. Kurt, not Kyle, is the Busch brother who has returned to his hometown and shown the most speed leading up to the race. But Kurt Busch, who is on the pole for a second consecutive week, worries that his Chevy might not have enough speed during long runs.
3. Team Penske drivers make up two of the top four spots – Joey Logano starts second and Brad Keselowski is fourth.
▪ Carl Edwards hit the wall during qualifying and will start at the rear of the field in a backup car. But Edwards was second fastest in Saturday’s final practice with a lap of 188.851 mph. Matt Kenseth had the best speed (189.460 mph).
▪ Kurt Busch said Friday that no decision has been made to try the Coca Cola 600-Indianapolis 500 double on Memorial Day again, but he’s considering it, he said. In 2014, Busch was sixth at Indy, then flew to Charlotte, where he finished 40th.
▪ The low downforce aerodynamic package gets its second test of the season. The Las Vegas track isn’t nearly as bumpy and rough as Atlanta’s last week.
▪ Meanwhile, back in North Carolina, Thad Moffitt, the 15-year-old grandson of Richard Petty, will make his late-model stock car race debut Sunday at Asheboro’s Caraway Speedway.
Three picks for your fantasy team:
Kurt Busch: On the pole and would love nothing more than to win in his hometown.
Denny Hamlin: Won Daytona and was disappointed at finishing 16th at Atlanta.
Kevin Harvick: Enjoys the tracks on NASCAR’s western swing: won at Las Vegas and Phoenix last year, then was third at Fontana. He led 400 laps in those races. Starts sixth Sunday.
He said it
“It will add another layer of dimension to the race. You have to pull up your pants and drive around.” – Keselowski, on driving in the wind.
Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Track type: 1.5-mile oval
Race distance: 400.5 miles, 267 laps
Green flag: 3:46 p.m.
Weather: Partly cloudy, high of 65 with gusty winds
Radio: Performance Racing Network