The Kobalt Tools 400 is the third major race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, following two weeks after the Daytona 500 and just one week after the Phoenix Subway Fresh Fit 500.
Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart, A.J. Allmendinger, and Jeff Gordon are the current points leaders in the Sprint Cup Series, followed by Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman, Juan Pablo Montoya, David Gilliland, Paul Menard, and Carl Edwards. Jimmie Johnson is just out of the top 12 at number 13.
What: Kobalt Tools 400
Series: Sprint Cup Series
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Start time: Sunday, March 6, 2011 3:00 pm ET
TV: FOX, 3:00 pm
TV Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Radio: PRN, 2:00 pm
The first race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway took place in 1998.
Jimmie Johnson won the Las Vegas Shelby American in 2010. He drove a Chevrolet and took a purse of $405,628. It was his fourth Sprint Cup win in ‘Vegas, including three in a row, from 2005 to 2007.
Here is a rundown of past winners.
2010 – Jimmie Johnson
2009 – Kyle Busch
2008 – Carl Edwards
2007 – Jimmie Johnson
2006 – Jimmie Johnson
2005 – Jimmie Johnson
2004 – Matt Kenseth
2003 – Matt Kenseth
2002 – Sterling Marlin
2001 – Jeff Gordon
2000 – Jeff Burton
1999 – Jeff Burton
1998 – Mark Martin
Kristen Hertzenberg, who currently plays Christine Daae in Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, will sing the National Anthem.
The Sam’s Town 300, part of the Nationwide Series, takes place Saturday March 5, at 3:00 pm ET at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Next up in the Sprint Cup Series is the Jeff Byrd 500, at Bristol Motor Speedway, in Bristol, Tennessee, at 1:00 pm ET on March 20, 2011.
Also filed under: Kobalt Tools 500, Las Vegas 500, Las Vegas 400