Posts tagged: Las Vegas

Mar 02 2009

Kyle Busch’s Spotter Says Gnight Gracie

Kyle Busch wins in Vegas

Love him or Hate him, Kyle Busch can drive a racecar and he knows it, just ask him. He His spotter said on the radio “Say G’night Gracie” as he passed Clint Bowyer in yesterday’s Shelby 427 in Las Vegas, and he reminded me of my 15 year old, who gladly dogs everyone he plays against on his Xbox360. I’m not a fan of Kyle, I’m a Jeff Gordon fan, but I know what his fans are probably going through from everyone else who likes a different driver. I still hear the wonder boy comments about Gordon and much worse, it doesn’t matter that he is married to one of the hottest women on the planet or that he could out drive about anyone, I still hear it. But that kid can drive that racecar, and his career is kind of following Gordon’s, he is being talked about in IRL or Formula 1 circles, much like Gordon and he is a dominant driver, like Gordon can be. (In case you hadn’t noticed, Gordon is #1 in the points).

In an interview with Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip asked Jeff about Kyle Busch and the comparison’s and he said as much. He said I wish I had the talent Kyle Busch has. I’m sure he was being modest, he won his first championship earlier, in his third full season, Kyle has yet to win one, and Gordon has 81 wins, 6th on the all time list, of which he should finish at least third, and Kyle only has 13 wins in Sprint Cup. But this isn’t about Gordon, Kyle Busch won this race and probably should’ve won at least one more this year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him crank out 8 more this year, but, right now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gordon do it either. I would be extremely happy though.

Oh, I almost forgot he was the first person to win at Las Vegas from the pole; he also had to start from the back and won the race from 43rd position. That should be some sort of record listed somewhere, if not, they should start a new category.

Here is how they finished:
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 190/5 285 Running 461,273
2 37 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 175/5 285 Running 244,575
3 14 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 170/5 285 Running 247,281
4 4 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 160/0 285 Running 194,923
5 17 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 155/0 285 Running 174,554
6 28 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 155/5 285 Running 167,626
7 24 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 151/5 285 Running 145,250
8 21 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 142/0 285 Running 143,923
9 38 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Irwin Industrial Tools 138/0 285 Running 121,450
10 31 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 134/0 285 Running 125,375
11 7 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 135/5 285 Running 145,923
12 9 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 132/5 285 Running 143,728
13 20 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 129/5 285 Running 151,076
14 30 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet Capital Window 121/0 285 Running 100,225
15 32 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 123/5 285 Running 123,235
16 12 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 115/0 285 Running 121,235
17 16 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 117/5 285 Running 146,331
18 11 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 109/0 284 Running 132,665
19 18 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 106/0 284 Running 95,125
20 5 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Kingsford / Clorox / Little Debbie 103/0 284 Running 116,048
21 42 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 100/0 284 Running 111,198
22 34 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 97/0 284 Running 110,125
23 2 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 99/5 284 Running 102,525
24 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 101/10 284 Running 145,201
25 6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 88/0 283 Running 120,529
26 10 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 85/0 283 Running 100,173
27 15 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 82/0 283 Running 98,300
28 29 34 John Andretti Chevrolet WindowWorld.com 79/0 283 Running 97,200
29 33 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley 76/0 283 Running 96,900
30 41 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 73/0 282 Running 104,125
31 23 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Energizer 70/0 281 Running 122,998
32 25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 67/0 281 Running 122,715
33 19 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Harrah’s 64/0 281 Running 85,975
34 39 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Valvoline 61/0 278 Running 122,176
35 36 98 Paul Menard Ford Johns Manville / Menards 58/0 269 Accident 115,006
36 26 113 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 55/0 258 Running 85,400
37 43 64 Todd Bodine Toyota Curtis Steel / Core Construction 52/0 227 Engine 84,175
38 13 25 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 49/0 221 Running 83,975
39 27 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet TomTom 46/0 143 Accident 91,775
40 8 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Pop-Tarts / Carquest 43/0 121 Engine 91,525
41 22 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 40/0 102 Transmission 83,300
42 35 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 37/0 72 Engine 91,155
43 40 17 Matt Kenseth Ford USG Sheetrock 34/0 6 Engine 129,669

Here are the top 12 points drivers as of now:
1. Jeff Gordon 459 Leader
2. Clint Bowyer 441 -18
3. Matt Kenseth 419 -40
4. Greg Biffle 419 -40
5. David Reutimann 408 -51
6. Kyle Busch 405 -54
7. Kurt Busch 393 -66
8. Tony Stewart 379 -80
9. Carl Edwards 377 -82
10. Bobby Labonte 360 -99
11. Kevin Harvick 351 -108
12. Michael Waltrip 346 -113

Mar 03 2008

Carl Edwards Wins In Las Vegas

I’m not talking about black jack either. Carl Edwards held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the end to win the UAW-Dodge 400 in Las Vegas. It looked like it was going to get really interesting there at the end, until Jeff Gordon got tight and drifted up into Matt Kenseth, and hit the inside wall HARD, very, very hard to take himself out. He said afterwards that it was the hardest hit he’s ever taken, and this is in the COT, the safest car Nascar has ever used. Jeff said had he been in an older car, he might not be here right now and he definitely wants to talk to the track owners about it, hoping to get the safer barriers on all of the inside walls as well as the one around the track.

With the help of a judgment call from NASCAR, which opted not to penalize Edwards after a tire rolled away on pit road, Edwards streaked to victory in the UAW-Dodge 400 Sprint Cup race Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In a two-lap dash after NASCAR stopped the race for nearly 18 minutes to clean the track in the wake of a wreck that wiped out contenders Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon, Edwards pulled away from Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win by .504 seconds.

The victory gave Edwards the series points lead for the first time in his career, by 21 points over Las Vegas pole-sitter Kyle Busch (11th Sunday) and by 41 over Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman (14th). If Edwards remains atop the standings before the next race remains to be seen after NASCAR found an “issue” with the 99 car in post-race inspection. Source: Edwards pulls away from Junior to win at Las Vegas

The issue with the 99 car was the lid on the oil reservoir encasement, or the oil tank box, was off, while similar to an issue at Daytona with the Nationwide series cars, the lids on their cars were just loose while Carl’s was completely off. Those five cars were penalized 25 driver and owners points for the infraction.

Jimmie Johnson, the race favorite going in, finished 29th, Tony Stewart finished 43, Jeff Gordon had his second DNF so far this year, compared to only one of all last season. AJ Allmendinger could be out of a ride, temporarily at least, as they have failed to make any of the three races so far this season.

Here is how they finished:
1 2 99 Carl Edwards Ford Dish Network 195/10 267 Running 425,675
2 8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 175/5 267 Running 252,000
3 6 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 165/0 267 Running 205,800
4 17 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 160/0 267 Running 200,636
5 24 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 160/5 267 Running 178,083
6 37 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 150/0 267 Running 157,616
7 38 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 146/0 267 Running 124,450
8 29 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Yates Racing 142/0 267 Running 140,264
9 27 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Kinko’s 138/0 267 Running 144,441
10 3 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 139/5 267 Running 140,983
11 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 135/5 267 Running 131,575
12 10 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 127/0 267 Running 129,170
13 11 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Pop-Tarts / CARQUEST 124/0 267 Running 116,975
14 15 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 121/0 267 Running 144,400
15 18 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 118/0 267 Running 131,208
16 23 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Haas Automation 115/0 267 Running 99,175
17 39 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios “Circle of Helping Hearts” 112/0 267 Running 134,311
18 35 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 109/0 267 Running 123,489
19 31 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 106/0 267 Running 123,083
20 13 17 Matt Kenseth Ford USG Sheetrock 108/5 267 Running 141,166
21 19 49 Ken Schrader Dodge Qtrax.com 100/0 267 Running 108,033
22 40 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards 97/0 266 Running 100,075
23 34 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com 94/0 266 Running 108,083
24 43 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 91/0 266 Running 89,850
25 36 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 88/0 266 Running 97,350
26 26 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 85/0 266 Running 101,508
27 30 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 82/0 266 Running 91,850
28 21 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 79/0 265 Running 100,850
29 33 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 76/0 265 Running 136,786
30 5 27 Mike Skinner Toyota Bad Boy Mowers 73/0 265 Running 82,875
31 22 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 70/0 265 Running 93,833
32 41 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo 67/0 265 Running 91,522
33 42 40 Dario Franchitti * Dodge Target 64/0 265 Running 92,225
34 28 01 Regan Smith * Chevrolet Coors Light 61/0 264 Running 89,575
35 4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Nicorette / DuPont 63/5 262 Accident 130,286
36 7 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 60/5 260 Running 81,150
37 14 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 52/0 258 Running 80,925
38 9 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 49/0 255 Accident 80,725
39 16 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 46/0 231 Accident 80,525
40 12 10 Patrick Carpentier * Dodge Valvoline 43/0 182 Accident 80,275
41 20 77 Sam Hornish Jr. * Dodge Mobil 1 40/0 152 Running 125,650
42 32 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam 37/0 142 Accident 87,930
43 25 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 39/5 107 Accident 128,839

Here are the top 12 points positions as of right now:
1 +4 Carl Edwards 491 Leader
2 -1 Kyle Busch 470 -21
3 -1 Ryan Newman 450 -41
4 +2 Kasey Kahne 444 -47
5 +2 Kevin Harvick 428 -63
6 +3 Greg Biffle 427 -64
7 +3 Jeff Burton 421 -70
8 +4 Martin Truex Jr. 371 -120
9 +4 Elliott Sadler 368 -123
10 +13 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 361 -130
11 -8 Tony Stewart 355 -136
12 -8 Kurt Busch 348 -143

Mar 12 2007

Nascar Videos from Las Vegas

Here are some of the latest Nascar videos posted from the races in Las Vegas, the Sam’s Town 300 and the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 cup race.

Mar 12 2007

Jimmie Johnson Wins in Vegas

Jimmie Johnson overcame early adversity and then overcame Jeff Gordon, who led the most laps Sunday, to win the UAW-DaimlerChryler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In the Nascar article I reference below, they talk about how their team likes adversity, they see it as an opportunity for them to outdo the competition, and so far, they have. This is one of the reasons they are one of the favorites to win the cup, again, this year. After getting one under their belts, it wouldn’t surprise me if they knocked off a string of titles.

The uncanny perseverance of Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 48 team was on display at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a second consecutive year, when a pit-stop error early in the event knocked him back to 25th place. So he and crew chief Chad Knaus did what they’ve done so many other times, and overcame adversity to win.

Johnson’s outfit has become so accustomed to misfortune that they thrive on it, rallying in situations that would break other teams. On Sunday, a tire got away from the No. 48 crew during a pit stop, and the ensuing penalty forced Johnson to restart at the end of the lead lap. He patiently crept up through the field, stalked the contenders, and then ran away at the end to win by nearly three seconds. Source: Overcoming adversity a staple of resilient 48 team

Here are the unofficial results:
1 23 48 Jimmie Johnson
2 36 24 Jeff Gordon
3 17 11 Denny Hamlin
4 37 17 Matt Kenseth
5 14 01 Mark Martin
6 13 99 Carl Edwards
7 25 20 Tony Stewart
8 39 12 Ryan Newman
9 12 5 Kyle Busch
10 33 26 Jamie McMurray
11 28 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
12 26 1 Martin Truex Jr.
13 42 43 Bobby Labonte
14 3 19 Elliott Sadler
15 5 31 Jeff Burton
16 18 16 Greg Biffle
17 38 7 Robby Gordon
18 24 18 J.J. Yeley
19 2 40 David Stremme
20 27 96 Tony Raines
21 21 38 David Gilliland
22 4 42 Juan Montoya
23 6 10 Scott Riggs
24 15 78 Kenny Wallace
25 29 66 Jeff Green
26 10 2 Kurt Busch
27 20 29 Kevin Harvick
28 22 45 Kyle Petty
29 41 21 Jon Wood
30 40 88 Ricky Rudd
31 7 41 Reed Sorenson
32 19 15 Paul Menard
33 43 44 Dale Jarrett
34 8 14 Sterling Marlin
35 1 9 Kasey Kahne
36 16 07 Clint Bowyer
37 35 6 David Ragan
38 9 13 Joe Nemechek
39 32 70 Johnny Sauter
40 34 25 Casey Mears
41 31 180 Aric Almirola
42 11 22 Dave Blaney
43 30 4 Ward Burton

Maybe I shouldn’t pick gordon to win races anymore, I left him out of my predictions in the last post, and he finsihes second. Hmmm. Jeff Gordon finished second in the race and wound up second in the points, only six points behind Mark Martin, who may or may not stay in the chase this year. He is not scheduled to run in Bristol, but if things keep going his way, he would have to change his mind, wouldn’t he?

Mar 11 2007

Starting Lineup for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 in Las Vegas

Kasey Kahne has the pole for Sunday’s race in Las Vegas, with 7 of the top 10 being Dodge’s, the other 3 are Chevy’s, while only 2 Toyota’s even made the field, continuing the bad beginning they have had so far in Nascar. I bet Toyota and NAPA both are very unhappy, I wonder if Nascar.com gave NAPA them some of those top banner ad positions to make them a little happier? Jeremy Mayfield is still looking to even start a race this year, as he has missed all three races so far.

1 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge
2 40 David Stremme Dodge
3 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge
4 42 Juan Montoya Dodge
5 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet
6 10 Scott Riggs Dodge
7 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge
8 14 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet
9 13 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet
10 2 Kurt Busch Dodge
11 22 Dave Blaney Toyota
12 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford
14 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet
15 78 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet
16 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet
17 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford
19 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet
20 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
21 38 David Gilliland Ford
22 45 Kyle Petty Dodge
23 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
24 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet
25 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
26 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet
27 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet
28 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
29 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet
30 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet
31 180 Aric Almirola Chevrolet
32 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet
33 26 Jamie McMurray Ford
34 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet
35 6 David Ragan Ford
36 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
37 17 Matt Kenseth Ford
38 7 Robby Gordon Ford
39 12 Ryan Newman Dodge
40 88 Ricky Rudd Ford
41 21 Jon Wood Ford
42 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge
43 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota

Here are my top 5 predictions:
1. Jeff Burton
2. Kasey Kahne
3. Kurt Busch
4. Kyle Busch
5. Clint Boyer

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