Las Vegas Motor Speedway – 2012 Kobalt Tools 400

Credit: Auto Club Speedway Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon rolls into L.A. Live's Nokia Plaza in downtown Los Angeles on Monday to promote Auto Club Speedway's Auto Club 400 scheduled for Sunday March 25.

1.     Best points finishes by the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway winner

  • Five times three drivers have won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and gone on to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same season:
    • Jeff Gordon (2001)
    • Matt Kenseth (2003)
    • Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2007 and 2010)

2.     Champions of the previous season going on to win the Kobalt Tools 400 the following year

  • Three times two drivers have won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship the previous year and gone on to win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the following season:
    • Matt Kenseth (2003 NSCS Champ won LVMS in 2004)
    • Jimmie Johnson (2006 NSCS Champ won LVMS 2007)
    • Jimmie Johnson (2009 NSCS Champ won LVMS 2010)

3.     Last lap pass for win (most recent: last time in general, at track if available)

  • Once has a Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway been decided by a last lap pass:
    • Jimmie Johnson (1) passed Matt Kenseth (2) on Lap 270 to win the 2006 Kobalt Tools 400.

4.     Teammate finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (one-two-three-four; most-recent, at-track)

  • Three times teammates have finished 1-2 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; teammates have never finished 1-2-3 or 1-2-3-4:
    • 1998 – Roush Fenway Racing teammates – Mark Martin (1), Jeff Burton (2)
    • 2005 – Hendrick Motorsports teammates – Jimmie Johnson (1), Kyle Busch (2)
    • 2007 – Hendrick Motorsports teammates – Jimmie Johnson (1), Jeff Gordon (2)

5.     Teammate starts (1-2-3-4, 1-2-3, 1-2, most-recent, at-track)

  • Teammates have not started 1-2, 1-2-3, or 1-2-3-4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

6.     Manufacturer Finishes (1-2-3-4, 1-2-3, 1-2, most-recent, at-track)

  • Twice has a manufacturer finished 1-2-3-4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    • Ford (1998)
    • Chevrolet (2010)
    • Three times has a manufacturer finished 1-2-3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
      • Ford (1998)
      • Chevrolet (2007, 2010)
    • Five times has a manufacturer finished 1-2 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
      • Ford (1998)
      • Dodge (2002)
      • Chevrolet (2005, 2007, 2010)

7.     Manufacturer Starts (1-2-3-4, 1-2-3, 1-2, Most-Recent, At-Track)

  • Twice has a manufacturer started 1-2-3-4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    • Dodge (2007)
    • Ford (2011)
    • Three times has a manufacturer started 1-2-3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
      • Ford (2002, 2011)
      • Dodge (2007)
    • Six times has a manufacturer started 1-2 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
      • Ford (1998, 2000, 2002, 2011)
      • Dodge (2007)
      • Chevrolet (2003)

8.     Top 5 winless streaks broken at track (First Time and Between Wins)

  • No drivers have posted their first NSCS win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Top 5 Winless streaks broken at LVMS
    • 2009 – Kyle Busch – 17 races since last win
    • 2001 – Jeff Gordon – 12 races since last win
    • 1999 – Jeff Burton – 11 races since last win
    • 2002 – Sterling Marlin – 10 races since last win
    • 1998 – Mark Martin – 9 races since last win

9.     Most Top-Five and Top-10 Finishes (All-Times and Active)

[Note: All-time and Active can be equal or different]

  • Most Top-5 finishes at LVMS:
    • All-Time and Active – Jeff Gordon (6) and Mark Martin (6)
    • Most Top-10 finishes at LVMS:
      • All-Time and Active – Mark Martin (10)

10.  Most Consecutive Top-Five and Top-10 Finishes (overall and active)

  • The most consecutive top-five finishes at LVMS – three by four drivers:
    • Jeff Burton (1998, 1999, 2000)
    • Tony Stewart (2002, 2003, 2004)
    • Jeff Gordon (2005, 2006, 2007)
    • Jimmie Johnson (2005, 2006, 2007)
    • The most consecutive top-10 finishes at LVMS – five by two drivers:
      • Mark Martin (1998, ‘99, ’00, ’01, ‘02)
      • Matt Kenseth (2003, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07)

11.  Most Consecutive Races Leading A Lap (All-time and Active)

[Note: All-time and Active can be equal or different]

  • All-time and Active – Jimmie Johnson – Six consecutive races leading a lap – (2002, ‘03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07)

12.  Most laps led by non-winner at LVMS:

  • 2010 – Jeff Gordon led 219 laps of the 267 scheduled laps (82%) but finished third.

13.  Top Driver Rating for Winners since inception of Loop Data in 2005: (*Sorted by Driver Rating)

Year

Driver

*Driver Rating

2005

Jimmie Johnson

140.5

2007

Jimmie Johnson

138.2

2008

Carl Edwards

134.5

2011

Carl Edwards

134.4

2010

Jimmie Johnson

130.2

2006

Jimmie Johnson

122.3

2009

Kyle Busch

107.8

14.  Best Start/Finish by a Female Driver at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in NSCS

  • Only one female has competed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    • Shawna Robinson – 2002 – Started: 36th, Finished: 42nd (Accident)

15.  Best Hometown NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver (active) – Las Vegas

  • Kyle Busch – Las Vegas native – has 8 series starts at LVMS posting two poles, one win, three top 5s and four top 10s – his average finish is 15.0

16.  Rainouts / Postponements / Rain Shortened Races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • There have been no rainouts or postponements of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • There has been a rain shortened event – The 2000 Kobalt Tools 400 – won by Jeff Burton after running a 148 of the scheduled 267 laps.

17.  Canceled Qualifying at LVMS

  • Qualifying has never been cancelled at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

18.  Number of Green-White-Checker Finishes at Las Vegas (All-time and Attempts)

  • Only once has a NSCS race at Las Vegas ended in a G-W-C and it only took one attempt
    • 2006 – Scheduled Laps (267); Actual Laps (270); Winner: Jimmie Johnson

19.  Season Track Sweeps at LVMS – Only one race a season; single series sweeps not available

20.  Track Sweeps in Multiple NASCAR National Series in the Same Weekend

  • One time has a driver swept all the series competing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the same season:
    • 2000 – Jeff Burton won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events that season – *Note: The NCWTS did not compete at LVMS in 2000

21.  Wins in All Three NASCAR National Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • No driver has won in all three NASCAR National Series at LVMS, but four drivers have won in two of the three national series.
    • Mark Martin – NSCS, NNS
    • Jeff Burton – NSCS, NNS
    • Greg Biffle – NNS, NCWTS
    • Todd Bodine – NNS, NCWTS

22.  Coors Light Poles in All Three NASCAR National Series at Las Vegas

  • Not one driver has posted a Coors Light pole at LVMS in more than one NASCAR National Series

23.  Brothers Starting/Finishing 1-2 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • Brothers have Started1-2 once in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
    • 2009 – Kyle Busch (1), Kurt Busch (2)
    • Brothers have Finished1-2 once in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
      • 1999 – Jeff Burton (1), Ward Burton (2)
    • Brothers have never Started or Finished 1-2 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

24.  Fathers/Sons Starting/Finishing 1-2 in the NSCS at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • No father/son combo has started or finished 1-2 at LVMS in a NSCS event

25.  Multiple Wins/Poles in Multiple Manufacturers

  • No driver has won multiple races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in more than one manufacturer at LVMS
  • One driver has won multiple poles at LVMS in different manufacturers
    • Bobby Labonte (1999 – Pontiac) and (2003 – Chevrolet)

26.  Wins On Birthdays

  • No driver has won at Las Vegas in the NSCS on his/her birthday, but the closest was the winner of the 2004 race (3/7/2004) – Winner: Matt Kenseth’s Date of Birth (3/10/1972) – just three days before Kenseth’s birthday.

27.  Wins over 50, under 20

  • No drivers older than 50 or younger than 20 have won at LVMS
    • Oldest Winner: Sterling Marlin (3/3/02 – 44 years, 7 months, 32 days)
    • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch (3/1/09 – 23 years, 9 months, 27 days)

28.  Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Track Rank for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Races Held

  • Ranked 32nd overall with 14 NSCS races (3 races behind 31st, Southern States with 17)

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