Snapshot: Las Vegas preview
March 09, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
What: 17th annual Kobalt 400
Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
TV/Radio: FOX Sports, PRN (3 p.m. ET)
Distance: 267 laps; 400.5 miles
Avg. Time of Race: 2 hr., 52 min.
Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
Caution Car Speed: 55 mph
Team Penske Sweep, Again: For the second consecutive week, Team Penske drivers swept the front two starting spots. A week ago in Phoenix, Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole while Logano was the No. 2 qualifier.
Bye-Bye Track Record: Twenty-three drivers broke the existing track qualifying record of 190.456 mph set by Kasey Kahne in 2012.
Going Deep: Matt Kenseth won the 2004 race after starting 25th, officially deepest in the field for a race winner.
Front To Back To Front: The race has been won by the pole winner only once (Kyle Busch, 2009) in 16 races. Although Busch officially started on the pole, due to an engine change he dropped to the rear of the field before the race got underway.
Failed To Qualify
Blake Koch, Landon Cassill, Dave Blaney, Joe Nemechek, J.J. Yeley
Defending Race Champion
Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota
Just Win, Baby: Jimmie Johnson's four career wins at Las Vegas is tops for the series. Kenseth is a three-time winner.
Fastest In Practice
First Practice: Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing No. 99 Ford (191.980 mph)
Second Practice: Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 Toyota (188.950 mph)
Third Practice: Jamie McMurray, Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet (186.942 mph)
Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row Racing) is making his 300th career Sprint Cup Series start. Four drivers have previously won in their 300th start -- Ned Jarrett (1965), Rusty Wallace (1993), Kasey Kahne (2012) and Kyle Busch (2013).
Fantasy Sleeper (powered by Rotowire.com)
Stewart: The driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet is a one-time Las Vegas winner and Stewart sports the fat 60-percent top-10 rate at this facility. Three of his last four trips to the 1.5-mile track have netted top-10 finishes. (Click here for more fantasy advice.)