Kobalt 400 preview
Looks like we have a pumped-up driver coming into this week for the Kobalt 400. Brad Keselowski is carrying his momentum from his big win last Sunday into winning the pole for this weekend’s Nascar race. Keslowski at 193.680 mph just beat out Martin Truez Jr at 193.458. This will be Brad Keselowski’s first pole of the season.
“It feels good to get an early-season pole to go with our win,” Keselowski said. “I’m ready for the race on Sunday. I love Vegas.”
Brad Keselowski actually has been dominant at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He is the defending race winner and has snagged the last three out of four tries.
To round out the top ten qualifiers for the Kobalt 400 are Ryan Blaney, Matt Kenseth, and Kyle Larson. Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, rookie Erik Jones, Kyle Busch, and Jamie McMurray. There were several studs that didn’t make the cut out of the second-round session to qualify higher. These heavy hitters are Denny Hamlin (qualified 15th), Jimmie Johnson (16th), Kurt Busch (17th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (18th), and Kevin Harvick (19th).
“I’m disappointed,” Jimmy Johnson said. “But this is going to be a great race. I think these hotter temperatures and this low downforce [aerodynamic] package and different tire are going to put on a great show on Sunday.”
Jimmy Johnson, the defending series champion, leads all the drivers in this Kobalt 400 with four wins. Two of the wins have come when Jimmy started far back in the back, 23rd in 2007 and 20th in 2010.
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The Kobalt 400 will be a total of 267 laps being divided stage 1 at 80, stage 2 at 80 and stage 3 at 107 laps.
Here is the full lineup for the race.