Las Vegas resident Jamie Little, a pit road reporter for Fox Sports, had the experience of a lifetime last weekend, covering the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday. Among her highlights was riding in the back of a pace car before the Indy 500.
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In a city that has seen its fair share of successful one-man shows, Martin Truex Jr. turned in an impressive solo performance Sunday in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400.
Quotes from Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, from drivers who did well to drivers who didn’t do so well.
Jimmie Johnson had the best car early, leading half of the first 90 laps.
Kevin Harvick, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, wins for the first time at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and moves into first in the points standings. He has finished first or second in six consecutive races.
Martin Truex Jr. is fifth in the standings after two races, and he will start eighth in today’s Kobalt 400. He liked his car so much on Saturday that Truex cut practice short early.
After qualifying; race 12:30 p.m. today
After a sometimes testy relationship with Richard Childress Racing, Kevin Harvick switched to Stewart-Haas and won the NASCAR championship. “I’m as happy as I’ve ever been,” he said.
If Brad Keselowski didn’t exist, NASCAR would have to invent him. Any sport needs a highlight-film villain so that fans can better identify the heroes.
Ticket sales for 2014 were down from 2013. But overall year-to-year revenue was slightly up, and restructuring debt to reduce it by $230 million during the past four years has helped, too.
It’s unusual for sports to pop up out of nowhere and become a regular staple on the Las Vegas odds boards, but NASCAR has created its own niche with the betting public, and that all occurred when a young kid from Vallejo, Calif., named Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994.
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At Las Vegas Motor Speedway
The first man to drive the famed No. 3 car in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series since the late Dale Earnhardt — aka “The Intimidator” — Austin Dillon was “The Dominator” on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Jeff Gordon crashed toward the end of practice on Saturday, putting him in a backup car and at the back of the pack in today’s Kobalt 400. He had won the pole in the qualifying.
They tried it the other way. They sat down with him and the sponsors and everyone else with a say in the matter before the 2012 season and agreed to back off. They did what Kyle Busch would regard as sacrilegious. They asked him to race less.
A couple of years ago in this space I wrote about David Gilliland, one of the back-of-the-pack NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers for whom I’ve always had admiration and affinity.
Austin Dillon dominated the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway en route to his first Xfinity Series win since 2012 and third over
There’s a proud tradition of NASCAR fans attending races in food-filled RVs and beer-packed campers that are stationed in speedway infields for an up-close view of the fast-moving cars. Now, companies are warming up to that idea.