Kurt Busch turned in a dominating performance in the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Sunday, leading 291 of 400 laps on his way to his first win of 2015.
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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.
MICAH ROBERTS’ SPRINT CUP DRIVER RATINGS
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.
The helicopter company that transports passengers to and from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway has received a waiver it sought to fly just before and after Sunday’s NASCAR race, but it will still lose business because of regulations adopted to thwart terrorists.
He was such a fixture at Las Vegas Motor Speedway they gave him space No. 1 in the media parking lot. Then when Brian Hilderbrand took a position in the LVMS public relations department before last year’s NASCAR weekend, I inherited his parking spot.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Vickers underwent heart surgery Dec. 13, sidelining him for the first two races this year. He makes his season debut in Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Jeff Gordon won the pole for Sunday’s Kobalt 400 in his final race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was one of nine drivers to break the track record, going around the 1½-mile track in 194.679 mph.
Twenty-three-year-old Brennan Poole will be all business today when he makes his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
After qualifying; race Sunday
Jimmie Johnson won four Sprint Cup races last year. He led 1,310 laps, a number exceeded only by champion Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski. He posted 11 top-five finishes, 20 top-10s. For most drivers, that’s a spectacular season. In the Hendrick Motorsports race shop that houses the No. 48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, that’s a slump.
Danica Patrick enters a key point in her NASCAR career. The marketing machine that accompanies her joust with history and the remnants of a good-ol’-boy mentality have predictably generated an intensified scrutiny of just where she fits.
Ever notice that NASCAR takes on a higher profile and appears more successful when Dale Earnhardt Jr. is smiling That bodes well for the 2015 Sprint Cup season.
NASCAR haulers staged near the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign to make their annual parade down the Strip Thursday.