Kyle Busch met with reporters for the first time since his accident at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 21 and gave a fascinating, detailed account of the wreck and his thought processes during the seconds before he hit the wall.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
After qualifying; race Sunday
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff Gordon changed the face of NASCAR when he burst onto the scene full-time in 1993 at age 21. Now on the brink of retirement, he’s still finding his way into the winner’s circle.
NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie Daniel Suarez is not only a promising young driver, but he is from Monterrey, Mexico. Should he deliver on his potential and become a force in NASCAR, that could create a market in the country of about 120 million people.