This week’s race
Kobalt Tools 400
What: 267 laps or 400.5 miles
Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile slightly banked, paved quad-oval located in Las Vegas, Nev.
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When: 3:15 p.m. ET Sunday
Radio: Performance Racing Network
Last year’s winner: Matt Kenseth
Also this week: Sam’s Town 300, Nationwide Series, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 4:15 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN2.
Worth mentioning: Although they don’t mean nearly as much as they once did with the new Chase format, Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the Sprint Cup series standings for the second week in a row, followed by Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson.
Who’s Hot/Who’s Not
Kevin Harvick: In just his second race with Stewart-Haas Racing, Harvick wins a race and all but guarantees a spot in the Chase.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: A first and a second to start the season – that works!
Jeff Gordon: Gordon hasn’t started a season with a pair of top-five finishes since 1997.
Brad Keselowski: Certainly has mastered this new NASCAR qualifying procedure.
Kyle Busch: Has already won 50 percent of the Nationwide races he’s entered this season.
Regan Smith: Two races into the Nationwide season, he maintains the series points lead.
Danica Patrick: She’s wrecked in every race this season.
Toyota: One driver in the Top 10 at Phoenix.
Ryan Reed: Rough start to his Nationwide season – two races and two wrecks.