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The last time Mike Wallace raced in the Cup series at Las Vegas was a decade ago in 2005. He finished 24th in the Morgan-McClure entry.

Wallace was one of the 13 drivers who failed to record a qualification lap last week at Atlanta and was low enough in the points that he failed to make the show. He might still be a little rusty on this track type.
Mar 5 - 11:26 AM

Last week Jeb Burton ran 316 of the 325 laps that make up the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500. He finished only 35th in his debut, but he gained valuable track time.

Burton has run strong enough in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series to make him of interest to fantasy players, but it is going to take some time before he is a starter in the Cup series.
Mar 5 - 11:20 AM

Cole Whitt has finished better than he started in his last 10 attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. That includes last week’s 37th-place finish after he was awarded the 41st spot on the Atlanta grid.

Sometimes the advancement is not great, but it is consistent enough to make him an interesting choice in games that offer place differential points.
Mar 5 - 11:15 AM

When he crossed under the checkers 27th in the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta, Michael McDowell scored his second 20-something finish in his last three starts on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track.

Running a part time schedule has been good for the No. 95 team. Their results have consistently improved to make them solid low-cap picks and that trend should continue at Las Vegas.
Mar 5 - 10:35 AM

In his first start with Tommy Baldwin Racing, Alex Bowman scored his best finish on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track; he finished 23rd. Last year, with BK Racing, his best was a 30th at Charlotte in the fall.

Change is often good for everyone involved so Bowman needs to be watched closely. If he continues to score in the mid-20s, he will be an exceptional value at his salary cap level.
Mar 5 - 10:30 AM

Brennan Poole, 23, will pilot the No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet Camaro in 15 races in 2015. The Texas native will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In 35 starts in the ARCA Racing Series, he has six wins, four poles, 18 top-fives and 27 top-10s. His career began in the quarter midget ranks (90 wins en route to a 2002 National Championship). After his quarter midgets, he began racing Legends Cars (won 96 races in two years). He transitioned to dirt and went on to win seven times and collect the Texas World Dirt Track Championship. In 2009, Poole made the jump to asphalt late models, won 10 times, including the 2011 United Auto Racing Association Series Championship. He made his ARCA debut in 2011, winning in his first start at Salem (Ind.) Speedway.-HScott Motorsports
Mar 4 - 8:29 PM

Jeremy Gerstner and Jeffreys Racing have joined forces to run the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour No. 15 Chevrolet.

Gerstner, from Wesley Chapel, Florida, last competed full time in 2013 finishing in 13th overall in the final standings with a season-best finish of ninth and three-Top 10’s. He will join an established team in Jeffreys Racing that has been in racing in NASCAR events for 51 years with over 40 of those years competing in the modified division. The team has competed in the NASCAR Whelen Southern modified Tour since its inception in 2005. They have won races with six different drivers behind the wheel since 1970.
Mar 4 - 4:53 PM

Cale Conley expands his relationship with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The IAVA will grace the hood and lower quarter panels of the No. 14 Toyota Camry.

This race weekend at LVMS will be the first time that the XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year contender will turn laps at the 1.5-mile tri oval. The 22-year-old has prior experience competing at intermediate tracks, posting his best start of fourth and a best finish of eighth at Kentucky Speedway.-TriStar Motorsports NC
Mar 4 - 4:05 PM

JJ Yeley’s 34th-place finish in the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 was the third time in his last three attempts that the driver finished in the 30s on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track. All three starts came with BK Racing.

His best run in that span was a 31st at Texas last fall when he finished within three laps of the leader. Fantasy owners can expect a result in the mid-30s range, which will only make him a good value if he qualifies at the back of the pack.
Mar 4 - 1:47 PM

In three previous starts at Las Vegas, Josh Wise’s best result was a 35th he scored in 2013. He was driving a Front Row Motorsports entry at the time.

Last year in his current ride, Wise finished 42nd, but he was still running at the end of the race. The team developed engine problems early and lost 55 laps before the checkers, but they continued to log laps and gain experience.
Mar 4 - 1:33 PM

Landon Cassill has blown engines in back-to-back races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He retired on lap 134 of the AAA Texas 500 last fall and lap 92 of the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 last week at Atlanta.

Teams have to press the envelope to find the line and Cassill’s three previous results on this track type ended in the 20s. Give the No. 40 team another race or two on unrestricted, intermediate speedways to work out the bugs and then consider starting them as a dark horse.
Mar 4 - 1:16 PM

Travis Kvapil has one of the most consistent last three races to his credit at Las Vegas. He finished 39th in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

There is another driver with the exact same finish in his last three races and Kvapil would prefer to have his record. Carl Edwards has finished fifth in his last three attempts. In a lightly-funded entry this week, Kvapil will probably be happy to make the show. In fact, after having his primary car stolen last week at Atlanta, Kvapil may be content just to take a few laps.
Mar 4 - 12:43 PM

Ryan Reed has competed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) just once in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS), earning a 15th-place finish after starting in the same position and fighting loose conditions the entire race.

Reed also has one start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at LVMS in 2012 where he finished 17th after starting the race in the 18th position. His best finish at a 1.5-mile track came at Kentucky Speedway in September 2014, where he finished 11th. Reed is the currently third in the NXS championship standings, just eight points behind teammate Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon, who are tied for first place.-Roush Fenway Racing
Mar 4 - 10:45 AM

Twenty-two-year-old up-and-coming driver Brett Moffitt will pilot Front Row Motorsports' No. 34 Ford Fusion for the next three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

The young driver, who finished eighth in Sunday's race at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, will drive the No. 34 Shaw's Southern Belle Seafood Ford this week at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. He will also be behind the wheel of the No. 34 at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway on March 15 and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on March 22.-Breaking Limits
Mar 4 - 10:33 AM

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion) will make his 200th career start in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The 31-year-old Ford driver will try to make his deuce wild, and show up in Victory Lane for the second straight season as Sin City's defending race winner. Now in his sixth full-time season on the NSCS circuit, Keselowski boasts the 2012 Sprint Cup Series Championship, 16 wins, 50 top fives, 80 tops 10s and eight Coors Light Pole Awards.-jayski.com
Mar 4 - 10:20 AM


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