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Kyle Larson posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Kobalt 400. His top speed was 191.646 mph.

That was posted in the final two minutes of the session. He leapfrogged over Jeff Gordon’s lap of 191.225 mph, which was also set late in the afternoon. As the track cools during the evening, look for these speeds to continue to increase and there is the potential for a new track record.
Mar 6 - 4:17 PM

David Ragan ran well early in last week’s Quik Trip 500, but slipped in the middle stages of the race and lost a couple of laps. He is still seeking his first top-15 of 2015 and is in strong equipment subbing for Kyle Busch.

Ragan needs to make some noise this week in order to solidify himself as a place-and-hold driver. In five starts with Roush-Fenway Racing at the beginning of his career, he recorded only one top-20, however, so that could be a tall order.
Mar 6 - 3:57 PM

Before joining Front Row Motorsports, David Gilliland earned three straight top-25s, but in his sixth starts with his current team he is still seeking success. In five previous attempts with that organization, his best finish was a 28th in 2013.

Gilliland was two laps off the pace in that race, but he was running at the end. He could be a decent value in games that offer place differential points because he has lost positions from his qualification effort in only one event in eight starts.
Mar 6 - 3:45 PM

Mike Bliss has two priorities at Las Vegas this week. First he wants to make the show and primarily he hopes to be around when the checkers wave.

Bliss has been entered in five races at this track. He failed to qualify in 2000 and 2007, did not get a chance to qualify in 2013 and retired with crash damage in 2010. In the single race in which he was running at the end, he finished 16th and on the lead lap in 2005 racing for Gene Haas.
Mar 6 - 3:39 PM

Michael Annett was a little too loose at the beginning of practice for the Kobalt 400. He spun off turn four, but did not make contact with the wall.

Annett’s crew tightened the car up and sent him back out. Halfway through the session, he was posted midway on the chart with a speed of 184.672 mph.
Mar 6 - 3:34 PM

Fantasy players should be pleased if Reed Sorenson manages to finish in the low 30s this week. In five efforts at Las Vegas, four of his results ended in results between 31st and 40th.

Sorenson also has an 18th on this track, but that came back in 2008 while driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. Last year he finished 34th in a Tommy Baldwin Racing car; he was five laps off the pace.
Mar 6 - 3:31 PM

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

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