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Las Vegas Motor Speedway: History

  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

History

  • The construction to build the superspeedway known today as Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) began in 1995. Speedway Motorsports Inc. acquired the property in 1998.
  • The first NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race won by Ken Schrader on Nov. 2, 1996.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held on March 1, 1998, won by Mark Martin.
  • In 2006, the track was reconfigured to include progressive banking.

Starts

  • There have been 19 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • 143 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas; 108 in more than one.
  • Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with 18. Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers with 17 starts.
  • Stanton Barrett (1999), Kyle Busch (2004), Timmy Hill (2012), Jon Wood and Aric Almirola (2007) made their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Joey Logano leads the series among active drivers in average starting position at LVMS with an 8.250.

Poles

  • Dale Jarrett won the inaugural pole at LVMS with a speed of 168.224 mph (32.773 secs.).
  • 12 drivers have MENCS poles at LVMS, led by Kasey Kahne with three (2004, 2007 and 2012).
  • Kyle Busch is the only driver to win consecutive poles at LVMS from (2008-‘09).
  • Youngest LVMS pole winner: Kyle Busch (3/2/2008 – 22 years, 10 months, 0 days). 
  • Oldest LVMS pole winner: Dale Jarrett (3/4/2001 – 44 years, 3 months, 6 days).

 

Wins

  • 11 different Monster Energy drivers have won at LVMS, led by Jimmie Johnson with four (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010).
  • Five drivers have multiple Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson (four), Matt Kenseth (three), Brad Keselowski, Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards (each have two).
  • Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Las Vegas with seven, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with five, Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing (two each), Chip Ganassi Racing (one).
  • Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch became the first and only driver to win from the pole, in 2009.
  • Only three of the 19 LVMS races (15.8%) have been won from the front row: Kyle Busch, 2009 (pole); Carl Edwards, 2008 (second-place); Brad Keselowski, 2014 (second-place).
  • Five of the 19 races (26.3%) have been won from a top-five starting position at Las Vegas.
  • Nine of the 19 (47.4%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position at Las Vegas.
  • Four of the 19 races (21.1%) at Las Vegas have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 25th, by Matt Kenseth in 2004.
  • Youngest LVMS winner: Kyle Busch (03/01/2009 – 23 years, 9 months, 27 days).
  • Oldest LVMS winner: Sterling Marlin (03/03/2002 – 44 years, 7 months, 32 days).
  • Three drivers have won consecutive races at Las Vegas: Jeff Burton (1999, 2000); Matt Kenseth (2003, 2004) and Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to win three consecutive races (2005, 2006 and 2007).
  • Eight of the 11 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have won at Las Vegas participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Mark Martin (1998; inaugural event) is the only driver to win at Las Vegas in his first appearance.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series (active drivers) with the most starts at Las Vegas without visiting Victory Lane with 17 races.
  • No driver has won the first three races of the season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The five drivers that have won the first two events of the series season are: Matt Kenseth (2009), Jeff Gordon (1997), David Pearson (1976), Bob Welborn (1959) and Marvin Panch (1957).  
  • Four reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions have gone on to win at Las Vegas the following season: Matt Kenseth (2004), Tony Stewart (2012), Kevin Harvick (2015) and Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2010) – Johnson is the only driver to do it multiple times.
  • Three drivers have won at Las Vegas and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in the same season: Jeff Gordon (2001), Matt Kenseth (2003) and Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2007 and 2010).
  • Four manufacturers have visited Victory Lane in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at LVMS, led by Ford (Nine), Chevrolet (seven), Toyota (two) and Dodge (one).
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03/08/2017 - Posted by | ARCHIVES

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