Morgan Lucas continued to make Top Fuel headlines Friday as he raced to the qualifying lead
at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) also were qualifying leaders at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
Lucas, who won two weeks ago in Gainesville, Fla. with a dominating performance, rallied from a 10th place effort in the opening round of qualifying to vault to the No. 1 spot during the day’s final session with a leading run of 3.817 seconds at 321.96 mph in his GEICO/Lucas Oil dragster.
“The first session we were a little overcenter, and Aaron [Brooks, crew chief] just went back and was going to back it down, but we went back up there with generally the same setup,” Lucas said. “We just made a couple of small tweaks, and it went right down there. I’m really proud of the whole team, and it’s been a lot of fun to drive this car.
“If somehow we can make it through tomorrow and stay No. 1, it would be a really cool thing for us to start the season with three out of four races being No. 1 qualifier.”
Spencer Massey was second with a 3.825 at 322.88 in his FRAM dragster and Clay Millican was third in his Parts Plus dragster with a 3.844 at 318.77. Series points leader Tony Schumacher was fourth overall with a 3.849 at 318.09 in his U.S. Army dragster.
In Funny Car, Robert Hight, winner of the last two races, powered his Auto Club Ford Mustang to a leading performance of 4.132 at 310.41.
“Everybody struggled the first run, so I think everybody was erring on the side of caution for the night run,” Hight said. “Based on what everybody ran the first run, you’ve got to be cautious and make sure you get down there. Jimmy [Prock, crew chief] told me he thought it would run a .12 or .13, so it’s really cool right now because he definitely has a handle on this race car. It says a lot when you can go from a place like Gainesville and then we’re here and we’re halfway in elevation to Denver from sea level and make the changes and have it respond and run that close to what you think it will run. Good job to Jimmy Prock, and you can see the confidence in him. He’s just so confident in all the moves he’s making, and it’s a lot of fun to drive this thing right now. The confidence is there when you can see your crew chief and how confident he is. Maybe that 4.13 won’t stick, but for today it was No. 1, and we’re happy.”
Two-time world champ Cruz Pedregon was second in his Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry with a 4.159 at 306.19, while Bob Tasca III was second in his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang with a 4.165 at 303.23.
Defending world champion Line raced to the top of the order in Pro Stock, covering the distance in 6.659 at 207.34 in his Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GXP.
“This is probably the nicest run I’ve made this year,” Line said. “To be able to outrun Mike Edwards, who always runs well here, is an accomplishment. And because it is a Summit-sponsored race and we’re in [team owner] Ken Black’s home town, it makes it all the better. We were a little bit soft in the first round, and I still think there’s at least a hundredth or more left in the car. It was important for us to qualify well today because of the forecasts for winds tomorrow.”
Edwards, who won both races here last season and holds both ends of the track record, was second with a 6.669 at 207.30 in his Penhall/Interstate Batteries Pontiac and Allen Johnson was third in his Team Mopar Dodge Avenger with a 6.679 at 206.92.
Qualifying continues Saturday with sessions at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday’s eliminations begin at 11 a.m.
LAS VEGAS -- Friday's results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 13th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, fourth of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.
Top Fuel -- 1. Morgan Lucas, 3.817 seconds, 321.96 mph; 2. Spencer Massey, 3.825, 322.88; 3. Clay Millican, 3.844, 318.77; 4. Tony Schumacher, 3.849, 318.09; 5. Shawn Langdon, 3.851, 321.81; 6. Bob Vandergriff, 3.871, 322.81; 7. Doug Kalitta, 3.894, 315.78; 8. Khalid alBalooshi, 3.897, 316.45; 9. Brandon Bernstein, 3.933, 311.56; 10. Terry McMillen, 3.959, 280.66; 11. Steve Torrence, 3.960, 308.99; 12. Troy Buff, 3.981, 299.20. Not Qualified: 13. Antron Brown, 3.994, 309.98; 14. Cory McClenathan, 4.008, 303.23; 15. Damien Harris, 4.232, 270.00; 16. David Grubnic, 4.318, 194.30; 17. Steven Chrisman, 4.333, 279.96; 18. Steve Faria, 4.450, 229.08.
Funny Car -- 1. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.132, 310.41; 2. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Solara, 4.159, 306.19; 3. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.165, 303.23; 4. Gary Densham, Dodge Charger, 4.181, 300.00; 5. Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.186, 296.70; 6. John Force, Mustang, 4.196, 305.77; 7. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.196, 299.06; 8. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.211, 302.82; 9. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.212, 292.20; 10. Johnny Gray, Charger, 4.244, 304.39; 11. Courtney Force, Mustang, 4.274, 291.70; 12. Terry Haddock, Chevy Impala, 4.282, 292.01. Not Qualified: 13. Tony Pedregon, 4.347, 242.76; 14. Jon Capps, 4.366, 258.07; 15. Alexis DeJoria, 4.382, 253.71; 16. Bob Bode, 4.501, 248.57; 17. James Day, 4.846, 173.29; 18. Todd Lesenko, 5.050, 167.05; 19. Jim Head, 5.953, 118.33; 20. Ron Capps, 6.689, 92.68; 21. Jeff Arend, 7.293, 83.71.
Pro Stock -- 1. Jason Line, Pontiac GXP, 6.659, 207.34; 2. Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.669, 207.30; 3. Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 6.679, 206.92; 4. Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.693, 206.10; 5. Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.697, 206.35; 6. Vincent Nobile, Avenger, 6.706, 205.98; 7. Ron Krisher, GXP, 6.713, 206.54; 8. Erica Enders, Chevy Cobalt, 6.721, 205.57; 9. Chris McGaha, Avenger, 6.721, 204.45; 10. Ronnie Humphrey, GXP, 6.722, 206.07; 11. Jeg Coughlin, Avenger, 6.725, 205.66; 12. Greg Stanfield, Chevy Camaro, 6.727, 204.88. Not Qualified: 13. Kurt Johnson, 6.728, 205.10; 14. Steve Kent, 6.741, 205.04; 15. Shane Gray, 6.766, 204.73; 16. Gordie Rivera, 6.874, 200.83; 17. Larry Morgan, 6.968, 176.95; 18. V. Gaines, 8.413, 116.59.
The first day of qualifying for the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals is in the record books and Morgan Lucas is the day’s No. 1 Qualifier in the Top Fuel Dragster ranks.
Lucas went to the head of the class with a 1,000-ft. run of 3.817 sec./321.96 mph.
“I’m really proud of this crew,” said Lucas. “It would be really cool to be No. 1 (Qualifier) in three of the first four races so far this year.”
Tony Schumacher dropped to No. 4. Antron Brown are on the outside looking in, sitting outside the top 12 at 13th and 14th, respectively.
Pro qualifying (Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car and Pro Stock) resumes Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Second round of Pro Stock qualifying hit the track at 4:40 p.m. Jason Line still sits atop the heap. And still on the outside looking in are: Kurt Johnson, Steve Kent, Shane Gray, Gordie Rivera, Larry Morgan and V Gaines. They’ll have two more opportunities to improve their lot on Saturday.
The second round of Funny Car qualifying saw Johnny Gray drop from No. 1 to 10th place as the field picked up speed and his second qualifying run went up in tire smoke. Robert Hight currently is the No. 1 Qualifier at 4.132 sec./310.41 mph.
“Based on what everyone ran in the first run you had to be cautious. You had to be sure you got down there. Jimmy told me he thought it would run 4.12 or 4.13. It is really cool right now because he really has a handle on this Funny Car. It says a lot when you can go from a place like Gainesville and Phoenix and then here where we are half way in elevation to Denver here,” said Hight. “Good job to Jimmy Prock and my guys. You can see the confidence in him. As a driver you feel good because you are not sitting in the car watching someone make a lot of changes and being nervous. He goes in there and makes a change and boom it runs good. It is a lot of fun to run this thing right now.
“All four of our Ford Mustangs are qualified. With the winds coming who know what tomorrow will bring. I really hope we get to run because we have (crew chief legends) Dale Armstrong and Ron Armstrong and we have some things we want to test. We are going to use the first run tomorrow to do some testing. We are definitely going to test on Monday. We have some things that maybe will catapult us out here a little bit,” added Hight.
Ron Capps still struggling with his qualifying runs: He currently sits 20th in a 21-car field. Jeff Arend is struggling too: he’s at the bottom of the list at 7.293 sec. Courtney Force moved up to 11th and Alexis DeJoria dropped to 15th after a hair-raising ride on her second pass. Jon Capps made his first pass of the day and is 14th with a pass of 4.366 sec.
First round of Top Fuel Dragster qualifying: Tony “Sarge” Schumacher is No. 1 in the first round at 3.915 sec./309.34 mph. Steve Torrence is second, Spencer Massey is third. Completing the top 12: Bob Vandergriff, Antron Brown, Cory McClenathan, Shawn Langdon, Khalid Albalooshi, Doug Kalitta, Morgan Lucas , Brandon Bernstein and Steve Chrisman. On the outside looking in: Clay Millican, Terry McMillen, Steve Faria, David Grubnic, Troy Buff and Damien Harris. No-show: Maier.
Next round of Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying is in the water box now and the pro classes are scheduled to make their second qualifying attempts at 5 p.m.
First round of Funny Car qualifying: Surprise! Johnny Gray tops the list of 20 cars. Gray toured the track at 4.244 sec./304.39 mph. Beckman is second, Hagan is third. Nice run for Alexis DeJoria – she’s fourth with a pass of 4.382 sec./253.71 mph. Completing the top 12 are: Bode, Hight, T. Pedregon, Wilkerson, Lesenko, Day, Densham, J. Force. Outside the top 12 so far are: C. Force, Neff, Tasca, C. Pedregon, Capps, Haddock, Arend and Head. No-show: Jon Capps.
First round of Pro Stock qualifying: Jason Line (Summit Dodge) tops the list in the first round (6.679 sec./206.99 mph).Completing the top 12 in the first round are: Allen Johnson, Mike Edwards, Greg Anderson, Ron Krisher, Roger Brogden, Ronnie Humphrey, Jeg Coughlin, Greg Stanfield, Steve Kent, Vincent Nobile and Chris McGaha. Outside the top 12 so far: Kurt Johnson, Erica Enders, Shane Gray, Gordie Rivera, V Gaines and Larry Morgan.
Local racers entered in this weekend’s NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals include:
Jon Capps (Las Vegas, Funny Car), Justin Lamb (Henderson, Comp and Super Gas classes), Robert Cruzen (Las Vegas, Super Stock class), Jeff Davison (N. Las Vegas, Super Stock class), Dwight Machael and Earl Blake (both Las Vegas and Stock class), John and Jon Irving (Boulder City, Stock class), Errol Farmer and Paul Wong (both Las Vegas and Stock class), George Garbiso and Bill Koski (both Las Vegas and Super Comp class), Meaghan Henderson (Boulder City, Super Comp class), Greg Hicks (N. Las Vegas, Super Comp class), 2011 LVMS Super Pro champion Roger Kato (N. Las Vegas, Super Gas class), Don Kruse and Chris Naffziger (both Las Vegas and Super Gas class), Jimmy Lintz and Jeff Farrar (both Las Vegas and Super Gas class) and Gary Reust (Pahrump, Super Gas).
Friday, 1:35 p.m.
Today’s first round of Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car and Pro Stock qualifying is going to be hectic.
Top Fuel Dragster – which Antron Brown referred to yesterday as the toughest field in the history of the sport in reference to drivers with a realistic chance of winning – has 23 entries.
The Funny Car class has 19 entries, which means only three drivers will not qualify. Everyone will be watching the two female rookies: Courtney Force and Alexis DeJoria.
The Pro Stock category has 21 entries, including Erica Enders and Grace Howell.
The first round of pro qualifying begins at 2 p.m. today.
The final round of Top Alcohol Dragster eliminations from last weekend’s NHRA LucasOil Series meet will be re-run during this weekend’s NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals. Chris Demke of Sunland, Calif. was paired against Jim Whiteley. A gust of wind blew an object through the timing beams and stopped the clock in Whiteley’s lane. With a storm front coming in from the west that pushed gusts to more than 40 mph, both drivers agreed to re-run the final during the third round of Top Alcohol Dragster qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
During a race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway fans just can't get enough access to their favorite drivers!
During this year’s NASCAR Weekend at LVMS, race fans had a one-of-a-kind experience being up-close to some of their favorite drivers inside the Neon Garage. LVMS is the only speedway that allows fans to see cars in the garages from above and even get a few autographs through the windows. Along with the unique garage layout, this year, the Neon Garage played host to the first-ever public drivers’ meeting at LVMS. Then, the public was invited to attend the pre-race drivers’ meeting for the NASCAR Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup race on Sunday. I think it is safe to say that auto racing is one of the few sports today that allow fans to get so much access.
NHRA drivers are no different. For example, John Force is one of the most popular and successful NHRA drivers. He is a 15-time Funny Car Champion, is open to interacting with fans and members of the media and even allowed viewers into his life with the A&E reality show, Driving Force. With the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals coming to LVMS March 30-April 1, fans will be able to see their favorite drivers before they take to the quarter-mile. More than 30 drivers from the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series are scheduled to participate in an autograph session on March 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. at The New York New York Hotel & Casino. The session will take place on the replica Brooklyn Bridge on the famous Las Vegas Strip. Several show cars will be on display as well as appearances from drivers such as Tony Schumacher, Ron Capps, Spencer Massey and Antron Brown. The event is the traditional kick-off of the annual Full Throttle Drag Racing Series’ NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The races begin on Friday, March 30, with spectator gates opening at 7:30 a.m. The earth-shaking burn-outs continue until Sunday, April 1 when the final eliminations determine the SummitRacing.com Nationals winners. See the top names in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock compete for the win here in Vegas. Tickets are available on our website by clicking here, or by calling 1-800-644-4444.
6:10 p.m. – The third race of the 2012 NASAR Sprint Cup Series is in the books and defending champion Tony Stewart can add a Las Vegas trophy to his already robust collection of hardware. That wraps up our coverage here at the speedway. Until next time…good night!
5:50 p.m. – With Stewart's win at LVMS there are now just two tracks on the circuit where he has yet to visit Victory Lane. The two tracks are Darlington and Kentucky, which joined the schedule in 2011. "That's a huge personal accomplishment for me," said Stewart. "I take a lot of pride in being at least competitive in different types of cars, being competitive at different racetracks. This is one we've been close a couple times and it got away."
5:40 p.m. – Tony Stewart recorded his 45th career victory and first at LVMS in 14 series starts. He led three times for 127 laps, including the final 34 after a three wide move on a restart carried the No. 14 Chevrolet from third to first. The car was equally strong on the final two restarts as the defending champion held off Johnson. "I'm just finally glad to win one here," said Stewart. "Just proud of the Hendrick engine department making great steam with it. That was the key to our restarts was the power that we had." It was also the first win with new crew chief Steve Addington. "He's doing an awesome job," Stewart confirmed. "It is hard to come into a team after they've won a championship like that. I don't know that there are too many guys other than a guy like Steve Addington that could step into the role and do the job he is doing." Stewart climbed from 15th to 7th in the standings, 25 points behind Biffle.
5:20 p.m. – Tony Stewart recorded his 45th career victory and first at LVMS in 14 series starts. He led three times for 127 laps, including the final 34 after a three wide move on a restart carried the No. 14 Chevrolet from third to first. The car was equally strong on the final two restarts as the defending champion held off Johnson. "I'm just finally glad to win one here," said Stewart. "Just proud of the Hendrick engine department making great steam with it. That was the key to our restarts was the power that we had." It was also the first win with new crew chief Steve Addington. "He's doing an awesome job," Stewart confirmed. "It is hard to come into a team after they've won a championship like that. I don't know that there are too many guys other than a guy like Steve Addington that could step into the role and do the job he is doing." Stewart climbed from 15th to 7th in the standings, 25 points behind Biffle.
4:15 p.m. – Jimmie Johnson rallied from tail end of the field in a backup car to finish 2nd . He led once for 35 laps and chased Stewart to the checkers. Two restarts within the final 11 laps bunched up the field but Johnson couldn't close enough on Stewart to complete a pass for the lead. "The first one I know that I just jumped on the gas too hard and spun 'em," said Johnson. "That was my fault. The second restart, I didn't spin 'em. I felt really good. He was still running away from me. We're flying around here. The faster you go, the more that clean air becomes a priority."
Johnson fourteen positions in the point standings to 23rd . Johnson has back-to-back top five finishes after the 42nd place finish at Daytona. He would be tied for 13^th if not for the 25-point penalty handed down after Daytona. The appeals hearing for that penalty will take place on March 13. Crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec will find out then if their suspensions stand.
4:00 p.m. – Greg Biffle's third place finish boosted him into the early points lead by 10 over Kevin Harvick. Biffle has three third place finishes in the first three races of the season and equaled his best finish at LVMS in starts. "It was clear that the 14 (Stewart) and 48 (Johnson) were just a little bit better than we were," Biffle said. "We had a top five car and finished third. We want to win like the 14 car did today. We're going to keep our heads down and keep working hard."
3:15 p.m. - Kenseth gets pushed up into the outside wall on the restart and falls all the way back to 22^nd by Lap 266. No caution. Tony Stewart wins the Kobalt Tools by almost half-a-second over Jimmie Johnson for his first series victory at LVMS. Biffle, Newman and Edwards round out the top five.
3:10 p.m. – Kyle Busch cuts down the right rear tire, spins to the entrance of pit road and unceremoniously crushes the orange cone. The caution flies for the 8^th time on Lap 261. Aric Almirola gets the free pass. Stewart leads the field back to green on Lap 264 with Johnson, Kenseth, Biffle and Edwards in his tire tracks.
3:05 p.m. - Keselowski doesn't come up to speed on the restart and heads to pit road on Lap 252, loses a lap and goes behind the wall. He's experiencing the same fuel pump problem his teammate experienced just about 60 laps ago.
Kurt Busch runs over some debris, cuts down a tire and crashes hard into the inside SAFER barrier on the backstretch on Lap 256 to bring out the 7th caution. Stewart still leads followed by Johnson, Biffle, Kenseth and Edwards. Back to green on Lap 259.
2:50 p.m. – Under caution for the 6^th time on Lap 246 for a blown engine in the No. 83 Toyota driven by Landon Cassill. Joey Logano, running 23rd , gets the free pass. Stewart leads followed by Keselowski, Biffle, Johnson and Kenseth. The green flag flies on Lap 251.
2:45 p.m. – Yellow #5 flies for debris on Lap 230. Stewart leads the field down pit road. Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski stay out and take over first and second. Stewart takes on fuel only and restarts 3^rd . Kenseth and Biffle are 4^th and 5^th . Green flag on Lap 234. Stewart goes underneath the white line and takes 'em three wide to Turn 1 to take the lead from Bowyer.
2:30 p.m. - Allmendinger drives the No. 22 Penske Dodge to the garage on Lap 198 with an engine problem. Dinger is reporting low fuel pressure. Debris on the backstretch brings out the fourth caution of the afternoon on Lap 206. Trevor Bayne is running 19^th and collects the free pass back onto the lead lap. The field drives down pit road for service. Stewart wins the race off pit road with a two-tire stop. Earnhardt jumps all the way to 2^nd with a two-tire stop. Jamie McMurray runs 3^rd followed by Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth. Kyle Busch is running 6^th and Biffle, Johnson, Menard and Truex rounding out the top 10. Back to green on Lap 210.
2:10 p.m. - The field makes a round of green flag pit stops and Stewart cycles back into the lead on Lap 180 with Johnson, Kenseth, Biffle and Paul Menard running 2nd through 5th .
1:55 p.m. - Stewart takes the lead from Johnson on Lap 134 on the restart after the third caution. Kurt Busch makes an unscheduled stop under green on Lap 148 for a flat tire. He loses three laps and falls back to 32nd. On Lap 155, the top five are Stewart, Johnson, Kenseth, Biffle and Harvick. Earnhardt has worked his way back up to 10th.
1:45 p.m. - Jeff Gordon comes down pit road for a scheduled stop on Lap 120. Harvick and others hit pit road on Lap 123. Johnson gives up the lead for his stop on Lap 125. Johnson retains the lead after everybody pits. The 3rd caution waves on Lap 128 for a blown engine in Travis Kvapil's Toyota. Kyle Busch, who was running behind Kvapil at the time, appears to get loose and scrapes the wall.
The top five under caution are Johnson, Stewart, Kenseth, Biffle and Harvick. Harvick is reporting his seat belts are cutting of the circulation and making his left leg numb. Denny Hamlin gets the free pass. The green flag waves on Lap 134.
1:20 p.m. - Kenseth takes the lead from Harvick on Lap 80 and holds onto it until Johnson flexes the right muscle in his back up Chevy and flashes by to take the lead on Lap 100. Stewart runs 3^rd with Biffle and Harvick rounding out the top five. Kyle Busch is running 13^th and Earnhardt is still stuck in traffic in 14^th . After his win at Phoenix last week, Denny Hamlin is struggling with an ill handling car in 26th, the last driver on the lead lap.
1:10 p.m. - Under caution for the second time on Lap 74 for a crash in Turn 4 involving David Reutimann. Everyone pits for service. Most of the leaders opt for two tires. Harvick beats the field off pit road followed by Kenseth, Biffle, Johnson and Stewart. David Ragan stayed on the track and to lead a lap before making his stop. Earnhardt takes four tires and will restart 16^th . Kurt Busch gets the free pass and is the last driver on the lead lap in 27^th . Back to green on Lap 78.
12:40 p.m. – Earnhardt gives up the lead for the first time to come to pit road for a scheduled stop. Timmy Hill spins in Turn 1 and brings out the first caution of the day. Earnhardt is down and away before the pace car gets to the start/finish line. The rest of the field pits under caution. Kurt Busch was on pit road when the caution flew. but failed to get out in front of the pace car so he'll lose a lap. David Ragan gets the free pass. Green flag on Lap 50 with Earnhardt in the lead followed by Harvick, Biffle, Kenseth and Tony Stewart. Kyle Busch has worked his way up to 10th and Jimmie Johnson is running 13th.
12:30 p.m. - Brendan Gaughan flattens the right side of the No. 33 Chevrolet while running 26th on Lap 7. Gaughan stays on the track but falls all the way back to 41^st . No caution and the field remains under green. On Lap 15, Earnhardt stretches his lead to 2.8 seconds over Logano, Harvick, Truex and Kurt Busch. Gaughan comes to pit road on Lap 17.
12:10 p.m. – Comedian and actor Tim Allen delivers his own version of the command to start engines with, "Hey drivers, light these bad boys up!" Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Regan Smith and Juan Pablo Montoya drop to the back during the parade laps and that puts Dale Earnhardt, Jr. alongside Kahne on the front row. The green flag waves and we're underway. Earnhardt takes advantage of his position and jumps out to the lead. The rest of the top 5 on Lap 1: Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.
11:45 a.m. – Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with four Sprint Cup Series victories at LVMS while Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with 455 laps led. Johnson's victories were consecutive with the first in 2005. Kasey Kahne leads the field to green with his 3^rd pole in nine attempts. His best finish here was a second in 2004 in his first start at the track. Garage insiders are pointing to Kevin Harvick as the driver to beat today. Harvick starts third and has a best finish of second two seasons ago.
11:30 a.m. – Timmy Hill is making his Sprint Cup Series debut in today's race. The nineteen-year old driver was the 2011 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year and failed to make the field last week at Phoenix by just 0.030-second. "This is an awesome feeling," said Hill. "It means so much. These guys work so hard and for it to finally come together is awesome. These guys worked so hard to get this car back to where it needs to be."
11:00 a.m. – The 2013 Dodge Charger was unveiled in Victory Lane. "This endeavor goes beyond the trend the Nationwide Series Challenger started with a Dodge Charge that amazingly embodies many of the design features of the street version in the racecar," said SRT Brand and Motorsports president and CEO Ralph Giles.
NASCAR gave engineers and designers a freer rein in the front, rear, sides and greenhouse area to allow more character lines from the street car to be carried over to the racing version. Penske Racing recently announced the team's switch back to Ford for 2013 and that leaves the big question of who will be driving the new Dodge next season and beyond. The only other Dodge in the garage this season is Robby Gordon's No. 7.
10:00 a.m. – The competitors are headed to the drivers' meeting. Four drivers will drop to the rear of the field for the start of today's race. Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Regan Smith and Juan Pablo Montoya will play catch up from the get go. Busch and Johnson are wheeling backup cars.
Juan Pablo Montoya has a fresh engine and Regan Smith's team changed the transmission in their Chevrolet. Kyle, brother Kurt and Brendan Gaughan will battle for home track bragging rights. Kyle has one series victory here while Kurt's best finish is a third. Gaughan has one series start with a 22^nd place finish.
7:30 a.m. – Good morning from Las Vegas Motor Speedway! It's the calm before the storm as the crews prepare their pit stalls for today's Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 400. Pace car driver Brett Bodine is giving media members a new respect for what happens on the track with pace car rides complete with simulated pit stops.
The Neon Garage is open and the fans are beginning to stream in. The Speedway Children's Charity Track Walk starts at 8 a.m. The drivers' meeting is at 10 a.m. Pia Toscana sings the National Anthem at 12:01 p.m. and Tim Allen gives the command to start engines at 12:08 p.m. Stay tuned for all the action as it happens.
6:15 p.m. - That'll do it for Day 2 at LVMS. We'll be back tomorrow for the main event. Comedian and actor Tim Allen will give the command to start engines for the Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 400 shortly after noon.
6:10 p.m. – Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. recorded his first victory of the season and second top-10 finish in three races at LVMS. Stenhouse took the lead on pit road and led the final 55 laps to become the first series regular to win in 16 events at the speedway. "I definitely feel like we had the car to beat," said Stenhouse. "I found a line that I liked to run and the car was coming around to it. (Crew chief) Mike Kelley made some awesome pit calls there and I think we just had the car to beat."
6:00 p.m. – Mark Martin started 7^th , led 44 laps and finished 2^nd , 5.904 seconds behind winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. It marked Martin's first start in a Joe Gibbs Racing entry. "What a special treat it was to be able to join the Joe Gibbs organization," said Martin.
"It's just something that we've wanted to do for a long time and the stars didn't line up until now to do it." Martin has run seven Nationwide Series races at LVMS with seven top 10 finishes. His secret. "I get to drive really fast cars," he explained. "That's what it is – really fast race cars. Lucky me."
5:45 p.m. – Elliott Sadler held on to the points lead with a strong third place finish today. Sadler led the first 26 laps. It was Sadler's 2nd top 10 finish in six starts at LVMS. "We put in a lot of guts and effort today," said Sadler. "
We made a little bit of a mistake there at the beginning of the race. My splitter was hitting the race track. We decided at halfway to come in, raise the hood and put a round in the front to get my car back off the race track. We went all the way to the tail end of the field and drove all the way back to third." Sadler leads Austin Dillon by 15 points with three races in the books.
4:45 p.m. – Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. wins the Sam's Town 300 by 5.9 seconds over Mark Martin. Elliott Sadler finishes third. Trevor Bayne is fourth and Las Vegas native Brendan Gaughan comes home fifth.
4:20 p.m. - Back under caution on Lap 158 for the 7^th time as Jeremy Clements and Tayler Monsam make contact while racing for the Lucky Dog spot. Mike Bliss gets the free pass. The leaders stay out. Danica Patrick pits for fuel and a chassis adjustment. Back to green on Lap 162. The top five are Stenhouse, Martin, Dillon, Bayne and Gaughan.
4:10 p.m. - Under caution for the 6th time on Lap 146. TJ Bell's Chevrolet is stalled on the track. The free pass goes to James Buescher and the leaders pit. Stenhouse gets off pit road first followed by Martin, Bayne, Dillon and Gaughan. The speeding police catch Kenny Wallace. He'll restart at the end of the longest line. Back to green on Lap 150.
4:00 p.m. – Bad news for Keselowski who has to pit for fuel. Seems the tank wasn't completely full after the last stop. Keselowski loses four laps on pit road as the car stalls and the team scrambles. Keselowski is finally down and away and gets popped for speeding. He'll serve a pass through penalty and lose another lap. Meanwhile, Kyle Busch is back in the race, 71 laps down.
3:40 p.m. – Brian Scott slams the outside wall hard and brings out Yellow #5 on Lap 97. It appears Trevor Bayne came up on the right side and took the air of Scott's car. Scott got loose, may have overcorrected and turned abruptly into the wall. "I tried to save it," said Scott. "It ended up hooking and went straight into the wall. I just got sucked around. I made an error. I just should have just spun it out." The leaders hit pit road. Mark Martin gets fuel only and takes the lead off pit road. Allgaier, Hornish, Keselowski and Stenhouse are second through fifth. The green flag waves on Lap 104.
3:15 p.m. – Yellow #4 on Lap 70 for Jennifer Jo Cobb, who spins and crashes her No. 13 Dodge in Turn 1. The leaders pit for service. Brendan Gaughan has to slam on his brakes to avoid Morgan Shepherd on pit road. Kahne leads the field of pit road followed by Keselowski, Scott, Stenhouse and Martin. Back to green on Lap 74.
2:55 p.m. – Yellow #3 flies on Lap 43 for a single car crash in Turn 1 involving Joey Gase. The leaders stay out. Danica Patrick and Justin Allgaier head to pit road. Top five under caution are Kahne, Scott, Stenhouse, Keselowski and Mark Martin. The field is back under green on Lap 48 and Scott takes the lead for the first time today.
2:40 p.m. - The second caution flies on Lap 26. Kyle Busch crashed off Turn 2 after contact with Hornish. Busch takes the Monster Energy Toyota to the garage. Pits stops for everyone as Sadler leads them down pit road. Kyle Fowler gets the free pass. Kahne beats Sadler off pit road to take the lead. Sadler is second. Martin, Scott and Allgaier start third through fifth. Busch is in the garage as the field takes the green flag on Lap 31.
2:30 p.m. - Under caution for the first time on Lap 11 as Kyle Fowler spins off Turn 4. Benny Gordon gets out of shape trying to avoid Fowler and narrowly misses colliding with pit road. The leader stays on the track while several drivers pit, including Kyle Busch, Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse, Brendan Gaughan and Brian Scott with many taking fuel only. The top five under caution are Sadler, Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski, Justin Allgaier and Sam Hornish, Jr.
2:20 p.m. – Elliot Sadler leads the flag to green for the Sam's Town 300 and jumps out to the early lead. A close call for Mark Martin who gets loose and slides back to tenth in the running order. At Lap 6, the top five are Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Brian Scott, Kasey Kahne and Austin Dillon.
1:30 p.m. – Cup Series practice is over and Joey Logano was the quickest at 182.790 mph. Mark Martin was second fastest at 182.698 with Kevin Harvick, Marcos Ambrose and Martin Truex, Jr. rounding out the top five. Greg Biffle's team had to go under the hood to fix a broken spark plug and make further assessments.
12:30 p.m. – We're just 10 minutes into the final Cup Series practice session and we've had already seen two incidents. Jimmie Johnson smacked the wall hard in the No. 48 Chevrolet and sent his team scrambling for the backup car. "I had to chase it up the track and once it got in the gray, it was over from there," said Johnson. "We have a great Kobalt Tools backup. I know we've got a real fast setup to put in this racecar."
Johnson will give up his sixth place starting spot for the race. Marcos Ambrose lost control coming off Turn 4 but managed to keep his car off the wall and will avoid going to a backup car. Juan Pablo Montoya went to his backup before qualifying yesterday but he'll lose his 29th place starting position after the team changed the engine in the No. 42 Chevrolet.
12:15 p.m. – Upon further review, Kyle Busch's team discovered the frame on the M&M's Toyota is bent a little too much for comfort and they've rolled out the backup car. The primary Toyota was damaged yesterday when Busch ran over some debris but the team was able to make repairs. "(Kyle) came off the truck this morning and he was fast, consistent," said Joe Gibbs Racing vice president of racing operations Jimmy Makar. He felt good in it. To give that up is a little bit disheartening but it will be alright."
The team plans to have the backup car ready in time for the final practice session. After the session, they'll put the primary engine in the car in preparation for tomorrow's event. Busch will give up his second place starting position and start at the rear of the field.
11:45 p.m. – Nationwide Series qualifying is in the books and Elliott Sadler will lead the field to green after posting a lap of 181.366 mph completed in 29.774 seconds. This is Sadler's first pole in six races at LVMS and is 12th in 167 series starts. Kasey Kahne will start alongside Sadler with Austin Dillon, Brian Scott and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five. Danica Patrick held her own with a 179.283 mph lap and will line up 12th on the grid.
11:15 p.m. - Ryan Newman and sponsor Quicken Loans are offering fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to be in charge of a Sprint Cup Series team. The grand prize winner of the You're the Boss sweepstakes receives $10,000 cash, racing apparel and an all expenses paid trip to Charlotte, NC and a trip to the track as the honorary team owner of Stewart-Haas Racing.
"I thought my wife had that domain all locked up," joked Newman. "Their slogan is 'Engineering to Amaze' and as an engineer I can represent in the best way." Fans can visit quickenloans.com for more details and to enter the sweepstakes.
10:30 a.m. – The first Cup Series practice of the day just wrapped up. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. jumped to the top of the speed chart and stayed there with a fast lap of 184.957 mph. Hedrick Motorsports had all four cars in the top ten with pole winner Kasey Kahne second, Jimmie Johnson fourth fastest and Jeff Gordon ninth.
A.J. Allmendinger toured the track third fastest in the No. 22 Penske Dodge and Kyle Busch clocked in fifth before bouncing off the wall. The No. 18 Toyota sustained some damage to the right side and the crew is busy making repairs.
9:20 a.m. - Today's Sam's Town 300 features 200 laps around this 1.5-mile speedway. Prerace ceremonies start at 1:30 p.m. with VIP introductions and special awards. Speedway contest winner Bridgette Foster gets her chance to belt out the National Anthem just after 2 p.m. Former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman will serve as today's Grand Marshal. It will take a custom Dodge Viper limo to carry Goodman, his showgirl entourage and his martini around the track.
7:35 a.m. - Good morning from Las Vegas Motor Speedway! We're back for Day 2 and we've got a full day of NASCAR action on tap. The Sprint Cup cars will be on the track at 9:30 a.m. for the first of two practice sessions. After that, we'll set the field for today's Nationwide Sam's Town 300. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. set the pace in yesterday's final practice and he'll be the 43rd of 43 drivers to qualify.
Cup Series final practice starts at approximately 12:20 p.m. The Nationwide Series takes the green flag for today's 200-lap race at 2 p.m. Stick around after the checkered flag for the Speedway Children's Charities driver auction on the Midway. The Neon Garage opens at 9 a.m. Come on out and join us!
6:00 p.m.- That's a wrap on Day 1 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Tomorrow's schedule includes Nationwide Series qualifying, two rounds of Cup Series practice and the Sam's Town 300. The Cup drivers start practice at 9:30 am and we'll be back to keep you up to speed.
5:45 p.m. – Today's pole was the 23^rd of Kasey Kahne's career and his third at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His most recent pole came in September 2011 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "Qualifying is something I look forward to," said Kahne who predicts more records will fall this year, particularly on those tracks with newer surfaces. "The engines are getting better and the guys are always working on downforce. I think it's just a combination of a lot of different things."
5:15 p.m. – Kasey Kahne won the pole for the Kobalt 400 and set a new track record of 190.456. Kahne was one of fifteen drivers to surpass the old record of 188.884 mph set by Matt Kenseth in 2011. Kyle Busch will start alongside Kahne on the front row. Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. qualified third and fourth with Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five. Scott Riggs and Robby Gordon are the two drivers who failed to make the field.
4:50 p.m. – With seven drivers to go in qualifying, Kasey Kahne has knocked Kyle Busch off the pole with a 190.456 mph lap completed in 28.353 seconds. Rounding out the current top five are Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Martin Truex, Jr.
4:30 p.m. – We're just past halfway in today's qualifying session and Kyle Busch has just set a new track record of 190.040 mph taking 28.415 seconds to tour the mile-and-a half. "We'll see if it holds up," said Busch. "There are a lot of fast guys to go. Right there, that was a pretty decent lap. If I tried to get more out of it I probably would have overdrived and hurt the lap."
3:40 p.m. – The Nationwide Series just wrapped up their final practice and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. led the way with a lap of 180.626 mph. Austin Dillon was second quick at 180.282 mph in the No. 3 Chevrolet. Sadler, who was fastest in the early practice, was third overall. The teams will qualify tomorrow at 10:35 am.
3:30 p.m. – Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and Global Rallycross Championship have teamed up to present select GRC events in conjunction with IndyCar and NASCAR race weekends in Charloote, Texas, New Hampshire and Las Vegas in 2012. "It's the ultimate combination of action sports and motorsports where big air meets high speed," said Speedway Motorsports president and COO Marcus Smith. "These drivers combine racing, drifting and stunt jumps into a high-impact show with a jaw-dropping WOW factor." GRC competitors wheel compact cars that pull more than 600 horsepower and feature all-wheel drive for precision handling and lightning fast acceleration. The cars race around asphalt or dirt tracks that are about one mile long and feature snap directional changes, tight turns and a crossover 70-foot gap jump.
3:13 p.m. – Juan Pablo Montoya's team had to pull out the backup car for qualifying after a crash in Turn 1 on his first lap on the track. "It sucks," Montoya said. "I went into turn one and got a little tight over the bumps. I got on the gas and it just stepped out on me. I thought, 'My God,' and I was in the fence."
3:04 p.m. – Parents to be Kevin and Delana Harvick have chosen to refer to their newborn son as Otis, and according to Kevin, Ryan Newman's wife was the one who provided the inspiration. "We don't really want to tell anybody until it's time so we just came up with a code name. It's really Krissie Newman's fault to tell you the truth. She calls me that every once in awhile so we just called it baby Otis. At least is has some kind of name. You can refer to it as something. I keep wanting to call it 'it' and DeLana gets mad at me."
2:35 p.m. – The Nationwide competitors are back on track and Elliott Sadler continues to set the pace. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. is currently second and Brian Scott is in third. Kyle Busch's Monster Energy car has some damage on the right rear quarterpanel.
2:20 p.m. – Matt Kenseth's No. 17 Ford is sporting Zest-y colors this weekend. On the eve of his 40^th birthday, Kenseth stopped by the media center to introduce new sponsor Zest. "I've already heard how people want me to clean up the competition and I've been hearing all kinds of fun stuff." And what about the birthday plans? "I'm gonna spend it at the race track trying to get our Zest Ford Fusion dialed in to hopefully have a good day on Sunday. Then I'm taking the team out for dinner tomorrow night." High Ridge Brands president and CEO Jim Daniels added, "Hopefully he'll be singing the Zestfully clean jingle in the winner's circle on Sunday." Not that we've got to see.
1:44 p.m. - Despite growing up in Las Vegas, Kyle Busch admits he's not much of a gambler. "I think the best I'm come out of Vegas was probably a thousand bucks ahead," Busch said. "The worse I've come out of Vegas was eight hundred bucks behind. I'm a small gambler. I'm not on Denny Hamlin's scale. I think he gets free hotel rooms every time he comes out here – that's how well he does." Hamlin, by the way, tweeted a picture of his hotel room's backyard on Thursday…a lavish spot indeed, complete with putting green.
1:05 p.m. – Kyle Busch and Jeff Burton are back on track after repairs. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has jumped to the top of the speed chart with a lap at 187.643 mph. Clint Bowyer is second fastest followed by Carl Edwards, defending champion Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson. Busch's first lap back out was a tick over 184 mph and is currently 23rd fastest.
12:39 p.m. - The Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower has signed a multi-year deal with LVMS to continue sponsorship of pole day. The announcement was made today by Las Vegas Motor Speedway president Chris Powell and Stratosphere General Manager, Paul Hobson at the speedway. The partnership extends an agreement between the two companies that began in 2011.
12:27 p.m. – The green flag is back out and so far, Brad Keselowski has the fastest lap of 186.329 mph. Five time champion Jimmie Johnson is second fastest at 185.656 mph. Jeff Burton's car has damage to the front end. Burton says he ran over brake rotor pieces (possibly from Montoya's car).
12:20 p.m. – We're under a red flag condition as smoke pours out of the No. 93 Burger King Toyota driven by Travis Kvapil. Meanwhile, hometown hero Kyle Bush ran over some debris on the track and is busy helping his team beat out some minor damage to the left front of his M&M's car.
12:05 p.m. – We're just five minutes into the first Sprint Cup Series practice and we've had our first incident of the day. Juan Pablo Montoya hit the wall before completing his first lap and the team has gone to the hauler for the backup No. 42 Clorox Chevrolet.
12:00 p.m. – The first practice session is in the books and Elliott Sadler led the Nationwide Series drivers with a fast lap of 179.545 mph. He was the only driver to break the 179 mph barrier. Mark Martin, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Cole Whitt and Brian Scott rounded out the top five. The teams will regroup for their final practice at 2:00 pm.
11:30 a.m. - Practice is underway for the Nationwide Series. Trevor Bayne was the first Nationwide Series driver on the track in the No. 60 Roush-Fenway Ford and so far, Mark Martin is fastest in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota at 178.453 mph.
Elliott Sadler is second fastest at 178.383 mph in the OneMain Financial Chevrolet. Rounding out the top five are Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Cole Whitt and Brian Scott.
10:41 a.m. - LVMS is giving fans two great reasons to purchase tickets for the 2013 NASCAR weekend early.
Those who purchase tickets this weekend receive a free Kobalt Tools T-Hammer tool kit and one 2013 Neon Garage pass good for Friday or Saturday for each seat. Next season's race weekend is tentatively scheduled for March 8-10 but the dates are subject to change.
10:25 a.m - Good morning from Las Vegas Motor Speedway! We've got clear blue skies and the forecast is for temperatures in the low 70s, so if you're in the neighborhood, come on out and join us for a full day of racing.
Today's schedule includes two rounds of Nationwide Series practice, one round of Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying for Sunday's Kobalt 400. The Nationwide drivers are just minutes away from their first practice session and the Sprint Cup cars will fire them up at high noon. Stay tuned for all the action as it happens.
When we think of America’s favorite pastimes – professional sports – we think of the irresistible stadium food we get to indulge in. In my home city of Boston, people flock to the Red Sox games to pass the tradition on of eating a Fenway Frank to their young ones. It is no different with motorsports at the upcoming NASCAR Weekend here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The gates will open to the fans on Friday morning with the mouth-watering smell of burgers, tacos, and more.
Where else can you find Chicago-style Italian food, Japanese burgers, Hawaiian snow cones, cupcakes and soul food within walking distance? That collection of around-the-world cuisine puts any baseball park to shame! NASCAR attracts a variety of fans, so it is only fitting that we give them that same variety in their stadium-style food. Here is a list of the different food trucks that you can find at the midway this weekend: Red Neck Kitchen, Curb Side Café, Quality Food Service Catering, Chi-Town Hustler, Sin City Wings, Haulin’ Balls, Sheff’s Kitchen, Fuku Burger, Snow Ono Shaved Ice, Foxxy Lady’s Cupcakes, and Sloppi Jo’s.
Levy Restaurants assembled the group of food trucks and also caters for 102 luxury suites. They provide guests with hospitality, as well as exceptional meals such as basil grilled shrimp, gourmet antipasta and hoisin-glazed baby lamb chops. This year, they have raised the bar by accommodating guests who cannot ingest foods that contain gluten. Celiac disease has become a growing issue in the United States, and is thought to affect around one in every 105 people in our country. Having an aunt that suffers from Celiac, I understand the challenges and disappointment this disease can cause. I am excited that Levy Restaurants has worked hard to accommodate every NASCAR fan. The Wellness/Gluten-Free Stand will be located in the Petty Terrace (the first stand as you enter the Richard Petty Terrace from elevator No. 8) and will offer gluten-free and healthy choices, including BBQ chicken salad, chicken salad wraps, gluten-free pizza, gluten-free beer, gluten-free crepes and gluten-free chips. They also will offer healthy kids’ meals (juice box, carrot sticks, grapes and a turkey hot dog).
The race excitement has begun at LVMS, so make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll update you and guide you through your NASCAR Weekend experience! Also, no matter what you decide to eat on race day, please drink responsibly!
NASCAR Weekend comes to Las Vegas Motor Speedway once a year and our fans are some of the most dedicated in the country. How do we know? Because of the thousands of followers on the LVMS Facebook and Twitter pages.
Social networking has come so far that the drivers have made history off the track. During the two-hour red flag delay during the Daytona 500 last weekend, Brad Keselowski made the first-ever tweet using his phone from the inside of his car. As soon as the announcers made note of that, I couldn’t help logging on to my Twitter account to see for myself. Curious people like me gained Keselowski 100,000 followers within minutes. He continued to give the fans what they wanted by taking pictures of other drivers waiting for the clean-up, as well as a FOX Sports reporter standing by.
Times like these show us that NASCAR provides unprecedented access for their fans more than any other professional sport. Whether it is signing autographs or question and answer sessions, any enthusiast can get up-close to their favorite driver. For example, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall Thursday, March 8 for a Q & A session just for the fans. This is just one of many appearances drivers will make next week in Las Vegas.
LVMS has taken it to the next level – in a way that no other speedway has – with the Neon Garage. Fans can now watch the drivers and crews work on their cars from just feet away. The Neon Garage brings a full-circle experience to the speedway by allowing the fans into the infield for food, entertainment and, of course, to see what goes on behind the scenes in a NASCAR garage. This year, we have taken fan access one step farther by inviting the public to be a part of the pre-race drivers’ meeting in the Neon Garage. For the first time at LVMS, anyone with a Neon Garage pass can listen in on what the drivers hear each week before the green flag waves. Don’t miss out! Neon Garage passes as well as NASCAR Weekend tickets are still available to purchase by clicking here, or by calling our ticket office at 1-800-644-4444.
Whether it is NASCAR Weekend or any other racing event here at LVMS, we give the fans access and guidance through our social networking sites.
Each of our four tracks – LVMS Superspeedway, the Dirt Track, The Strip and the Bullring – have their own Facebook page. Fans can interact with us by posting pictures, status updates, and fans can even win tickets to the races! Our Twitter account (@lvmotorspeedway) has almost 17,000 followers and we work hard to bring them minute-by-minute updates on all the events, as well as a look at behind-the-scenes activities. Here at LVMS, we will be holding our NASCAR Weekend tweetup on Saturday at Noon, before the Sam’s Town 300. It gives fans, who communicate online together, a chance to meet and interact. Some drivers have even been known to stop by!
Make sure to follow us on both Twitter and Facebook for chances to win tickets right up until the races start. You can also get the latest information and traffic updates to get you to the races quickly and safely. Our social networking team will be out there every day documenting NASCAR Weekend experiences through images and updates! Look for us all weekend and make sure to tell us about your weekend! See you online…and at the races!