NASCAR Track Facts: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

UAW-Dodge 400

Here is a quick run down of trivial facts and statistics for this weekend’s UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Track Numbers

  • Races: 10
  • Pole Winners: 7
  • Race Winners: 6
  • Races Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): 0
  • The first NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a NASCAR Camping World Series, West race won by Ken Schrader on Nov. 2, 1996.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on March 3, 1998 – won by Mark Martin.
  • The first NASCAR Nationwide Cup race was held on March 16, 1997 – won by Jeff Green.
  • Seven drivers have participated in all 10 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Sterling Marlin and Joe Nemechek.
  • Dale Jarrett won the inaugural Coors Light Pole (Feb. 27, 1998).
  • Mark Martin won the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (March 1, 1998).
  • Only three of the 10 races have been won from a top 10 starting position.
  • Four of the 10 races 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.
  • There has been one green-white-checkered finish: 2006 (270/267).
  • Jimmie Johnson has won the past three NASCAR Sprint Cup races. The most recent driver to win four consecutive races at a track was Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Talladega (fall 2001-fall 2003). The most recent driver to win four straight in the same event was Jeff Gordon in the Southern 500 at Darlington (1995-98).
  • Roush Fenway Racing had five drivers finish in the top 10 in the inaugural Las Vegas 400 in 1998. Five of the 10 race winners at Las Vegas were driving for Roush Fenway at the time: Mark Martin (1998), Jeff Burton (1999 and 2000), and Matt Kenseth (2003 and 2004).

Track Records

  • Qualifying record: Kasey Kahne (184.856 mph, 29.212 seconds,3-9-07)
  • Race record: Mark Martin (146.554 mph, 3-1-98)

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Data

  • Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage.
  • Race # 3 of 36 (3-2-08)
  • Track Size: 1.5 miles
  • Race Length: 267 laps/400.5 miles
  • Banking/Corners: 20 degrees
  • Banking/Frontstretch: 9 degrees
  • Banking/Backstretch: 9 degrees