Brad Keselowski seeks his second consecutive victory of the season and his second win in a row at Las Vegas Motor Speedway today, but he’ll face many challengers.
Here are the particulars on today’s race (all times are Eastern):
START: Singer John Fogerty will give the command for drivers to start engines at 3:37 p.m. ET. The green flag is scheduled for 3:46 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 267 laps (400.5 miles) around the 1.5-mile oval.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Cup garage opens at 10 a.m. The drivers meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 3 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Night Ranger will perform the Anthem at 3:31 p.m. with 2 F-15s and 2 F-22s providing the flyby.
TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race at 3:30 p.m. with coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at GoPRN.com. PRN’s coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 84 degrees at race time with a 0 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST YEAR: Brad Keselowski took the lead with six laps to go and went on to win last year’s race. Joey Logano finished second to give Team Penske a 1-2 finish. Jimmie Johnson placed third.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for Sunday’s row-by-row Kobalt 400 lineup
It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.
The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.
He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.
And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.
Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.
But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.
No one was injured, Larson tweeted.
But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?
Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.