The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams are on the way to Las Vegas for the running of Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Vegas is the first of three stops on NASCAR’s West Coast Swing, which will leave Sin City and head to Phoenix International Raceway next week, followed by a jaunt to Southern California’s Auto Club Speedway in two weeks.
Northern California’s Sonoma Raceway road course, which hosts its lone race each June, is the fourth and final western track on the Cup circuit. Since the start of 2010, these four tracks collectively have hosted 37 Cup races, with 16 different winners. Here they all are:
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Matt Kenseth, 1 victory
Kenseth scored his very fist victory with Joe Gibbs Racing at Las Vegas in 2013. He’s won 13 more race since then.
At Phoenix in the first of two races in 2011, Gordon racked up one of his 93 career NASCAR Premier Series victories, third overall in NASCAR history behind only David Pearson (105) and Richard Petty (200).
Busch’s remarkable championship run of 2015 began with a surprise victory at Sonoma, where he almost didn’t race because he was recuperating form gruesome leg and foot injuries suffered at Daytona earlier that year.
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Brad Keselowski, 3
Twice in the last three years, Keselowski has won at Las Vegas, including 2014, when leader Dale Earnhardt J. ran out of gas on the backstretch during the final lap.
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Carl Edwards, 4
It’s unfortunate Edwards isn’t racing anymore, because he was really good on the West Coast. In the first Phoenix race last year, he and Kevin Harvick put on an epic duel, trading paint all the way to the start-finish line, where Harvick narrowly won.
Although he leads active drivers with 80 victories and he’s a Southern California native, Johnson is merely very, very good out west, instead of exceptional. In 2010, he won at Auto Club, Las Vegas and Sonoma, all in the same season.
The three-time champion has had many memorable races, but none more so than his final career victory, which took place last year at Sonoma in a thrilling duel with Denny Hamlin. On the last lap, Hamlin passed Stewart for the lead, but Stewart got underneath in the last corner to take the victory.
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Kevin Harvick, 9
Since the start of the 2010 season, Harvick has won an amazing seven times at Phoenix and once each at Auto Club and Las Vegas. Given that he’s a California native and raced all over the West Coast, Harvick’s success is hardly surprising.