Race Day Blog: Sights and Sounds From Las Vegas
7:00p ET — Goodnight from Las Vegas, and congratulations once again to the birthday boy, Matt Kenseth!
6:18p ET — New team – ✓ New crew chief – ✓ Win on your 41st birthday – ✓
6:03p ET — Light the birthday candles in Victory Lane!
5:55p ET — 15 to go in Las Vegas. Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne battling hard for the lead. Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski side-by-side for third. Jimmie Johnson rounds out the top five. Watch the final laps Live on FOX!
5:30p ET — Birthday boy Matt Kenseth currently sits in the fourth position. If Kenseth wins today’s race, he will join Cale Yarborough (1977,1983) and Kyle Busch (2009) as the only drivers in history to win a points paying race on their birthday.
4:26p ET — And it’s confirmed, NASCAR will not be on Denny Hamlin’s Christmas list this year:
3:40p ET — Here’s a few more shots from pre-race ceremonies, including driver introductions and pit road shots. Click on the images to enlarge.
From left – Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson discuss the Phoenix restart; NASCAR on FOX’s Krista Voda; Driver Introductions:
3:18p ET — Boogity, Boogity, Boogity. Let’s go racin’ folks! Watch the Kobalt Tools 400 Live on FOX or follow along with FOXSports.com’s RaceTrax.
3:03p ET — Breathtaking fly-over complete courtesy of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. Unfortunately, this could be one of the final military fly-overs due to the sequester and government cuts.
2:45p ET — Green flag is just 30 minutes away. Who is your pick to take home this beautiful Kobalt Tools 400 trophy?
2:00p ET — In case you missed it, here are the odds for today’s Kobalt Tools 400:
1:20p ET — Pre-race ceremonies are underway on the star-studded red carpet. Would you expect anything less in Sin City?
12:55p ET — Hands down one of the coolest stops on the NASCAR circuit is the Neon Garage at LVMS. Not only does it give fans non-stop entertainment all weekend long, but also allows them to be a part of the drivers’ meeting.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
12:30p ET — NASCAR RaceDay on SPEED kicks off today’s TV coverage from Las Vegas. NASCAR on FOX’s pre-race show will follow at 2:30p ET; Green flag expected at 3:15p ET.
11:30a ET — Good morning from Las Vegas, Nevada! We’re up and running from Las Vegas Motor Speedway where the temperatures are in the low-60s. Who’s ready for the duel in the desert?