Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway kicks off NASCAR’s three-race Western Swing, with stops next week in Phoenix and the week after in Southern California.
LVMS is a unique animal in all of NASCAR, from its Neon Garage fan zone to the bevy of celebrity impersonators, magicians and musicians who entertain fans. Fun is heavily emphasized here and with good reason.
With that in mind, here are 10 fun facts you might not know about Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
10. The only driver to participate in all 18 previous Las Vegas Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup races is Jeff Gordon, who won’t be in the race on Sunday. That means for the first time, no one in the field will have competed in every race here.
9. Mark Martin is the only driver to win at Las Vegas in his first appearance here. He won the inaugural event in 1998.
8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series in runner-up finishes at Las Vegas with three. He’s followed by Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart, who have two each.
7. Three drivers have won at Las Vegas and gone on to take the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same season: Jeff Gordon (2001), Matt Kenseth (2003) and Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2007 and 2010).