Sights & Sounds of Sin City: NASCAR gears up for Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Fans watch as cars wait to go through NASCAR technical inspection at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 

Patrick Smith

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They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but the NASCAR twittersphere was alive and well Sunday as drivers and teams prepare for the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 

One of the hardest workers in the garage, champion crew chief Rodney Childers didn’t let the distraction of the Vegas casinos keep him from rising early and heading to the track. As he was headed out, the tables and slots were apparently still going strong. 

Spotter Toby Whealdon was not as lucky…

Kyle Busch’s substitute driver David Ragan was forced to a backup car after a late wreck in final practice. Starting from the rear of the field for Sunday’s race, Ragan knows the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team will have a long day ahead of them. 

There are just some things you see only in Las Vegas, and apparently being dropped off at the track in a stretch limo is one of them. 

FOX Sports’ Molly McGrath and Kristen Balboni are both in Las Vegas this weekend, taking in the sights and sounds of NASCAR. 

Once at the track it was business as usual for the teams as they went to work putting the final touches on the cars and preparing them for NASCAR’s technical inspection. 

For the drivers, it was off to their usual sponsor and hospitality visits before making their way to the garage. 

Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano and sponsor Pennzoil took time Sunday morning to donate $22,222 to the Paralyzed Veterans of America before heading off to his appearances. If Logano wins Sunday’s race, Pennzoil will donate $222,222 more to the PVA. 

Logano’s Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski is set to make his 200th career Sprint Cup Series start, and he used a classic song by Rush to get motivated. 

It certainly wouldn’t be NASCAR in Las Vegas without a Carrot Top sighting. 

The weekly driver/crew chief meeting takes place out in the open in the Neon Garage, making it much more accessible for fans.