Monday, Jan 17
Brett Winningham

Brett Winningham

Brett has been following the sport of NASCAR since the beginning of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Since Brett was 13, he has had a passion of chasing a job in sports that not many get the opportunity of doing. He has been in the NASCAR media since the middle of the 2010 season. Since then, he has been a part of many racing podcast shows to improve his talents. You can find him on twitter @NASCAR_Brett.

Joey Logano won his eighth career pole today at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway by breaking the track record with a 27.939 seconds, 193.278 mph. Logano beat teammate Brad Keselowski with one minute remaining in the third and final session. Logano only turned one lap in the five minute session for the pole run.

Starting second will be Brad Keselowski. Within the final minutes of qualifying, Keselowski was knocked off the top spot by his teammate. His fastest time for his one and only lap clocked in at a 27.967 seconds, 193.099 mph. Keselowski was just 0.026 seconds off of his teammates fastest lap time of the third session.

Clint Bowyer rounded out the top-three today with a 28.021 seconds, 192.713 mph. Bowyer turned three total laps with the fastest on the first time across the start/finish line. He was just 0.082 seconds off of the pole.

There was no on-track incidents during the three total rounds of qualifying. With 48 driver’s total, five went home. Those include, Blake Koch, Landon Cassill, Dave Blaney, Joe Nemechek and J.J. Yeley.

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will leave Phoenix International Raceway, and head North West, to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 17th annual Kobalt Tools 400. This will mark stop three of the 36 race schedule for 2014.

Entry List:

The entry list features a total of 48 drivers scheduled to qualify this evening. Five total drivers will go home following qualifying. Some of the drivers you’ll see this weekend include, Trevor Bayne, Travis Kvapil, Timmy Hill, Blake Koch, Landon Cassill, J.J. Yeley, Jeff Burton, Dave Blaney and Josh Wise.

Storylines:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. heads into this weekend hoping to get another top-two finishing position. The 2014 Daytona 500 champion comes into this weekend with a lot of momentum after a second place finish last weekend. In 14 starts at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Earnhardt Jr. has only two top-five finishes. Though, in those 14 starts, he has scored seven top-10’s at the 1.5-mile oval.

Matt Kenseth heads into Vegas this weekend to roll the dice in hopes to capture his fourth win. During his best seasons, in 2003 and 2004, he has drove his way to victory lane. Last year, Kenseth scored the victory and went on to finish the season with seven total victories and second in the standings. He definitely will be one of the drivers to pick this weekend.

Two drivers hope to score a good finish at their home track this weekend in Las Vegas. These two drivers are Kyle and Kurt Busch. Kyle has one win at this track, which came in 2009 from the pole. Kurt Busch has 24 Sprint Cup Victories in his 15-years of racing in the series, but does not have a win yet at Las Vegas. In 13 total starts, Kurt has finished inside the top-five only once and inside the top-10 only three times. He hopes to take his No. 41 Chevrolet to the victory on Sunday.

Where to watch:

You can watch Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 live on FOX at 2:30 p.m. Et. The Performance Racing Network will carry the live radio portion of the event. You can listen on many stations around the country, on the Performance Racing Network mobile application or on GoPRN.com.

This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide Series will head to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 18th annual Boyd Gaming 300. This will finally be the first weekend of the 2014 season where there will be no chances of rain.

Entry list:

A total of 40 drivers are scheduled to race this weekend. Some of those include Ryan Ellis, Mike Wallace, Matt Crafton, Ryan Sieg, Josh Wise, Matt Dibenedetto, Jamie Dick, Derrick Cope, Kevin Lepage, Tommy Jo Martins, Daryl Harr, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., J.J. Yeley and David Ragan. No drivers will go home after qualifying tomorrow.

Storylines:

The last two NASCAR Nationwide Series races at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway has been won by Nationwide regulars. In 2012, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. drove his No. 6 Ford to the victory. In 2013, it was Sam Hornish Jr.’s turn to drive his No. 12 Ford to the victory. Several key drivers to watch this weekend include Trevor Bayne, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott. These drivers are all found towards the top in the stats book.

The rookie battle tightens up moving into this weekend after two events already complete this season. The three drivers of Ty Dillon, Dylan Kwasniewski and Chase Elliott all within four points in the standings. Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be the first weekend that Dylan Kwasniewski and Chase Elliott will make a start at a 1.5-mile oval in the Nationwide Series.

This weekend will be the home race for three drivers total. Two of three of these drivers include, Dylan Kwasniewski and Brendan Gaughan, who still looks for their first career Nationwide Series win.  Another driver looking to once again dominate a Nationwide Series race and also last weekend’s winner, Kyle Busch, grew up in the area with his older brother Kurt. This weekend could be Kyle’s 65th career win in the NNS if he could get the job done on Saturday afternoon.

Where to watch:

You can catch the 18th annual Boyd Gaming 300 Saturday live on ESPN2 at 4:00 p.m. Et. Live radio coverage will be provided by the Performance Racing Network. You can listen on many radio stations around the United States or on the PRN mobile application.

Today the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took the track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a four hour test session to see how the new configuration would hold up. Many teams chosen to stick with qualifying runs, race runs and a little bit of both.

Kevin Harvick posted the fastest lap this afternoon with a 28.399 seconds, 190.148 mph. He completed a total of 42 laps today and ran his fastest lap on his 42nd lap. Harvick heads into this weekend with a lot of momentum after a win last weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway.

“I thought it went really well. We struggled in the beginning just to get the feel. It took us a couple of hours to kind of get everything situated and get the balance of the car right,” said Harvick. “Then we felt pretty good about it after that. Changed a lot of stuff and did a lot of different things to the car.  Felt like we made good head way in the end and hopefully we can progress on that tomorrow and make it even better.”

Second fastest today was Austin Dillon with a 28.490 seconds, 189.540 mph. Dillon turned a total of 56 laps in his No. 3 Cheerios Chevrolet with his best lap coming on his 55th time around the track. He was just 0.091 seconds behind the session leader, Kevin Harvick.

Trevor Bayne led the session some this afternoon before Harvick took him off the top spot. His fastest lap came on his 34th circuit around the speedway with a fast time of 28.629 seconds, 188.620 mph. Bayne turned a total of 38 laps during the four hour session.

There was two incidents this afternoon that brought out the caution. One was early on after Brian Vickers smacked the wall and suffered some cosmetic damage to the side of his No. 55 Aarons Toyota. That car was the team’s primary and will fix the car before tomorrow’s practice sessions. The second incident involved Dave Blaney off turn four towards the end of the test session where he spun. He did not hit anything.

Last Friday at the Phoenix International Raceway, the NASCAR world got to see the brand new qualifying system put in place. The old procedures was dual, boring, and was so un-television friendly, and also lacked so much action for those sitting in the grandstands at the track.

The old procedures was one car allowed on-track at one time for up to two laps. One advantage to the system was every driver was on equal game. The biggest disadvantage was the lack of action. Yeah, sometimes there would be action, like when it came to the track record stuff and following at home with television graphics, but at the track it would be dual without the lap trackers.

The new format brings a lot of flair to the mix with excitement both at the track, and watching on television. At tracks less than 1.25 mile in length, all cars will run on track for 30 minutes total. For round two, the fastest twelve drivers from the first session will have a shootout for the pole. At tracks 1.25 miles and bigger, all cars will make runs on the track for 25 minutes. Once the 25 minutes are up, NASCAR will reset the board and run those fastest cars once again for ten minutes. Once again, officials will reset the board and run a five minute timed session with the fastest twelve cars from the second session. The driver who posts the fastest time in this third session will earn the pole. There are much more disadvantages in this for the drivers but that’s what makes it exciting, right? This puts more pressure on the driver, which in turn, makes it more fun for the fans to watch!

Many race fans seemed to enjoy the new style of qualifying also. With the risk vs. reward format it brings much drama, which is what the fans want. FOX Sports seen a viewing increase of 14% over the 2013 season. It also ranked the No. 2 most watched program on the channel last week. So with that said, it is safe to say that this particular format will stay around for a very long time.

While FOX seen an increase of viewers under this new format, it might just have a decrease soon. During qualifying on Friday afternoon, many fans took to twitter to complain about the 10-15 minute delay between live action and the television feed. With this new format, it allows about a one hour time slot and then some to allow time for NASCAR to clean up from a wreck or two, and making it more television friendly, which was one of NASCAR’s goals. In my honest opinion, these huge delays are stupid under this new format. Yes, I know, the single car qualifying would start out live and get behind the further it ran. That’s not my point. My point is this was designed to fit the television window, yet FOX Sports still wants to delay it. Another thing that many was very upset with was the fact that under the logo in right hand corner it said live. They was not even close to live and FOX needs to remove that. When SPEED was still a thing, at least in the United States, it would show an event is live and when they started delaying it as the more they showed commercials, they would take the “live” indicator all of the television screen.

But besides the negative stuff about this, it is really a good format for NASCAR. It’ll only help bring much more excitement and attendance to qualifying at the tracks. NASCAR and its drivers are happy about this new system, except maybe for the team owners, but if it makes the fans happy, it should stay in place for a very long time.

Kevin Harvick captured his 24th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win this afternoon at the Phoenix International Speedway after having a very dominant car this afternoon. Harvick led the event four different times and led a total of 224 laps of the event, which was the most of any driver today.

“Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions," said Harvick. "I’ve just got to thank all these guys at Stewart-Haas Racing and I’d like to thank Sprint and the fans; Jimmy John’s, Budweiser, Outback, Chevrolet, and everybody who makes this thing go ‘round. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys have put in, but what a race car.”

Finishing in the second position, was last weekend's Daytona 500 winner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Though he was not able to lead any laps, Earnhardt Jr., ran a very consistant race to stay nearly inside the top-10 all afternoon long. He still leaves Phoenix with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points lead after two races. He was just 0.489 seconds behind the race winner, Kevin Harvick.

“Yeah we had a great car.  (Kevin) Harvick was so fast all weekend, congratulations to him and his whole team.  They did an awesome job getting ready for this race and were just fast out of the gate," said Dale Earnhardt, Jr. "We got a little bit better; we leaned on our teammates and got the car a lot better.  Steve (Letarte) and those guys just keep getting better and better.  These cars I’m driving I think are the best in the garage.  Right at the end of the race I think we were a little bit quicker than Kevin (Harvick).  Just real, real happy with the cars, just hate to come home second, but that No. 4 car was quick all week.”

The pole sitter, Brad Keselowski, came home in the third place when the 312 lap event concluded. He led a total of only three laps, as his teammate Joey Logano, led the most laps of any driver with 71. When the green flag flew to begin the race, Logano took the lead, while Keselowski dropped back to the second spot and slipped away all from there. He later on re-took the lead for one lap for a restart, and then once again later on under the same circumstances.

“That was everything we could do to get up there and get third. Nobody had anything for Kevin. We did the best we could and that was really all we had," said Keselowski. “He was good everywhere. I am not sure there wan anywhere he didn’t have an advantage.”

The next race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be in seven days at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9th. Coverage will begin live on FOX at 2:00 p.m. Et. Radio coverage will be provided by the Performance Racing Network. PRN broadcasts are avalible on many stations around the country, PRN app, or on GoPRN.com.

Kyle Busch captured his third consectutive win in a rain shortened event at the Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. After Busch won both events at the 1-mile oval in 2013, and Joey Logano scored the win for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2012 in November, the racing team has scored the win in the last four Phoenix races. Busch led a total of 155 of the 168 laps ran today.

Kevin Harvick came home in the second position when the rain arrived at the track. Harvick, driving the No. 88 for Jr. Motorsports, led a total of only four laps today while the race leaders was making pit stops during the race. In 22 starts at this particular track, Harvick came home inside the top-10 for his 18th time.

Brad Keselowski had the second most strongest car today after starting on the pole for the event. Keselowski got off sequece from the race leader by being on a different pit stratagy. He was able to finally get onto the same cycle later on to drive his way to the third position when the rain came. Today, Keselowski scored his ninth top-10 finish in his last 15 races on the short track.

The next race will be at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Boyd Gaming 300. You can catch the 200 lap event live on ESPN2 at 3:15 p.m. Et. The Performance Racing Network will provide the live radio coverage portion. You can listen to PRN on many radio stations around the country or on the PRN mobile phone application.

Brad Keselowski sweeps both poles this weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway in the Sprint Cup and the Nationwide Series. Keselowski was the fastest in the second session with a fast time of 26.855 seconds, 134.053 mph. Today will be his 15th career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole in his 207th start. 
 
With just minutes remaining, Brian Scott posted the second fastest lap to nearly knock Keselowski off the top spot. Scott ran a 26.857 seconds, 134.043 mph. and was just 0.002 seconds off of the pole sitters time. Phoenix has been a good track for Scott and will try to score his first career win in the series. 
 
Kyle Busch rounds out the top-three starters for the Blue Jeans Go Green 200 after his fastest lap coming on his second of three laps in the session. Busch ran a fast time of 26.870 seconds, 133.978 mph. Busch will go for his third consecutive win at the Phoenix International Raceway and the fourth consecutive win for the Joe Gibbs Racing organization. He hopes today will be a better finish after coming home 17th in last weekend's DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona.
 
A total of 39 drivers attempted to qualify for the race later on today so no drivers will be going home. Three drivers did not even post a time under the new qualifying format with those being Daryl Harr, Carlos Contreras and Martin Roy. 
 
 
Daniel Suarez captures the victory tonight in the NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series after rebounding from a mid-race speeding penalty. Suarez started the evening off from the second spot, but led every lap of the race, until the speeding penalty that forced him to restart at the tail end. Suarez is also the first driver since Kyle Busch in 2009 to lead the points standings in two different NASCAR Series, but in this case, the NASCAR Toytota Mexico and the K&N Pro Series East. Suarez also continues his dominance tonight, as he won both the Battle at the Beach and the opener at New Smyrna in the NKNPSE division. 
 
Rodrigo Peralta came home in the second spot when the checkard flag flown tonight. Peralta started the night off after qualifying in the seventh position and drove a great race all evening long. He lost the race by just 0.098 seconds, but went on to score his seventh top-five of his career in the series.
 
Antonio Perez nearly was able to hang on for the race win but lost the lead with about two laps remaining in the race tonight. Perez nearly led the rest of the race after Suarez was caught speeding during pit stops. He finished in the third spot, which is right where he started, and captured his 17th top-10 of his career.
 
See below for the full race results:
PosNo.NameSponsorMakeLapsDiff
1 3 Daniel Suarez Samsung Telcel Tyt 120  
2 24 Rodrigo Peralta Alcatel Sanirent Unefon Tyt 120 0.098
3 1 Antonio Perez Telmex Infinitum Tyt 120 0.392
4 87 Luis Felipe Montano Aeropostale Tyt 120 0.794
5 15 Ruben Pardo Citizen Tyt 120 3.817
6 5 Jose Luis Ramirez Magana Fedex Telmex Chv 120 6.491
7 88 Ruben Garcia Jr. HDI Tyt 120 11.790
8 18 Rafael Martinez Canal Axalta Mzd 120 14.288
9 8 Freddy Tame La Costena Tyt 120 27.325
10 19 Mario Dominguez Canels Axalta Mzd 120 28.112
11 77 Enrique Contreras Torres Axtel Tyt 120 37.101
12 2 Abraham Calderon Telcel Silent Circle Dge 119 1 Lap
13 43 Oscar Ruiz De Azua Toyota El Dorado Tyt 119 1 Lap
14 20 Homero Richards Axtel Tyt 119 1 Lap
15 07 Hector Felix Logistica Aduanal Tyt 119 1 Lap
16 7 Carlos Peralta La Costena Tyt 119 1 Lap
17 69 Javier Fernandez Car Motion Karcher Tyt 119 1 Lap
18 9 Elliot Van Rankin Vonhaucke Tyt 119 1 Lap
19 0 Rafael Vallina Coca Cola Tyt 118 2 Laps
20 14 Patrick Goeters Ficrea Tyt 118 2 Laps
21 01 Israel Jaitovich Cortes Interjet Ficrea Tyt 118 2 Laps
22 30 Victor Barrales Apilub Tyt 118 2 Laps
23 36 Pepe Montano Chuchito Perez Tyt 111 9 Laps
24 51 Santiago Tovar Su Karne Dge 111 9 Laps
25 12 Jim Nides Volaris Tyt 86 34 Laps
26 6 Rogelio Lopez CTS Akron Tyt 57 63 Laps
27 00 Rodrigo Marban Net Click Tyt 45 75 Laps
28 83 Javier Razo Mikel's Tyt 29 91 Laps
29 4 Jorge Goeters Ficrea Tyt 26 94 Laps
30 11 Hugo Oliveras Monster Tyt 19 101 Laps
Via NASCAR Hometracks

Brad Keselowski captured the pole for Sunday's 10th annual The Profit on CNBC 500, presented by Small Business Fueling America. Keselowski posted a fast time in the second session, for his pole lap, with a 25.828 seconds, 139.384 mph. Keselowski knocked his teammate off the top spot with about five minutes remaining.

Joey Logano was in the second spot once qualifying ended with a 25.850 seconds, 139.265 mph. This weekend Logano will start inside the top-10 for his eighth time at the Phoenix International Raceway. He was just 0.022 seconds off the pole once the session ended.

Jamie McMurray rounded out the top-three with a fast time of 25.305 seconds, 138.969 mph. It'll be his first inside the top-10 start of the 2014 racing season as he started 22nd last week in the Daytona 500. McMurray hopes to leave Phoenix with a much more solid run this weekend after a bad 2013.

Three drivers will fail to qualify for this weekend's event at the Phoenix International Raceway. Those drivers are, Josh Wise, Landon Cassill, and Dave Blaney. Despite posting a slower lap, Morgan Shephard will race on Sunday in the No. 87 Toyota. Justin Allgaier was the only driver to have an incident in the session after slapping the wall about three minutes into qualifying. The HS Motorsports team will switch to their back-up car.

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