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Las Vegas Motor Speedway | NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015

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Las Vegas, NV (March 2015) Race fans love coming to Las Vegas. It’s one of the most anticipated race weekends on the NASCAR calendar. The Xfinity Series 19th Boyd Gaming 300 was held on Saturday March 7, 2015, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 18th Kobalt 400 was held Sunday March 8, 2015. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway was full of emotion with Jeff Gordon retiring from the series after this season, and Brian Vickers back in the driver’s seat for the first time this season after undergoing heart surgery in December 2014. Vickers was in great shape finishing 15th after starting in the 28th spot driving the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Aaron’s 60th Anniversary Dream Machine Toyota in Sunday’s Kobalt 400. Vickers will have the opportunity to compete for the championship even though he will not have qualified in all 26 races before the Chase. A waiver was issued by NASCAR because of his health condition. Tony Stewart was also given a waiver last season when he couldn’t qualify in three races after a sprint car race where an accident fatally injured sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. The 2015 NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway began Wednesday the 4th with the gates opening at the Dirt Track for World of Outlaws Sprint cars, and Thursday the fans lined the streets for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hauler parade on Las Vegas Blvd. Speedway Children’s Charities NASCAR Driver Auction was held at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall that same evening. Friday was the Stratosphere Pole Day, with qualifying for the Kobalt 400. The Neon Garage and the VIP Suites opened, and the Kobalt Kampout RV Appreciation Party was held in the Neon Garage. Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race was won by Austin Dillon, driving the No. 33 Richard Childress Rheem Chevrolet. Ryan Blaney, driving the No. 22 Roger Penske Discount Tire Ford, finished a close second. Kevin Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, driving the No. 4 Stewart Haas Racing Budweiser Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, won the Kobalt 400 on Sunday. The runner-up was Martin Truex Jr., driving the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet. Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 race was Jeff Gordon’s final race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Fans were given towels with the words “I was THERE! WAVE ON LAP 24! LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY MARCH 8, 2015.” The Four-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ Champion qualified for the pole position with a qualifying record of 194.679 mph, but was forced to start at the rear of the field in a backup car after running into Danica Patrick’s spinning car in the final minute of practice. Gordon, driving the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports AARP Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, finished 18th. Patrick, driving the Stewart-Hass Racing No. 10 GoDaddy Aspen Dental Chevrolet, finished 27th. Adding to the emotion was this being Jeff Gordon’s last race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the only driver to start all 18 Las Vegas Sprint Cup races, and the absence of hometown brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch. It was a perfect weekend for the fans with perfect weather, lots of prerace entertainment, and the perfect host for racecar fans, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For more information about this track go to: http://www.lvms.com. Brenda Hyatt, Chief Editor/Journalist Donald Scelzo, Photographer

Brenda Hyatt Posted by on March 14, 2015. Filed under Auto Racing,Breaking News,Entertainment,Headline News,Leisure,NASCAR,News and Opinions by Brenda Hyatt,News and Opions with Donald Scelzo (Photographer),World News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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