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The 2016 Kobalt 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on March 6, 2016, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas. Contested over 267 laps on the 1.5 mi (2.4 km) asphalt intermediate speedway, it was the third race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Brad Keselowski won the race. Joey Logano finished second. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon rounded out the top–five.

2016 Kobalt 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 3 of 36 in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2016 Kobalt 400 logo.jpg
Date March 6, 2016 (2016-03-06)
Location Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (640.8 km)
Weather Mostly sunny skies with a temperature of 64 °F (18 °C); wind out of the southwest at 28 mph (45 km/h)
Average speed 138.170 mph (222.363 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart-Haas Racing
Time 27.505
Most laps led
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 76
Winner
No. 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 4.1/9 (Overnight)[11]
4.4/10 (Final)[12]
7.2 million viewers[12]
Radio in the United States
Radio PRN
Booth Announcers Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini
Turn Announcers Rob Albright (1 & 2) and Pat Patterson (3 & 4)

Kurt Busch won the pole for the race and led 31 laps on his way to a ninth-place finish. Johnson led a race high of 76 laps on his way to finishing third. There were 20 lead changes among 10 different drivers, as well as six caution flag periods for 36 laps.

This was the 18th career victory for Keselowski, first of the season, second at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and second at the track for Team Penske. Keselowski left Las Vegas sixth in points. Despite being the winning manufacturer, Ford left trailing Toyota by 11-points in the manufacturer standings.

The Kobalt 400 was carried by Fox Sports on the broadcast Fox network for the American television audience. The radio broadcast for the race was carried by the Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the track where the race will be held.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway, located in Clark County, Nevada outside the Las Vegas city limits and about 15 miles northeast of the Las Vegas Strip, is a 1,200-acre (490 ha) complex of multiple tracks for motorsports racing. The complex is owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Entry listEdit

The entry list for the Kobalt 400 was released on Monday, February 29 at 3:10 p.m. Eastern time. Thirty-nine cars are entered for the race. The only driver change from the previous race is Brian Vickers returning to the seat of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Brian Vickers Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford
34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
Official entry list

Test sessionsEdit

Session 1Edit

Jimmie Johnson was the fastest in the first test session with a time of 27.982 and a speed of 192.981 mph (310.573 km/h).[13]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.982 192.981
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.002 192.843
3 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.105 192.137
Test session 1 results

Session 2Edit

Aric Almirola was the fastest in the second test session with a time of 27.988 and a speed of 192.940 mph (310.507 km/h).[14] Denny Hamlin slammed the wall during the session and will use a backup car for the race.[14] Because the change took place prior to qualifying, he won't start from the rear of the field.[14] He said that the car "just snapped loose first lap after the changes.”[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 27.988 192.940
2 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.029 192.658
3 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28.175 191.659
Test session 2 results

First practiceEdit

Brad Keselowski was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 27.646 and a speed of 195.327 mph (314.348 km/h).[15]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 27.646 195.327
2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 27.655 195.263
3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.659 195.235
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

 
Kurt Busch scored the pole for the race.

Kurt Busch scored the pole for the race with a time of 27.505 and a speed of 196.328 mph (315.959 km/h).[16] He said the car "was insanely fast. It’s amazing all the detail that goes into qualifying with finding that perfect lap three times out there. My second outing we were way tight and I didn’t know where it came from. “(Tony) Gibson, (crew chief) and crew went to town. They just adjusted on it. We gambled and we made that last session, which was great. That was icing on the cake to be able to go out into the third round. I was first or 12th it didn’t matter.”[17] Joey Logano said that second for him was "so close. Second always stings the most. I felt like that last run I just – I told Todd that our car was close I just had to want it more. I pushed as hard as I could and got a little tight in one and two and that was enough to give up that speed we needed to get the pole tonight. I am so proud of what this Pennzoil team has done to pick up over last week. Dang it. It is so close. It was a lot of fun out there tonight and we are looking forward to Sunday.”[17] Kyle Busch, who described his car as being "out of control" after qualifying 23rd, said that his "front tires were chattering, and there wasn’t much we were going to do to fix that out there."[18] Carl Edwards switched to a backup car after making contact with the wall in the session.[19] Because this took place after qualifying, he'll start from the rear of the field.[19] He said that going to his backup was "frustrating because the car was really fast but they say the back-up is just as fast. I guarantee that car will be as good as this one."[20]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.498 27.649 27.505
2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 27.640 27.623 27.575
3 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.737 27.670 27.582
4 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 27.735 27.613 27.598
5 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.809 27.733 27.604
6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.732 27.733 27.628
7 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 27.777 27.683 27.651
8 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.781 27.724 27.652
9 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.749 27.711 27.681
10 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 27.881 27.663 27.696
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.661 27.725 27.837
12 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 27.870 27.682 27.961
13 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.870 27.740
14 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 27.806 27.741
15 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.906 27.784
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.820 27.792
17 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.850 27.851
18 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.871 27.889
19 14 Brian Vickers Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.732 27.893
20 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.912 27.915
21 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.911 27.931
22 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 27.820 27.989
23 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.946 28.009
24 19 Carl Edwards[N 1] Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.678 0.000
25 34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 27.972
26 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.989
27 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.015
28 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.019
29 1 Jamie McMurray[N 2] Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.075
30 95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 28.122
31 23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 28.144
32 44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.251
33 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 28.291
34 83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 28.398
35 15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28.566
36 98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 28.659
37 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28.661
38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford 28.747
39 30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 29.062
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Carl Edwards was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 28.189 and a speed of 191.564 mph (308.292 km/h).[22]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.189 191.564
2 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.288 190.894
3 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 28.317 190.698
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Matt Kenseth was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 28.502 and a speed of 189.460 mph (304.906 km/h).[23]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.502 189.460
2 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.594 188.851
3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.616 188.706
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

First halfEdit

StartEdit

Under clear Nevada skies, Kurt Busch led the field to the green flag at 4:11 p.m. After 10 laps, he pulled to a 1.5 second lead over Joey Logano. By lap 25, Logano cut the deficit in half. A number of cars began reporting pieces of trash lying all over the track due to the 30 mph (48 km/h) gusts of wind. The first caution of the race flew on lap 31. It was a scheduled competition caution due to rain. Denny Hamlin exited pit road with the lead. Busch was tagged for being too fast on pit road and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field. Clint Bowyer was tagged for an uncontrolled tire and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.

The race restarted on lap 36. Logano drove under Hamlin going into turn 3 to take the lead on lap 45. After 10 laps, he pulled to a two-second lead over Matt Kenseth. By lap 70, teammate Brad Keselowski chipped away half his lead. Kenseth was running fourth when he made an unscheduled stop on lap 74 for a loose wheel. He rejoined the race in 35th one lap down. A number of cars began pitting on lap 82. Logano hit pit road on lap 83 and handed the lead to Kevin Harvick. He pitted the next lap and Austin Dillon took the lead. He pitted the next lap and the lead cycled to Keselowski. A. J. Allmendinger was tagged for speeding on pit road and was forced to serve a pass-through penalty. Chris Buescher was tagged for an uncontrolled tire and was forced to serve a pass-through penalty.

Second quarterEdit

Debris on the backstretch brought out the second caution of the race on lap 99.[24] Keselowski and Logano swapped the lead on pit road with the former pitting before the start/finish line, but Jimmie Johnson exited pit road with the lead after taking just right-side tires.

The race restarted on lap 105. Logano took the lead from Johnson on lap 133, but Johnson passed him back the next lap. A number of cars began pitting on lap 141. These were the cars that took the wave-around under the second caution. It didn't stop Johnson from pitting on lap 149 and handing the lead over to Logano. He pitted on lap 151 and handed the lead to teammate Keselowski. He pitted on lap 154 and the lead cycled back to Johnson. Greg Biffle, Dillon, Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were all tagged for speeding on pit road and were forced to serve pass-through penalties.

Second halfEdit

HalfwayEdit

Dealing with lapped traffic going into turn 1, Logano passed Johnson to take the lead on lap 178. Debris in turn 1 brought out the third caution of the race on lap 179. Johnson and Logano swapped the lead on pit road with the latter exiting with the lead. Keselowski was tagged for speeding on pit road and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.[25] After the race, Paul Wolfe – Keselowski's crew chief – said that overcoming the penalty "talks about the whole team and how strong we are, how we continue to push. We had to overcome adversity today obviously. I think Brad and this team showed in the past there's no one I think that's any better at that. Getting that speeding penalty early on, you know, obviously wasn't ideal. No one gave up. Brad obviously continued to push hard and show the strength of the car."[25]

The race restarted with 82 laps to go. The fourth caution of the race flew with 69 laps to go for a single-car spin in turn 2. Rounding the turn, Allmendinger clipped the left-rear corner of Larson's car and sent him spinning. The right-rear corner tagged the wall. Kenseth exited pit road with the race lead. The restart was held a few laps for a dust storm building up southeast of the track.[26]

Fourth quarterEdit

Despite a dust storm settling over the track, the race restarted with 64 laps to go. Johnson got a run on Kenseth exiting turn 4 and took the lead with 57 laps to go. The fifth caution of the race flew with 53 laps to go for a two-car wreck in turn 4. It appeared that Larson and Regan Smith got loose and slammed the wall.[27] Logano opted not to pit when Johnson did and assumed the race lead.

The race restarted with 44 laps to go. Kyle Busch drove under Logano in turn 3 to take the lead with 43 to go. The sixth caution of the race flew for a multi-car wreck in turn 1.[28] Going into the turn, Kenseth got loose, slid up the track and slammed the wall.[28] Chase Elliott slammed into his rear.[28] Checking up to avoid Kenseth, Kurt Busch got loose, clipped Carl Edwards and sent both of them spinning.[28] Kenseth said he didn't "know what happened. I just turned off in there and spun off before I honestly knew what was happening. I don’t know why it spun out. I tried to save it the best I could and just got hit hard from behind and ended up wrecking it.”[29] Elliott said what happened was "disappointing. What a fast race car. Just a terrible job on my behalf. It’s pitiful. Run three races and finished one. Bad job on my end. I know better to miss a wreck like that.”[29]

The race restarted with 35 laps to go. Busch shot out ahead of Logano and began to pull away. With 15 laps to go, that gap closed to less than a second. With 12 to go, he said his right-front tire was "falling apart." Keselowski closed in and passed Busch for the lead with five laps to go and drove on to score the victory.[30]

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentsEdit

Keselowski described his day as "really, really great. It seemed like there were plenty of challenges, whether it was pit road or the weather or cautions. They threw everything they had at us today but this Miller Lite Ford team was too strong and we were able to fight them off and get to victory lane.”[31]

After finishing runner-up, Logano said he's "finished second so many times this year already, and this whole weekend we finished second. Second in every qualifying round, during qualifying, second in practice on Friday, second in the race. Just so close. I want to break through and get a trophy eventually. Still, nothing to hold our heads down about. It's not easy to finish second. I want to break through and get a trophy."[32]

Kyle Busch said he "had a vibration when we put the rights on, and it just kept getting worse and worse. There at the end, I didn't know if a tire was coming off or what. And there at the end, I was trying to give it everything I had, but it would just not turn. It just go so tight, it was the tightest we were all day.”[33] He also added that his car was "really, really bad this whole weekend, horrible. So, not a bad finish today considering. Not a win. But we have started top-fiving it and when we do that, the wins should come."[34]

Following his fifth-place finish, Dillon said of his speeding penalty that he "did all I could there to get ourselves back in a position to get back on the lead lap. The caution fell perfect for us. It took a gutsy call there (by Labbe) to take the wave-around to get back on the lead lap, to see if the caution would come out. It did right in our window, so things fell our way there for sure. But what a fast racecar. We were running some lap times faster than the leader in the middle of the race when we were laps down. That's something we're really proud of."[35]

After finishing sixth, Ryan Blaney said that it "was really satisfying. It was a good day for us. We needed a good finish after last week and it is nice to go out here and we all had fast cars. … We were able to drive up through the field early and made it better throughout the day. We had some spectacular late runs but we'd give up a little too much early and we couldn't ever get back what we lost. It's a great day.”[36]

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 4 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 267 44
2 2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 267 40
3 11 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 40
4 23 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 38
5 5 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 37
6 14 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 267 35
7 6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 35
8 20 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 33
9 1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 33
10 8 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 31
11 10 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 267 30
12 16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 29
13 21 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 28
14 12 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 267 27
15 15 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 26
16 29 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 25
17 28 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 25
18 24 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 23
19 9 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 23
20 26 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 21
21 18 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 20
22 35 15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 267 19
23 22 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 267 18
24 7 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 266 17
25 33 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 266 17
26 25 34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 266 15
27 32 44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 266 14
28 27 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 266 13
29 30 95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 266 12
30 37 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 265 11
31 34 83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 263 10
32 31 23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 262 9
33 38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford 262 8
34 17 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 262 7
35 39 30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 259 6
36 19 14 Brian Vickers Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 257 5
37 3 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 224 5
38 13 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 224 3
39 36 98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 115 2
Official race results

Race summaryEdit

  • Lead changes: 20
  • Cautions/Laps: 6 for 36
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 53 minutes and 55 seconds
  • Average speed: 138.17 miles per hour (222.36 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Fox Sports will be covering their 16th race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mike Joy, 2001 race winner Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip will have the call in the booth for the race. Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum will handle the pit road duties for the television side.

Fox
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Vince Welch
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

PRN will have the radio call for the race which will also be simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini will call the race in the booth when the field is racing through the tri-oval. Rob Albright will call the race from a billboard in turn 2 when the field is racing through turns 1 and 2. Pat Patterson will call the race from a billboard outside of turn 3 when the field is racing through turns 3 and 4. Brad Gillie, Brett McMillan, Jim Noble and Steve Richards will work pit road for the radio side.

PRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Doug Rice
Announcer: Mark Garrow
Announcer: Wendy Venturini
Turns 1 & 2: Rob Albright
Turns 3 & 4: Pat Patterson
Brad Gillie
Brett McMillan
Jim Noble
Steve Richards

Standings after the raceEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Carl Edwards started from the rear of the field after switching to a backup car post-qualifying.[19]
  2. ^ Jamie McMurray started from the rear of the field after switching to a backup car post-qualifying.[21]

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