NCWTS: Las Vegas Motor Speedway- Smith’s 350 Preview

October 12, 2011 No Comments

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Information 

Date: October 15,2011

Time: 3 p.m. ET/Noon PT

Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Track: 1.5 Mile Trioval

Distance: 146 Laps/ 219 Miles

Broadcast: Television- SPEED—Radio-MRN

Weather

High-93°F

Low-63°F

Chance of Rain- 20%

Wind-SE at 5 mph

Drivers to Watch

Target: Austin Dillon, James Buescher, Johnny Sauter, Ron Hornaday Jr., Parker Kligerman

Avoid: Max Papis & Timothy Peters

Sleepers: Brendan Gaughan, Brian Ickler, Nelson Piquet Jr.

Analysis: Austin Dillon was victorious in last years running of the Smith 350 at LVMS. Coming into the race off a wave of momentum, Dillon goes into the weekend as the odds on favorite to take the checkers. James Buescher, or the 2011 version of ‘Mr. Consistency’, is always one of the drivers to beat on the 1.5 mile tracks. Sauter has shown flashes of brilliance on these 1.5 mile tracks so far this season, so there is not reason to think he won’t continue the trend into this weekend. Hornaday won the most recent race in Kentucky, another 1.5 mile track. Expect nothing less than top five from the all-time wins leader. When the season started, it wasn’t a matter of if Parker Kligerman would win, it was when will he. Well, that time is right around the corner for the young man.

Notes:

  • Ron Hornaday Jr. solidified his place as one of the greatest to ever compete in NASCAR as he claimed his 50th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in the Kentucky 225, two weeks ago. The win was not only a career milestone for the veteran, it also puts him right back into this season’s title chase.
  • Austin Dillon extended his slim lead over second place James Buescher after a second place effort in Kentucky. With Dillon and Buescher holding a 19 point advantage over third place Johnny Sauter, the ball is in their court heading into Saturday’s race. The two could easily make this championship fight a two horse race heading into the final four races of the season with solid runs, and problems for Sauter.
  • For the first time and only time in 2011, the Truck Series makes their annual visit to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. An event in it’s 15th year, they were a landmark for the track in 2006. That year, the Camping World Truck Series became the first national touring series of NASCAR to compete on the reconfigured Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with Mike Skinner taking home the checkers.
Entry List 
#2 Ron Hornaday Jr. Champion Chevrolet
#3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/ Tracker Boats Chevrolet
#4 Ricky Carmichael Monster Energy Chevrolet
#5 Todd Bodine International Trucks-Monaco RV’s Toyota
#6 Justin Lofton CollegeComplete.com Chevrolet
#07 Butch Miller Riviera Hotel/ASI Limited Chevrolet
#7 Miguel Paludo Stemco Duroline Toyota
#8 Nelson Piquet Jr. Qualcomm Fleet Solutions Chevrolet
#9 Max Papis GEICO Toyota
#10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Glen Lerner, Attorney Dodge
#13 Johnny Sauter Safe Auto Curb Records Chevrolet
#17 Timothy Peters GearWrench Toyota
#18 Brian Ickler Toyota Tundra Toyota
#19 David Mayhew MMI Services Chevrolet
#22 Joey Coulter RCR Graphics Center Chevrolet
#23 Jason White GunBroker.com Chevrolet
#27 Chris Jones S&W Services Chevrolet
#29 Parker Kligerman Penske Truck Rentals Dodge
#31 James Buescher Racersites-JamesBuescher.com Chevrolet
#32 Blake Feese TBA Chevrolet
#33 Cale Gale Rheem Chevrolet
#38 Mike Garvey S&W Services Chevrolet
#39 Ryan Sieg S&W Services Toyota
#57 Norm Benning TBA Chevrolet
#60 Cole Whitt Fuel Doctor/ Red Bull Chevrolet
#62 Brendan Gaughan Big O Tires/ South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota
#65 Lance Fenton Trans Pecos Trucking/FentonMotors.com Chevrolet
#66 Max Gresham Turn One Racing/ Stratosphere Chevrolet
#73 Brent Raymer Trans Pecos Trucking/County Building Centers Chevrolet
#81 David Starr Chasco Constructor/ Zachary/Riviera Toyota
#88 Matt Crafton Menards Chevrolet
#93 BJ McLeod S&W Services Chevrolet

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