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
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.
- 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.