NASCAR Sprint Cup: Las Vegas Kobalt Tools 400 results

Written by  on Monday, 12 March 2012 13:47

Race results and information from the March 11, 2012 running of the Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Reigning champion Tony Stewart took the checkered flag to win the race; his first victory of the season. Following three events, Greg Biffle leads the points chase.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL RACE REPORT No. 3
15TH ANNUAL KOBALT TOOLS "400" // LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Las Vegas, NV - March 11, 2012  // 1.5-Mile Oval // 267 Laps - 400.5 Miles Purse: $6,382,683


Fin

Str

Car

Series

Bonus

Driver

Leader

Pos

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Laps

Points

Points

Rating

Winnings

Status

Times

Laps

1

7

14

Tony Stewart

Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet

267

48

5

141.7

$428,175

Running

3

127

2

6

48

Jimmie Johnson

Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet

267

43

1

115.4

281,776

Running

1

35

3

9

16

Greg Biffle

3M/Meguiars Ford

267

42

1

121.8

212,365

Running

2

2

4

18

39

Ryan Newman

Quicken Loans Chevrolet

267

40

0

99.0

201,273

Running

5

21

99

Carl Edwards

Aflac Ford

267

39

0

98.0

187,281

Running

6

5

15

Clint Bowyer

5-hour Energy Toyota

267

39

1

93.6

150,854

Running

1

3

7

26

27

Paul Menard

Menards/Schrock Chevrolet

267

37

0

92.2

127,865

Running

8

19

1

Jamie McMurray

McDonald's Chevrolet

267

36

0

94.8

152,498

Running

9

25

21

Trevor Bayne

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford

267

0

0

78.5

112,865

Running

10

4

88

Dale Earnhardt Jr

National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet

267

35

1

113.1

118,240

Running

2

70

11

3

29

Kevin Harvick

Budweiser Chevrolet

267

34

1

107.7

153,641

Running

2

4

12

16

24

Jeff Gordon

DuPont 20 Years Chevrolet

267

33

1

78.7

150,241

Running

1

2

13

15

9

Marcos Ambrose

DeWalt Ford

267

31

0

75.5

133,313

Running

14

22

31

Jeff Burton

Caterpillar Chevrolet

267

30

0

71.9

142,680

Running

15

28

78

Regan Smith

Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet

267

29

0

69.8

129,413

Running

16

8

20

Joey Logano

Dollar General Toyota

267

28

0

76.4

111,230

Running

17

10

56

Martin Truex Jr

NAPA Auto Parts Toyota

267

27

0

95.7

128,069

Running

18

13

55

Mark Martin

Aaron's Toyota

267

26

0

74.5

99,755

Running

19

1

5

Kasey Kahne

Farmers Insurance Chevrolet

267

25

0

94.3

112,555

Running

20

17

11

Denny Hamlin

FedEx Freight Toyota

267

24

0

63.2

140,321

Running

21

35

34

David Ragan

Front Row Motorsports Ford

267

24

1

55.1

113,063

Running

1

1

22

11

17

Matt Kenseth

Zest Ford

267

23

1

110.4

140,691

Running

1

21

23

2

18

Kyle Busch

M&M's Brown Toyota

266

21

0

74.1

138,363

Running

24

27

43

Aric Almirola

Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp Ford

266

20

0

59.7

130,366

Running

25

29

42

Juan Pablo Montoya

Clorox Chevrolet

264

19

0

51.8

122,846

Running

26

24

47

Bobby Labonte

Kingsford/Bush's Beans Toyota

264

18

0

56.6

113,388

Running

27

32

13

Casey Mears

GEICO Ford

264

17

0

42.0

101,788

Running

28

43

30

David Stremme

Inception Motorsports Toyota

263

16

0

45.4

98,677

Running

29

38

36

Dave Blaney

Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevrolet

263

15

0

44.7

85,905

Running

30

41

32

Ken Schrader

Federated Auto Parts Ford

263

14

0

37.7

97,630

Running

31

31

10

David Reutimann

Accell Construction Chevrolet

261

13

0

51.0

85,430

Running

32

20

2

Brad Keselowski

Miller Lite Dodge

259

13

1

72.6

122,975

Running

1

1

33

34

38

David Gilliland

Front Row Motorsports Ford

258

11

0

34.9

85,030

Running

34

23

33

Brendan Gaughan

South Point Casino Chevrolet

252

10

0

32.2

92,830

Running

35

12

51

Kurt Busch

Tag Heuer Eyewear Chevrolet

251

9

0

69.2

92,605

Accident

36

30

83

Landon Cassill

Burger King Toyota

240

8

0

47.8

110,750

Engine

37

14

22

AJ Allmendinger

Pennzoil Dodge

238

8

1

66.4

128,755

Running

1

1

38

39

98

Michael McDowell

Phil Parsons Racing Ford

147

6

0

35.0

83,982

Rear Gear

39

37

93

Travis Kvapil

Burger King Toyota

123

5

0

40.1

88,450

Engine

40

33

26

Josh Wise #

1-800-Loan Mart Ford

64

4

0

32.0

81,675

Brakes

41

40

87

Joe Nemechek

AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota

44

0

0

27.4

79,925

Vibration

42

42

37

Timmy Hill #

Poynt.com Ford

42

2

0

27.3

79,780

Accident

43

36

49

J.J. Yeley

America Israel Racing Toyota

39

1

0

31.9

80,044

Engine

# Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender.
Bonus Points: includes winner, lap leader & most laps led points
(i) = Ineligible for driver points in this series

Failed to qualify: (2) #23 Scott Riggs; #7 Robby Gordon
Race Comments: Before an estimated crowd of 150,000, Tony Stewart won the Kobalt Tools 400, his 45th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory and first at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. To start the race, prior to the green flag the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: 18, 48 (backup cars), 42 (engine change), 78 (transmission change).
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 54 minutes, 44 seconds       AVERAGE SPEED: 137.524 mph      MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.461 second(s)
COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD:  Kasey Kahne (190.456 mph. 28.353 secs.)
3M LAP LEADER:  Tony Stewart (127 Laps)
AMERICAN ETHANOL GREEN FLAG RESTART AWARD:  Tony Stewart
DIRECTV CREW CHIEF OF THE RACE:  Tony Stewart (crew chief Steve Addington)
FREESCALE "WIDE OPEN":  Greg Biffle
MAHLE CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER OF THE RACE:  Hendrick Engines (#14)
MOBIL 1 OIL DRIVER OF THE RACE:  Tony Stewart
MOOG STEERING AND SUSPENSION PROBLEM SOLVER OF THE RACE:  Jamie McMurray (crew chief Kevin Manion, 0.302 seconds)
NASCAR SPRINT CUP LEADER BONUS:  No winner: rolls over to $20,000 at next event++
SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE:  Josh Wise
USG IMPROVING THE FINISH:  Carl Edwards (16 places)
++Rollover money awarded at year's end, amount not included in race winnings.
Caution Flags: 8 cautions for 33 laps. [Beneficiary in Brackets] 46-49 (Car #37 Accident Turn 2 [34]); 74-77 (Car #10 Accident Turn 4 [51]); 128-133 (Fluid [11]); 206-209 (Debris [21]); 230-233 (Debris [31]); 246-250 (Fluid [20]); 256-258 (Car #51 Accident Backstretch [34]); 261-263 (Debris [43]).
Lap Leaders:  16 lead changes among 11 drivers. Kahne-pole, Earnhardt Jr 1-43, Harvick 44-45, Biffle 46, Earnhardt Jr 47-73, Biffle 74, Ragan 75, Harvick 76-77, Kenseth 78-98, Johnson 99-133, Stewart 134-175, Keselowski 176, Allmendinger 177, J. Gordon 178-179, Stewart 180-230, Bowyer 231-233, Stewart 234-267.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES TOP 12

Driver

Points

Wins

1 - Greg Biffle

125

(0)

2 - Kevin Harvick

115

(0)

3 - Denny Hamlin

113

(1)

4 - Dale Earnhardt Jr

107

(0)

5 - Matt Kenseth

102

(1)

6 - Carl Edwards

102

(0)

7 - Tony Stewart

100

(1)

8 - Martin Truex Jr

98

(0)

9 - Joey Logano

98

(0)

10 - Mark Martin

97

(0)

11 - Paul Menard

89

(0)

12 - Kyle Busch

87

(0)

COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD

Driver

Poles

Carl Edwards

1

Mark Martin

1

Kasey Kahne

1

SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Driver

Points

Josh Wise

22

Timmy Hill

11

MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

Manufacturer

Points

Wins

Chevrolet

21

1

Ford

19

1

Toyota

17

1

Dodge

9

0

3M LAP LEADER AWARD

Car#

Points

Kevin Harvick

29

1

Denny Hamlin

11

1

Tony Stewart

14

1

AMERICAN ETHANOL GREEN FLAG RESTART AWARD AWARD

Car#

Points

Kevin Harvick

29

1

Tony Stewart

14

1

Bobby Labonte

47

1

DIRECTV CREW CHIEF OF THE YEAR AWARD

Car#

Points

Shane Wilson

29

1

Jimmy Fennig

17

1

Steve Addington

14

1

FREESCALE "WIDE OPEN" AWARD

Car#

Points

Greg Biffle

16

1

Denny Hamlin

11

1

Jeff Burton

31

1

MAHLE CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Car#

Points

Roush/Yates

16

42

ECR

29

34

TRD

11

32

MOBIL 1 OIL DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Car#

Points

Denny Hamlin

11

2

Tony Stewart

14

1

MOOG STEERING AND SUSPENSION PROBLEM SOLVER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Car#

Points

Chad Johnston

56

1

Slugger Labbe

27

1

Bono Manion

1

1

USG IMPROVING THE FINISH AWARD

Car#

Points

Denny Hamlin

11

1

Carl Edwards

99

1

Jeff Gordon

24

1


NEXT EVENT: March 18, 2012 - 52nd Annual Food City 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN (266.50 Miles) (500 Laps)
NOTE: The above figures are based upon team winnings and include racing purse and cash contingency awards by participating manufacturers. (3/12/2012)
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