March 1 – – Jeff Gordon seemed destined for a top-three finish in the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. However, a mental mistake with 65 laps to go wound up costing him a potential victory. Gordon missed pit road, locked up his brakes, and wound up shredding the left front tire and the fender on the DuPont Chevrolet. After patchwork repairs, Gordon went to work on the track and rallied for a solid 6th place finish– which allowed him to take the points lead for the first time since October 2007. He also surpassed 20,000 laps led in his Cup series career when he led the mid-stages of the event.
Shelby 427 – 6th Place [audio:http://www.scannerbytes.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/jeff-gordon-2009-03-01-shelby-427-las-vegas.mp3]
February 28 – – Jeff Gordon will start 28th in Sunday’s 427-mile race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. While the qualifying effort was below Gordon’s standards thus far in 2009, he remains optimistic heading into the third race of the season. “At Daytona, even though we had the tire problem, I feel like we were one of the best cars out there,” Gordon said. “We won the 150 and we went to California and ran so good there that we’re just carrying that with us right now, even though we haven’t won yet and Matt Kenseth has won the first two, we’re just feeling really good about it all.” Sunday’s race will take the green flag shortly after 4:30pm/eastern. Jimmie Johnson will start on the pole after an engine change sent polesitter Kyle Busch to the rear of the field.
Qualifying Draw: Friday, February 27, 2:00pm/et
Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, February 27 at 6:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled;
AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
Practices: Friday, February 27, 3:00 – 4:30pm/et, TV-SPEED
Saturday, February 28, 1:40 – 2:20 pm, TV-SPEED
Happy Hour ‘Final’ practice: Saturday, February 28, 2:45 – 3:50pm/et, TV-SPEED
Race Coverage of the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, 2009.
TV: FOX at 3:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 2:00 pm/et
Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Thursday, March 5 at 12:00pm/et
This week in-car audio will feature the following drivers:
#14 Tony Stewart Ch. 126
#18 Kyle Busch Ch. 127
#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ch. 125
#99 Carl Edwards Ch. 121
#?? Fan’s Choice Ch. 113
Fan’s Choice voting closes Friday at 5 pm ET.