At 3pm ET today, NASCAR features the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, your basic 1.5 mile track.

Jeff Gordon will make his 17th start here, most of any driver. Tony Stewart in his 16th.
Just 6 active drivers have won here. Jimmie Johnson is 4-12 (.333), Kenseth 3/14 (.214), Carl Edwards 2/9 (.222), Kyle Busch 1/10 (.1), Tony Stewart 1/15, Gordon 1/16. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is winless in 14, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick are 0/13.
19 active drivers have a top-5 record here. Most impressive is Matt Kenseth, 6/14, and Jimmie, 5/12, along with Carl Edwards 4/9, Kyle Busch 4/10 Casey Mears has never reached the top 5 in 10 runs, nor has Martin Truex Jr in 8.
Top 10: Despite just one win, Tony Stewart has the best % for top 10 runs, going 9/15. Also at least 50% here: Dale Jr (7/14, Jimmie 7/12, Kenseth 7/14, Greg Biffle 6/10, Kasey Kahne 5/10, Carl Edwards 5/9, Kyle Busch 5/10, Denny Hamlin 4/8. David Gilliland has yet to find the top 10 in 7 starts.
Laps run: Harvick has turned 3487 laps without a victory, leading this field. Other ohfers: Kurt Busch 3364, Dale Jr 3312, Ryan Newman 3262, Jamie McMurray 2938, Kasey Kahne 2562.
Laps led without victory: Dale Jr leads this category, with 232, followed by Kahne at 172, Biffle at 115, Newman with 98. Kenseth’s 513 laps led out of 3360 run here lifetime, 15% is the best ratio of active drivers. Carl Edwards’ 2 wins have come while leading 160 laps.
Avg finish to start gain in position, 3 race minimum: Harvick gains 8.4 positions per race, sporting an average finish of 12.7. Among those gaining at least 5 spots: Kenseth 5.6, Hamlin 7.0, Dale Jr 5.5, Trevor Bayne 8.4 (averages a 17th place finish tho), Paul Menard 6.7. Casey Mears 5.7, Gilliland 5.3, David Ragan 7.0.

Running at finish: Harvick is perfect in 13, as is Jimmie in 12, McMurray in 11, Casey Mears in 10.
Lead lap finish: Carl Edwards has the only perfect record, always on the lead lap in 9 races. Those with one blemish include Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano.

Putting this together, and reading through the starting grid, here’s how I see the top 10:

1 Austin Dillon
2 Jimmie
3 Bowyer
4 McMurray
5 Logano
6 Edwards
7 Harvick
8 Truex
9 Dale Jr.
10 Vickers
Looking back to last week, here’s how my predicted top 10 ranked:6th, 3rd, 4th, 2nd, 17th, 10th, 1st, 9th, 20, 39th (engine). 9 of my top 10 finished running, and 9 finished on the lead lap, and lead 298 of the 312 laps.

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