In the NASCAR calendar, Las Vegas comes right after Atlanta. A team’s success in Georgia, however, does not necessarily translate to Nevada, even if the tracks are similar.
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is much more conventional and causes less tire wear and tear than Atlanta’s track. It requires drivers to be more exacting when it comes to steering, and less so in terms of acceleration. Las Vegas has 5 degrees less banking in its turns and 8 degrees less difference between turns and straightaways, compared to Atlanta. So expect Vegas margins to be tighter.
Martin Truex, Jr., Casey Mears, and AJ Allmendinger are all looking promising for the upcoming race. All three have an excellent standing so far, even if the racing season is still young. This confidence might just push them forward.
Brian Vickers will arrive in Las Vegas after a hiatus, which will probably push him to perform and reclaim his slightly absent place in the team.
This is a moment to commend the older drivers out there, still competing. In Atlanta, four of the top five finishers were over 39 years old. Guys like Johnson, Harvick, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Matt Kenseth deserve our respect. It will be interesting to see how these old-timers perform in the upcoming races.