Kobalt 400

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Kobalt 400
Kobalt Tools 400.jpg
Venue Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sponsor Kobalt
First race 1998
Distance 400.5 miles (644.542 km)
Laps 267
Previous names Las Vegas 400 (1998-1999)
CarsDirect.com 400 (2000)
UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 (2001-2007)
UAW-Dodge 400 (2008)
Shelby 427 (2009)
Shelby American (2010)
Kobalt Tools 400 (2011-2013)

The Kobalt 400 is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held annually at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. The inaugural race was held in 1998. For several years, the race was sponsored by United Auto Workers and DaimlerChrysler. From its inception through 2008, the race was run at a distance of 400 miles (640 km).[citation needed]

The race is unique in that its winner receives a championship belt rather than a trophy. The race was also part of the No Bull 5 challenge from 1999 to 2002.

From 2001 until 2008, this race carried sponsorship from Chrysler. For the first six of those years, the race was known as the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 to reflect Chrysler's partnership with then-DaimlerBenz. After Daimler sold Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management, the race became known as the UAW-Dodge 400 for 2008. Carroll Shelby International took over as sponsor for 2009 and 2010, with the 2009 race adding 27 miles (43 km) as part of the sponsorship in honor of the Shelby 427 Cobra. The 2010 race was known as the Shelby American.

Lowe's, through its Kobalt Tools subsidiary, becomes the race's title sponsor for 2011; Kobalt was title sponsor for the spring race at Atlanta until the track gave up its early season date after 2010. The race was called the Kobalt Tools 400 from 2011 to 2013 before becoming the Kobalt 400 in 2014.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1998 March 1 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:43:58 146.554 Report
1999 March 7 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:54:43 137.537 Report
2000 March 5 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 148* 222 (357.274) 1:51:01 119.982 Report
2001 March 4 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:57:17 135.546 Report
2002 March 3 Sterling Marlin Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:55:43 136.754 Report
2003 March 2 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:00:46 132.934 Report
2004 March 7 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:06:35 128.79 Report
2005 March 13 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:18:32 121.038 Report
2006* March 12 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 270* 405 (651.784) 3:02:13 133.358 Report
2007* March 11 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:07:28 128.183 Report
2008 March 2 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 400.5 (644.542) 3:08:08 127.729 Report
2009 March 1 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 285 427.5 (687.994) 3:34:37 119.515 Report
2010 February 28 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:49:53 141.450 Report
2011 March 6 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:57:20 135.508 Report
2012 March 11 Tony Stewart* Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:54:44 137.524 Report
2013 March 10 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:44:16 146.287 Report
2014 March 9 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 267 400.5 (644.542) 2:35:24 154.633 Report
  • 2000: Race shortened due to rain.
  • 2006: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish. Last race on an old layout.
  • 2007: First race on a new layout.
  • 2012: Tony Stewart's win at Las Vegas now leaves him with only two tracks he has failed to win at, Darlington & Kentucky.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
4 Jimmie Johnson 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
3 Matt Kenseth 2003, 2004, 2013
2 Jeff Burton 1999, 2000
Carl Edwards 2008, 2011

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
7 Roush Fenway Racing 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011
5 Hendrick Motorsports 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
2 Joe Gibbs Racing 2009, 2013

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
8 Ford 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2014
6 Chevrolet 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012
2 Toyota 2009, 2013
1 Dodge 2002

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
1998 ABC Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons
1999
2000 Benny Parsons
Ray Evernham
2001 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014

External links[edit]


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