Kenseth to start up front

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Odds Kobalt Tools 400 Matt Kenseth

LAS VEGAS, NV (TheSpread) – Matt Kenseth finds himself up front for Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 as he won qualifying on Friday for this NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

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Like last week, a new qualifying record was set by the pole sitter as Kenseth finished with 188.884 mph. This is the fifth pole in his career.

Kenseth now has 8/1 odds to win Sunday’s race according to oddsmakers at online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com, while Carl Edwards is the favorite with 9/2 odds to win. Other short odds to win are Kyle Busch (5/1) and Jimmie Johnson (6/1).

Kenseth has two wins at Vegas in his career along with five top 5’s and six top 10’s. His average finish at the track is 11.7 and his driver rating is 95.6, which ranks eighth.

Edwards will start third on Sunday. He has one win at Las Vegas with an average finish of 12.7 and a driver rating of 92.2.

Busch will start fifth on Sunday. He holds one win in his career at Vegas. His average finish on the track is 11.7 and his driver rating is 108.0, which is third best of any driver in the series.

Johnson qualified 14th for Sunday’s race. He holds four wins on this track and has an average finish of 10.0 with a driver rating of 116.4, which ranks second in the series.

The Kobalt Tools 400 will take place Sunday, March 6 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 3:16PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Kobalt Tools 400 – 2011 Kobalt Tools 400 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway – March 6, 2011

Carl Edwards 9/2

Kyle Busch 5/1

Jimmie Johnson 6/1

Matt Kenseth 8/1

Jeff Gordon 10/1

Greg Biffle 10/1

Kevin Harvick 15/1

Tony Stewart 15/1

Denny Hamlin 15/1

Kurt Busch 20/1

Jeff Burton 30/1

Joey Logano 30/1

Mark Martin 30/1

Clint Bowyer 30/1

Kasey Kahne 30/1

Jamie McMurray 35/1

Ryan Newman 35/1

Brian Vickers 35/1

Juan Montoya 40/1

Martin Truex Jr 40/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 50/1

David Reutimann 50/1

AJ Allmendinger 60/1

David Ragan 75/1

Marcos Ambrose 75/1

Brad Keselowski 100/1

Paul Menard 100/1

Regan Smith 200/1

Trevor Bayne 200/1

Bobby Labonte 200/1

David Gilliland 1000/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 200/1

Qualifying Results

1 Matt Kenseth (17)

2 Marcos Ambrose (9)

3 Carl Edwards (99)

4 Greg Biffle (16)

5 Kyle Busch (18)

6 Joey Logano (20)

7 A J Allmendinger (43)

8 Ryan Newman (39)

9 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

10 Mark Martin (5)

11 Jamie McMurray (1)

12 Regan Smith (78)

13 Jeff Gordon (24)

14 Jimmie Johnson (48)

15 Tony Stewart (14)

16 Trevor Bayne (21)

17 Denny Hamlin (11)

18 Paul Menard (27)

19 Brian Vickers (83)

20 Brad Keselowski (2)

21 Jeff Burton (31)

22 Kurt Busch (22)

23 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

24 Bobby Labonte (47)

25 David Reutimann (00)

26 Kevin Harvick (29)

27 Casey Mears (13)

28 Clint Bowyer (33)

29 Mike Skinner (32)

30 Kasey Kahne (4)

31 Joe Nemechek (87)

32 J.J. Yeley (46)

33 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

34 Dave Blaney (36)

35 David Gilliland (34)

36 Landon Cassill (60)

37 Bill Elliott (09)

38 Robby Gordon (7)

39 Travis Kvapil (38)

40 Andy Lally (71)

41 Tony Raines (37)

42 David Ragan (6)

43 Michael McDowell (66)

44 Brian Keselowski (192) DNQ

2011 Kobalt Tools 400 Information

Race Date: Sunday, March 6

Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV

Pre-Race: 2:30PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 3:16PM ET

TV Coverage: FOX

Radio Coverage: PRN

Track Type: Oval (267 laps)

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