Las Vegas: John Andretti preview

John Andretti, Driver of the No. 34 Window World Impala, Las Vegas Motor Speedway Fast Facts: * Andretti has made seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway * Andretti's best Sprint Cup finish at LVMS is 12th-place...

John Andretti, Driver of the No. 34 Window World Impala, Las Vegas Motor Speedway Fast Facts:

* Andretti has made seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

* Andretti's best Sprint Cup finish at LVMS is 12th-place (1999, No. 43 Petty Enterprises Pontiac)

* In Sprint Cup competition, Andretti has an average starting position of 27.1 and an average finish of 28.1

* Andretti has led nine laps in Sprint Cup competition at LVMS

* Andretti has one Camping World Truck Series start at LVMS (2008, No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota). Andretti started in 24th-place and finished in fourth-place

John Andretti Comments on Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

"They changed the banking at (Las) Vegas (Motor Speedway) recently. The thinking was that stock car drivers don't like flat tracks. I love flat tracks. I think that you need to know how to drive on a flat track more than a banked track. At Vegas they decided that they wanted more side-by-side racing. I think they already had it, but they changed the surface and now it's different. It's a little racier at times, but it's still a narrow track. A lot of the racing depends on the tire that they bring to the track because if the tires have good grip, you'll see good side-by-side racing. If it doesn't, especially with the new car, you'll slide up to the outside wall and stay up there wherever you can find grip. A change in race track conditions doesn't always solve the problem, but that was the idea. They have a great race track in Vegas and I'll race the Window World Chevy on any configuration, but I just preferred the flat version.

"Last week we finished 31st at California (Auto Club Speedway). It wasn't what we were hoping for, but everything is in perspective. Is Jimmie Johnson looking back and worried about us in his quest for a fourth championship? No. He hasn't lost an ounce of sleep over it. On the other hand, we're trying to step up for Bob Jenkins (owner, Front Row Motorsports) and trying to become that next-level team. Hopefully we'll work into becoming a top-20, top-15 team, a contender and so forth. The first step is probably going to be the easiest. If you start last in a race, the first few positions are always the easiest to make up. We just need to make this step a solid one and build on what we've done well. We had a great race in Daytona. California wasn't as strong, but we'll learn from it and hopefully the Window World team will be stronger in Vegas because of it."

-credit: frr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Jimmie Johnson
Teams Front Row Motorsports