Event: Las Vegas
This weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) marks the maiden voyage of the No. 2 TapouT Chevrolet Impala. TapouT, the world renowned mixed martial arts apparel brand company, will make their NASCAR debut this weekend at LVMS with 13 year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Elliott Sadler behind the wheel.
KHI BACK-TO-BACK: Sadler looks to build upon Kevin Harvick Inc.'s (KHI) success from last season's event at LVMS. KHI co-owner, Kevin Harvick, who will be Sadler's teammate this weekend, won last year's race at the track. The win marked Harvick's second win at the 1.5-mile facility, but the first for KHI at the track.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 2 team will utilize chassis No. 070 this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 070 is a brand-new chassis that has yet to see any on-track activity.
THOUGHTS FROM THE DRIVER: Elliott Sadler
What are your thoughts going into the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
"I'm ready to go to our first 1.5-mile track of the season and I can think of no better place than Las Vegas Motor Speedway. My teammate this weekend and my boss Kevin Harvick won this event last season so I know we will have a lot of good notes to go off of. I really like 1.5-mile tracks so I hope we can just continue to improve our finishes every week and hopefully score our first win."
What are your thoughts on your new sponsor TapouT and their debut at Las Vegas?
"I was so excited when I found out about this sponsorship. I have always been a fan of mixed martial arts and TapouT is such an iconic brand in that industry. I think the marriage of TapouT and NASCAR is unique but one that has already shown benefit to the owners. I was hanging out with TapouT co-found Skyskrape in Daytona a few weeks ago and I was amazed at just how many people recognized him. He is truly a celebrity and I'm excited to have them on the car this weekend. Hopefully we can show them victory lane for the first time."
As the new points system and the "check the box" policy NASCAR has created takes shape, what are your thoughts with where you stand currently in the standings two races into the season?
"I really haven't given too much thought to it. Obviously, I know that I stand 15th in the driver point standings which is a big jump from where we were after Daytona. But I just think it is too early to start making predictions and getting upset about points. I still think this system is a lot easier to figure out and understand where you end up, but it's a little early to start worrying. Right now we at KHI are focused on learning each other and continuing to build our program to run in the top three positions week in and week out."