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Fire on Fridays: The New Package Is OK So Far, & That’s OK

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What we saw at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wasn’t knock-your-socks-off-caliber racing. It didn’t make you scream at your television, you weren’t as entertained as you had ever been watching NASCAR and you probably wanted to see a little more. That’s fine. You should want more. …

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Chase Elliott Records First Top 10 of Season in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 2019. (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Small victories go a long way in the quest to return a team to championship dominance. Chase Elliott and the No. 9 Hooters Chevrolet team experienced their first of those on Sunday in Sin City, as the Dawsonville, Georgia native came home in ninth-place, his first top 10 finish of the season. After finishes of …

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Kurt Busch Plays Strategy Right, Earns Top 5 at Las Vegas

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 2019. (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Hometown cooking, a little bit of luck and a fast racecar was the recipe for Las Vegas native Kurt Busch to score his second consecutive top five finish to open up the 2019 season. The driver of the No. 1 Star Nursery/Monster Energy Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing stayed out to begin the third and …

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Ryan Sieg Scores Top 10 at Las Vegas: ‘It’s a real momentum builder’

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Ryan Sieg earned his 11th career top 10 finish in Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Ryan Sieg prides himself on doing more with less. For a moment or two, it looked like the Tucker, Georgia native was on his way to his second top five in three races. But a speeding penalty sent Sieg back outside the top 10. After surviving a couple late-race crashes and adjusting on the No. …

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Noah Gragson Survives Late Las Vegas Carnage For Third-Place Finish

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Noah Gragson rebounded for a top-five finish at his home track in the Boyd Gaming 300. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Sometimes having the hometown crowd behind you is just what you need. Coming off the heels of an 11th-place result at Daytona and ninth last weekend at Atlanta, Noah Gragson rallied from as low as 15th to score a third-place finish in Saturday’s Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 at his home track of Las Vegas …

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Todd Gilliland Rebounds From Distraction-Filled Week for Solid Top 10 at Las Vegas

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Todd Gilliland's seventh-place result in the Strat 200 was what the No. 4 team needed: an uneventful, solid night. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Todd Gilliland entered Las Vegas Motor Speedway coming off a top 10 at Atlanta, but needed something better. His owner and Strat 200 race winner, Kyle Busch, made a statement following his Truck Series win at Atlanta regarding Gilliland’s performance, saying an uptick was needed and his “career (was) on the line.” The finish wasn’t …

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Fire on Fridays: Let’s Get Realistic About Teamwork

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Restrictor plate racing has always been about your dance partner. Is your partner fast? Will they stick with you at the right time? Do you have good chemistry? Joey Logano was upset with who he thought was his dance partner in the closing laps of the Daytona 500, Michael McDowell, for not pushing him to contend …

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Erik Jones Drives Damaged Car to 3rd-Place Finish in Daytona 500

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Erik Jones drove this beaten and battered car to a third-place finish in the Daytona 500. (Photo/Davey Segal)

If you took a look at Erik Jones‘ car on pit road after the race, you’d assume he finished a few laps down after being involved in a late-race crash. But Jones and his No. 20 team rebounded from a lap 192 melee which damaged the rear bumper to finish an astounding third-place in the …

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