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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 South Point 400

Should high temps change start times? (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Brad Keselowski won his third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in as many weeks after holding off his Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney late to take the 2018 South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was his 27th career MENCS victory and …

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Up to Speed: Pressure to Win on Denny Hamlin

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Denny Hamlin has rarely suffered from a lack of wins in his NASCAR career.  Since 2006, his rookie year in the Cup Series, he has never had a winless season.  Some of those years certainly were not big-win seasons, but Hamlin always found a way to get to Victory Lane at least once. Even in …

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Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones Crash During South Point 400 from Las Vegas

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff contenders Kevin Harvick and Erik Jones had their days end early after being involved in an incident with around 10 laps to go in stage two of the South Point 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick blew a tire while running inside the top 10 entering Turn 1 …

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Ryan Newman, Erik Jones Quickest in Cup Practices at Las Vegas

Erik Jones (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Ryan Newman and Erik Jones found themselves on the top of the leaderboard when each 50-minute Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session for the inaugural South Point 400 concluded from Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Newman turned the quickest circuit in the first session thanks to his 183.892 mph lap (29.365 seconds) followed …

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Erik Jones Earns Second Career Pole in South Point 400

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There goes That Jones Boy. Erik Jones won the pole for Sunday’s South Point 400 after turning a blazing lap of 188.121 mph (28.705 seconds) around Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Byron, Mich. native became the youngest driver to win a pole at LVMS, the second of his career (Bristol, 2017) and first of this …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: South Point 400

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series begins their ten-race playoff this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 16 drivers will begin their quest for the ultimate prize, a series championship starting with the inaugural South Point 400. The green flag flies at 3 p.m. ET this Sunday, Sept. 16, on NBC Sports Network. Here are …

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NASCAR 101: Who’s Most Likely to Progress Out of the Cup Playoffs’ First Round?

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This year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, which begin this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, marks the fifth time in which the series has employed an elimination-based format to help decide its champion at the end of the season. Starting in 2014, the series cooked up different rounds throughout the playoffs that eliminated …

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5 Points To Ponder: In The 2018 NASCAR Playoffs

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ONE: Should We Fast-Track The Big Three Straight To Homestead? Never in the five-year history of NASCAR’s 16-driver playoff format have we seen three wheelmen so far ahead of the pack. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. start the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff as overwhelming favorites. They won 17 of …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings after Indianapolis

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It had been a long 26-race regular season with multiple teams falling behind while others went above and beyond in the performance department. The wait for the end of the regular season, however, was nothing like the three-day wait NASCAR faced this weekend in Indianapolis. Heavy rain throughout the weekend pushed both XFINITY and Cup …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Monday Afternoon Racing at Indianapolis

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For the second week in a row, Brad Keselowski parked his Team Penske Ford Fusion in Victory Lane in one of the crown jewels of NASCAR, winning the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race was delayed until Monday afternoon because of pouring rain, just after the XFINITY Series …

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