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Couch Potato Tuesday: Jimmie Johnson’s Tire Failure Flips the Script on NBCSN

2020 Las Vegas NCS Jimmie Johnson Car NKP

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This time of year, the only guarantee that you’re going to get in Las Vegas is hot weather. They got that last weekend. What you also got was strategy and luck playing huge roles. That affects how a race is covered. Sunday brought 96-degree weather and wind into the equation. It also brought an unexpected …

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VIDEO: Frontstretch Wrap-Up from Las Vegas with Darian Gilliam

2020 Las Vegas NCS Kurt Busch Victory Emotion NKP

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For the first time in 22 races, Kurt Busch finally earned that elusive home track victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Davey Segal and Darian Gilliam get together to discuss Busch’s victory, advancement to the Round of 8, the playoff picture being cluttered around the cutline, Matt DiBenedetto‘s uncertain 2021 plans and more.

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 South Point 400 at Las Vegas

2020 Las Vegas NCS Kurt Busch Trophy NKP

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What happened? Kurt Busch won the 2020 South Point 400 at his hometown track, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, late Sunday night (Sept. 27). Busch pulled away following an overtime restart, clinching a spot in NASCAR’s Round of 8.  Matt DiBenedetto, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Alex Bowman rounded out the top-five finishers. Home is …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Chase Briscoe Chasing NASCAR Cup Ride With 8th Xfinity Win

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Going into this weekend, everyone knew clean air would be king. Surely, that didn’t disappoint. While all three national touring races were lackluster this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, there was some thrilling action throughout the races… when it wasn’t strung out. If you’ve read this column this season, you’ve seen me vent tirelessly …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 South Point 400

2020 Las Vegas NCS Kurt Busch Victory Celebration NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kurt Busch’s out-of-nowhere hometown win came as he used every advantage presented to him by a caution that fell at just the right time. He snagged the South Point 400’s checkered flag for his first win of the year and secured a berth in the next …

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Up to Speed: The Parallel Careers of Jimmie Johnson & Matt Kenseth

2020 Bristol NCS Jimmie Johnson Racing NKP

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With the 2020 season entering its final stage, NASCAR is beginning to look toward next year.  This last week in September brought considerable news regarding driver lineups for 2021.  There have also been rumors that major changes could be in store for the Cup Series schedule.  But even as more news trickles out about the …

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Stock Car Scoop: 2020 NASCAR Dominance, Drama & Dice-Rolling in Sin City

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There was a surprising winner in victory lane on Sunday night (Sept. 27) following the NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Relive how Kurt Busch eked out his first race win of the 2020 NASCAR season in the South Point 400. The latest edition of Stock Car Scoop breaks down what’s also the …

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Matt DiBenedetto a Bridesmaid Again, Settles for 2nd at Las Vegas

2020 Las Vegas NCS Matt DiBenedetto Car NKP

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Matt DiBenedetto flexed his muscles Sunday night (Sept. 29) in the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 29-year-old came up just short of his first NASCAR Cup Series career win, finishing second at the 1.5-mile track. He was close… but no cigar. DiBenedetto had a shot, restarting alongside winner Kurt Busch three …

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Kurt Busch Gets Lucky in Las Vegas, Wins the South Point 400

2020 Las Vegas NCS Kurt Busch Victory Lane NKP

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In his last trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway before a NASCAR Cup Series retirement and transition to INDYCAR, Jimmie Johnson hoped for a solid run in the 2020 South Point 400 to close it out. Little did he know, the seven-time NASCAR champion would become the pivotal crux that determined the outcome of Sunday’s …

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Power Rankings: Dirty Dozen Edition

2020 Bristol NCS Kevin Harvick Racing NKP

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Bristol Motor Speedway is considering importing dirt? If this isn’t an indictment of the current template for NASCAR as it applies to short track racing, I am not sure what else it would be. Since Speedway Motorsports Inc., has decided to add traction compound at the bottom of this track, the racing has gotten much …

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Power Rankings: No Longer the Action Track Edition

2020 Richmond NCS Kevin Harvick Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

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They used to call Richmond Raceway the “Action Track,” but after racing 400 laps without a non-manufactured caution flag, they might need to forget that nickname ever existed. This isn’t the fault of the track. This isn’t the fault of the drivers. This is the fault of a rules package that makes a gentle rub …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Richmond Provides Interesting Action If You Look Closely

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Richmond Raceway in recent years has taken on a different look. Yahoo! Sports’ Nick Bromberg made note of this on Twitter after the race Saturday night. From 2001-2010 there were 14 Richmond races with 10 or more cautions From 2011-2020 there have been 3 Richmond races with 10 or more cautions Since the start of stage …

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