Smith Earns 12th Place Finish In 2nd Start Since Last June

Prior to last week, Regan Smith hadn’t driven a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car since June 2017. When Aric Almirola was injured last year, Smith was one of the drivers called to sub. He finished 22nd in Charlotte and 34th in Dover. Then, when Kasey Kahne would announce that he would sit out last weeks Brickyard 400, Smith got the call again. Literally, he was called on a golf course asking if he’d sub. Kahne, then announced that he’d sit out at least the next three races allowing Smith…

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Keselowski Earns 3rd Straight Win In Wild Race At Vegas, Penske’s 500th Career Victory Too

Team Penske made a large statement on Sunday. Brad Keselowski took his No. 2 Ford to victory lane for the third consecutive week as he led the final 21 laps en route to a big win in the opening race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Once again, Keselowski benefitted from a late pit call which his No. 2 Ford crew got him out of the pits in the lead. He’d never look back despite several late race yellows. It was Keselowski’s 27th win of his Cup Series…

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Penske Makes A Statement In Vegas

Brad Keselowski entered Sunday’s opening race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs on the heels of two straight victories. But, despite winning each of the last two races, most didn’t think that he nor his Team Penske organization had the amount of speed that it was going to take to seriously compete for this year’s championship. Well, after Sunday’s South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, they made a statement. 

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Big 3 Continue To Struggle, But Truex Gets Back On Track

We’ve seen four straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races now that the “Big 3” failed to win a race. In fact, they’re just 1 for the last 6. Before that, they had won four of the last five and 16 of the first 19. I wrote leading into Sunday’s South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway that we’re they slowing down or was everyone else catching up. Well, on Sunday, some of the top guys that we’re catching up crashed. 

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Hendrick Looked Strong Until Mistakes In Final Stage In Vegas

The speed that the entire Hendrick Motorsports camp was missing throughout the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season all the sudden showed up in the opening race of the playoffs on Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The only problem was, the finishes didn’t back up the speed. The first two stages went great for all four HMS drivers. Alex Bowman finished third and ninth respectively in his No. 88 Chevrolet in the opening two stages. Jimmie Johnson was 17th and fourth while Chase Elliott was fifth…

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Joe Gibbs Racing Struggles In Sunday’s South Point 400

Joe Gibbs Racing should have been among the favorites for Sunday’s South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. They had three of the top four starters on the 1.5-mile track and were arguably the top team to beat. Unfortunately, all four of their drivers struggled. 

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Chip Ganassi Racing Surging With Larson’s Top 5 Finish

Kyle Larson looked to be the fastest driver on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race track until his right front tire went down on his No. 42 Chevrolet on Lap 70. He moved up from his 12th place starting spot all the way up to the top three with 10 laps-to-go in the opening stage of Sunday’s South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Then, the tire went down. 

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Over Half Of The Playoff Field With Problems On Sunday

We literally witnessed over half of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff field having problems during Sunday’s South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 12 of the 16 drivers occurred at least one issue causing a huge shakeup in the standings heading to Richmond next weekend. It all started when Kyle Larson cut a right front tire on Lap 70. He was running third at the time but would have to pit for damage. While he’d rebound, it was the start of a troubling day for the…

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Harvick Slams Goodyear Tires After He And Jones Crash On Lap 147

Good think Kevin Harvick had all of those playoff points accumulated during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season, because in the first race of the playoffs, his day ended with his second to worst finish of the year. Harvick, cut a tire on Lap 147 of Sunday’s South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and got into the wall in Turn 2. Unfortunately, Erik Jones didn’t have enough time to slow down and his No. 20 Toyota slammed into the back of Harvick’s No. 4 Ford.…

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Newman Won’t Be Returning To RCR In 2019, Says His Intentions Are To Race Full Time Still

Ryan Newman is showing extreme speed in his No. 31 Chevrolet this weekend in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, it won’t be enough to keep him with Richard Childress Racing for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Newman, announced via social media following final practice that he won’t be coming back to his seat next season. “I want to take a moment to let everyone know that I will not return to Richard Childress Racing in 2019,” said Newman. “I have very much enjoyed driving the No. 31 car and…

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