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Kobalt 400 (Las Vegas)

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The West Coast swing has begun and Ford has picked up where they left off at Daytona and Atlanta. Ford has won the first two races of the season and looks to make it three in a row, whether it is Stewart-Haas Racing or Team Penske. Brad Keselowski has now went from winning in Atlanta to winning his first Las Vegas pole for the Kobalt 400, while Martin Truex Jr was fastest in first practice. Keselowski is a two time Las Vegas winner and is currently the defending champion.

You would think the Busch brothers would own their hometown track, which is not the case. Jimmie Johnson has won four times at Las Vegas with his last win coming in 2010. Johnson’s season however is off to a horrific start, finishing 34th at Daytona (crash) and 19th at Atlanta. He is currently ranked 31st in points and has only led nine laps overall this season. This is apparently Johnson’s worst start ever since 2012, but he has had four top tens in the last five races (two of those top fives).

Matt Kenseth rebounded from his Daytona start with a third place finish at Atlanta. Kenseth is looking for his fourth Las Vegas win, his last was in 2013. After only two races, Kenseth is the highest ranked driver for Joe Gibbs Racing currently 15th in points. Since Kyle Busch won his only race in 2009, his home track hasn’t been kind to him since. Despite leading only 118 laps since, Kyle has had only two top five finishes in the last six races. Kyle’s average finish after the East Coast swing is 27th.

Kevin Harvick is looking for redemption from Atlanta where a speeding penalty cost him a victory late in the race. Harvick won his only race in 2015 and since joining SHR, has led a combined 166 laps. Since SHR’s existence, they have won only two races in 23 attempts. Kurt Busch on the other hand looks for his first Las Vegas win, but hasn’t had a whole lot of success at home. Only five top ten finishes, but hopefully his Daytona 500 win will build more momentum and holds an average finish of fourth.

With all the excitement with the announcement of adding a second race in 2018 it has Las Vegas buzzing. There has been a lot of excitement going on as far as the sports community is concerned. The NHL has arrived and possibly the NFL Raiders coming over from Oakland has never brought more excitement. Two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races in 2018 seems to be the tip of the iceberg, and it’s not gonna be just for gambling anymore.

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