Five Predictions for Las Vegas


NASCAR’s West Coast swing continues this weekend as Las Vegas hosts its annual Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races.

Las Vegas is known for gambling and that is exactly what drivers will be doing on the race track this weekend. When winning is vitally important, it’s going to take a gamble or two to get to Victory Lane. Taking chances is what Las Vegas is all about and that inspired this week’s five predictions.

A year ago in the Nationwide Series race Sam Hornish Jr. beat out Kyle Busch for the victory. A major feat considering the Busch dominance that series is accustomed to.

Redemption is what Busch will seek this weekend. He is always a force in the NNS; however Las Vegas adds extra incentive as he wants to take the checkers in front of his hometown crowd. Look for Busch to be strong on Saturday and contend for victory in the Boyd Gaming 200.

Ryan Reed’s NNS rookie season is off to a rocky start. In Daytona, he wrecked during qualifying and again following the race. Reed struggled in Phoenix as well, as he took a hard hit just before race-ending rain arrived. Las Vegas brings a fresh opportunity for Reed to stay out of trouble. Don’t expect to see the No.16 car on a wrecker before the end of Saturday’s race.

Matt Kenseth began his winning ways in the Sprint Cup Series in 2013 with a victory at Las Vegas. Kenseth seemed to have a very strong car that day as he was able to hold off a hard charging Kasey Kahne in the closing laps.

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