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Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Kobalt Tools 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Predicting the best fantasy drivers in Las Vegas so you don't have to.
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<p> Dustin Long ranks each driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit for this weekend's Kobalt Tools 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.</p>

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season rolls on to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Kobalt Tools 500. To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long will be offering up his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes—A-List, B-List, C-List.

6 Amazing NASCAR Stats for Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Numbers Game: The Kobalt Tools 500
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<p> Six amazing stats for NASCAR's Kobalt Tools 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.</p>

The Gen-6 car for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, after a two-race introduction, appears to be a work in progress. Passing last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway was at an all-time low for its current configuration (1,213 green-flag passes, down from 1,995 in the 2012 race) and pit stop speed decided the race for a driver who hadn’t seen Victory Lane in almost two calendar years.

NASCAR's Gen-6 a work in progress; Carl Edwards relevant again

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 from Phoenix.
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<p> Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.</p>

In the midst of a near two-year winless skid on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, Carl Edwards, perhaps more than any driver, needed a confidence boost. And after winning the Subway Fresh Fit 500 — in only his second start with crew chief Jimmy Fennig — that’s exactly what the Missouri native received at Phoenix International Raceway.

Carl Edwards holds off Jimmie Johnson, wins in Phoenix

Edwards survives green-white-checker finish in Subway Fresh Fit 500
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<p> Carl Edwards breaks winless skid, wins in Phoenix.</p>

A new season brings new hope. And no one in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is in more need of hope than Carl Edwards.

On the outside looking in at last season’s Chase for the Championship, Edwards has been mired in a winless skid that dates back to March 6, 2011. And his 2013 season got off to a dubious start in Daytona during Speedweeks, where he was involved in four wrecks (and a fifth in a test session in January), ultimately finishing 33rd in the Daytona 500.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Phoenix International Raceway

Predicting the best fantasy drivers in Phoenix so you don't have to.
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<p> Dustin Long ranks each driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit for this weekend's Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.</p>

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season rolls on to Phoenix International Raceway for the Subway Fresh Fit 500. To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports will be offering up our best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing  game is arguably the most popular, we'll break down our picks according to its NASCAR driver classes—A-List, B-List, C-List.

Danica impresses at Daytona, NASCAR's Gen-6 does not

Through the Gears: Five things we learned in the Daytona 500
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<p> Through the Gears: Five things we learned in the Daytona 500</p>

The Great American Race, for the first 180 laps, looked more like the Great American Parade. Cars ran single-file for much of the Daytona 500, content to ride in packs for fear that pulling out for a pass would leave them slower than the street cars the new Gen-6 models are supposed to resemble.

Jimmie Johnson wins the Daytona 500

Johnson edges Earnhardt for second 500 crown
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<p> Johnson edges Earnhardt for second 500 crown.</p>

NASCAR’s new Gen-6 car gave way to a new style of drafting in the Great American Race, while newcomer Danica Patrick once again made history. The ultimate result, though, was all too familiar. Jimmie Johnson scored career Cup win No. 61 by holding off a charging Dale Earnhardt Jr. on a frantic final lap to win the 55th Daytona 500.

Harvick a favorite, Danica on point for Daytona 500

NASCAR: Five Things to Watch at Daytona
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<p> Five things to watch for in the Daytona 500.</p>

Sunday's Daytona 500, the 55th in the long, storied history of The Great American Race, officially has the field set. There are endless stories emanating from NASCAR's biggest event, but here are the five that will most impact Sunday's race.

The Best & Worst of NASCAR in 2012

A look back at last season with our own NASCAR awards
<p> A look back at last season with our own NASCAR awards.</p>

They’re the best of the best and worst of the worst in NASCAR. The pretty and the ugly, the cool and the lame. They made us cheer, laugh and, as Robert Plant once said, taught us “to weep and moan.”

They are the recipients of the Athlon Awards — back by popular demand — recognizing excellence (and lack thereof) from the 2012 NASCAR season. Some are fairly obvious, others off the wall. But none pull any punches. So, without further ado, the Athlon Awards.

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