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Early-season favorites emerge as NASCAR hypes Gen-6 car

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas
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<p> Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas</p>

If Matt Kenseth were a betting man, he’d have bought a Play 4 ticket on the way out of Las Vegas.

The numbers? 3-3-3-3.

Kenseth, in the third race of the 2013 season, became career Sprint Cup driver number three to win a race on his birthday (joining Cale Yarborough and Kyle Busch). The new, third member of the Joe Gibbs Racing stable also has more career victories in Vegas (along with Auto Club Speedway) than any other track on the circuit: Three.

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Matt Kenseth wins Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas

Kenseth gets first win for Joe Gibbs Racing in third start.
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<p> Matt Kenseth won the NASCAR Kobalt Tools 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway.</p>

The biggest name in NASCAR's 2012 version of Silly Season made his presence known early in the 2013 season. Matt Kenseth, in only his third start with Joe Gibbs Racing, gave the No. 20 team its first win since June 2012, when he won the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Denny Hamlin vows to avoid paying fine, laments NASCAR relationship

NASCAR: Five Things to Watch at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Las Vegas for the Kobalt Tools 500.</p>

Five storylines for the Kobalt Tools 500 in Las Vegas

1. Hamlin draws NASCAR’s (thin-skinned) ire
NASCAR suddenly, quickly and, well, mistakenly landed a $25,000 shot to Denny Hamlin's wallet on Thursday as Sprint Cup teams set up shop in Las Vegas. And no: this wasn't a case of Brian France cleaning Hamlin's clock at a swanky blackjack table.

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>

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.