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NASCAR in Las Vegas: A Hendrick vs. Gibbs Showdown in Sin City

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
NASCAR debuts a new aero package, Kevin Harvick is on a hot streak, Roush Fenway Racing is off to a slow start, Dale Earnahrdt Jr.'s rotating spotters and a Hendrick vs. Gibbs showdown lead us into the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, the debut of a new aero package, Harvick's hot streak, Roush's slow start, Earnahrdt's spotters and a Hendrick vs. Gibbs showdown lead us into the 400-miler at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Previewing the Kobalt Tools 400

The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series visit Sin City
Previewing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Kobalt Tools 500 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Kobalt Tools 400
Las Vegas Motor Speedway


Track Specs
Layout:
1.5-mile tri-oval
Banking/Turns: Progressive (18°-20°), Banking/Tri-oval: 9°, Banking/Backstretch: 3°  Las Vegas Motor Speedway

10 Drivers We Want to See Run the Indy 500-Coke 600 "Double"

Exclusive Q&A with NASCAR Rookie Parker Kligerman

Rookie Report: Kligerman talks cautions, big purchases and writing for Jalopnik
NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Parker Kligerman sits down for an exclusive Q&A with Athlon Sports.

Welcome to the Athlon Rookie Report, where each week David Smith will evaluate the deepest crop of new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series talent since 2006. The Report will include twice-monthly rankings, in-depth analysis, Q&A sessions with the drivers, and more.

Following the race last Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, rookie Parker Kligerman, driver of the No. 30 Swan Racing Toyota Camry sits down with David for an extended interview. What follows is an edited transcript their chat.

Kurt Busch to attempt Indy 500/Coca-Cola 600 double

Busch to drive an Andretti Autsport Honda in Indianapolis 500
Kurt Busch will attempt to run the Indianapolis 500 - Coca-Cola 600 "Double" on Memorial Day weekend.

Kurt Busch has a busy Memorial Day weekend planned. The 2004 NASCAR Cup champ announced on Tuesday that he will attempt “The Double” by running IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, May 25.

“I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series,” Busch said. “It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it.

Harvick, not Stewart, Danica or Busch, carrying banner for SHR

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Phoenix
Reactions of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' visit to Phoenix, where Kevin Harvick leads the way at Stewart-Haas Racing, Jeff Gordon is off to a hot start, Roush Fenway Racing no longer king in the Ford camp, and suffering through another track's repaving.

One thing you can say about Kevin Harvick: he’s a quick learner. Thirteen years ago, in the midst of NASCAR mourning its national tragedy, he won in just the third Cup start of his career. Replacing Dale Earnhardt in the No. 3 wasn’t easy, but he made it seem like a breeze, beating Jeff Gordon — in his prime — by a nose at Atlanta.  

NASCAR's 10 Coolest Paint Schemes in 2014

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