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2014 Las Vegas: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 09, 2014 - 09:13 PM
2014 Las Vegas: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap

Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Mountain Dew Kick Start Chevrolet SS came ever so close to scoring his second win of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season. Earnhardt lead a total of 51 laps in the race, including 44 of the final 45 before running out of fuel down the backstretch on the final lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) in the Kobalt Tools 400. He was able to carry his momentum across the finish line to come home second. It was his is third straight top-two finish to open the season after winning the Daytona 500, and posting a runner-up finish last week at Phoenix.

Earnhardt still retains the point lead by one point over second place.

Paul Menard earned his best finish at LVMS with a third place run in the No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS for Richard Childress Racing. It was his third top-10 finish at the 1.5-mile Vegas track in eight races, and first top five and top ten finish of 2014. With the finish, Menard moves up to 18th place in the point standings after three races.


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Six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson placed sixth in the No. 48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS, Ryan Newman in the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS posted his second straight top-10 finish in seventh. Johnson moves up from fifth to third, and Newman moves up from 15th to ninth in the standings.

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS, and Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, finished eighth and ninth, respectively, to place all Hendrick teams in the top 10. Kahne sits 15th in points while Gordon moves up three spots to fifth.

Brad Keselowski (Ford) was the race winner, Joey Logano (Ford) was fourth and Carl Edwards (Ford) was fifth to round out the top-five.

The series moves to Bristol Motor Speedway, also known as the "World’s Fastest Half Mile", on Sunday March 16th.

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