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New Hampshire Motor Speedway loses fall race beginning in 2018

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Kevin Harvick

It was announced this week that Las Vegas would be getting a second race weekend next year, with New Hampshire giving up one of their races to accommodate the change.

"It's great for Ford", said Keselowski, the defending champion heading into Sunday's race Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"We are already exploring ways to bring short-term racing, keep our modified race, work with our American/Canadian tour promoters that promote those events and create a great short race weekend", McGrath said.

Daytona 500 victor Kurt Busch, a Las Vegas native, was 20th-fastest in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Ford. The other two tracks that are scheduled to have races during the "NASCAR Goes West" swing are Phoenix Raceway on March 18 and 19 and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on March 25 and 26.

With the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway (built by Imperial Palace owner Richie Clyne in 1996) and the original 0.375-mile asphalt oval Bullring at Las Vegas, national series drivers return to the area where they planted at least some racing roots.

The track will continue to host its race weekend in July.

We got a glimpse of the current low downforce aero package on the cars in races at Kentucky and MI past year as well as last weekend at Atlanta and Chase Elliott has been a factor in just about every one of them.

Las Vegas has been aggressively pursuing a second race for years.

In addition, Martin Truex Jr. sits at 8-1 odds, with three-time Kobalt 400 victor Matt Kenseth and Kyle Larson next at 10-1.

"The fall race has a higher attendance level in the past several years, that much I know", Sink said. Another race at the track during the Chase would not only be a boost for SMI but also for NASCAR as Las Vegas is a state of the art facility that plays well on TV with no empty seats.

Tourism officials reported the 2016 race in Las Vegas drew more than 96,000 visitors and had an economic impact of more than $139 million. Logano has a series best average finish of 10.75 and has two top five and four top ten finishes in eight races. (193.458 mph) to capture his first pole of the season and first since June at Pocono Raceway.

LVMS first hosted a Truck Series race in 1996, added the second-tier Xfinity Series in 1997 and will mark its 20th Cup race Sunday.

The announcement, which was reported last week, was made Wednesday. "I think from a NASCAR perspective to have a tripleheader weekend in the fall of the season is going to be a tremendous positive for the whole sport".

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