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Dropping the Hammer: Previewing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Las Vegas

While it may be hard to believe that the NASCAR Sprint Cup tour has visited Las Vegas for the past 12 years, the action at this exciting quad-oval, state-of-the-art facility lends itself to the saying that "seeing is believing." Originally a relatively low-banked, 1.5-mile speedway, LVMS has recently rebranded itself as a challenging and high-speed arena with corners banked at 20 degrees. Transitions are somewhat rough, and the once comfortable driving that racers were used to prior to the track's reconfiguration in late 2006 have all but disappeared. On the surface, it may look like a variation of the Bruton Smith-formulated facility as 1.5-mile quad-oval with at least 20 degrees of banking in the turns. In reality, this track has a charac...

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