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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s Top Shakers Talk Las Vegas Before and After Flags

Carl Edward’s carried his winning momentum from 2010 into 2011 on Sunday, by staying out in front of a perturbed Tony Stewart to win the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Stewart was angered by a late pit stop that may have cost him the win. Juan Montoya, Marcos Ambrose and Ryan Newman followed to finish out the top five across the start-finish line. Five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson recently said that Carl Edwards is the guy to beat this season. Johnson may be spot-on.One other element that is on this season is the importance of consistency, and the drastic effect that a DNF (did not finish) can have on position, with the meager allocation of points under the new system. Points leader Kyle Busch ...

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