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NASCAR at Las Vegas: Early Pit Strategy Puts New Faces at Front of Field

After a caution on lap eight, for a spin by Robby Gordon, pit strategy already came into play. Most of the leaders came in to the pits to top off on fuel. A handful of drivers stayed out to gain the all important track position. Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart took over the top two spots. Juan Montoya and Kurt Busch also stayed out to get closer to the front. As the field was taking the green, pole sitter Matt Kenseth was forced to head back down pit road as he had a flat tire. This put him one lap, and nearly two laps down. On lap 16 the yellow flag waved for the second time on the day. Contact between the No. 34 of David Gilliland and the No. 71 of Andy Lally, sent Lally spinning. He kept the car off the wall and was able to continue on. Rob...

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