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Nascar Las Vegas Race Denny Hamlin

What happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay in Vegas. Cliché — I know, but who doesn’t like a great story and awesome photos.

Case in point: The punch, and the ensuing rumble that has NASCAR Nation and the sports world talking. Of course, I am talking about the punch Kyle Busch threw to Joey Logano’s face and the rumble between Busch, the ground, and Logano’s pit crew. Not exactly the boxing match that comes to mind when you think of Viva Las Vegas, but for a NASCAR fan, it’s like pulling on the one-arm bandit (that’s a slot machine — for you Millennials) and seeing all sevens. Cha-ching. NASCAR. Jackpot!

Nascar Las Vegas Race Kyle Busch

Some would say the race was lackluster. Others will rave that it was great. The scuffle may have overshadowed the race, but so much more happened leading up to the rumble on pit road. Young drivers like Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott raced like veterans. Clint Bowyer had a top 10 finish. Dale Jr. crossed the finished line for the first time this season. Danica was ‘Danica,’ as her hopes of winning went up in smoke. Brad Keselowski, who seemingly was on his way to capturing the checkered flag, went bust at the end. And perhaps the most underrated moment was when Martin Truex Jr., whose luck continues to improve, held his ground and went on to win the race. Let’s say, he hit twenty-one at the blackjack table.

Nascar Las Vegas Chase Elliott 24 Team 3

For all that happens during a race, there is so much more happening off the track. Almost everywhere you look at a NASCAR race, there is something going on — and the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was no exception. Whether it’s cars going through inspection, pit crew guys waiting patiently for some action, or fans being fans, there is always a sideshow to the main show that is a NASCAR Cup race.

I was fortunate enough to capture a few of these moments as I roamed from the haulers to the pits, and through the garage area. If you have never been to a NASCAR race with a hot pass, here is a sneak peek at some of the action on the other side of pit road. I share with you some of my NASCAR ‘treasures’ from my little ‘photo expedition’ at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

  • Nascar Las Vegas Race Kobalt 400
    Nascar Las Vegas Race Kobalt 400
  • Nascar Las Vegas Martin Truex Jr
    Nascar Las Vegas Martin Truex Jr
  • Nascar Las Vegas Joey Logano
    Nascar Las Vegas Joey Logano
  • Nascar Las Vegas Austin Dillon Whitney
    Nascar Las Vegas Austin Dillon Whitney
  • Nascar Las Vegas Ricky Stenthouse Jr
    Nascar Las Vegas Ricky Stenthouse Jr
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race Danica Patrick
    Nascar Las Vegas Race Danica Patrick
  • Nascar Las Vegas Ryan Newman
    Nascar Las Vegas Ryan Newman
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race Kasey Kahne
    Nascar Las Vegas Race Kasey Kahne
  • Nascar Las Vegas Carrot To
    Nascar Las Vegas Carrot To
  • Nascar Las Vegas Clint Bowyer
    Nascar Las Vegas Clint Bowyer
  • Nascar Las Vegas Austin Dillon
    Nascar Las Vegas Austin Dillon
  • Nascar Las Vegas Jimmie Johnson
    Nascar Las Vegas Jimmie Johnson
  • Nascar Las Vegas Chase Elliott 24
    Nascar Las Vegas Chase Elliott 24
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 14
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 14
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 15
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 15
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race No 22 Car
    Nascar Las Vegas Race No 22 Car
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 16
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 16
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race No 42 Car
    Nascar Las Vegas Race No 42 Car
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race No 48 Car
    Nascar Las Vegas Race No 48 Car
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race No 27 Car
    Nascar Las Vegas Race No 27 Car
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race No 2 Car
    Nascar Las Vegas Race No 2 Car
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race Fans
    Nascar Las Vegas Race Fans
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 10
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 10
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 17
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 17
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 19
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 19
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race No 18 Car
    Nascar Las Vegas Race No 18 Car
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race No 41
    Nascar Las Vegas Race No 41
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 12
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 12
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 13
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 13
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 8
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 8
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race No 32
    Nascar Las Vegas Race No 32
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race No 11 Car
    Nascar Las Vegas Race No 11 Car
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 9
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 9
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race Monster Energy Girl
    Nascar Las Vegas Race Monster Energy Girl
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race No 1 Mcmurray
    Nascar Las Vegas Race No 1 Mcmurray
  • Nascar Las Vegas Joe Gibbs
    Nascar Las Vegas Joe Gibbs
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race No 23
    Nascar Las Vegas Race No 23
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 7
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 7
  • Nascar Las Vegas Chase Elliott 24 Team 2
    Nascar Las Vegas Chase Elliott 24 Team 2
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs
    Nascar Las Vegas Race Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 6
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 6
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race No 19
    Nascar Las Vegas Race No 19
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race Denny Hamlin
    Nascar Las Vegas Race Denny Hamlin
  • Nascar Las Vegas Chase Elliott 24 Team
    Nascar Las Vegas Chase Elliott 24 Team
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race No 88 Dale Jr
    Nascar Las Vegas Race No 88 Dale Jr
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race No 43
    Nascar Las Vegas Race No 43
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race Jamie Little
    Nascar Las Vegas Race Jamie Little
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race Pennzoil
    Nascar Las Vegas Race Pennzoil
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 4
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 4
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 5
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 5
  • Nascar Las Vegas 48 Team
    Nascar Las Vegas 48 Team
  • Nascar Las Vegas Denny Hamlin
    Nascar Las Vegas Denny Hamlin
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 2
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 2
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 3
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 3
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race
    Nascar Las Vegas Race
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race 11
    Nascar Las Vegas Race 11
  • Nascar Las Vegas Martin Truex Jr Car
    Nascar Las Vegas Martin Truex Jr Car
  • Nascar Las Vegas Race Kobalt 400 Winner Martin Truex Jr
    Nascar Las Vegas Race Kobalt 400 Winner Martin Truex Jr
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