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Dustin Off the Round of 12: South Point 400

You got to know when to hold’em, and know when to fold’em.  Know when to walk away, and know when to run.  You never count your money when you’re sitting at the table.  They’ll be time enough for counting when the dealing’s done.

NASCAR in Las Vegas is a constant gamble when it comes to the playoff race, and some drivers are already putting all their chips in with the different events in this particular round, many placing their bets in Sin City to avoid all the uncertainty of a week from now.  But, is that a smart move?

Some of these drivers have their strength at Las Vegas, but a lot more could be playing to their strengths later in the round, play a bluff and steal away a win.

Yet, most of all these drivers gamble every week, and after the calamity that was Bristol, some have a lower chip count than others, and are looking to take out those frustrations.  In a round of 16, those risks were not as bad, since by the time Bristol was on the list, a lot of drivers already were in a must-win scenario, so some gambles were worth taking.

With a new round, those risks will either pay off, or mean a deep hole to dig out of to start out, and a lot of uncertainty then comes afterwards.

The usual suspects one would expect to run well in the playoffs, and at Las Vegas, are already looking to cash in.  Look at Kyle Larson, who’s holding the biggest hand of any driver this year.  Others have very little in their grasp, and have been dealt difficult cards, but they play their hand as best they can.  Kevin Harvick showed that last week, and ended up remaining winless through the season, but also showed he is not giving up in finding victory and moving on in the round.

And then there’s those that have always gambled and don’t care what happens in the end.  If that isn’t how Kyle Busch runs every race, especially one in his hometown, then something is off with the guy named Rowdy.

Las Vegas is calling, and it’s lighting up the night with lights to match the Strip.  Dust off the Round of 12, because someone is taking home a big pot.

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