New NASCAR package paves way for long shot to win Pennzoil 400

Bettors who’ve banked on a long shot to take the checkered flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are running on empty after 22 NASCAR Cup Series races there.

Favorites have dominated at LVMS since it hosted its first Cup race in 1998. Only five active drivers have won at LVMS and all are former Cup Series champions: Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson.

“If you’re betting drivers over 20-1 in Las Vegas, you haven’t cashed. It just doesn’t happen,” handicapper Micah Roberts said. “It’s always been an elite team winning and an elite car winning. The cream always rises to the top.”

But that might change in Sunday’s Pennzoil 400, where NASCAR’s new competition package — which reduced horsepower from 750 to 550 — promises to produce more competitive racing than in past years.

“The new car opens it up to a whole new

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