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Ep. 196: Cup Playoffs, Week 2, with Steve Letarte on Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and more in the Las Vegas opener

By Nate Ryan, NASCAR on NBC Sports

In our new weekly NASCAR on NBC Podcast feature during the 2019 Cup playoffs, Steve Letarte discusses the eventful Round 1 opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, including whether Kyle Busch had a point about backmarkers and their worthiness (1:00); why Kyle Busch is making mistakes lately and is he lacking focus? (3:00); what the Las Vegas victory says about the championship worthiness of Martin Truex Jr. and crew chief Cole Pearn (5:30): why Truex's success might irritate Busch (8:00); the significance of winning the opener (10:00); what happened when Chase Elliott slowed to help William Byron stay on the lead lap and was it legal? (12:00); what happened at the end of Stage 2 with Truex, Joey Logano and Matt DiBenedetto (15:00); Logano's up and down day and did the defending series champion make some moves he would like back (17:00); the concepts of insane restarts and why drivers are sometimes wrong about it being 'impossible' to pass (19:00); why doesn't the racing on restarts translate to the rest of the race ... and would we really want it to do anyway (22:00).

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