Sunday’s Kobalt 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway kicks off the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ three-race Western Swing, with races next week at Phoenix Raceway and in two weeks at Auto Club Speedway.
Here are the 10 drivers who accumulated the most points in last year’s Western Swing.
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AJ Allmendinger, 84 points
The Western Swing was good for Allmendinger last year, as he finished 14th in Las Vegas, 17th in Phoenix and eighth at Auto Club.
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Austin Dillon, 86
A fifth-place finish in Las Vegas, got Dillon off to a good start and he followed it up by coming ninth at Phoenix. Unfortunately, Auto Club proved to be a struggle, as he was 24th there.
Brad Keselowski, 88
The 2012 champion got a great start to the Western Swing by winning in Las Vegas for the second time in three seasons. But his points total was hurt badly by a 29th-place result in Phoenix.
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Kyle Busch, 92
The good news for Busch was that he finished fourth in the first two races out west last year. The bad news is he was 25th at Auto Club.
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Carl Edwards, 98
In a thrilling finish at Phoenix, Edwards was edged out at the line by Kevin Harvick. Las Vegas was Edwards’ worst finish, as he wound up 18th in Sin City.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. 100
Credit consistency for Earnhardt’s solid showing out west last year: All three of his finishes in these races were between fifth and 11th place.
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Denny Hamlin, 100
After the disappointment of finishing 19th in Las Vegas, Hamlin had outstanding third-place finishes in each of the next two races.
Joey Logano, 101
Second in Las Vegas and fourth at Auto Club, Logano clearly had it going on out west. But like his teammate Brad Keselowski, he stumbled a bit at Phoenix, where he finished 18th.
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Jimmie Johnson, 114
The seven-time champion won the race at Auto Club and was third at Las Vegas. His only non top-10 finish in these three races came at Phoenix, where he was 11th.
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Kevin Harvick, 121
With a win at Phoenix, a runner-up finish at Auto Club and a seventh at Las Vegas Harvick and his Stewart-Haas Racing team had a dazzling average finish of 3.33 in the races on the Western Swing. And would surprise no one if he did as well again this year.