For the NASCAR Cup teams traveling to Las Vegas, good news and bad news. 

NASCAR never begun the season with two superspeedway races until this year.  

William Byron won the Daytona 500, and Daniel Suárez beat Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch at Atlanta.  

Cup teams' good and bad news after Atlanta:  

Good news: Michael McDowell claimed the pole at Atlanta a week after starting on the Daytona 500 front row.   

Teammate Todd Gilliland led a career-high 16 laps in the Daytona 500 and 58 in Atlanta.   

Gilliland dominated the series with 74 laps this season. Unfortunately,  

Gilliland finished 35th in the Daytona 500 and 26th at Atlanta despite those front laps.  

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