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NASCAR Weekend photos: LVMS practice sessions; Joey Logano wins pole; Claire Sinclair, Marie Osmond

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Stratosphere Pole Day on Friday, March 7, 2014, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano won the pole, presented by Stratosphere headliner Claire Sinclair, for the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Spring Cup Series on Sunday at LVMS.

2014 NASCAR Weekend: Stratosphere Pole Day at LVMS

Stratosphere Pole Day on Friday, March 7, 2014, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano won the pole for the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Spring Cup Series on Sunday at LVMS. Launch slideshow »

Brad Keselowski Wins Boyd Gaming 300

The Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series, won by Brad Keselowski, on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Launch slideshow »

2014 NASCAR Weekend: Kobalt 400 Practice Sessions

Practice sessions for the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Launch slideshow »

REO Speedwagon at Fremont Street

REO Speedwagon headlines a free NASCAR Weekend Race Jam concert at Fremont Street Experience on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Two Strip entertainers dazzled the crowds on the first two days of NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“Pin Up” at the Stratosphere starlet Claire Sinclair, in a sexy red bustier, matching pumps and black short shorts, was on parade for Stratosphere Pole Day on Friday that declared Joey Logano the No. 1 slot for today’s Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at LVMS.

Flamingo headliner Marie Osmond made it a family affair Saturday for the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series and even got a ride in a pre-race car at high speed around the track.

Brad Keselowski won the race, and hometown high-speed hero Kyle Busch placed second after making a big comeback from the Back of the race pack.

Some of NASCAR’s biggest racecar stars took park in practice sessions at LVMS on Thursday, among them Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose, Danica Patrick, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

One of the largest crowds ever on downtown’s Fremont Street Experience — reportedly more than 12,000 — enjoyed a free concert by rockers REO Speedwagon during NASCAR’s Race Jam.

Among the celebrities expected at today’s Kobalt 400: Motley Crue rocker and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil and Luxor headliner comedian Carrot Top.

We’ll wrap up our NASCAR Weekend coverage — and coverage of today’s Kobalt 400, which Keselowski also won — right here at Vegas DeLuxe on Monday.

Our thanks to hard-working contributing photographer Tom Donoghue, who has been shooting photo galleries from start (Wednesday’s NASCAR Hauler Parade on the Strip) to finish (today’s Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series).

A&E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy contributed to this report.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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