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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 15: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 15, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Sunday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a good show.

Kyle Busch and Garrett Smithley had drama, as did Joey Logano and Daniel Suarez. And in the end Martin Truex Jr. worked around Kevin Harvick in the closing laps for the win.

The racing action and new Sunday night time slot were rewarded with higher television overnight ratings than in 2018. Continue reading “Sunday Night NASCAR Experiment Produces 8-Percent Ratings Gain”


Garrett Smithley didn’t just stand idle while Kyle Busch called into question whether the 27-year old driver deserves to have a spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Busch was miffed after he stumbled to a 19th-place finish after contact with Smithley in the final Stage of the race. Busch had rallied from two laps down Sunday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to be within an earshot of a top-five finish in the opening round of the 2019 NASCAR Playoffs. Then, as Busch was coming up on lapped traffic, he slammed into the rear of Smithley’s No. 52 Rick Ware Racing machine. Continue reading “Garrett Smithley Defends Driving After Kyle Busch Calls Him Into Question”

What a wild and strange 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season it has been for Johnny Sauter.

To say it’s been a roller coaster of emotions would be a massive understatement. Sauter’s season has been filled with incredible highlights and stunning low-lights. But after a chaotic Friday night in Las Vegas, the 41-year old driver has been officially eliminated from Championship contention after his motor expired after running 45 laps in the race. Continue reading “Johnny Sauter’s Season of Ups and Downs Meets Smokey End in Las Vegas”