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”

Sept. 15, 2019

By Holly Cain
NASCAR Wire Service

LAS VEGAS — It had been almost three months since Martin Truex Jr. last raised a trophy and while others may have wondered about his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team’s Playoff potential, this team never wavered in its confidence or pursuit. Continue reading “Truex wins Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs opener at Las Vegas”