#586 Guest: Alex Bowman – We recap the sizzling hot restarts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, discuss all things playoff race number 1, we loved segment one so much in fact, we recorded it twice (well one of us did anyway) a driver loses his ride, plus a full preview of Richmond under the lights and all the action we come to expect. Hosted by Kerry ‘records properly’ Murphey and Toby ‘ooops I forgot to hit record’ Christie. (Ep. 586)

Continue reading “TFLW NASCAR Podcast: #586 Alex Bowman goes to the movies”

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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”

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race – 2nd Annual South Point 400
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, September 15, 2019

1. (24) Martin Truex Jr. (P), Toyota, 267.
2. (3) Kevin Harvick (P), Ford, 267.
3. (18) Brad Keselowski (P), Ford, 267.
4. (8) Chase Elliott (P), Chevrolet, 267.
5. (23) Ryan Blaney (P), Ford, 267.
6. (19) Alex Bowman (P), Chevrolet, 267.
7. (14) William Byron (P), Chevrolet, 267.
8. (15) Kyle Larson (P), Chevrolet, 267.
9. (22) Joey Logano (P), Ford, 267.
10. (17) Ryan Newman (P), Ford, 267.
11. (9) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 267.
12. (7) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 267.
13. (4) Aric Almirola (P), Ford, 267.
14. (21) Paul Menard, Ford, 267.
15. (13) Denny Hamlin (P), Toyota, 267.
16. (27) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 267.
17. (6) Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, 267.
18. (28) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 266.
19. (20) Kyle Busch (P), Toyota, 266.
20. (2) Daniel Suarez, Ford, 266.
21. (25) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 266.
22. (11) David Ragan, Ford, 266.
23. (31) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 266.
24. (10) Michael McDowell, Ford, 266.
25. (1) Clint Bowyer (P), Ford, 266.
26. (12) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 265.
27. (16) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, 265.
28. (33) Corey LaJoie, Ford, 265.
29. (30) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 265.
30. (29) Matt Tifft #, Ford, 264.
31. (32) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 262.
32. (36) JJ Yeley(i), Ford, 260.
33. (35) BJ McLeod(i), Ford, 259.
34. (38) Joe Nemechek(i), Chevrolet, 257.
35. (34) Garrett Smithley(i), Ford, 255.
36. (26) Erik Jones (P), Toyota, 254.
37. (37) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 250.
38. (39) Joey Gase(i), Toyota, 249.
39. (5) Kurt Busch (P), Chevrolet, Accident, 187.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 142.555 mph.
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 48 Mins, 34 Secs. Margin of Victory: 4.173 Seconds.
Caution Flags: 4 for 22 laps.
Lead Changes: 24 among 14 drivers.
Lap Leaders: C. Bowyer (P) 1;D. Suarez 2-30;A. Almirola (P) 31-33;J. Logano (P) 34-42;M. McDowell 43-58;J. Logano (P) 59-83;K. Harvick (P) 84-86;W. Byron (P) 87;J. Logano (P) 88-123;C. Buescher 124;J. Logano (P) 125-157;M. Truex Jr. (P) 158-167;J. Logano (P) 168;M. Truex Jr. (P) 169-170;C. Elliott (P) 171-181;J. Logano (P) 182;D. Hamlin (P) 183-185;R. Blaney (P) 186;K. Harvick (P) 187-229;C. Elliott (P) 230;W. Byron (P) 231-235;K. Larson (P) 236-237;M. DiBenedetto 238-246;K. Harvick (P) 247;M. Truex Jr. (P) 248-267.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Joey Logano (P) 6 times for 105 laps; Kevin Harvick (P) 3 times for 47 laps; Martin Truex Jr. (P) 3 times for 32 laps; Daniel Suarez 1 time for 29 laps; Michael McDowell 1 time for 16 laps; Chase Elliott (P) 2 times for 12 laps; Matt DiBenedetto 1 time for 9 laps; William Byron (P) 2 times for 6 laps; Aric Almirola (P) 1 time for 3 laps; Denny Hamlin (P) 1 time for 3 laps; Kyle Larson (P) 1 time for 2 laps; Ryan Blaney (P) 1 time for 1 lap; Clint Bowyer (P) 1 time for 1 lap; Chris Buescher 1 time for 1 lap.
Stage #1 Top Ten: 22,4,10,41,3,1,24,19,42,20
Stage #2 Top Ten: 19,22,42,4,9,24,11,12,1,88

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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”