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South Point 400

Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #27 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #1 of 10

Sunday, September 15, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:16pm/et
Laps/Stages: 267 laps total. Stages end on laps: 80/160/267

Average time of race: 3:28:15
Minimum speed: 15% / 35.03
Fuel window: 60 laps
Average # caution flags:
12
Pit road speed:  45 mph
Caution car speed: 55 mph


TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING

Television Coverage: Time 7:00pm/et, NBCSN and streamed at NBC Sports Live (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): Performance Racing Network (PRN) / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

On track schedule

Practices:
Friday, September 13, 4:35-5:25pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Friday, September 13, 7:30-8:20pm/et, TV-NBCSN.
Qualifying: Saturday, September 14 at 4:05pm/et, TV-NBCSN.

Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)

Thursday, September 12
7:00 PM 9:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, September 13
10:30 AM-8:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
12:30 PM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
1:35 PM-2:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:30 PM-5:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, September 14
8:30 AM-2:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
1:05 PM (4:05 PM/ET) MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (SINGLE VEHICLE / ONE LAP ALL POSITIONS)

Sunday, September 15
12:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
2:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (NEON GARAGE)
3:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
4:00 PM (7:00 PM/ET) MENCS RACE (STAGES 80/160/267 LAPS = 400.5 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)
Contingency Awards
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumulative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Crew Rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
Weekend at-track schedule (pdf)


RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links

Truex wins Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs opener at 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. And sure enough, they were the ones celebrating in Victory Lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after Sunday night’s South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs opener. “Welcome back,’’ an ecstatic Truex screamed to his team on the radio after taking the checkered flag an impressive 4.173-seconds ahead of fellow Playoff competitor, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick.(More)(9-15-2019)

#19-Martin Truex, Jr. won the South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The win is his 5th win of 2019, 2nd win at Las Vegas and 26th career win. The win locks him into the Playoffs Round of 12.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #9-Elliott, #12-Blaney, #88-Bowman, #24-Byron, #42-Larson, #22-Logano and #6-Newman
Stage 1 was won by #22-Logano. Stage 2 was won by #19-Truex.
There were several incidents for Playoff drivers:
#18-Busch hit the wall early in the race, had to pit under green and lost nearly 2 laps. He was able to work his way back to the lead lap late in the race before finishing 19th.
#20-Jones’ car stuck in second gear at the start of stage 2. He lost 15 laps while the team repaired the car. He finished 36th.
#24-Byron spun on lap 180 when a tire went down. He was able to stay on the lead lap and finish 7th.
#22-Logano, dominated much of the race, leading 105 laps, but hit the outside wall after contact with #41-Suarez and could not get back to the front. He settled for a 9th place finish.
#1-Busch had a tire go down and hit the wall on lap 187. He could not continue and finished 39th.
Pole winner #14-Bowyer suffered a tire rub after contact with #21-Menard on lap 196 and had to pit under green. He finished 25th.
There were 24 lead changes among 14 drivers and 4 cautions for 22 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 142.555mph.
See race details at: Race Results (pdf), Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.

Where the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoff drivers finished at Las Vegas:
#19-Martin Truex, Jr., 1st
#4-Kevin Harvick, 2nd
#2-Brad Keselowski, 3rd
#9-Chase Elliott, 4th
#12-Ryan Blaney, 5th
#88-Alex Bowman, 6th
#24-William Byron, 7th
#42-Kyle Larson, 8th
#22-Joey Logano, 9th
#6-Ryan Newman, 10th
#10-Aric Almirola, 13th
#11-Denny Hamlin, 15th
#18-Kyle Busch, 19th
#14-Clint Bowyer, 25th
#20-Erik Jones, 36th
#1-Kurt Busch, 39th

Race Fast Facts – Las Vegas
Martin Truex Jr. (P) won the 2nd Annual South Point 400, his 24th victory in 504 Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his fifth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2019.
This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 16 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick (P) (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 21 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his 18th top-10 finish in 2019.
Brad Keselowski (P) (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 13 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Daniel Hemric (17th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Martin Truex Jr. (P) leads the point standings by 3 points over Kevin Harvick (P).
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-15-2019)

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after Las Vegas – race 1 of 3 in the Round of 16, 1 of 10 in the Playoffs]
1) #19-Martin Truex, Jr., 2082 [1 win in Round of 16]
2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2079, +52
3) #22-Joey Logano, 2075, +48
4) #18-Kyle Busch, 2063, +36
5) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2058, +31
6) #9-Chase Elliott, 2057, +30
7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2056, +29
8) #42-Kyle Larson, 2044, +17
9) #24-William Byron, 2040, +13
10) #12-Ryan Blaney, 2039, +12
11) #88-Alex Bowman, 2037, +10
12) #10-Aric Almirola, 2033, +6
currently outside the Round of 12 cutoff
13) #6-Ryan Newman, 2027, -6
14) #1-Kurt Busch, 2019, -14
15) #14-Clint Bowyer, 2012, -21
16) #20-Erik Jones, 2007, -26
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings

To the rear: #77-Sorenson (transmission), #37-Buescher (unapproved adjustments), #36-Tifft (unapproved adjustments)

Paint schemes

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been made.
Pole winner #14-Bowyer chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #41-Suarez too the 37th stall, with an opening in front of it.
#4-Harvick, starts 3rd and chose the 15th stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #1-Busch, who starts 5th.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(9-14-2019)

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Bowyer leads Stewart-Haas Racing sweep of Las Vegas Cup qualifying: Clint Bowyer won the pole position for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway turning a fast lap of 178.926 mph in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. It is only the third pole position he’s earned in 14 years of full-time Cup Series competition and the first, coincidentally, since this same date – Sept. 14– at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2007 – a race he won. There have been 431 races since his last pole position. It’s exactly the kind of start to his Playoffs that Bowyer needed. But not one he necessarily expected.(More)(9-14-2019)

#14-Clint Bowyer won the Busch pole for the South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with speed of 178.926mph for his 1st pole of 2019, 1st at Las Vegas and 3rd of his career.
#41-Suarez will start 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #10-Almirola, #1-Busch, #8-Hemric, #3-Dillon, #9-Elliott, #48-Johnson, and #34-McDowell.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 39 were entered for 40 spots.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(9-14-2019)

Where the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoff drivers will start at Las Vegas:
#14-Clint Bowyer, 1st
#4-Kevin Harvick, 3rd
#10-Aric Almirola, 4th
#1-Kurt Busch, 5th
#9-Chase Elliott, 8th
#11-Denny Hamlin, 13th
#24-William Byron, 14th
#42-Kyle Larson, 15th
#6-Ryan Newman, 17th
#2-Brad Keselowski, 18th
#88-Alex Bowman, 19th
#18-Kyle Busch, 20th
#22-Joey Logano, 22nd
#12-Ryan Blaney, 23rd
#19-Martin Truex, Jr., 24th
#20-Erik Jones, 26th

Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Clint Bowyer (P) won the Pole Award for the 2nd Annual South Point 400 with a lap of 30.18 seconds, 178.926 mph.
This is his third pole in 496 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and 16th top-10 start in 2019.
This is his first pole in 16 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Daniel Suarez (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2019 and his first in five races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick (P) (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his 18th in 27 races this season.
Daniel Hemric (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(9-14-2019)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#1-Busch 177.276
#22-Logano 176.783
#2-Keselowski 176.321
#9-Elliott 176.223
#12-Blaney 176.114
Slowest: #66-Gase 162.754 & #27-Nemechek 161.401
Most laps run: #22-Logano, 52 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 24 drivers): #18-Busch 175.106mph.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(9-13-2019)

First practice for the South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#14-Bowyer 178.059
#24-Byron 177.223
#48-Johnson 177.148
#17-Stenhouse, Jr. 176.748
#3-Dillon 176.684
Slowest: #27-Nemechek 165.853 & #66-Gase 161.851mph.
Most laps run: #95-DiBenedetto, 34 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 12X drivers): #24-Byron 175.968mph.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf).(9-13-2019)

Qualifying procedures

Inspection at Las Vegas: Cars will be impounded after qualifying at Las Vegas on Saturday. The starting lineup is official at the conclusion of qualifying.

Las Vegas rules package is 550hp with aero ducts.

Entry List for the South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Chastain, #27-Joe Nemechek, #51-McLeod, #52-Smithley, #53-Yeley, #66-Gase, #77-Sorenson.
Since 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)


RACE AND TRACK NEWS AND LINKS

Sunday Las Vegas Notebook

Saturday Las Vegas NASCAR Notebook

Friday Las Vegas Notebook

Weekend Preview: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the South Point 400

March 2019: see the Pennzoil 400 Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshals: Actor Cole Hauser
Command to start engines: Cole Hauser
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Marshawn Lynch
Color Guard: Nellis Air Force Base Color Guard
Invocation: MRO Chaplain, Billy Mauldin
National Anthem: Sierra Black
Flyover: United States Air Force A10 Thunderbolts II, Nellis Air Force Base


WEATHER

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground
Brian Neudorff @NASCAR_WXMAN
Aaron Studwell @RaceWeather


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Goodyear Fast Facts — Las Vegas