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Race Winner:  Chase Briscoe of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner:  Chase Briscoe of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner:  Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Key Moment:

Briscoe’s No. 98 Ford Performance Racing School Ford Mustang was dominant in the Saturday portion of the Boyd Gaming 300, leading twice for 26 laps and taking the Stage 1 win. It proved to be a slightly different racecar in the Sunday edition of the race, for after rain postponed the remainder of the contest to after the NASCAR Cup Series race, track conditions changed significantly, seemingly to the betterment of others. Briscoe and crew chief Richard Boswell were undeterred, continually adjusting the handling of the No. 98 Ford Performance Racing School Ford Mustang. Their work, combined with a quick pit stop on lap 165, put Briscoe back into the lead for the lap-170 restart. Briscoe bested fellow Ford driver Austin Cindric when the green flag dropped, opening up a significant margin that, despite Cindric’s best efforts in the final 15 laps, could not be overcome. Briscoe collected his first victory of 2020 and the third Xfinity Series win of his career. The triumph, combined with Briscoe’s fifth-place result in the season-opener last weekend at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, makes the 25-year-old driver from Mitchell, Indiana, the championship leader with a seven-point advantage over next best Noah Gragson.

 

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 98 Ford Performance Racing School Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

“It’s nice to get a win early. Obviously, we were hoping that we could get a win at some point in the year – we expected to – but to get it in our Ford Performance Racing School Ford Mustang before Phoenix is definitely nice just because we can go there and kind of try some stuff because I feel like that’s one place I need to get way better at. That being said, it’s nice to take the point lead. It doesn’t mean as much this early in the season, but it’s a good confidence booster and it goes a long way when you’re in that first garage stall with your guys.

 

“If we do our job every week, I feel like we can contend at any racetrack. This shows that we’re capable of winning, and that’s something that internally I feel like we all knew, but you never know until you do it. It makes a little bit of a statement, but not a definite statement that this is who you’ve got to go through to win the championship, by any means. There are still a lot of guys that are going to be really good and, truthfully, we’ve got to get a lot better too to be that definite guy.

 

“The race was really weird. I feel like every time I come to Vegas, you can run up to the wall or even run the middle really well, and the bottom kind of goes away after seven or eight laps. The beginning of the race I felt like I was really, really good, and I had clean air, but when we lost the lead my car completely changed. It took a total 180 and it was hard to tell if it was really just dirty air doing that or the sun going down. Cindric ran away with it there for a while, and then when I was able to get the lead and I kind of ran away with it, and it seemed like tonight was the fastest I’ve ever felt like I’ve gone around Vegas, just because we had so much grip and so much speed around the bottom. It was almost like driving a truck in terms of how hard you could drive the thing, so clean air was crucial just because it was so hard to make a pass. I probably gave up a ton of time trying to make the top work, and even trying to make the middle work and pass guys. I just had to try to stay disciplined to run the bottom and, obviously, it would prevail.”

 

Notes:                   

● Prior to Briscoe’s win in the Boyd Gaming 300, his previous best finish at Las Vegas was eighth, earned in last year’s Boyd Gaming 300.

● Briscoe led five times for a race-high 89 laps to bring his laps led total at Las Vegas to 90.

● Briscoe earned his third victory, 16th top-five and 32nd top-10 in 52 career Xfinity Series starts. This was his fourth Xfinity Series start at Las Vegas.

● Briscoe won Stage 1 to earn 10 bonus points and one playoff point. He finished third in Stage 2 to earn eight more bonus points.

● Briscoe’s margin of victory over second-place Cindric was 2.874 seconds.

● There were five caution periods for a total of 28 laps.

● Only 11 of the 36 drivers in the Boyd Gaming 300 finished on the lead lap.

 

Next Up:               

The next event on the Xfinity Series schedule is the Production Alliance Group 300 on Saturday, Feb. 29 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The race starts at 4 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

TSC PR

Richmond Raceway and Coca-Cola Consolidated have partnered to support the growing esports program, Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco, with Coca-Cola Consolidated being the official refreshment partner. Coca-Cola Consolidated will also receive naming rights for the Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco’s inaugural development program, Coca-Cola Richmond Raceway eSports Development team (Coca-Cola ReD). Coca-Cola will be the primary sponsor of the No. 46 Toyota Camry in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series driven by Jimmy Mullis.

“Coca-Cola Consolidated is a long-time valued partner of Richmond Raceway, so we look forward to their expanded sponsorship with Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “As Richmond Raceway continues to be a key part of the evolution of esports in motorsports, we appreciate Coca-Cola Consolidated’s support of our esports program and our mission to connect with the next generation of race fans.”

As the official refreshment partner of Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco, Coca-Cola products will provide the energy, hydration and refreshment for our esports athletes before, during, and after eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series races. The partnership also supports Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco events including the Richmond Raceway eSports Sunoco Series, which is two five-race esports tournaments hosted on Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4.

Richmond Raceway eSports Sunoco Series will be two five-race tournaments, totaling 20 esports races, on the NASCAR Heat 4 platform. The competitions will be held online leading up to the Toyota Spring Race Weekend on April 17-19 and NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend on Sept. 11-12. Spring registration for the Richmond Raceway eSports Sunoco Series is now open on richmondraceway.com/esports.

“Coca-Cola Consolidated is always looking to find innovative ways to engage with racing fans and partners,” said Heather Hucks, Senior Director of Brand Marketing at Coca-Cola Consolidated. “With the launch of Coca-Cola Energy, we are excited to provide Richmond Raceway eSports fans and drivers with a new beverage experience before, during and after iRacing competitions.”

Coca-Cola Consolidated holds the naming rights associated with the new Richmond Raceway eSports Development team, Coca-Cola ReD. The Coca-Cola ReD team will identify and work with select athletes in the Mid-Atlantic to amplify their online presence, support the growth of their personal brand, and aid their development to become future competitors in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series.

The Coca-Cola ReD athletes will race throughout the year on iRacing under the Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco brand. The Coca-Cola ReD team will also attend Richmond events as ambassadors of Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco. The inaugural Coca-Cola ReD team will be announced in the near future.

Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco will compete for its third consecutive season in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series. Jimmy Mullis will be behind the wheel of the No. 46 Coca-Cola Toyota Camry. This will be Mullis’s third year with Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco.

To download the Coca-Cola ReD logo and No. 46 Coca-Cola Toyota Camry paint scheme, click here.

In three seasons competing in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, Mullis has two wins, ten top 5’s, and 24 top 10’s with 115 laps led. He finished fifth in points in 2019, 11th in 2018, and 18th in 2017. Mullis will continue to drive the No. 46 Toyota Camry, which is symbolic of the year Richmond Raceway was founded and held its first race in 1946.

“It feels great to be driving the No. 46 Coca-Cola Consolidated Toyota Camry this season for Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco,” said Jimmy Mullis. “Knowing Coca-Cola Consolidated’s history in NASCAR, it is an honor to represent them in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series. I look forward to putting our Coca-Cola Toyota Camry up front this season.”

Zack Novak will drive the No. 90 Sunoco/Sim Seats Toyota Camry for Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco this season. Novak won the 2019 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series championship competing for Roush Fenway Racing eSports. In three seasons competing in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, Novak has six wins and 17 top 5’s with 816 laps led. Novak also won the 2018 eNASCAR IGNITE Series, the eNASCAR youth-focused platform for gamers aged 13-16 years-old. The No. 90 Sunoco/Sim Seats Toyota Camry honors Richmond native and long-time NASCAR team owner, Junie Donlavey.

NASCAR and professional esports teams will return for 2020 competition in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, including new teams established by NASCAR Cup Series drivers William Byron, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson. The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season is available for fans to wartch on Facebook, Twitch, YouTube and eNASCAR.com.

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series will return to NBCSN this season for six races during the series’ Playoffs. The series debuted on NBCSN last summer with a pair of All-Star exhibition races and was followed by the first-ever eNASCAR championship telecast on NBCSN’s NASCAR America at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway.

For more details on the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, including the full season schedule and team rosters visit eNASCAR.com and iRacing.com. For more information on iRacing and special membership offers, visit iRacing.com.

Coca-Cola Consolidated will also be the primary sponsor of the state-of-the-art Richmond Raceway Simulator, which will receive a new Coca-Cola themed paint scheme for the year. The Coca-Cola Richmond Raceway Simulator is an interactive two-seat, in-car driving simulator that allows fans to get behind the wheel to drive Richmond’s famed ¾-mile D-shaped oval and 79 other tracks including some select Racing Virginia tracks.

The Coca-Cola Richmond Raceway Simulator will be available for fans at key outbound events throughout the year. The Richmond Raceway Simulator is powered by iRacing, the world’s premier motorsports racing simulation platform. Richmond-based Sim Seats designed and installed the hardware for the simulator.

To learn more about Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco, follow on Twitter or visit richmondraceway.com/esports.

Richmond Raceway PR

Sports hero, collegiate champion wrestler and DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Ambassador, Anthony Robles, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most pull-ups in one minute with an 80 lb. pack. The current record of 18 pull-ups was set by Adam Sandel in December 2017. Robles will make his attempt during the O’Reilly Auto Parts Pre-Race Party at Phoenix Raceway prior to the green flag of the FanShield 500 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 8.

“I’m looking forward to attempting another Guinness World Record,” said Robles. “To be able to make my attempt during pre-race of the FanShield 500, in front of a huge crowd, is that much more motivation for me. I’ve been training hard and am feeling pretty good about the attempt. But this is more than just a world record attempt for me. It’s a way for me to support DAV and their ‘Victories For Veterans program,’ and anyone can join me by visiting victoriesforveterans.com for more info.”

Born with one leg, Robles represents what one can achieve with sheer determination and perseverance. In high school, the Arizona native chose to pursue wrestling. After intensive training, Robles went 96-0 in his junior and senior years at Mesa High School and won two state championships, as well as the 2006 National High School Championship.

Despite his high school success, Robles was not recruited by his top choices for college and chose to continue his dream at Arizona State University where he redshirted his freshman year. After four years, Robles concluded his career at Arizona State with a record of 122-23, a three-time PAC-12 wrestling champion, three-time NCAA All-American and 125-pound NCAA Champion in 2011. Robles has also won two ESPY Awards and is a National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee.

A film adaptation of Robles’ memoir, titled “Unstoppable,” was announced in November 2019 and will be produced by Dwayne Johnson, Seven Bucks Productions, and 101 Studios. “Unstoppable” is the inspiring true-life story of Robles as a sports hero who, despite being born with one leg to a single-parent family, overcame every obstacle to become a collegiate wrestling star.

Tickets to the FanShield 500 Speed Fest Weekend at Phoenix Raceway, March 6-8, are available online at PhoenixRaceway.com, by phone at 866-408-RACE (7223), or in person at the Phoenix Raceway ticket office during regular business hours.

Phoenix Raceway PR

Joey Logano and Matt DiBenedetto led Ford Performance to a 1-2 finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Pennzoil 400. Logano piloted the Team Penske Pennzoil Mustang to Ford’s first win of 2020 while winning his 24th NASCAR Cup Series career race.
“Congratulations to Joey, Paul, Roger, and the No. 22 crew,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was great to see these Ford Mustangs run so strong. Our guys drove a great race and happy to see Joey and Paul get their first win of the season. We {Roush Yates Engines} are proud to be part of the Ford Performance team and power these fast Ford Mustangs.”
After a late race caution, at lap 262, Logano missed the call to pit, which placed him in the lead for the restart and a two-lap shoot out. As they came to green, Logano received a big push from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. which pushed him to the lead. With the clean air, he was able to separate himself from the rest of the pack and take the white flag before another caution came out on the last lap, securing Logano back-to-back wins in Las Vegas with Ford Performance.
 
Logano commented in Victory Lane, “There was a little confusion, but it worked out really well. A lot of cars stayed out and that was key to that move. Winning the Pennzoil 400 with the Pennzoil car, this is huge. It means a lot to be able to do this two-years in a row winning this race. I’m proud of the effort everybody here behind me did today. They prepared a great car and executed the race perfectly and that’s what we wanted. We fought hard and tried to keep every spot we possibly could and then ultimately, oh man, being able to pull it into Victory Lane here.”
 
Ford has won four out of the last five races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Kevin Harvick (2018), Brad Keselowski (2018) and Logano (2019).
 
The Ford teams led a combined 165 laps out of the 267-lap race with a race high by Harvick of 92 followed by race winner, Logano with 54 and Team Penske teammate, Ryan Blaney with 19. 
 
DiBenedetto drove the No. 21 Ford Mustang to a second-place finish with Wood Brothers Racing while Keselowski finished P7 and Harvick P8.
 
Ford also went 1-2 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Sunday. Chase Briscoe from Stewart-Haas Racing crossed the finish line first, leading 89 laps out of the 200-lap race, to win his third career NXS race while Austin Cindric from Team Penske came in second, leading a total of 39 laps.
“It’s nice to get a win early,” Briscoe commented in Victory Lane. “Obviously, we were hoping that we could get a win at some point in the year – we expected to – but to get it in our Ford Performance Racing School Ford Mustang before Phoenix is definitely nice just because we can go there and kind of try some stuff because I feel like that’s one place I need to get way better at. That being said, it’s nice to take the point lead. It doesn’t mean as much this early in the season, but it’s a good confidence booster and it goes a long way when you’re in that first garage stall with your guys.”
 
The Ford teams will take this momentum to Fontana, CA and the Auto Club Speedway later this week. Reference the full 2020 schedule on Roushyates.com.

RYE PR

Coming off of a fast Speedweeks at Daytona, Ty Dillon and the GEICO team again found their footing when they arrived in Las Vegas on Friday. When Dillon took to the 1.5-mile oval of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he made quick work of the track, ending up third on the scoring tower at the conclusion of the opening practice session. Final practice followed suit and, despite having the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 1LE in race trim, Dillon was 16th fastest, but had the 12th fastest 10-lap average.
 
For the second consecutive week, Mother Nature showed up to exhibit her might. This time, heavy rain spared race day, but caused the cancellation of NASCAR Cup Series qualifying, a frustrating outcome for a driver and team armed with a quick racecar. The starting field would be set according to the 2019 owner point standings, which would leave Dillon rolling off of the starting grid from the 24th position.
 
Chamber of commerce weather gave way to racing on Sunday afternoon when fans filed in to bear witness to the Pennzoil 400. Dillon and the No. 13 GEICO Camaro took off from 24th when the green flag set the field underway for 267-laps of action. Dillon promptly collected six positions and moved into 18th on the opening lap of the race.  
 
The balance of the race would be much of the same, as Dillon would break into the top-5 on lap 55 and run strong throughout the afternoon. The No. 13 GEICO Camaro was solid throughout the afternoon and the Germain Racing pit crew would play their part on pit road, always returning Dillon to the racing surface quickly.
 
When the caution flag slowed the field with just five laps to go in the 267-lap race, crew chief, Matt Borland, ordered Dillon to pit road, where the Germain Racing pit crew outfitted his GEICO Camaro with four fresh tires. After pitting, Dillon would restart the race from the 19th position. Just two laps remained when the green flag turned the field loose for what would be a wild finish.
 
When the green flag flew for the final restart of the day, business picked up immediately and cars went six-wide in a wild charge to the finish. Dillon made a daring move, wheeling the GEICO Camaro to the inside of a large pack of cars, which netted nine-positions and rewarded him with a 10th place finish. Germain Racing's top-10 result at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is indicative of the team's progress on intermediate tracks and the confidence of their wheelman, Ty Dillon.
 
"I'm just really happy with our GEICO Camaro. We got pretty tight through the middle of the race, so we started freeing it up and freeing it up," a smiling Dillon said after exiting his racecar. "We just needed an opportunity to get some track position back there. Things went our way on that restart and I was able to find some holes and finally got aggressive there at the end." He continued, "We got our first top-10 of the year, so that feels good. We ran really, really strong at Daytona, but didn't get the result that we deserved. For our team to run the way we did today is a really exciting thing for our organization."
 
The restarts were wild at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but Dillon's cat-like reflexes served him well.
 
"It was nuts. It was three or four-wide every single restart and you just had to find the lane that had a little bit of momentum," Dillon said. "It was crazy, it was never the same. I think I restarted 19th and went through the middle, and we ended up 10th. I don't really know what happened, but we just started passing cars. You just had to find the lane and you had to process things at such a high rate of speed. You just had to be committed to where you were going."
 
With heavy rain having blanketed the Las Vegas area on Saturday, NASCAR Cup Series drivers were faced with a green racetrack when the Pennzoil 400 got underway on Sunday.
 
"It was green to start, which always throws you a curveball. You don't really know how the track is going to transition and what you're going to battle," Dillon said. "For us, it was free to start, it got tight again and then we kind of freed it up there at the end. You're always chasing the track; that's what makes NASCAR fun. Nobody just dominates everything anymore. It was a really fun race and I hope the fans enjoyed it."
 
Germain Racing will now make their way to beautiful southern California for the third race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.
 
Ty Dillon and the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 1LE will hit the track at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, February 28th, at 4:05 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow on Saturday at 2:35 PM (ET).
 
The Autoclub 400 is on Sunday, March 1st and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:30 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
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Race Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

Daniel Suárez started 35th, finished 33rd.

With five cars ahead of him on the grid having to go to the rear, Suárez took the green flag from 30th. Less than halfway through the first lap, he reported the No. 96 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Camry lost power. He came to a stop on the apron just short of turn three, bringing out the caution flag.

● Safety crews pushed Suárez back to his pit box during the caution. There the team was able to reset the electronics and successfully refire the engine. Suárez rejoined the race in 38th place, two laps down.

● A competition caution waved on lap 25, and Suárez pitted from 37th for four tires, fuel, and track bar and air pressure adjustments to help fight a loose condition.

● Suárez finished the segment 33rd, three laps down. He pitted for four tires, fuel, tape on the grill, and further air pressure and track bar adjustments. He resumed in 32nd, three laps down.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

Started 32nd, three laps down, and finished 32nd, four laps down.

Suárez held position throughout the stage, which began for him with a long, 60-lap fuel-and-tire run. He pitted from 32nd on lap 140 for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments to both front tires. He resumed in 32nd, four laps down.

The team opted to have Suárez stay out on track during the stage break. He took the wave-around, gaining one position and one of the four laps he trailed to the leaders. The team planned to make it to the end of the race on just one more stop.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 161-267):

Started 31st, three laps down, finished 30th, four laps down.

The caution flag flew on lap 168, sending Suárez to the pits for four tires and fuel on lap 170. He continued in 31st, three laps down, on the lap-171 restart.

● Suárez reported the rear end of the car felt different – “darty” – in the opening laps of the ensuing restart. The caution then flew again on lap 175 and gave Suárez the opportunity to attend to the rear-end issue. He pitted from 31st on lap 178 to top off the car with gas and make rear-end adjustments. He resumed in 31st.

● The final fuel-and-tire stop for the native of Monterrey, Mexico, came under green on lap 245, when the team also made slight air pressure adjustments again to both front tires. He dropped from 29th to 30th and held position the rest of the way.

 

Daniel Suárez, driver of the No. 96 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Camry for Gaunt Brothers Racing:

“Obviously, this is just a learning process. We had an issue with the ECU box in the beginning. We couldn’t figure out what was going on, but it put us into a hole and it was difficult to get out of the hole. I feel like we could have finished somewhere in the top-25, maybe even better than that. We had to fight hard. We learned a lot of different things that we can improve for next week. It feels good to get that first race in. We now know what we have to work on. We just have to go out there and keep digging.”

 

Race Notes:

● Joey Logano won the Las Vegas 400 to score his 24th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his second at Las Vegas. He beat second-place Matt DiBenedetto as the race ended under caution.

● There were nine caution periods for a total of 37 laps.

● Twenty-four of the 38 drivers in the Las Vegas 400 finished on the lead lap.

● Ryan Blaney leaves Las Vegas as the championship leader with a three-point advantage over second-place Logano.

 

Next Up:

The next event for Suárez and Gaunt Brothers Racing is the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 1, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its prerace show at 3 p.m.

 

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Race Winner:      Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner:  Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner:  Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

Clint Bowyer started ninth, finished 18th.

● The No. 14 BlueDEF Ford Mustang started ninth after rain cancelled Saturday practice and qualifying.

● Bowyer immediately reported his car wouldn’t turn as he needed it and it was tight in traffic.

● During a lap-25 competition caution the No. 14 crew made tire pressure air adjustments to improve the handling.

● Bowyer restarted seventh, but as the race wore on the problems worsened, and Bowyer dropped to 18th by the end of the first stage.

● The crew took a bigger swing to correct the issues, making a wedge adjustment during the stage break.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

Started 16th, finished 16th.

● Bowyer still struggled with handling through the first green-flag run of the stage before pitting for tires and fuel on lap 122.

● Bowyer remained in 16th throughout the stage, telling the team that the “front end is just really numb.”

● No. 14 BlueDEF Ford Mustang crew made more adjustments during the stage break, and a quick stop jumped Bowyer from 16th to 11th.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267):

Started 11th, finished 12th.

● The No. 14 BlueDEF Ford Mustang took advantage of early cautions in the stage to pit for tires and fuel.

● With 87 laps to go, Bowyer restarted the race in 17th.

● He worked his way up to 14th during the stage before drifting backward.

● His final green-flag stop came with 50 to go, but seconds later a caution dropped Bowyer and all except the top-five cars off the lead lap.

● Bowyer took the wave-around to return to the lead lap in 18th with 42 laps remaining.

● A shootout just before the white flag waved saw Bowyer jump from 18th to 12th.

 

Notes:

● This is Bowyer’s second straight top-15. He finished sixth in the Daytona 500.

● Joey Logano won the Las Vegas 400 to score his 24th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his second at Las Vegas. He beat second-place Matt DiBenedetto as the race ended under a last-lap caution.

● This was Ford’s series-leading 13th NASCAR Cup Series victory at Las Vegas and its 687th all-time NASCAR Cup Series win.

● There were nine caution periods for a total of 37 laps.

● Twenty-four of the 38 drivers in the Las Vegas 400 finished on the lead lap.

● Ryan Blaney leaves Las Vegas as the championship leader with a three-point advantage over second-place Logano.

 

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 BlueDEF Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“That was a long day for us. We just couldn’t get our front end to work like we wanted it to work. Our car did not want to roll the middle today. We’ll be better in Fontana next week.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 1, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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Austin Dillon and the Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road/E-Z-Go Chevrolet Team's Gamble in Las Vegas Pays Off with Solid Top-Five Finish 
 

4th
 
 
 21st
   7th
"Our Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road/E-Z-GO Chevrolet was strong all day, but we needed track position. Thankfully we were able to make some moves at the end of the race to earn a fourth-place finish. It's just really hard because everybody is really close, and you can tell how close we all are by how many cars are on the lead lap at the end of these races. NASCAR did a great job of getting these cars to where they are now. The race really came down to restarts. You had to get what you could on the start. It is crazy racing out there. On the second-to-last restart we started on the inside and lost a ton of positions, so at the end of the race when the caution came out, we knew it would be to our benefit to be on the outside. The leaders hit pit road and we were strategic. We had been running the same lap times at the beginning of a run with fresh tires as we were at the end of a run, so staying out was our best move if most of the other cars were pitting. Luckily, we were lined up on the outside on that final restart and were able to fight our way to fourth. It's a great start to the season. This has been fun."

-Austin Dillon 

Tyler Reddick and the No. 8 TAME the BEAST Team Kick Off 1.5-Mile Speedway Program with Strong Showing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
 

18th
 
 
 25th
   26th
"Overall, we had a solid day with our No. 8 TAME the BEAST Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. I was loose for the majority of the day when I tried to run the bottom, but the adjustments my team made through the race helped a lot. I was able to get the top to work fairly well, especially on the long runs. I just needed a little more to fire off with, but we'll work on that. It was great to be able to run inside the top 10 today. That's momentum we can build on. When that final yellow came out, we decided to gamble in Las Vegas and stay out to go for the win. Unfortunately, we lined up fifth, which meant we were on the bottom for the restart. The bottom hadn't restarted well all day, so that wasn't in our favor and we fell backwards but ultimately had a shot at it. We'll get back after it at Auto Club Speedway next weekend."
 
-Tyler Reddick

RCR PR

Race Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

Kevin Harvick started third and finished third and earned eight bonus points.

● The Busch Light Ford Mustang led twice for 59 laps but faded back at the end of the stage.

● Harvick pitted on lap 27 under caution for four tires, fuel and track bar and tire pressure adjustment, saying the car was quite loose.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

Started third and finished sixth and earned five bonus points.

● The Busch Light Ford Mustang pitted for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment on lap 83.

● On the restart, Harvick moved from third to first on the restart and held the point until he was passed by Chase Elliott.

● On lap 121, Harvick was fifth and pitted for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 161-267):

Started fifth and finished eighth.

● The Busch Light Ford Mustang pitted on lap 164 for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment.

● On lap 217, Harvick pitted for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment.

● With less than 40 laps to go, Harvick was in second and was stalking Joey Logano for the lead.

● A caution came out with six laps to go with Harvick in fifth place. He decided to pit for four tires and fuel, but several cars stayed out or took on two tires.

● Despite restarting outside the top-10 with two laps to go, Harvick was working his way up and making moves until a caution came out just after the white flag. Harvick finished eighth.

 

Notes:

● Harvick earned his second top-10 of the season and his 11th top-10 in 22 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Las Vegas.

● This is Harvick’s second straight top-10. He finished fifth in the season-opening Daytona 500 last Sunday.

● Harvick’s 11 top-10s at Las Vegas are the most among active NASCAR Cup Series drivers.

● This is Harvick’s third straight top-10 at Las Vegas. He was the runner-up in the series’ most recent visit to the track last September.

● Harvick has finished in the top-10 at Las Vegas all but three times since joining SHR in 2014.

● Harvick led five times for a race-high 92 laps to increase his laps-led total at Las Vegas to 679, the most among active NASCAR Cup Series drivers.

● Joey Logano won the Las Vegas 400 to score his 24th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his second at Las Vegas. He beat second-place Matt DiBenedetto as the race ended under caution.

● This was Ford’s series-leading 13th NASCAR Cup Series victory at Las Vegas and its 687th all-time NASCAR Cup Series win.

● There were nine caution periods for a total of 37 laps.

● Twenty-four of the 38 drivers in the Las Vegas 400 finished on the lead lap.

● Ryan Blaney leaves Las Vegas as the championship leader with a three-point advantage over second-place Logano.

 

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“The caution really decided that. I think there would have been some of us that got back close to the lead by the time we got off of turn four. I don’t even know where we restarted, but we were seventh or so going into turn one on the last lap with a big head of steam, and the caution came out. Our Busch Light Ford was really good on the short runs. We just kind of lost the handling as we would get deep in those runs and that kind of hurt us. It came down to what we wanted there at the end, but we just got too far back.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 1, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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