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Kyle Busch Wins the Ford Ecoboost 400 to Claim the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup

HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS- Kyle Busch won the Ford Ecoboost 400 going away at Miami-Homestead Speedway on Sunday and won the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship for the second time.  He was aided by his two teammates, and they had problems.  Martin Truex, Jr had to make an early pit stop because the wrong tires were installed, and Denny Hamlin for overheating in the final stage. Kevin Harvick, who had the only non-Toyota in the final four, finished fourth.

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 8:57 PM, 11.17.2019

Matt Crafton Wins the Championship as Austin Hill Wins at Homestead

HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS -Matt Crafton won the 2019 NASCAR Outdoors Truck Series driver championship by finishing second, the highest finishing of the four drivers eligible to win the title. Driving the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Ford, Crafton finished second to race winner Hill (led a race-high 56 laps), but placed higher than the other Championship 4 drivers – Ross Chastain (finished fourth in the race, second in the season standings), 2018 champ Brett Moffitt (fifth in the race and third in the season standings) and Stewart Friesen (11th in the race and fourth in the season standings) – to take home his third career Truck Series title.

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 1:21 AM, 11.16.2019

Denny Hamlin Wins Phoenix and a Chance to Win his First Championship

AVONDALE, AZ - RIS - Denny Hamlin was under the cut line for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4, was able to hold off Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney and now gets to run for a championship at Miami-Homestead Speedway next weekend.  A final three lap shootout saw him drive away and take the race at ISM Speedway in the desert in Arizona.

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 8:37 PM, 11.10.2019

Allgaier Wins in Phoenix Xfinity Race and Joins Championship Four

AVONDALE, AZ - RIS - Justin Allgaier won the NASCAR Xfinity race at ISM Speedway Saturday to join three others in the Championship 4 that will determine the 2019 Xfinity champion. Allgaier will race Christopher Bell, Cole Custer and reigning champion Tyler Reddick for the title next Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Only Reddick has a championship.

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 12:00 AM, 11.10.2019

Freisen the Big Winner in NASCAR Truck Race at Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ - RIS - Stewart Friesen held off a challenge from Branson Jones to win the Lucas Oil 150 Gander Outdoors NASCAR Gander Outdoors truck race at ISM Speedway on Friday night. He also qualified to race for the truck series race next week in Homestead, Florida.  Friesen will be joined in the championship race by defending Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt, Ross Chastain and Matt Crafton.

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 12:30 AM, 11.09.2019

Chase Briscoe Takes The Pole At Dover With 157.246 MPH

Dover, DE - RIS - Chase Briscoe runs a 22.894 to take the Pole for the 34th Annual Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway. Taking his second Pole for the 2019 Xfinity Series season. This will be his third start at Dover and he takes a Pole position, not too bad for a Rookie.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 1:59 PM, 10.05.2019

Custer on Pole for Vegas Xfinity Race

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Cole Custer won the pole for tonight’s Rhino Pro Outfitters 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The two have dominated the Xfinity season in 2019, each winning six races.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 6:09 PM, 09.14.2019

Kevin Harvick Wins Playoff Race at Texas and Secures a Place in the Championship Final Four at Homestead

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kevin Harvick started from the pole, went to the back of the field on an unusual pit penalty, but came through to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.  The win locked him into the championship two weeks from now at Miami-Homestead Speedway on November 17th.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:06 PM, 11.03.2019

Bell Dominates Texas Xfinity Race and Punches His Ticket for Homestead

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS -Christopher Bell led 101 of the 200 laps in the Xfinity race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.  He has secured his team will be part of the “final four” to race for the 2019 Xfinity driver’s title at Homestead later in the month.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 12:28 AM, 11.03.2019

Kevin Harvick Wins the Pole for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kevin Harvick powered to the pole for tomorrow’s Monster Ener4gyNASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Harvick claimed his sixth pole of the year with a top speed of 189.707 mph around the 1.5-mile track.  Harvick has won the last two fall races at the track, and now runs from the pole.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 9:36 PM, 11.02.2019

Tyler Reddick Wins Texas Xfinity Pole

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Tyler Reddick won the pole for tonight’s NASCAR Xfinity race at Texas Motor Speedway.  Reddick claimed his fourth pole of the year with a top speed of 190.705 mph.After playoff driver Reddick, the top five was completed by Harrison Burton, Christopher Bell (playoffs), Cole Custer (playoffs) and Chase Briscoe (playoffs).

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 7:59 PM, 11.02.2019

Martin Truex Jr. Dominates at Martinsville Speedway - First Data 500

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. won the First Data 500 for his 26th victory in 510 races with a dominating performance by leading twice for a total of 464 laps that included the final 241 laps.  This is Martin’s seventh victory and 21st top ten finish in the 2019 season.  Truex Jr. leads the points standings by 20 points over Denny Hamlin

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 8:50 PM, 10.27.2019

Martin Truex, Jr Dominates First Data 500 at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS- Martin Truex led 464 of 500 laps in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 on Sunday.  A dominating performance by Truex and close playoff racing led to an altercation between Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano post-race.  Logano survived to finish eight and Hamlin came in finish fourth.  Logano was called to the NASCAR trailer.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 7:48 PM, 10.27.2019

Todd Gilliland Wins Martinsville NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 for 1st Victory

MARTINSVILLE, VA  - RIS – Todd Gilliland in the #4 Mobil 1 Toyota survived a wild short track shootout that went into one lap of overtime to win the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 for his first victory in 46 Gander Outdoors Truck Series races.  Ross Chastain finished second after a battle for the lead with Harrison Burton and Gilliland on the final restart. On that restart, Chastain and Gilliland fought hard for the lead with Chastain trying to push Gilliland up the track.  Burton then got into the back of Chastain’s truck resulting in Burton spinning and Chastain having to regain control of his truck. In the meantime, Gilliland was able to pull away in the race lead.  Harrison Burton finished in 18th position.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 5:41 PM, 10.26.2019

Hamlin Wins Kansas Race as Keselowski Fails to Advance

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS - Denny Hamlin won his fifth race of the season and a former champion failed to make the field of eight at Kansas Speedway on Sunday.  Hamlin held off Chase Elliott to win the Hollywood Casino 400.  Elliott still made the cut for the final contenders for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, knocking Brad Keselowski out of the championship by three points. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:17 PM, 10.20.2019

Brandon Jones Wins his First Career Xfinity Race at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Bradon Jones escaped the carnage and held on to win his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday.  Jones got his chance when a lapped car wrecked what was shaping up to be an entertaining duel between playoff contenders Chase Briscoe and Christopher Bell.  After that, drama ensued. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:41 PM, 10.19.2019

Hemric is the Surprise Pole Winner for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Race at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS - Daniel Hemric, driving a Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, won the pole for Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway. And even more surprising was David Ragan qualifying second sharing the fron row with Hemric.  Here are the final qualifying results:

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:53 PM, 10.19.2019

Ryan Blaney Nips Ryan Newman for Talladega Win

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Ryan Blaney beat Ryan Ne3wman in a photo finish that saw only about one foot was the difference in the winner and second place.  It was a race that had wrecks, wrecks, and more wrecks, many from playoff teams.  The race, suspended after just one stage on Sunday due to rain, came down to a two-lap shootout for the win after a red flag was thrown on lap 181 of 188 following a big accident for the leading pack of cars.  It was a battle of Ford Mustangs from different teams.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 11:01 PM, 10.14.2019

Rain Postpones NASCAR Talladega Playoff Race Until Monday

TALLADEGA, AL - RIS - The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race will resume on Monday, October 14th after rain showers wet the massive track.  Forecasts tended to predict more rain, so the race will resume on NBCSN at 2:00 EDT. The field was able to complete the opening stage of the 500 Sunday at the 2.666-mile track — NASCAR's largest — before rain hit the area. NASCAR threw the red flag shortly before 3 p.m. ET and directed cars down pit road on lap 57. Talladega does not have lights, so racing at night was not an option.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 5:46 PM, 10.13.2019

Spencer Boyd Declared Winner of Talladega Truck Race after Sauter Disquaified

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Spencer Boyd was declared the winner of Saturday’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Shine 250 race after Johnny Sauter took the checkered flag and did a celebratory burn out.  Just minutes later, Sauter was penalized for going below the yellow “out of bounds” line and Boyd was declared the winner.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:28 PM, 10.12.2019

Kyle Larson Takes the Gold At Dover’s 50th Annual Drydene 400

Dover, DE - RIS - Kyle Larson makes a statement with his commanding run for the checkered flag at Dover International Speedway. Larson’s victory to win a Gold Miles the Monster Trophy at the 50th Annual  Drydene 400 ends a two year drought for NASCAR Monster Cup Series wins. There could not have been a better time to win that truly counts. Ending his winless streak with this win makes it his first for the 2019 season, but his fifteenth top-10 finish for the season. Taking this win also makes this his first win at Dover in the twelve races he has run here. In those twelve starts he has also finished in the top-10 nine times so he has always been a top competitor at Dover. Kyle Larson was wheeling the #42 Clover Chevrolet and made that team a happy winner with this super fast run.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 7:09 PM, 10.06.2019

Cole Custer Races To Win The 34th Annual Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200

Dover, DE - RIS - Cole Custer takes the #00 Production Alliance Group Ford to the Checkered Flag with his first victory at Dover International Speedway. With the cool weather in Delaware Custer took full advantage and won the 34th Annual Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 besting #7 Justin Allgaier, who lead earlier for 67 laps. 

This win is Custer’s seventh win in the 2019 campaign NASCAR Xfinity Cup Series, but his first win in six starts at Dover. Justin Allgaier posted his 11th top ten finish in 18 starts at Dover, and his twenty-first top ten finish for the 2019 season.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 6:33 PM, 10.05.2019

Chase Briscoe Takes The Pole At Dover With 157.246 MPH

Dover, DE - RIS - Chase Briscoe runs a 22.894 to take the Pole for the 34th Annual Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway. Taking his second Pole for the 2019 Xfinity Series season. This will be his third start at Dover and he takes a Pole position, not too bad for a Rookie.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 2:03 PM, 10.05.2019

Elliott Has the Wall to Win at the ROVAL™ 400

(CONCORD, NC – SEP 29, 2019 – RIS) Chase Elliott locked his brakes and slid into the Turn One (Heartburn Turn) tire barrier on a restart, then drove through the field to victory in the Bank of America ROVAL ™ at Charlotte Motor Speedway's road course. Chase Elliott, carried too much speed past Start/Finish on a restart in the last stage and slid into the barrier at "Heartburn Turn", causing another immediate yellow flag and dropping out of the top twenty. Following the incident, he was still turning lap times in the top ten and gaining positions almost every lap.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:21 PM, 09.29.2019

'Dinger Rolls the ROVAL™

(CONCORD, NC – SEP 28, 2019 – RIS) AJ Allmendinger overcame disappointments earlier in the season to take his third career Xfinity Series race, the second Xfinity race on Charlotte's ROVAL™ and his first win for the 2019 season.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 9:02 PM, 09.28.2019

Byron Sweeps Charlotte Poles in 2019

(CONCORD, NC – 27 SEP – RIS) William Byron added another first to his racing career by sweeping both NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race poles at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Byron's speeds topped the lists in both qualifying sessions, with a first session lap of 80.901 seconds at 103.237 mph, heading Kyle Larson's best time in the session by 0.049 second. "We've had a good day here at Charlotte," said Byron later. "The first run in practice went pretty smooth. I just kind of had to go back to the bus and think about it, then talk to my guys about it and we did some things to the car. We just made those little improvements that we felt like have led to our success in qualifying. The car has been getting a little better and I've been getting a little better. It just all came together at the same time. I almost messed it up on the last chicane when I locked the tires up, but I knew I had to get in there pretty hard. Fortunately, we came out with the pole and I'm really excited about Sunday now."

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 9:10 PM, 09.27.2019

Christopher Bell Goes to Leavine Family Racing in 2020

CONCORD, NC – RIS – As has been rumored for weeks, Christopher Bell, the young star in NASCAR’s Xfinity series, will move to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2020 with Leavine Family Racing in the No. 95 Toyota. There was no place for the young Bell to go in the Cup series with Joe Gibbs Racing since all four cars being filled with NASCAR stars.  He now moves to an associative team with ties to JGR.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:32 PM, 09.25.2019

Martin Truex, Jr. Spins and Wins at Richmond Cup Race

RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Martin Truex survived a spin while in the lead, but battled Kyle Busch for the win at the Federated Auto Parts Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race at Richmond International Raceway.  Truex survived a spin with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., to hunt down Busch and pass him with 25 laps to go.  He moved away and was never headed.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 12:27 AM, 09.22.2019

Christopher Bell Dominates First Xfinity Playoff Race at Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – RIS- Christopher Bell made a statement on Friday night as he dominated the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250 at Richmond International Raceway.  It was the first race of the Xfinity playoffs, and he now moves on to the next round.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 11:23 PM, 09.20.2019

Keselowski Wins Richmond Cup Pole

RICHMOND, VA - RIS - Brad Keslowski won the Busch Pole for Sunday's Monster Energy Cup Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.  Felow Ford driver Kevin Harvick will start second.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 11:46 PM, 09.20.2019

Martin Truex, Jr. Holds Off Kevin Harvick to Win South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Martin Truex did something he’s done three out of the four years—win the opening race of the playoffs.  An acknowledged master of the 1.5-mile tracks on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit, Truex took a car that was competitive early on, and has crew chief Cole do his magic.  He bested another 1.5=mile master, Kevin Harvick to the tune of 4.173 seconds.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 11:52 PM, 09.15.2019

Reddick Gambles on Fuel Milege and holds off Christopher Bell for Vegas Xfinity Win

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Tyler Reddick watched everyone and decided to gamble on fuel mileage Saturday night.  He inherited the lead when race dominator Christopher Bell pitted late in the race.  The result was a multiple lap lead for the RCR Chevrolet driver.  Bell nibbled the lead down, but couldn’t make the pass.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 2:05 PM, 09.15.2019

Clint Bowyer Wins First Pole in 12 Years at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Qualifying for Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup Series race morphed into a Stewart Haas Racing show after all four cars took qualifying at the top of the speed chart. The last pole for Custer was 12 years ago,

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 6:39 PM, 09.14.2019

Austin Hill Wins Vegas Truck Race While ThorSport Drivers Eliminated

ThorSport Racing teammates Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter were knocked out early by mechanical issues, Austin Hill overhauled Ross Chastain with 11 laps to go and drove away to a victory in the World of Westgate 200.

Enfinger and Sauter, a former series champion, failed to advance to the second playoff round. Crafton, who won the truck series title in 2013 and 2014, made it in on points.

He will join Hill, Chastain, Brett Moffitt, Stewart Friesen and final qualifier Tyler Ankrum for the second round of three races that will determine the four drivers who will battle for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

“This was the hardest one I had to win,” Hill said after posting his third victory of 2019, beating runner-up Chastain across the finish line by 2.1 seconds in a race that saw three of the eight playoff drivers finish among the top 10.

Former LVMS Bullring champion Justin Johnson started last in the 32-truck field and finished 23rd, seven laps down.





Bugged on track

The Great Las Vegas Grasshopper Infestation added another chapter at LVMS on Friday as several of the truck series teams had to scrape their grills after practice runs to keep engine temperatures down.


Kurt Busch has a grasshopper problem
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch of Las Vegas talks about a grasshopper invasion during practice for the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 13, 2019. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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“There were a few extra splatters on the windshield,” Cup Series driver Kurt Busch of Las Vegas said before setting the fast time in the second practice session.

“I didn’t know it was grasshoppers (at first), but I did hear about the grasshopper migration. You always have to be ready for anything, whether it’s the quick-dry buildup that gets into the front grill and radiator or it’s a grasshopper.”

Difficult return

Saturday’s Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 Xfinity race will be Noah Gragson’s first on his hometown track since his father, Scott, was indicted on DUI charges stemming from a fatal accident in May. The promising driver from Las Vegas commented on the situation indirectly in the media center Friday.

“Growing up as a young 20-year-old, you get a lot of things thrown at you that maybe would be thrown at a 30-year-old,” said the usually carefree youngster in a measured tone about having had to mature quickly. “So I’m learning every day. I’m leaning on all those around me to be better.”

Gragson has yet to win in the Xfinity cars since moving up from the truck series and sits seventh in points in his first season driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr.


Contact Ron Kantowski at or 702-383-0352. Follow @ronkantowski on Twitter.



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World of Westgate 200

Top five finishers at Friday’s NASCAR Truck Series playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

1. Austin Hill, Toyota

2. Ross Chastain, Chevrolet

3. Christian Eckes, Toyota

4. Sheldon Creed, Chevrolet

5. Todd Gilliland, Toyota





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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:38 AM, 09.14.2019

Eckes Wins Las Vegas Truck Pole

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Christian Eckes won the pole for tonight’s Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  He edged out Ross Chastain, who will start second,  He covered the 1.5-mile oval with a best speed of 178.077 mph. It’s the second pole of the season for Eckes in just six Truck Series races in 2019 (he also was No. 1 at in the season opener at Daytona). Eckes also started from the pole via owner’s points earlier this season at Gateway due to weather cancelling qualifying.

“It’s awesome to be on the pole again,” Eckes told FS1. “The big thing is just to keep our Tundra under control. There have been a couple races this year where I thought we had a shot at winning but just haven’t been able to capitalize on it. I how we do that tonight and bring home a win.”

The starting grid looks like this:


Time Trial Results: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 23rd Annual World of Westgate 200

Pos, , Driver, Trk, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) , Christian Eckes, No. 51 SiriusXM Toyota, 30.324, 178.077, 1, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) , Ross Chastain (P), No. 45 CarShield Chevrolet, 30.335, 178.012, 1, 1, 0.011, 0.011
3) , Todd Gilliland, No. 4 JBL Fest Toyota, 30.353, 177.907, 1, 1, 0.029, 0.018
4) , Brett Moffitt (P), No. 24 CMR Construction & Roofing Chevrolet, 30.408, 177.585, 1, 1, 0.084, 0.055
5) , Matt Crafton (P), No. 88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Ford, 30.444, 177.375, 1, 1, 0.120, 0.036
6) , Sheldon Creed #, No. 2 Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet, 30.456, 177.305, 1, 1, 0.132, 0.012
7) , Austin Hill (P), No. 16 Gunma Toyopet Toyota, 30.480, 177.165, 1, 1, 0.156, 0.024
8) , Grant Enfinger (P), No. 98 ThorSport Racing/Curb Records Ford, 30.487, 177.125, 1, 1, 0.163, 0.007
9) , Harrison Burton #, No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, 30.519, 176.939, 1, 1, 0.195, 0.032
10) , Johnny Sauter (P), No. 13 Tenda Heal Ford, 30.523, 176.916, 1, 1, 0.199, 0.004

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 8:53 PM, 09.13.2019