KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Las Vegas II Race Report

Event: South Point 400 (Round 27 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
Start/Finish: 3rd / 2nd (Running, completed 267 of 267 laps)
Point Standing: 2nd with 2,079 points, 3 points behind first and 52 points ahead of top-12 cutoff)

Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

Kevin Harvick started third and finished second, earning nine bonus points.
● No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang was tight early on.
● Harvick pitted on lap 42 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to try and cure the tight condition.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

Harvick started first and finished fourth, earning seven bonus points.
● No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang pitted on lap 83 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Harvick came in second and left first.
● On the restart, Harvick fell to sixth and was 4.5 second behind leader Joey Logano on lap 104.
● While in sixth place, Harvick pitted on lap 122 for four tires and fuel.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267):

Harvick started fourth and finished second.
● No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang was too tight per Harvick on lap 172.
● Under caution, Harvick pitted for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment. He said the racecar was just too tight.
● Harvick restarted fifth, then took the lead on lap 187 and stayed up front for the next 42 circuits. He raced back to the lead with 20 laps to go but was passed the next lap by race winner Martin Truex Jr. and finished second.

Notes:

● Harvick earned his 10th top-five of the season and his seventh top-five in 21 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Las Vegas.
● This is Harvick’s second straight top-five at Las Vegas. He finished fourth in the series’ last visit to the track in March.
● This is Harvick’s third consecutive top-five. He won the series’ last race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
● Harvick’s seven top-fives at Las Vegas tie him with Kyle Busch for the most among active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers
● Harvick’s 10 top-10s at Las Vegas are the most among active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers.
● Harvick led three times for 47 laps to increase his laps-led total at Las Vegas to 587.
● Truex won the South Point 400to score his 24th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his fifth of the season and his second at Las Vegas. His margin of victory over second-place Harvick was 4.173 seconds.
● There were four caution periods for a total of 22 laps.
● Only 17 of the 39 drivers in the South Point 400 finished on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“It was good. We had two solid stages and with the way that practice went for us, that was a miracle. To be in contention with a chance to win the race with 25 laps to go says a lot about the guys working on this 4 car and everybody did a great job of making something out of what wasn’t very bright for us on Friday.”

Playoff Standings (with two races to go before Round of 12):

1.       Martin Truex Jr. (2,082 points) 1 win
2.       Kevin Harvick (2,079 points) +52 points
3.       Joey Logano (2,075 points) +48 points
4.       Kyle Busch (2,063 points) +36 points
5.       Brad Keselowski (2,058 points) +31 points
6.       Chase Elliott (2,057 points) +30 points
7.       Denny Hamlin (2,056 points) +29 points
8.       Kyle Larson (2,044 points) +17 points
9.       William Byron (2,040 points) +13 points
10.     Ryan Blaney (2,039 points) +12 points
11.     Alex Bowman (2,037 points) +10 points
12.     Aric Almirola (2,033 points) +6 points
13.     Ryan Newman (2,027 points) -6 points
14.     Kurt Busch (2,019 points) -14 points
15.     Clint Bowyer (2,012 points) -21 points
16.     Erik Jones (2,007 points) -26 points

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. It is the second race of the 10-race playoffs and it starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Las Vegas II Race Report

Event: South Point 400 (Round 27 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
Start/Finish: 2nd/20th (Running, completed 266 of 267 laps)
Point Standing: 17th with 672 points

Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

● Daniel Suárez started second and finished fourth to earn seven bonus points.
● Suárez took the lead shortly after the green flag dropped.
● On lap 30 he dropped back into the second position after lacking overall grip.
● The Mexico native made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 40 from the third position for fuel, four tires and adjustments.
● He returned to the racing surface and ultimately ended the stage in fourth.
● Suárez pitted for fuel, four tires and adjustments to help grip and started Stage 2 in seventh.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

● The No. 41 driver started seventh and finished 15th.
● The 27-year-old made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 123 for fuel, four tires and adjustments to help with his racecar’s tight condition.
● The remainder of the stage ran under green, and the Haas Automation driver ended it 15th.
● During the Stage 2 break Suárez pitted for fuel, four tires and adjustments.

Final Recap (Laps 161-267):

● Suárez started 12th and finished 20th.
● During the caution on lap 182, he pitted from 12th for two right-side tires, fuel and adjustments and restarted fourth.
● The field became jumbled up on the restart, damaging the cars of several competitors, including Suárez.
● The next caution was displayed on lap 189, and Suárez brought his Ford Mustang down pit road from 15th multiple times for repairs to both sides of the car and to top off with fuel.
● He restarted 26th on lap 195.
● The rest of the stage ran under the green flag, and Suárez’s crew made the decision to stretch the fuel mileage to prevent him from having to make an additional stop.
● The Haas Automation driver was able to adjust his time on throttle for the remainder of the race to have enough fuel and ultimately finished 20th.

Notes:

● Suárez earned his 22nd top-20 of the season and his fourth top-20 in five career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Las Vegas.
● Suárez led once for 29 laps to increase his laps-led total at Las Vegas to 41.
● Martin Truex Jr., won the South Point 400to score his 24th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his fifth of the season and his second at Las Vegas. His margin of victory over second-place Harvick was 4.173 seconds.
● There were four caution periods for a total of 22 laps.
● Only 17 of the 39 drivers in the South Point 400finished on the lead lap.

Daniel Suárez, Driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We had a tough day with Haas Automation Mustang, especially when we got damage to both sides of the car after that one restart. The good news is we led laps, but the car was difficult to handle after all of the damage. We did the best we could with what we had until the end, and we’ll move on to next week at Richmond.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. It is the second race of the 10-race playoffs and it starts at 7 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Las Vegas II Race Report

Event:  South Point 400 (Round 27 of 36)
Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:  Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format:  267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
Start/Finish:  4th/13th (Running, completed 267 of 267 laps)
Point Standing:  12th with 2,033 points (6 points ahead of top-12 cutoff)

Race Winner:  Martin Truex Jr., of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner:  Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner:  Martin Truex Jr., of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

Aric Almirola started fourth and finished third, earning eight bonus points.
● Despite saying his No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang was loose, Almirola took the lead from teammate Daniel Suárez on lap 31.
● Almirola led laps 31-33 before fellow Ford driver Joey Logano took the lead, dropping Almirola to second.
● Brought Smithfield Ford to pit road for scheduled, green-flag pit stop on lap 42. Only change was to tire pressures.
● By lap 60, pit stops had cycled through and Almirola was back in second place.
● Made a great save on lap 66 as car jumped loose in turn one, allowing teammate Kevin Harvick to take second.
● After finishing third at the end of the stage, Almirola said, “Really, really loose – don’t have much to lean on.”
● Pitted for four tires and fuel at the end of the stage, with the only adjustment being right-side tire pressures.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

Almirola started third and finished 11th.
● On lap 95, Almirola said his Smithfield Ford didn’t have very much sidebite and that it wasn’t turning. He dropped to fifth.
● While running seventh, made scheduled, green-flag pit stop on lap 122 for four tires, fuel and adjustments to track bar and tire pressures.
● “I’ve got my hands full,” said Almirola on lap 134 while running 10th.
● Dropped to 11th on lap 149 and keyed mic: “I don’t have any grip!”
● Pitted for four tires and fuel at conclusion of stage, with the only adjustment being to right-side tire pressures.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267):

Almirola started 11th and finished 13th.
Shortly after the restart, Almirola began falling down the leaderboard. On lap 170, he was 18th, with the front splitter slamming onto the track.
● Almirola took advantage of a caution on lap 180. He brought the Smithfield Ford to pit road, whereupon crew chief Johnny Klausmeier ordered a host of changes that included adding packers to both front shocks, a wedge adjustment and raising the track bar.
● Stayed out during another caution period that began on lap 189, which allowed Almirola to climb back to 10th for the lap-196 restart.
● Advanced to seventh by lap 200 as front end of racecar began handling better, but car was now tight on exit.
● By lap 227, Almirola radioed that his Smithfield Ford was getting really tight, and it showed as he dropped to 10th.
● Made scheduled, green-flag pit stop on lap 231 for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.
● Was 16th on lap 249 but climbed to 13th in the final 18 laps.

Notes:

● Almirola earned his 16th top-15 of the season and his fifth top-15 in 13 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Las Vegas.
● This is Almirola’s fifth straight top-15 at Las Vegas. He finished seventh in the series’ last visit to the track in March.
● This is Almirola’s second consecutive top-15. He finished 14th in the series’ last race at Indianapolis.
● Almirola led once for three laps – his first at Las Vegas.
● Martin Truex Jr., won the South Point 400 to score his 24th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his fifth of the season and his second at Las Vegas. His margin of victory over second-place Harvick was 4.173 seconds.
● There were four caution periods for a total of 22 laps.
● Only 17 of the 39 drivers in the South Point 400 finished on the lead lap.

Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“I am leaving content. We dug deep and I feel like we maximized our day. We had a few miscues and weren’t 100 percent perfect on our execution. The car wasn’t 100 percent perfect, and we still managed to go up there and lead the race and score stage points. We finished third in Stage 1 and scored a fair amount of stage points. After Stage 1, we kind of lost the handle on the car and lost some track position and it became even more of a handful. We dug deep and fought hard and got out of here with a decent finish. We are plus-six to the good on 12th, so I feel good about that. It is better than leaving minus-six or minus-16 or minus-60. I am happy with that. We will keep our heads up and keep digging. Our Smithfield Ford Mustang showed strength tonight and we just lost a little bit of the handle on it.”

Playoff Standings (with two races to go before Round of 12):

1.    Martin Truex Jr. (2,082 points) 1 win
2.    Kevin Harvick (2,079 points) +52 points
3.    Joey Logano (2,075  points) +48 points
4.    Kyle Busch (2,063  points) +36 points
5.    Brad Keselowski (2,058  points) +31 points
6.    Chase Elliott (2,057  points) +30 points
7.    Denny Hamlin (2,056  points) +29 points
8.    Kyle Larson (2,044  points) +17 points
9.    William Byron (2,040  points) +13 points
10.   Ryan Blaney (2,039  points) +12 points
11.   Alex Bowman (2,037  points) +10 points
12.   Aric Almirola (2,033  points) +6 points
13.   Ryan Newman (2,027  points) -6 points
14.   Kurt Busch (2,019  points) -14 points
15.  Clint Bowyer (2,012  points) -21 points
16.  Erik Jones (2,007  points) -26 points

 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. It is the second race of the 10-race playoffs and it starts at 7 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Las Vegas II Race Report

Event: South Point 400 (Round 27 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
Start/Finish: 1st/25th (Running, completed 266 of 267 laps)
Point Standing: 15th with 2012 points (21 points below top-12 cutoff)

Race Winner:      Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner:  Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner:  Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Ended at Lap 80):

Bowyer started first and finished 14th.
The No. 14 Toco Warranty Ford tucked in behind teammate Daniel Suarez and ran in second after leading the opening lap.
As the stage moved on Bowyer reported his car was very loose.He fell to seventh by lap 32.
Bowyer pitted from seventh on lap 41 for tires, fuel and adjustments.
The last 20 laps of the stage saw Bowyer drop from seventh to 14th as he struggled with handling.
The crew made several more changes on the No. 14 during the stage break to improve the handling.

Stage 2 Recap (Ended at Lap 160):

● Bowyer started 13th and finished 20th.
● The No. 14 Toco Warranty Ford continued to struggle during the stage.
● During a green-flag pit stop on lap 122 the crew reversed some of the changes made during the break.
● Bowyer lost a lap to the leader in the final laps of the stage.

Stage 3 Recap (Ended at Lap 267):

Bowyer started 22nd and finished 25th.
The No. 14 Toco Warranty Ford didn’t complete a lap before Bowyer announced: “This is way better!”
On lap 182 Bowyer took the wave-around and returned to the lead lap in 22nd place.
A caution on lap 187 enabled Bowyer to pit with the leaders and the crew to make more adjustments.
Bowyer returned to the track in 16th and looked ready to charge back to the front with fresh tires.
On the restart Bowyer and another car made heavy contact, causing a tire rub for Bowyer that brought him to pit lane for repairs.
The stop dropped Bowyer to 30th and a lap behind the leaders.
Bowyer used the remaining laps to climb to 25th before the checkered flag fell.

Notes:

●  Bowyer led one lap to increase his laps-led total at Las Vegas to 18.
●  Martin Truex Jr., won the South Point 400to score his 24th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his fifth of the season and his second at Las Vegas. His margin of victory over second-place Harvick was 4.173 seconds.
●  There were four caution periods for a total of 22 laps.
●  Only 17 of the 39 drivers in the South Point 400 finished on the lead lap.

Playoff Standings (with two races to go before Round of 12):

1.       Martin Truex Jr. (2,082 points) 1 win
2.       Kevin Harvick (2,079 points) +52 points
3.       Joey Logano (2,075  points) +48 points
4.       Kyle Busch (2,063  points) +36 points
5.       Brad Keselowski (2,058  points) +31 points
6.       Chase Elliott (2,057  points) +30 points
7.       Denny Hamlin (2,056  points) +29 points
8.       Kyle Larson (2,044  points) +17 points
9.       William Byron (2,040  points) +13 points
10.     Ryan Blaney (2,039  points) +12 points
11.     Alex Bowman (2,037  points) +10 points
12.     Aric Almirola (2,033  points) +6 points
13.     Ryan Newman (2,027  points) -6 points
14.     Kurt Busch (2,019  points) -14 points
15.     Clint Bowyer (2,012  points) -21 points
16.     Erik Jones (2,007  points) -26 points

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

“We just weren’t very good tonight. We were just off. Off in all areas.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. It starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

CHASE BRISCOE – 2019 NXS Las Vegas II Race Report

Race Name: Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 (Race 26 of 33)
Venue: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Stages: 45 laps / 45 laps / 110 laps (200 Total Laps)
Race Winner: Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)
Results: Cole Custer: 4th | Chase Briscoe: 11th
Point Standings: (After Playoff Reset)
– Cole Custer: 2nd with 2,044 points; trails points leader by 11 points
– Chase Briscoe: 5th with 2,012 points; trails points leader by 43 points

Chase Briscoe / Ford Performance Ford Mustang Recap:

– Briscoe started seventh and finished eighth in Stage 1 to pick up three points.
– The No. 98 Ford Performance Mustang came to pit road for four tires, fuel, air pressure and chassis adjustment at the end of Stage 1.
– Briscoe started Stage 2 in the sixth and finished fourth to score seven additional points.
– The No. 98 Ford came to pit road for four tires, fuel, wedge and air pressure adjustment at the end of Stage 2.
– The No. 98 team started the final stage in fifth and raced his way up to fourth by the lap-112 caution.

– Briscoe brought the No. 98 Ford to pit road for four tires and fuel on lap-113 and restarted fourth on lap 116.
– The No. 98 was racing in the fourth position when the caution came out on lap 128. The team opted to stay out.
– The Ford Performance team came to pit road from the second position under green-flag conditions on lap 170 for four tires and fuel. The team received a speeding penalty and was forced to return to pit road for a pass-through penalty causing the team to drop one lap down to the 18th position.
– Briscoe battled back in the remaining laps to cross the finish line in 11th. 

– The No. 98 team finished the regular season with one win, nine top-five finishes and 20 top-10s.

Playoff Notes:

Las Vegas marked the end of the 26-race Xfinity Series regular season. Both Custer and Briscoe advance to the Xfinity Series Playoffs based on scoring a win in the regular season. Custer will start the playoffs ranked second with 2,044 points, while Briscoe is fifth with 2,012 points heading to the playoff opener at Richmond (Va.) Raceway next week.
– Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing claimed the regular-season championship to pick up an additional 15 playoff points.

Next Up: GoBowling 250 at Richmond Raceway on September 20th at 7:30 p.m. ET broadcast by NBCSN.

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 98 Ford Performance Ford Mustang:

“Our Ford Performance Mustang was a second or third-place car tonight for sure and I made a mistake there on the last pit stop by speeding on pit road. That cost us where we should have finished. My team gave me a really good Ford Mustang and I’m bummed that I let my team down. One mistake like that in the playoffs can be the difference, so I have to clean up the mistakes. We’ll head to Richmond and try to kick off the playoffs with a good run.”

COLE CUSTER – 2019 NXS Las Vegas II Race Report

Race Name: Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 (Race 26 of 33)
Venue: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Stages: 45 laps / 45 laps / 110 laps (200 Total Laps)
Race Winner: Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)
Results: Cole Custer: 4th | Chase Briscoe: 11th
Point Standings: (After Playoff Reset)
– Cole Custer: 2nd with 2,044 points; trails points leader by 11 points
– Chase Briscoe: 5th with 2,012 points; trails points leader by 43 points

Cole Custer / Haas Automation Ford Mustang Recap:

– Custer started from the pole position and finished Stage 1 in fifth to collect six points.
– The No. 00 Haas Automation team came to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment at the conclusion of Stage 1 to correct a tight-handling condition.
– Custer started Stage 2 in third and finished second to score nine additional points.
– The No. 00 Ford came to pit road at the conclusion of Stage 2 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.
– The Haas Automation team started the final stage in second and was racing in the third position at the lap-112 caution.
– Custer came to pit road for four tires and fuel at lap 113 and restarted third on lap 116.
– The No. 00 raced in the third position when the caution flag waved on lap 128. The team stayed out under caution.
– The No. 00 team came to pit road from the fifth position under green-flag conditions for four tires, fuel and a small adjustment on lap 167.
– Custer raced hard to the checkered flag and finished the race in the fourth position.
– Custer scored his 13th top-five and 18th top-10 finish of the 2019 season and his second top-five and fourth top-10 in five Xfinity Series starts at Las Vegas.
– Custer scored his sixth pole of the season with a time of 29.773 seconds at 181.372 mph.

Playoff Notes:

Las Vegas marked the end of the 26-race Xfinity Series regular season. Both Custer and Briscoe advance to the Xfinity Series Playoffs based on scoring a win in the regular season. Custer will start the playoffs ranked second with 2,044 points, while Briscoe is fifth with 2,012 points heading to the playoff opener at Richmond (Va.) Raceway next week.
– Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing claimed the regular-season championship to pick up an additional 15 playoff points.

Next Up: GoBowling 250 at Richmond Raceway on September 20th at 7:30 p.m. ET broadcast by NBCSN.

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang:               

“We had a pretty fast Haas Automation Ford Mustang, but we didn’t have the best practice, so it’s hard to really know what to adjust for during the race. Some lanes are better than others during the race and it’s constantly changing, which can be frustrating, but overall I think we did a good job and brought home a solid finish. I would have love to be battling a little closer to the front at the end, but overall it was a solid effort heading into the playoffs.”

KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Indianapolis Race Report – HARVICK WINS!

Event:               Brickyard 400 (Round 26 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format:             160 laps, broken into three stages (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)
Start/Finish:      1st/1st (Running, completed 160 of 160 laps)
Point Standing:  4th (2,018 points, 17 out of first – IN THE PLAYOFFS)

Race Winner:    Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford) 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):

  • Kevin Harvick started first, finished third and collected eight bonus points.
  • The No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang was leading when he pitted on lap 12 for two tires and fuel.
  • Harvick pitted again on lap 43 for four tires, fuel and a tire-pressure adjustment.
  • The Mobil 1 Ford led 41 of the 50 laps in the stage. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):

  • Harvick started second, won the stage and collected 10 bonus points and a playoff point.
  • While leading, Harvick pitted on lap 84 for four tires and fuel. He radioed that the car was a bit tight.
  • The Mobil 1 Ford led 36 laps during the stage, lifting his total to 77 during the first two stages.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 101-160):

  • Harvick started first, won the race.
  • Contact with the car of Kyle Larson possibly hurt the aerodynamics and Harvick fell back to second when the race restarted on lap 110.
  • He made his last scheduled pit stop for four tires and fuel under green on lap 129. The caution flag waved the very next lap for an incident involving Larson. Harvick was back in the lead when a majority of the field pitted under that caution on lap 131.
  • Harvick led the final 30 laps to the checkered flag. His margin of victory over second-place Joey Logano was 6.118 seconds. 

Notes:

  • Harvick earned the 48th win of his career, his third of 2019 and his second victory in 19 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Indianapolis.
  • Harvick’s 48 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins ties him with NASCAR Hall of Famer Herb Thomas for 15th on the all-time NASCAR Cup Series win list.
  • This is Harvick’s second consecutive top-five and sixth top-10 in a row at Indianapolis. He finished fourth in last year’s Brickyard 400.
  • Since joining SHR in 2014, Harvick has not finished outside the top-10 at Indianapolis. His worst finish is eighth, earned in the 2014 Brickyard 400.
  • This is Harvick’s second consecutive top-five. He finished fourth in the series’ last race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
  • Harvick’s seven top-fives and 12 top-10s at Indianapolis are the most among active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers.
  • This was Harvick’s 25th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory since joining SHR in 2014. Harvick has scored more than half of his career NASCAR Cup Series victories in his six years with SHR, with the rest coming in his 13 previous Cup Series seasons (2001-2013).
  • Today’s victory in the Brickyard 400 marked the 69th overall win for SHR. It was the organization’s 54th points-paying Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, its third of the season and its second at Indianapolis.
  • This was SHR’s 18th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory with Ford. The team won its first race with Ford when Kurt Busch captured the 2017 Daytona 500.
  • This was Ford’s fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory at Indianapolis and its second in a row in the Brickyard 400. Brad Keselowski won this race last year.
  • There were nine caution periods for a total of 48 laps.
  • Only 23 of the 40 drivers in the Brickyard 400 finished on the lead lap.
  • Kyle Busch won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular-season championship, and Harvick finished third. 

Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang:

“This is great. I’ve got to say thanks to all the fans. Can’t tell you how much – yeah, that’s great – how much coming to Indianapolis means to me. As a kid, I watched Rick Mears win Indy 500s and got to be around him as a kid, and he was my hero, so coming here and winning here is pretty awesome. I know how much it means to everybody on our Mobil 1 Ford Mustang team. Just got to thank Busch Beer, Jimmy John’s, Hunt Brothers, Haas Automation, everybody at Stewart‑Haas Racing, all these guys that make this car go around. I know how much this means to really everybody, and this is a great engine package that Roush Yates has been with to victory lane, twice now – once at Michigan and the same engine here. That’s a huge credit to those guys and Mobil 1 for everything that they put under this car. Just can’t thank everybody enough. This is awesome.

“I don’t know if we had the best car, but we had the fastest car. We gave up the lead there on one of those restarts and then we came and pitted, and the caution came out, and it worked our way. We’ve given so many away just because of circumstances here, and the way that the caution flag fell today actually worked in our favor. It gave us control of the race, and we were able to keep control of the race and not make any mistakes, and here we are in victory lane at one of the greatest places on earth to race. Can’t say enough about everybody on this Mobil 1 Ford Mustang. These guys on this race team, they built a heck of a racecar. To come here to the Brickyard, I know how much this means to Rodney (Childers, crew chief) and Dax (Gerringer, engineer) and all these guys that work on this car because we’ve been so close to winning here before.”

Next Up: 

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the South Point 400 on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is the first race of the 10-race playoffs and starts at 7 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Indianapolis Race Report

Event:               Brickyard 400 (Round 26 of 36)
Series:               Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format:            160 laps, broken into three stages (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)
Start/Finish:      3rd/5th (Running, completed 160 of 160 laps)
Point Standing:  15th with 2,000 points, 45 points out of first – IN THE PLAYOFFS 

Race Winner:    Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Ended at Lap 50):

  • Bowyer started third and finished 11th.
  • The No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford raced in third in the early going.
  • Pitted with the field on lap 12 but made contact with another car during a multicar accident on pit lane. The No. 14 suffered no damage but dropped to ninth.
  • Restarted the race in ninth and quickly moved to sixth.
  • Pitted on lap 43 for four tires and fuel and restarted 10th on lap 46.
  • Finished the stage in 11th after a multicar accident red flagged the race.

Stage 2 Recap (Ended at Lap 100):

  • Bowyer started seventh and finished fifth to earn six bonus points.
  • No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford raced in seventh on lap 57 about seven seconds behind the leader.
  • Bowyer reported a slight vibration on lap 82.
  • A stop on lap 86 for two tires did not cure the vibration.
  • Bowyer and crew debated making an unscheduled pit stop before deciding to stay on the track.
  • Bowyer restarted the stage in fifth with five laps remaining and held the position as a caution concluded the stage.

Stage 3 Recap (Ended at Lap 160):

  • Bowyer started 19th and finished fifth.
  • The No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford avoided an accident on the opening lap of the final stage and dropped from 19th to 21st.
  • Bowyer’s car showed speed as it raced back to ninth with 40 laps remaining.
  • He restarted 11th with 26 laps to go before the scariest moment of the day when a multicar accident on the restart took out several cars.
  • Bowyer missed a sliding Alex Bowman by only inches. Contact likely would have kept him from earning a playoff berth.
  • Bowyer moved to eighth with nine laps remaining and ran a conservative race in the final laps before crossing the finish line in fifth.

Notes:

  • Bowyer qualified for the playoffs by virtue of his 15th-place finish in the regular-season standings.
  • This is Bowyer’s eighth playoff appearance and his second in a row.
  • Bowyer earned his sixth top-five of the season and his fourth top-five in 14 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Indianapolis.
  • This is Bowyer’s third consecutive top-10. He finished sixth in the series’ last race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
  • This is Bowyer’s second consecutive top-five at Indianapolis. He finished fifth in last year’s Brickyard 400.
  • Kevin Harvick’s margin of victory over second-place Joey Logano was 6.118 seconds.
  • There were nine caution periods for a total of 48 laps.
  • Only 23 of the 40 drivers in the Brickyard 400 finished on the lead lap.
  • Kyle Busch won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season championship.

Playoff Standings:

  1. Kyle Busch (2,045 points)
  2. Denny Hamlin (2,030 points, -15)
  3. Martin Truex Jr. (2,029 points, -16)
  4. Kevin Harvick (2,028 points, -17)
  5. Joey Logano (2,028 points, -17)
  6. Brad Keselowski (2,024 points, -21)
  7. Chase Elliott (2,018 points, -27)
  8. Kurt Busch (2,011 points, -34)
  9. Alex Bowman (2,005 points, -40)
  10. Erik Jones (2,005 points, -40)
  11. Kyle Larson (2,005 points, -40)
  12. Ryan Blaney (2,004 points, -41)
  13. William Byron (2,001 points, -44)
  14. Aric Almirola (2,001 points, -44)
  15. Clint Bowyer (2,000 points, -45)
  16. Ryan Newman (2,000 points, -45)

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

It must be great to be in the playoffs.

“Well, winning would be better. There is nothing better than winning. Playoffs are obviously a good thing, and you have to be in the playoffs to win a championship. I am looking forward to some of those tracks. I look back at Richmond and I should have won that race. I should have done what I needed to do and moved him that day and went on and won the race and drove off into the sunset. I didn’t, and I still think about that. You can understand how important it is. You still think about that race and how easy the rest of our season would have been had I done that. That being said, we are going back to some of those tracks that are really good racetracks for us, and they are good opportunities for a win.”

Did you have any high-anxiety moments today?

“You are damn right I did. You knew it going in. You knew it was going to be high anxiety and crazy like that. But you just don’t know where it is going to be coming from. We qualified good, but I still knew that was good, but I was walking away from my car saying, ‘The worst is yet to happen.’ Literally, Mike and I talked before the race and he talked about how if a caution came out around lap 10 it would present an opportunity for somebody and a mishap for somebody else. It presented an opportunity to the 6 car (of Ryan Newman). I didn’t want to give those points up. We were able to get the exact same scenario flipped with the roles reversed on the next stage and got those points back, and we got our eight points back to the good there and got a point on the 41 (of Daniel Suárez), so we were up nine points. I was keeping track. Then the 48 (of Jimmie Johnson) had trouble. I really wasn’t worried about the 48 all day long. It was going to take something catastrophic for him to be able to catch me. The other two we just had to manage. It was a deal where we just managed the day. You could see pretty damn early on that it was going to be a war of attrition, and it certainly was.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the South Point 400 on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is the first race of the 10-race playoffs and starts at 7 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Indianapolis Race Report

Event:               Brickyard 400 (Round 26 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format:             160 laps, broken into three stages (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)
Start/Finish:      20th/11th  (Running, completed 160 of 160 laps)
Point Standing:  17th with 648 points, 340 out of first, four behind top-16 cutoff

Race Winner:    Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):

  • Daniel Suárez started 20th and finished 19th.
  • Suárez made contact with the wall on lap 10 while running in the top-20. He pitted under caution on lap 11 to work on right-side damage and change right-side tires. He visited pit road for a second time to repair damage and restarted 35th.
  • When the second caution was displayed on lap 41, the Haas Automation driver visited pit road for service once again and restarted 19th.
  • The third caution and a red flag was displayed with a couple of laps remaining in Stage 1 to ultimately bring it to a close.
  • Suárez did not pit during the Stage 1 break.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):

  • The No. 41 driver started 13th and finished sixth. He earned five bonus points.
  • The 27-year-old made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 85 from the eighth position for fuel and two right-side tires.
  • During the lap-88 caution Suárez did not pit and restarted eighth with five laps to go before the caution was once again displayed shortly before the end of Stage 2.
  • Stage 2 ended under caution with the Haas Automation Ford driver in sixth place.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 101-160):

  • Suárez started sixth and finished 11th.
  • Shortly after the green flag, the caution was once again displayed on lap 106 with Suárez in the sixth position.
  • He didn’t pit and restarted fourth on lap 112.
  • Suárez remained in fourth until lap 122, when he moved into the fifth spot.
  • He made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 127 for fuel and four tires just before the caution was displayed on lap 129. Due to the pit cycle sequence, the Ford driver went one lap down, but he was the beneficiary of the free pass and restarted 23rd on lap 134.
  • The next caution was displayed on lap 136, and Suárez stayed out in favor of track position. He restarted 20th with 20 laps to go.
  • The final caution was on lap 148 and the Haas Automation driver once again stayed out to restart in the 12th spot. He ultimately ended up 11th.

Notes:

  • Suárez earned his 13th top-12 of the season and his second top-12 in three career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Indianapolis.
  • This is Suárez’s fourth consecutive top-15. He finished 11th in the series’ last race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
  • Suárez has never finished outside the top-20 at Indianapolis.
  • Kevin Harvick won the Brickyard 400 by a margin of 6.118 seconds over second-place Joey Logano.
  • There were nine caution periods for a total of 48 laps.
  • Only 23 of the 40 drivers in the Brickyard 400 finished on the lead lap.
  • Kyle Busch won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season championship.

Daniel Suárez, Driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

“I made a little mistake there and I wasn’t expecting how aero loose the car got when I got behind the 24. The car actually was pretty good after that, though. The guys were able to fix it. It was mostly cosmetic. The guys were able to fix it, and the car was just as good as before. I feel like after that the day went smooth, other than getting caught in the pit road cycle on the last stop. That made us lose all our track position, and it was very difficult to overcome that. We fought hard. We made it all the way back to 11th, and I feel like if we had 15 more laps I was going to get the 6 (of Ryan Newman), but that is racing. It just wasn’t meant to be.” 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the South Point 400 on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is the first race of the 10-race playoffs and starts at 7 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Indianapolis Race Report

Event:               Brickyard 400 (Round 26 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format:             160 laps, broken into three stages (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)
Start/Finish:      10th/14th (Running, completed 160 of 160 laps)
Point Standing:  13th with 698 points, 290 out of first – IN THE PLAYOFFS 

Race Winner:    Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50): 

  • Aric Almirola started 10th and finished 15th.
  • On lap five, the Smithfield/Meijer Ford driver reported loose-handling conditions while running inside the top-10.
  • He pitted under caution on lap 12 for two fresh tires, fuel and wedge adjustments, then restarted 11th.
  • By lap 21, Almirola piloted the No. 10 Ford to ninth place.
  • Later in the run, the car drove tighter into the turns, and Almirola radioed a vibration issue.
  • He pitted again under caution on lap 42 for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments, and came off pit road in 12th place.
  • The stage ended under caution due to a two-car wreck on lap 49. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100): 

  • Almirola started 11th and finished 10th to earn one bonus point.
  • The No. 10 Smithfield/Meijer Ford driver said the balance was free into the turns and tight on the exit at the beginning of Stage 2.
  • He ran inside the top-10 for the majority of the stage.
  • Almirola pitted under green on lap 85 for four tires, fuel and adjustments.
  • A caution for a fire on pit road was called on lap 88.
  • He restarted 10th with six laps to go in Stage 2.
  • The stage finished under a caution for debris, and Almirola pitted the Smithfield/Meijer Ford for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 101-160): 

  • Almirola started 10th and finished 14th.
  • He avoided a multicar accident on lap 105 that took place directly in front of him.
  • Almirola raced the Smithfield/Meijer Ford as high as fifth place in the final stage.
  • The No. 10 driver pitted on lap 129 under caution for four tires, fuel and more adjustments to fix the balance. During that pit stop he fell back to 10th place.
  • On the restart, Almirola was caught in traffic and fell to 16th, but he quickly powered past four drivers and back to 12th place before a caution on lap 147.
  • He opted to stay out of the pits, raced inside the top-15 on the final green-flag run and finished 14th.

Notes:

  • Almirola qualified for the playoffs by virtue of his 13th-place finish in the regular-season standings.
  • Almirola takes one bonus point into the playoffs via his stage win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
  • This is Almirola’s third playoff appearance and his second in a row. His first came in 2014.
  • Almirola earned his 17th top-15 of the season and his second in eight career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Indianapolis.
  • Race winner Kevin Harvick’s margin of victory over second-place Joey Logano was 6.118 seconds.
  • There were nine caution periods for a total of 48 laps.
  • Only 23 of the 40 drivers in the Brickyard 400 finished on the lead lap.
  • Kyle Busch won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season championship.

Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Smithfield/Meijer Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“To be able to make it back into the playoffs and have a shot to run for a championship is great. Everything has to be better when you get to the playoffs. The car has to be better, the driver has to be better. I have to do a better job on restarts. We have to do a better job on pit road. It all stacks up. It all matters. I think when you get to the playoffs, everybody brings a whole other level, and hopefully we can rise to the occasion like we did last year.”

Next Up: 

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the South Point 400 on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race, the first in the 10-race playoffs, starts at 7 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.