Race Winner: Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Ross Chastain of Trackhouse Racing (Chevrolet)
SHR Race Finish:
● Aric Almirola (Started 20th, Finished 6th / Running, completed 274 of 274 laps)
● Kevin Harvick (Started 25th, Finished 12th / Running, completed 274 of 274 laps)
● Cole Custer (Started 24th, Finished 33rd / Engine, completed 171 of 274 laps)
● Chase Briscoe (Started 4th, Finished 35th / Accident, completed 135 of 274 laps)
● Aric Almirola (6th with 97 points, 16 out of first)
● Chase Briscoe (14th with 74 points, 39 out of first)
● Kevin Harvick (16th with 69 points, 44 out of first)
● Cole Custer (26th with 52 points, 61 out of first)
● Almirola earned his third top-10 of the season and his fourth top-10 in 18 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Las Vegas.
● This was Almirola’s third straight top-10. He finished fifth in the season-opening Daytona 500 and sixth last Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
● Almirola equaled his previous best result at Las Vegas – sixth, earned in September 2018.
● Harvick finished eighth in Stage 2 to earn three bonus points.
● Briscoe finished eighth in Stage 1 to earn three bonus points.
● Alex Bowman won the Las Vegas 400 to score his seventh career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Las Vegas. His margin over second-place Kyle Larson was .178 of a second.
● There were 12 caution periods for a total of 60 laps.
● Twenty-three of the 37 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.
● Larson leaves Las Vegas as the championship leader with a six-point advantage over second-place Martin Truex Jr.
“We fight. That’s the beauty of this race team. We’re still learning this car. There’s a lot to learn about it and we’re still trying to figure a lot of things out. Practice is great, but we’ve got to make adjustments throughout the race, and I feel like every race we’re learning more and more and more and we’re building a notebook. This team has so much fight in it and so much grit that it’s a lot of fun to race with these guys. We’ll keep digging and try and keep this streak alive of all these top-10 finishes. It’s a lot of fun when you run up front.” – Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang
“We struggled with traffic on the restarts, but we worked through it and everyone on the crew did a good job.” – Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Rheem Ford Mustang
“Something happened under the hood. I’m not sure what it was. It was a very eventful day, for sure. We started in the back and then we started making progress, but had to go to the back again. Then we spun and had to go to the back one more time, so it was just an eventful day and it didn’t end very well. We’ll just move onto the next one. I think we had a solid car. We finally got running good at the end and it was shaping up to be a solid day, but it didn’t work out.”– Cole Custer, driver of the No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang
“We were running really good and then the 34 (Michael McDowell) stayed out that one time on tires and kind of just messed us up. We lost a lot of track position and then he got loose and I was so sideways. I came across and got the 99 (Daniel Suárez). I don’t know if that damaged it or what, but I would say the last 5-10 laps before I finally spun out the rear was bouncing really, really bad and I think it broke something, or the tire went down. I just went in the corner and the thing spun out. It’s just really unfortunate. I thought we were gonna be really, really good. We’ve had good speed all year long, so we’ll just try to dig out of a hole next week.”– Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Mahindra Tractors Ford Mustang
The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Ruoff Mortgage 500k on Sunday, March 13 at Phoenix Raceway. The race begins at 3:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.