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2018 South Point 400

The 2018 South Point 400 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on September 16, 2018 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas. Contested over 272 laps -- extended from 267 laps due to an overtime finish, on the 1.5 mi (2.4 km) asphalt intermediate speedway, it was the 27th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, first race of the Playoffs, and the first race of the Round of 16.

2018 South Point 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 27 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date September 16, 2018 (2018-09-16)
Location Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 272 laps, 408 mi (652.8 km)
Scheduled Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (640.8 km)
Average speed 111.849 miles per hour (180.004 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 28.705
Most laps led
Driver Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Laps 96
Winner
No. 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Nielsen Ratings 1.3 (Overnight)[11]
Radio in the United States
Radio PRN
Booth Announcers Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini
Turn Announcers Rob Albright (1 & 2) and Pat Patterson (3 & 4)

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the track where the race is held.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway, located in Clark County, Nevada outside the Las Vegas city limits and about 15 miles northeast of the Las Vegas Strip, is a 1,200-acre (490 ha) complex of multiple tracks for motorsports racing. The complex is owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford
66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
99 Kyle Weatherman StarCom Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Joey Logano was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 28.473 seconds and a speed of 189.653 mph (305.217 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 28.473 189.653
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.502 189.460
3 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.592 188.864
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Erik Jones scored the pole for the race with a time of 28.705 and a speed of 188.121 mph (302.751 km/h).[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.766 28.737 28.705
2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 28.617 28.751 28.708
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.907 28.775 28.781
4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.155 28.892 28.815
5 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.605 28.749 28.816
6 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 28.752 28.904 28.864
7 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.098 28.865 28.918
8 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.831 28.935 28.957
9 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.684 28.915 28.974
10 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 29.072 28.891 29.017
11 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.725 28.846 29.040
12 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 29.025 28.931 29.488
13 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 28.802 28.936
14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.034 28.939
15 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.729 28.942
16 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.735 28.947
17 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.784 28.953
18 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.824 28.957
19 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.995 28.962
20 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28.866 28.965
21 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.830 28.970
22 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.889 29.054
23 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.933 29.088
24 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.120 29.203
25 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 29.160
26 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 29.199
27 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.233
28 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 29.243
29 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 29.252
30 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 29.311
31 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 29.538
32 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 29.890
33 99 Kyle Weatherman StarCom Racing Chevrolet 29.903
34 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 29.944
35 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 30.004
36 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 30.095
37 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 30.289
38 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 30.416
39 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 30.667
40 7 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 0.000
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Ryan Newman was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 29.365 seconds and a speed of 183.892 mph (295.945 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29.365 183.892
2 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 29.465 183.268
3 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 29.477 183.194
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Erik Jones was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 29.793 seconds and a speed of 181.251 mph (291.695 km/h).[15]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.793 181.251
2 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 29.795 181.238
3 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.801 181.202
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 80

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 10
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 8
4 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6
6 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 4
8 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
9 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 2
10 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 80

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 10
2 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 8
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7
5 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 6
6 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 5
7 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 4
8 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 3
9 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 107

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 13 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 272 50
2 11 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 272 36
3 10 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 272 52
4 2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 272 42
5 6 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 272 35
6 16 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 272 33
7 4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 272 35
8 19 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 272 29
9 22 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 272 29
10 20 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 272 27
11 18 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 272 26
12 25 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 272 25
13 23 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 272 24
14 29 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 272 23
15 28 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 272 22
16 32 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 272 21
17 36 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 272 0
18 37 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 272 0
19 9 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 271 28
20 34 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 271 0
21 8 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 271 32
22 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 270 22
23 15 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 270 14
24 26 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 269 13
25 35 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 269 12
26 33 99 Kyle Weatherman StarCom Racing Chevrolet 269 11
27 27 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 268 10
28 38 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 268 0
29 24 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 265 8
30 14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 251 7
31 40 7 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 246 6
32 3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 245 5
33 39 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 231 0
34 30 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 218 3
35 12 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 211 8
36 7 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 211 11
37 21 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 210 1
38 31 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 164 1
39 5 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 147 10
40 1 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 147 4
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 9 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 12 for 59
  • Red flags: 1 for 10 minutes and 37 seconds
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 28 minutes and 15 seconds
  • Average speed: 111.849 miles per hour (180.004 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports called the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBC
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dave Burns
Parker Kligerman
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

PRN covered the radio call for the race which was also simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini called the race in the booth when the field raced through the tri-oval. Rob Albright called the race from a billboard in turn 2 when the field raced through turns 1 and 2. Pat Patterson called the race from a billboard outside of turn 3 when the field raced through turns 3 and 4. Brad Gillie, Brett McMillan, Jim Noble and Heather Debeaux worked pit road for the radio side.

PRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Doug Rice
Announcer: Mark Garrow
Announcer: Wendy Venturini
Turns 1 & 2: Rob Albright
Turns 3 & 4: Pat Patterson
Brad Gillie
Brett McMillan
Jim Noble
Heather Debeaux

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Archived from the original on December 24, 2017. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Las Vegas Motor Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 11, 2018. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 14, 2018. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 14, 2018. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Second Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 15, 2018. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 15, 2018. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "South Point 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 16, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. September 17, 2018. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. September 17, 2018. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "Las Vegas TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  12. ^ DeGroot, Nick (September 14, 2018). "Joey Logano leads first Cup practice from Las Vegas". Motorsport.com. Las Vegas: Motorsport Network. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  13. ^ Beacham, Greg (September 14, 2018). "Erik Jones claims pole for 1st NASCAR playoff race in Vegas". Associated Press. Las Vegas: AP Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on September 15, 2018. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  14. ^ Utter, Jim (September 15, 2018). "Ryan Newman tops playoff contenders in second Las Vegas practice". Motorsport.com. Las Vegas: Motorsport Network. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  15. ^ Utter, Jim (September 15, 2018). "Pole-winner Erik Jones fastest in final Cup practice at Las Vegas". Motorsport.com. Brooklyn, Michigan: Motorsport Network. Retrieved September 15, 2018.


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