NASCAR was able to get in 57 laps, all the way until the end of the first stage, before the rain began and teams were given a break.
Chase Elliott and reigning series champion Joey Logano both suffered serious blows to their championship runs with a rough start to the second round.
The Sunday showcase was the first elimination race in NASCAR’s playoffs and attention was focused on which four drivers would be cut from 16-driver championship field.
The championship gave Team Penske a season sweep of the crown jewels of IndyCar.
Kyle Busch parroted Marshawn’s Super Bowl media day catchphrase during a scrum with reporters after Sunday’s 19th-place finish in the South Point 400.
Former series champion pulls away for playoff victory as Busch brothers falter.
Championship favorite Kyle finishes 19th, Kurt 39th and last in NASCAR playoff opener on their hometown track.
Clint Bowyer will start from the pole Sunday in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The Richard Childress Racing driver made a 70-lap green flag run during the final race stage and held on for a victory over Christopher Bell at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The NASCAR veteran put down a fast lap of 178.926 mph to earn the pole position for the South Point 400 and lead a Stewart-Haas Racing sweep of the first four qualifying positions.
After setting a course record at Las Vegas Motor Speedway while on vacation, the 21-year-old won back-to-back F1 races at the Belgian Grand Prix and Italian Grand Prix.
The ThorSport Racing driver posted his third victory of 2019, beating runner-up Ross Chastain across the finish line by 2.1 seconds Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
NASCAR finally may have succeeded in creating a balance between the 26-race regular season and playoffs that begin Sunday with the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
It was thought this might be Kurt Busch’s last season behind the wheel. But at 41, he seems to be driving better than ever and has become a nice guy to boot.
Six of the 16 championship-eligible drivers has won a NASCAR championship. But none has done it twice heading into the playoff opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.