NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Kurt Busch talk about their finishes at the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3, 2019. Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Joey Logano talks about holding off teammate Brad Keselowski to win the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3, 2019. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kyle Bush discusses the possibility of a posting another NASCAR Truck, Xfinity Series, Cup Series sweep after winning the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 2, 2019. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse chats about racing in the draft at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after an entertaining practice session on March 2, 2019. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kevin Harvick at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday, March 1, 2019. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kyle Busch at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Friday, March 1, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
About 40 18-wheeled Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series semi trucks rolled north on the Strip past Fremont Street and then headed for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Thursday evening during the Hauler Parade. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch of Las Vegas and series official John Probst do not agree on the impact of new NASCAR aerodynamic rules that go into effect for 2019 season. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
NASCAR champion Joey Logano talks about the future of Champion’s Week in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 28, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kyle Busch reflects on disappointing end to his 2018 season during NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 28, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kurt Busch is taking a test drive in the Fox Sports broadcast booth at Saturday’s Truck Series playoff race at Martinsville, Virginia. Busch, a challenger for the NASCAR Cup Series championship, suggested he’d like to get into broadcasting after he retires from driving. Brother Kyle Busch shared Halloween memories of growing up in Las Vegas. Kyle Busch California driver Jeremy Doss passed one driver on the final lap and held off another to avenge last year’s last-lap defeat to Derek Thorn in the Senator’s Cup Fall Classic at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There’s a new book about Craig Breedlove in which the land speed king recalls surviving a 675-mph crash in Black Rock Desert north of Reno and having a song written about him by the Beach Boys. It’s called: “Ultimate Speed: The Fast Life and Extreme Cars of Racing Legend Craig Breedlove.”
South Point 400 winner Brad Keselowski, third-place Martin Truex Jr., and runner-up Kyle Larson chat during a postrace news conference at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 16, 2018.(Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review Journal.)
South Point 400 pole position winner Erik Jones talks about the origin of ‘That Jones Boy’ nickname at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sept. 14, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review Journal.)
As part of the South Point 400 weekend, drivers performed burnouts on Las Vegas Blvd, Thursday, September 13, 2018. (Mat Luschek – Review-Journal)
Kyle and Kurt Busch talk about racing and Las Vegas before the South Point 400 weekend. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch of Las Vegas discuss opening the NASCAR playoffs on their home track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during playoffs media day at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sept. 13, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal).
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits down for exclusive interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
NASCAR racer Brendan Gaughan of Las Vegas chats about competing in the Star Nursery 100 K&N Pro Series West race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal.)
NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan of Las Vegas talks about staying busy during his semi-retirement from auto racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 6, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review Journal)
Danica Patrick to Host 2018 ESPYs The NASCAR driver will be the first woman to host the annual sports
award show. Danica Patrick Danica Patrick Patrick, who has been on the NASCAR circuit since 2010, is set to retire from racing after Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. The ESPYs will take place on July 18 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Local racer Riley Herbst has named to NASCAR Next, a list identifying young drivers on the fast track to stock car racing stardom. It was the second year in a row the 19-year-old racer was named on the list of nine drivers. Others who have been named NASCAR list include current Cup Series regulars Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez and Bubba Wallace. Herbst is a descendant of Las Vegas’ famous off-road racing Herbst family. His father, Troy, won the 2004 Baja 1000. “There’s a lot of talent coming up, and a lot of young racers chasing the dream in Las Vegas. It it weren’t for the Bullring and the drag strip and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, nobody would know what Las Vegas (has become) in racing out West.”
Reports that NASCAR maybe up for sale are gaining speed. It was reported this week that investment firm Goldman Sachs has been recruited to identify possible buyers . The news came as a shock to former driver Bobby Labonte, who said it would be business as usual for NASCAR drivers. One driver, former Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, said a sale could provide a platform for change and new opportunities for race teams. Bringing a new owner in may draw that line clearer to say now there’s separation between NASCAR and racetracks, and I think it might be a possibility to open the schedule up and go to some new places.
Las Vegas’ Spencer Gallagher was suspended by NASCAR Wednesday for violating its substance abuse problem. It happened three days after Gallagher posted his first Xfinity Series victory, at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The 28-year-old Las Vegan has agreed to participate in NASCAR’s Road to Recovery Program. If he is cleared to race in 2018, he will not receive a waiver to compete in the Xfinity playoffs, despite winning last weekend. I would like to say that I am sorry to all of the GMS organization for my actions, especially my team and team owner (father Maury Gallagher), who have worked so hard this year and have put faith in me. I also want to apologize to NASCAR, Chevrolet and my fans for letting them down. I have not upheld the behavior that is expected of me.
Las Vegas racer Noah Gragson predicted he was in for a “rude awakening” in his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut. Instead, he finished second at Richmond Raceway in Virginia. Gragson normally drives for fellow Las Vegan Kyle Busch in the NASCAR Truck Series. The race at Richmond was one of three in which he will compete for former Super Bowl coach Joe Gibbs. The second one is this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, a restrictor-plate track at which Gragson has little experience. “Talladega, that one might come back in a ball or something. Man, I’m not too good of a restrictor-plate racer just because I don’t have a lot of experience.”
Spencer Gallagher posted his career best finish in last weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol, Tennessee. The second-year driver from Las Vegas started ninth and finished fifth. He called the impressive run a “watershed moment.” Gallagher, who struggled as rookie in 2017, has four Top 10 finishes after seven races and has yet to run outside the Top 15. Spencer Gallagher
NASCAR has released its 2019 Cup Series schedule. It is exactly the same as the 2018 schedule. Every race will be back on the same weekend. Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s two race dates are March 3 and Sept. 15. The September race will once again open the NASCAR playoffs. The only thing that changes in 2019 is the off weekend for Easter. NASCAR will announce its Xfinity Series and Truck Series schedules at a later date.
Kevin Harvick dominated Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He led a track record 214 of 267 laps. But there was a small problem. His rear window bowed during the race after a brace failed. NASCAR docked Harvick seven playoff points, fined his crew chief and suspended his car chief. The Stewart-Haas Racing team said it will consider options before submitting an appeal.
Pennzoil 400 winner Kevin Harvick, second-place finisher Kyle Busch talk about their drives following NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 4, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/ Las Vegas Review Journal)
The 25-year-old won the Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday and placed third in the Cup Series race on Sunday. (Ben Gotz)
Students from Hyde Park Middle School got a behind-the-scenes look at the Pennzoil 400. Students competed with model race cars to earn the trip.