Who won the Nascar race today?
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Author: André Wiegold
This year's NASCAR play-offs will kick off next Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A total of 16 drivers qualified for the finals in the regular season.
Starting next Sunday, 16 drivers will compete for the title in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The first is the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile oval in Nevada. But which drivers actually qualified for the play-offs and how many play-off points do they take with them in the all-important final round?
Kyle Busch is the regular season champion. The 33-year-old Gibbs driver from Las Vegas will start his home race next week. In his Toyota Camry, he scored six wins, 17 top 5 results and 21 top 10 results in the 2018 season. In total, he led 1,116 rounds and collected 50 play-off points.
Kevin Harvick even won seven races in the regular season, with a win due to a rule violation not counting for the finals. He finished 19 times in the top 5 and 22 times in the top 10. Like Busch, he collected 50 play-off points.
Martin Truex Jr. is the third member of the “Big 3”. The Furniture Row Racing driver will no longer be in the starting number 78 in the coming year because the team will close its doors. A championship win would certainly be a special farewell for the racing team. Truex Jr. won four races and finished 15 times in the top 5 and 15 times in the top 10. He has 35 play-off points to the account.
Brad Keselowski got really going in the end. First the Penske driver won in Darlington and then he brought Roger Penske's first NASCAR Cup victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Keselowski goes into this year's play-offs with two wins, eight top 5 and 14 top 10 results. He accumulated 19 play-off points.
Clint Bowyer is experiencing its second spring at Stewart-Haas Racing. The veteran won a total of two races and ended up in the top 5 buw seven times. Twelve times in the top 10. The 39-year-old secured a total of 15 play-off points.
Joey Logano is the second of the Penske trio to make it into the play-offs. The 28-year-old crossed the finish line once in first place and finished the races seven times in the top 5 and 18 times in the top 10. In total, he secured 14 play-off points.
Kurt Busch is on the sidelines at Stewart-Haas Racing, but could still take care of the championship for the team. As for his brother, his home race is coming up in Las Vegas. The 40-year-old, who is associated with a cockpit at Ganassi Racing, scored one victory, four top 5 and 17 top 10 results. He also has 14 play-off points in his account.
Chase Elliott ended the summer with his win at Watkins Glen and pulled his play-off ticket. In addition, the contender for the “Most Popular Driver Award” convinced with consistency. Eight times it was enough for him for the top 5 and 14 times for the top 10. He goes into the finals with eight play-off points.
Ryan Blaney completes the Penske trio in the play-offs, even if he didn't win. His fantastic points yield was enough for a safe qualification for the finals. The youngster landed five times in the top 5 and twelve times in the top 10. He collected seven play-off points.
Erik Jones surprised everyone with a win in his Gibbs Toyota in the Daytona summer race. The 22-year-old has also proven that he can compete at the highest level in the Cup series. In addition to the win, he secured six top 5 and 14 top 10 results. The five play-off points for winning are its only bonus counters.
Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 but then faded badly. The victory - including the five play-off points - is still enough to qualify for the final round. He crossed the finish line twice in the top 5 and four times in the top 10.
Kyle Larson was the spearhead of Chevrolet in the regular season, even if he did not succeed in a win. The 26-year-old finished eight races in the top 5 and 14 races in the top 10. In total, he collected five play-off points.
Denny Hamlin was also rewarded for his consistency. The winless Gibbs driver finished seven times in the top 5 and 14 times in the top 10. He got three play-off points for the finals.
Aric Almirola completes the Stewart-Haas quartet in starting number 10. After initial fluctuations, the new addition to the team has got stuck in the top group. Once it was even enough for the top 5. He also scored many valuable points with ten top 10 results. A stage win gives him a play-off point.
Jimmie Johnson had to tremble until the regular season finale. Nevertheless, the seven-time champion made it into this year's play-offs. The Hendrick driver has had a pitch-black season so far. He was not allowed to turn into Victory Lane once. He only crossed the finish line twice in the top 5. The eight top 10 results are also too few for a Jimmie Johnson. He also didn't get a single play-off point.
Alex Bowman also made it through the points into the play-offs in his Hendrick-Chevrolet. The 25-year-old crossed the finish line twice in the top 5 and nine times in the top 10. A victory was denied the young successor to Dale Earnhardt Jr. In addition, there were no play-off points to get for him.
First stop: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Next Sunday, NASCAR will stop at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where the NASCAR play-offs will begin. The route is a typical 1.5 mile oval in Nevada. The curves have a banking of up to 20 degrees. The route opened at the end of the legendary Las Vegas Strip in 1972.
The most wins in Las Vegas went to Johnson, who has won four times on the course. Matt Kenseth is in second place with three wins. Harvick and Keselowski have made two turns into Victory Lane in Vegas so far. Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch have won here once so far. The race will be live and in full length MotorvisionTV transfer. The broadcast begins on Sunday, September 16, at 8:30 p.m.
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