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PREVIEW: September 13-14-15, 2019: NASCAR at Las Vegas and IMSA at Laguna Seca

PREVIEW: September 13-14-15, 2019: NASCAR at Las Vegas and IMSA at Laguna Seca

Friday, September 13

1. NASCAR Gander Outdoors Trucks World of Westgate 200, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
• TV: Fox Sports Racing at 9:00P
• 1.5-mi oval; 134 laps = 201 mi; Stages: 30/30/74
• The winner here last year was Grant Enfinger; Johnny Sauter was second and Justin Haley third.
• The most recent NGOTS race was the race at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (a road course) on August 25. The winner of that race was Brett Moffitt. Canadian Pinty’s driver Alex Tagliani was second and Ben Rhodes was third.
• The upcoming Las Vegas race is the third race in the first three-race elimination round. After this race, the bottom two playoff drivers will be dropped out and the remaining six will move on to the next three-race elimination. At the end of those three races, the bottom two will again be dropped and the top four playoff drivers will advance to the finale at Homestead. So far, Moffitt has won both of the first two playoff races, so he is guaranteed to move on to the next three-race elimination round. Going into Las Vegas, Sauter and Tyler Ankrum are ranked seventh and eighth so they are most vulnerable to falling out after this race. Of course, if any of the seven playoff drivers without a playoff win so far were to win at Las Vegas, they would automatically move on to the next three-race round.

• Click HERE for the NGOTS Entry List


Saturday, September 14

2. IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Laguna Seca 120 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
• online streaming (imsa.tv) at 5:55P
• 2.238-mi road course (3.602 km); 120 minute race duration
• Last year here, the No. 46 Mercedes AMG of Trinkler/Plumb won the two-hour race. Scott Maxwell/Ty Majeski finished second in the No. 15 Multimatic Mustang GT4 while McQuarrie/Westphal were third in the No. 39 Audi R8.
• The most recent Michelin Pilot race this year was the race at Virginia International Raceway on August 24. It was won by the KohR Motorsports No. 60 Mustang driven by Stacy/Marcelli. McQuarrie/Westphal were second in the No. 39 Audi R8 while Skeen/Balogh were third in the No. 80 BMW M4 GT4.

• Click HERE for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Entry List


3. NASCAR Xfinity Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
• TV: TSN5 at 7:30P
• 1.5-mi oval; 200 laps = 300 mi; Stages: 45/45/110
• Last year’s winner here was Ross Chastain (who is vying for the truck championship this year). Justin Allgaier was second, Cole Custer third and Christopher Bell fourth.
• Last week at Indianapolis Kyle Busch won the NXS race while Allgaier was second and Noah Gragson was third.
• The Las Vegas race is the final race in the ‘regular season’ in the Xfinity Series. The top 12 NXS-eligible drivers will advance to the first elimination round of the three races which begins with the Richmond race a week later. Six drivers are already locked in by virtue of having won at least one race during the ‘regular season’ so far. They are Reddick, Bell, Custer, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, and Michael Annett. After the first three playoff races, the bottom four will be dropped and, after the second three-race elimination round, four more drivers will be dropped, leaving the remaining four to fight it out in the NXS finale at Homestead.

• Click HERE for the Xfinity Entry List


Sunday, September 15

4. IMSA WeatherTech Monterey Sports Car Championship, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA, L
• TV: NBC (and Discovery-Velocity) at 3:00P
• 2.238-mi road course (3.602 km); 160 minute race duration
• Last year the No. 22 Nissan of Derani/van Overbeek won here. The No. 54 CORE ORECA LMP2 car of Braun and Bennett was second and the No. 6 Acura DPi of Cameron/Montoya was third.
• The most recent race for the IMSA prototypes was run at Road America early in August. The No. 55 Mazda DPi of Tincknell/Bomarito won here, the third win in a row for the two-car Joest Mazda team. Cameron/Montoya finished second in the No. 6 Acura and Jarvis/Nunez in the second Mazda was third.
• The Monterey race is the second last race for the IMSA WeatherTech series. The season finale, the 10-hour Petit Le Mans, will run at Road Atlanta on October 12.

• Click HERE for the IMSA Weather Tech Entry List


5. NASCAR MENCS, South Point 400, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, L
• TV: TSN4/5 at 7:00P
• 1.5-mi oval; 267 laps = 400.5 mi; Stages: 80/80/107
• Brad Keselowski won here last year. Kyle Larson finished in second place and Martin Truex in third.
• Kevin Harvick dominated at Indianapolis last week to win the race over Joey Logano and Darrell Wallace
• The Las Vegas race is the first race in the 10-race playoff series. The 16 drivers who will participate in the first elimination round of three races are: Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex, Harvick, Logano, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman, Erik Jones, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Byron, Aric Almirola, Bowyer, and Newman.
• The MENCS playoffs consist of four elimination rounds. The first three rounds consist of three races each followed by the single race finale at Homestead which determines the 2019 champion. At the end of each of the first three rounds, four drivers are dropped from the playoff group, leaving just four drivers still fighting for the championship in the Homestead finale.

• Click HERE for the MENCS Entry List


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