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Kyle Larson Clinches Playoff Championship Chip with Sin City Sweep

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Las Vegas, NV. – October 16, 2023

The NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Round of 8 rolled into Sin City for the South Point 400 hosted by Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Located less than 20 miles from the Famous Las Vegas Strip, the 1.5-mile Tri-Oval Speedway hosted their first NASCAR Cup event on March 1, 1998.  The South Point 400 offered 267 Laps (400 Miles) of excitement for the competitors vying for victory. Playoff Contenders Yung Money Kyle Larson along with Christopher Bell set the front row at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

South Point 400 – Recap:

Stage 1

Christopher Bell broke away clean, clearing Kyle Larson for the early lead.  Bell’s position would be contested as Larson sharpshot down low to steal away Bells progression two laps later.

Larsons lead see sawed between the two drivers as Bell recovered his post position with 50 laps remaining in Stage 1.  

Pit cycles separated the battling foes as Kyle Larson recycled and returned to the front as Bell was shuffled back after each received green flag pit attention.

A final Stage caution reset the field as frontrunners opted for tires and liquid adrenaline.

Bell led the pack out of the pit for a final shootout to determine the Stage victor.

Larson rode the ridge accumulating enough motivation to overtake Bell on the final Stage 1 segment.

Kyle Larson won Stage 1 Checkers accompanied with valuable Championship Stage Points Chips at Vegas.

South Point 400 – Results

Stage 1

1. Kyle Larson

2. Christopher Bell

3. Brad Keselowski

4. Tyler Reddick

5. Martin Truex Jr

6. Ryan Blaney

7. Denny Hamlin

8. Kyle Busch

9. Kevin Harvick

10. William Byron

South Point 400 – Recap:

Stage 2

Early-Stage pit strategy was utilized as Denny Hamlin took a two tire service to advance his field position on the track. Denny Hamlin’s fresher Goodyears overtook Playoff Contender Martin Truex Jr. within 10 laps of the opening of Stage 2.

Carson Hocevar wore out a right rear sending him overpoweringly into the safety barrier wall, inviting a second Stage Caution flag.

Cup Champ Brad Keselowski and race leader Kyle Larson battled for bragging rights. Brad would advance while Kyle Larson scrubbed the safety barrier briefly descending his advancement.

 Larson would recover with 4 new tires overtaking William Byron and Brad Keselowski running 3 wide recuperating the lead with 10 circuits remaining in Stage 2.

Kyle Larson collected Stage 2 honors in Sin City.

South Point 400 – Results:

Stage 2

1. Kyle Larson

2. Ross Chastainand

3. Christopher Bell

4. Denny Hamlin

5. Brad Keselowski

6. William Byron

7. Kyle Busch

8. Ryan Blaney

9. Tyler Reddick

10. Bubba Wallace

South Point 400Recap:

Final Stage

Chase Brisco loses control, brushing the safety barrier wall, slowing down the field under his caution.

Previous adversary Christopher Bell bumped Kyle Larson to the lead, as contenders stacked up behind the front runner. Kyle Larson competed with Brad Keselowski and Christopher Bell as each attempted to derail the Champ.

Christopher Bell gave a gallant effort gathering momentum on the high lane in his attempt to run down Larson, only to run out of real estate and laps.

Kyle Larson secures a Championship 4 ticket compliments of Los Vegas Motor Speedway!

After the Post Race Inspection, Play Off Contender Ryan Blaney failed Post Race Inspection (Left Front Damper) did not meet the overall specified length. (NASCAR Rule Book: Section 

Ryan Blaney will be disqualified for the stated race and points earned will be eliminated.

South Point 400Final Stage – Results

Pos | Driver

1. Kyle Larson

2. Christopher Bell

3. Kyle Busch

4. Brad Keselowski

5. Ross Chastain

6. Ryan Blaney D.Q.

6. William Byron

7. Tyler Reddick

8. Martin Truex Jr

9. Denny Hamlin

10. Chris Buescher

11. Joey Logano

12. Bubba Wallace

13. Aric Almirola

14. Daniel Suarez

15. Kevin Harvick

16. Michael McDowell

17. Austin Dillon

18. Corey LaJoie

19. Harrison Burton

20. AJ Allmendinger

21. Justin Haley

22. Austin Cindric

23. Ty Dillon

24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr

25. Ryan Preece

26. Todd Gilliland

27. Erik Jones

28. JJ Yeley

29. Brennan Poole

30. BJ McLeod

31. Chase Elliott

32. Chase Briscoe

33. Ty Gibb

34. Alex Bowman

35. Carson Hocevar

NASCAR Cup Series

Points Standings

(after South Point 400)

Pos | Driver | Wins | Points

1. Kyle Larson | 1 Win

2. William Byron | +9

3. Martin Truex Jr | +2

4. Denny Hamlin | +2

— Championship Cutline —

5. Christopher Bell | -2

6. Tyler Reddick | -16

7. Ryan Blaney | -17

8. Chris Buescher | -23

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to the Homestead-Miami Superspeedway for the 4EVER 400 Presented by Mobil 1.

Green Flag scheduled: 

Sunday October 22, 2023


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