Martin Truex, Jr. kicked off the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with a win within the South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver methodically carved his street to victory by first profitable the race’s second stage. He overhauled stage one winner Joey Logano with two laps left within the stage and saved the lead after an compulsory spherical of pitstops.
He briefly held the lead from Logano on the restart, however Chase Elliott pounced on each drivers on Lap 170 and took the lead with a three-wide move.
He stayed on the purpose for 11 laps when the warning flew for a spin by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron.
The yellow introduced the whole subject down pit street and noticed Denny Hamlin receive the lead on the heels of a two tyre pitstop. Following him have been the Ford trio of Ryan Blaney, Ryan Newman and outside-polesitter Daniel Suarez, who additionally solely modified right-side tyres.
Harvick led the 4 tyre stoppers in fifth adopted by Alex Bowman and Logano.
Blaney motored into the lead over Hamlin on the Lap 185 restart however solely loved the lead for 2 laps as Harvick blasted his method to the lead.
The motion was slowed three laps later by one other lower tyre – this time by Kurt Busch. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver pancaked Turn 3 wall whereas Joey Logano sustained harm when after Daniel Suarez slid into him and the pair hit the backstretch wall.
Logano pitted for repairs whereas the leaders stayed out with Harvick within the lead over Blaney, Newman, Truex, Jr and Hamlin.
The restart on Lap 195 noticed Truex, Jr transfer into second whereas Harvick motored away. The 2014 collection champion constructed up a four-second lead over Truex all through the stint.
Blaney held onto third over Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski as Bowman reared up the highest 5.
Harvick and Truex pitted collectively on Lap 231 and a fast cease by Truex, Jr noticed Harvick’s beforehand insurmountable lead nearly fully evaporate.
William Byron, Kyle Larson and Matt DiBenedetto took turns up entrance earlier than making their respective stops and handed the lead again to Harvick on Lap 247 with Truex sizzling on his tail.
Harvick might solely watch as Truex roared by him on the backstretch a lap later and draw back from the pack.
The driver of the No. 19 Toyota Camry navigated a light-weight case of lapped site visitors however by no means faltered and took the checkered flag 4.173 seconds forward.
Harvick claimed his first runner up spot of the season whereas Brad Keselowski completed third. Chase Elliott ended up fourth whereas Ryan Blaney rounded out the highest 5.
Alex Bowman led a Chevrolet sweep of the following three positions adopted by William Byron in seventh and Kyle Larson ending up eighth.
Logano recovered from his mid-race incident to find yourself ninth whereas Ryan Newman rounded out the highest ten.