All week, the thoughts of racing in Vegas had people coming up with unique ways of referencing the great city that the town is. Whether it was any of the card games, the slot machines, rolling the dice or the roulette wheel, somehow it is always about the gambling.
Apparently lost in all that was the face that Las Vegas has also played host to another form of sports…fights. Whether it’s the MGM Grand hosting UFC or a boxing ring, fights have been part of the Vegas lure for years.
Who could ever expect that to spill into NASCAR.
Sunday’s race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway saw one driver see victory, but all cameras focused on pit road. While a burnout was taking place, a right cross was being thrown, and followed by a scuffle that led to one driver being bloodied. Needless to say, officials had to do more than police the crews on this day in between the green and checkered flags, but also the post-race activities.
While all this took place on pit road, one driver was busy burning down some tires. He had reason to celebrate, because he took home not just the five playoff points for winning, but also the pair of playoff points for winning Stage 1 and Stage 2.
It wasn’t a Ford this week in victory lane, but instead a Toyota. The third driver eligible for the playoffs…Martin Truex Jr.
Ironically enough, no one decided the No. 78 would take the victory, and that meant no one earned playoff points this week. Here’s the new updated standings after the Kobalt 400:
Rob Tiongson (121) Joey Logano finished 4th –  0
Billy Fellin (120) Joey Logano finished 4th –  2
Dalton Hastings (108) Chase Elliott finished 3rd –  2
Dustin Parks (102) Brad Keselowski finished 5th –  0
Ashley Hull (100) Brad Keselowski finished 5th –  0
Ashley McCubbin (82) Kevin Harvick finished 38th –  2
Misan Akuya (71) Kevin Harvick finished 38th –  2
Ashley Hobbs (65) Joey Logano finished 4th –  0
Rob Blount (63) Kevin Harvick finished 38th –  0
Patti Rodisch (62) Kevin Harvick finished 38th –  2
Penny Whitecotton (62) Kevin Harvick finished 38th –  1
Sal Sigala Jr. (51) Kevin Harvick finished 38th –  0
Klarissa Mitchell (48) Kurt Busch finished 30th –  0
Next Race: Well after all the craziness that took place after the checkered flag waved, it appears there’s going to be yet another duel between a Gibbs driver, and a Penske wheel-man. It seems appropriate that the next race could lead to a “Duel In The Desert.”
Up next on the western run of racing is the Phoenix International Raceway, a place that is known as the “Jewel In The Desert” and will be going under a facelift soon. Plans have been announced to do some re-configuring of the grandstands, adding more to what currently are turns 1 and 2, plus moving the start/finish line to right before the dogleg in the track.
But, until that time comes, the track is still going to play host to the current setup, and it’s clear now that there is a reason to watch next weekend.
Writers, deadline still remains the same, as your picks must be locked in before Thursday, March 16, at 10 p.m. ET for the Camping World 500.