Las Vegas: Bowyer wins Cup pole, Custer on Xfinity pole

Clint Bowyer leads Ford pole sweep
Clint Bowyer leads Ford pole sweep

Stewart-Haas Racing flat out dominated Cup qualifying for the South Point 400 and it was Clint Bowyer who led the charge with a 178.926 mph lap. Daniel Suarez will start alongside Bowyer on the front row with Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola locking up the second row.

Gragson and Labbe will have to start from the rear of the field but at least they get to race their primary cars.

Three qualifying efforts after Gragson's incident, Alex Labbe had a similar experience when the back end of his No. 90 Chevrolet stepped out in Turn 3. He, too, failed to post a qualifying speed.

"This is Vegas," he said. "This is my hometown. I'm going balls out, balls to the wall. I tried to carry it. I was running loose, but overall, just super thankful. Barely, barely nicked the tail on the right, rear. I was nuttin' up for sure and going for the pole."

Gragson made no apologies for his over exuberance.

Noah Gragson spins
Noah Gragson spins

Las Vegas' own Noah Gragson lost the rear end of his racecar going through Turns 3 and 4 and did a masterful job of steering through the slide, just barely kissing the outside wall with the left, rear. The car continued down pit road and came to a stop just a couple feet from the infield wall.

Two drivers had trouble during qualifying but in both their cases, things could have turned out much worse.

"I'm a little nervous," Sadler admitted, prior to qualifying. "I woke up this morning a little bit nervous. I haven't been in a car in a while. Bur really, I'm excited. People want me to be sad. I've had a great career. I've met a lot of great people."

Sadler qualified a respectable 14th for the race in a car sporting a red and yellow paint scheme that harkens back to the early days of Sadler's career.

His first Cup Series victory came in spectacular fashion in Thunder Valley on the high banks of Bristol. Driving a backup car, Sadler battled back from a 38th place starting position and a backstretch pit stall to win the race. In doing so he broke a record set by the late, great Dale Earnhardt for winning at Bristol from the lowest starting position.

Xfinity Qualifying

Cole Custer
Cole Custer

On a track that was hot and slick, Cole Custer hung on to win the pole for this evening's Rhino Pro 300 with a 181.372 mph lap. Christopher Bell was the final driver to take a qualifying lap and he just missed knocking Custer off the pole with a 181.056 mph effort. Starting 3rd through 5th are Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick, and Austin Cindric.

Rhino Pro 300 Preview

When the checkers fall after this evening's event, it will mark the end of the 2019 Xfinity Series regular season and put a period on the professional racing career of Elliott Sadler. Sadler cut his racing teeth on the shorts track of Richmond and North Carolina and raced against some of the best drivers in the sport's history.

Wrapping up the NXS Regular Season

Coming into this race Tyler Reddick (ranked 1st) and Christopher Bell (ranked 2nd) are the only two drivers with a chance to clinch the regular season championship. As it stands, Reddick has the decided advantage, needing just 11 points to clinch. Bell is 50 points behind and if the two should end up in a tie, Bell would win by virtue of recording six wins to Reddick's four. Bell starts the race from the second position, while Reddick will line up fourth, right on Bell's back bumper.

Xfinity Lineup

Pos No. Driver Car Time Speed
1 00 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford 29.773 181.372
2 20 Christopher Bell Rheem/Smurfit Kappa Toyota 29.825 181.056
3 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet 29.840 180.965
4 2 Tyler Reddick TAME the BEAST Chevrolet 29.909 180.548
5 22 Austin Cindric MoneyLion Ford 29.924 180.457
6 19 Brandon Jones Juniper Toyota 29.948 180.313
7 98 Chase Briscoe # Ford Performance Ford 30.096 179.426
8 10 Elliott Sadler Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet 30.143 179.146
9 89 Landon Cassill Visone RV Chevrolet 30.169 178.992
10 11 Justin Haley # LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 30.289 178.283
11 1 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet 30.312 178.147
12 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet 30.478 177.177
13 23 John Hunter Nemechek # Berry's Manufacturing Chevrolet 30.490 177.107
14 38 JJ Yeley RSS Racing Chevrolet 30.538 176.829
15 18 Riley Herbst(i) Monster Energy Toyota 30.577 176.603
16 08 Gray Gaulding JT Marine Chevrolet 30.725 175.753
17 86 Brandon Brown # Vero True Social Chevrolet 30.762 175.541
18 61 Tommy Joe Martins Diamond Gusset Jean Co. Toyota 30.827 175.171
19 39 Ryan Sieg Lombard Bros Gaming Chevrolet 30.842 175.086
20 07 Ray Black II ISOKERNFrplcs&Chmnys/ScbLf Chev 31.011 174.132
21 4 BJ McLeod teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 31.083 173.728
22 8 Ryan Truex Bar Harbor Chevrolet 31.101 173.628
23 01 Stephen Leicht teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 31.157 173.316
24 5 Matt Mills J.F. Electric Chevrolet 31.170 173.244
25 74 Kyle Weatherman Chevrolet 31.218 172.977
26 0 Garrett Smithley teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 31.272 172.678
27 17 Joe Nemechek(i) RWR Chevrolet 31.399 171.980
28 15 Tyler Matthews LineTec Services Chevrolet 31.486 171.505
29 36 Josh Williams Starbrite Star Tron/Simcraft Chevrolet 31.670 170.508
30 52 David Starr Circle Track/Franklins Signs Chevrolet 31.691 170.395
31 93 CJ McLaughlin SciAps Chevrolet 31.828 169.662
32 35 Joey Gase Nevada Donor Network Toyota 31.918 169.184
33 66 Chad Finchum LasVegas.net Toyota Owner Points
34 78 Vinnie Miller Pit Viper Sunglasses Chevrolet Owner Points
35 13 Stan Mullis LasVegas.net Toyota Owner Points
36 9 Noah Gragson # Switch Chevrolet Owner Points
37 90 Alex Labbe Martin and Cain Warehousing Chevrolet Owner Points
38 99 Ja Junior Avila Art General Contractors Toyota 0.000 0.000

Monster Cup Lineup

Pos No. Driver Car Time Speed
1 14 Clint Bowyer (P) Toco Warranty Ford 30.180 178.926
2 41 Daniel Suarez Haas Automation Ford 30.189 178.873
3 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Mobil 1 Ford 30.206 178.772
4 10 Aric Almirola (P) Smithfield Ford 30.252 178.501
5 1 Kurt Busch (P) GEARWRENCH Chevrolet 30.318 178.112
6 8 Daniel Hemric # Cessna Chevrolet 30.366 177.830
7 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevrolet 30.454 177.317
8 9 Chase Elliott (P) NAPA Filters Chevrolet 30.463 177.264
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Ally Chevrolet 30.488 177.119
10 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 30.490 177.107
11 38 David Ragan Select Blinds Ford 30.527 176.893
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. SunnyD Ford 30.531 176.869
13 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Ground Toyota 30.539 176.823
14 24 William Byron (P) Liberty University Chevrolet 30.567 176.661
15 42 Kyle Larson (P) Clover Chevrolet 30.590 176.528
16 47 Ryan Preece # Kroger Chevrolet 30.615 176.384
17 6 Ryan Newman (P) Oscar Mayer Bacon Ford 30.618 176.367
18 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Autotrader Ford 30.619 176.361
19 88 Alex Bowman (P) Nationwide Chevrolet 30.620 176.355
20 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Hazelnut Toyota 30.633 176.280
21 21 Paul Menard Menards/Monster Ford 30.672 176.056
22 22 Joey Logano (P) Pennzoil Ford 30.674 176.045
23 12 Ryan Blaney (P) PPG Ford 30.706 175.861
24 19 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Bass Pro Shops Toyota 30.721 175.776
25 95 Matt DiBenedetto Barstool Sports Toyota 30.726 175.747
26 20 Erik Jones (P) CRAFTSMAN Gas Monkey Toyota 30.740 175.667
27 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet 30.742 175.655
28 37 Chris Buescher Natural Light Seltzer Chevrolet 30.774 175.473
29 36 Matt Tifft # Surface/Maui Jim Ford 30.808 175.279
30 00 Landon Cassill(i) William Hill Sports Book Chevrolet 30.839 175.103
31 43 Bubba Wallace Victory Junction Chevrolet 30.893 174.797
32 15 Ross Chastain(i) Xchange of America Chevrolet 31.027 174.042
33 32 Corey LaJoie Schluter Systems Ford 31.081 173.740
34 52 Garrett Smithley(i) Honest Abe Roofing Ford 31.411 171.914
35 51 BJ McLeod(i) Jacob Companies Ford 31.413 171.903
36 53 JJ Yeley(i) AQRE.app Ford 31.538 171.222
37 77 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 31.752 170.068
38 27 Joe Nemechek(i) Chevrolet 32.070 168.382
39 66 Joey Gase(i) Nevada Donor Network Toyota 32.086 168.298

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