It was a kind of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” when you replaced the comedians with car races from Las Vegas and the coffee with candy.
The Las Vegas-born NASCAR co-point leader Kyle Busch and pit reporter “NASCAR on NBC” Kelli Stavast, who moved here seven years ago, drove through the valley on Wednesday and visited places that are close to the heart of the racing driver. A feature that during the South Point 400 Prerace Show will air on Sunday.
Her last stop was the Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson.
“The cactus garden they have at the chocolate factory is the place his grandma used to visit and have a cup of tea or whatever, and Kyle went with her when he was 5,” said Stavast. “And now, in the circle, he’s signing autographs.”
. @ joeylogano in conversation with @KelliStavast during the rain delay @IMS. | @CocaColaRacing @shellracingus @FordPerformance #ad pic.twitter.com/wCRBpxiAMZ
– Team Penske (@Team_Penske) September 9, 2018
They also stopped by Busch’s youth homes and alma mater, Durango High School, and some of his other favorite spots when they were growing up. It was quite a joy, said Stavast, when the NASCAR champion showed a side of his personality that few get to see.
“Kyle was in a place I’ve never seen him and opened up so much and shared so many good stories,” said Stavast. “The spot was designed for 2½ minutes, but we could play for half an hour or more without any problems. What we will be broadcasting on Sunday will be the tip of the iceberg with the amazing content that we got. ”
I remember Spencer
Xfinity series driver Spencer Gallagher will honor his colleague in Las Vegas, Spencer Clark, with a special paint job during the DC Solar 300 on Saturday. Clark appeared to be on his way to a great future in auto racing when he was killed in a highway accident in 2006. When Gallagher started his career, he chose Clark’s No. 23 to honor his buddy.
“I think it’s fitting that I’m going back to my hometown race (after recovering from a shoulder injury) and paying special tribute to a close family friend, Spencer Clark, at # 23,” said Gallagher, who won his first Xfinity race on Talladega Superspeedway in April. “He’s been a big part of my career and it’s nice to be able to show respect for him and his family.”
This one is for you Spencer Clark. @ 23SpeedRacer | @XfinityRacing | @LVMotorSpeedway # Team23 #WeAreGMS #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/lLuwBPuLCh
– GMS Racing (@GMSRacingLLC) September 12, 2018
Green, white, checkered
Kevin Harvick is a 5-2 betting favorite who, according to the title sponsor’s race book, wins the South Point 400 on Sunday, followed by front runner Kyle Busch from Las Vegas and reigning serial champion Martin Truex Jr. 7-2. Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski, winner of the last two races in the playoffs, is 6-1. Racing fans who wither in the 100-degree heat are even money.
According to @VSiNLive’s chances to win at @southpointlv, March LVMS winner @KevinHarvick is the favorite to win Sunday’s # SouthPoint400, which kicks off the #NASCARPlayoffs. Check the odds here: https://t.co/8ITClAaUuc pic.twitter.com/ZDJTpeS0Te
– Las Vegas Motor Speedway (@LVMotorSpeedway) September 12, 2018
Clubhouse manager for the weekend’s South Point 400 quote: “I have something to say about this, too many goddamn rules! I know it’s more complicated than what we had to deal with, but we’ve turned a pretty simple sport, a sport about racing, into a sport about rules. “- Darrell Waltrip on Twitter for the latest on NASCAR.
I have to say something about that, too many damn rules! I know it’s more complicated than what we had to deal with, but we’ve turned a pretty simple sport, a sport about racing, into a sport about rules !! https://t.co/AEe65jWCxR
– Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) September 10, 2018
Honorable Mention for the weekend’s South Point 400 quote: “It hasn’t been in the store so I haven’t seen it. (So) I’m still waiting for a (butt) chew. “- Noah Gragson on what team owner Kyle Busch had to say after the last corner crash that left Gragson and teammate Todd Gilliland out of a 2-1 win at the Truck Series playoff opener at Canadian Motorsport Park .
Ron Kantowski at [email protected] or 702-383-0352. Follow @ronkantowski on Twitter.