The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs kicks off at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend with the South Point 400 on Sunday afternoon. The good news this week is that we probably won’t have to deal with any weather issues since the track is in the desert, but with the way this season is going, anything is possible. This will be the second race this season at Las Vegas, and the first time we’ve ever raced here this late in the year. That shouldn’t have a major affect on these race cars, though–it’s still going to be very hot. Kevin Harvick dominated here back in March, leading 214 of the 267 laps with a perfect driver rating of 150.0. Will he be able to complete the season sweep? I wouldn’t bet against him.
P.S. Las Vegas is a “cookie cutter” 1.5-mile race track, so it’s definitely worth analyzing the other races at similar tracks from this season. I’ve put together a 1.5-mile Cheat Sheet for 2018 and you can view that by clicking here.