Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will take place in the gambling capital of the world. Don’t be surprised, therefore, if a few teams are willing to roll the proverbial dice on getting a win—especially if those teams have been to Victory Lane this year and are already all but locked into the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
For the teams of Michael McDowell, Christopher Bell and William Byron, there’s virtually nothing to lose in going for broke and trying to collect as many additional playoff points as possible. “For us today, the approach doesn’t really change that much because we know what worked and we know what we want to achieve in our car,” said Byron, who prevailed with a dominant performance last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in South Florida. “Vegas is different than this past weekend, but in some ways, it’s similar. For us, there might be a little more openness to a two-tire call or a little bit more strategy. But we’re still trying to race as hard as we can and trying to win this weekend as well as work on some pit road stuff on my end and work on some stuff for the pit crew; all those kinds of things we do to try and get better.”
Of course, teams that have won in 2021 won’t be the only ones willing to lay it all on the line in Vegas. So too, but for different reasons, will be the teams that need a win in order to be guaranteed a spot in the playoffs.