The voice of legendary sports broadcaster Brent Musburger can be heard saying, “You are looking live at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the 2019 NASCAR playoffs are set to begin.”
Musburger, who is now a Las Vegas resident, used his trademark opening line, “You are looking live,” before countless professional football games. But there was always added emphasis if it was before an NFL playoff game. And before he would introduce his broadcasting partners Irv Cross, Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder and Phyllis George, Musburger would always highlight key players.
And if he was working Sunday’s opening race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs at Las Vegas, Musburger would highlight Kevin Harvick, who has made the final four of the NASCAR playoffs four of the last five years and won the championship in 2014. And Harvick took the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to victory lane last week at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Harvick is fourth in the reset playoff standings after three regular-season wins, nine top-five finishes and 712 laps led. Those three wins have come in the last seven races to give Harvick great momentum heading into the playoffs. And he also has Mobil 1 supporting him as a technical partner and sponsor.
Mobil 1 isn’t just the world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand, it also provides the entire SHR organization with leading lubricant technology, ensuring that all SHR Mustangs have a competitive edge over the competition on the track. In its 17th consecutive season as the “Official Motor Oil of NASCAR,” Mobil 1 is used by more than 50 percent of teams throughout NASCAR’s top three series.
Before this weekend’s first playoff race, fans will be lined up inside the MGM Grand Casino Thursday for a chance to spin the reels on the Mobil 1 250K Mile Slot Machine – a unique pop-up experience with surprise appearances by Harvick and SHR teammate Clint Bowyer.
Participating players have the chance to pull the handle and win one of 10 $250 prizes. To play, fans must insert a bottle of conventional motor oil into the machine. Everyday drivers win when they trade up from basic conventional motor oil to Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil, which keeps important vehicle engine parts in excellent condition for 250,000 miles.
Harvick and Bowyer will take turns hiding inside the large slot machine, signing personalized items for the winners, while a hidden camera catches the excited reactions of fans. For select $250 winners, the drivers will emerge from the machine to offer congratulations and present the stunned fans with their prizes.
While the fans are expected to be excited, so are Harvick, his crew chief Rodney Childers and the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford team. It’s been a highly successful combination since 2014 – much like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders of the 1970s who won nine combined Super Bowls. And Musburger was at a lot of those games, opening the broadcast with his signature line, “You are looking live.”