Pre-Race Info

The Place: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The Date: Sunday, February 23

The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 2:30 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 400.5 miles (267 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 80),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 160), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 267)

2019 Race Winner: Joey Logano

 

Chastain to pilot No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in Newman’s absence

Roush Fenway Racing has tabbed popular NASCAR competitor Ross Chastain to drive the team’s No. 6 Ford Mustang while their fulltime driver Ryan Newman recovers after an accident Monday on the last lap of the Daytona 500.

 

Newman was released from Daytona Beach’s Halifax Medical Center on Wednesday.

 

Chastain is contending for the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship this year driving the No. 10 Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing. He is a three-time winner in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and finished runner-up in the 2019 championship. He has a pair of Xfinity Series victories – his first coming at Las Vegas in the fall of 2018, driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. His second came last summer at Daytona in while driving a partial series schedule for Kaulig Racing.

 

The 27-year old Alva, Florida, native has made 72 Cup Series starts with a best showing of 10th-place in the 2019 Daytona 500. He raced in Monday’s rain-delayed Daytona 500, finishing 25th in a car prepared by Chip Ganassi Racing and Spire Motorsports.

 

In four previous Cup starts at Las Vegas, Chastain’s best finish is 20th coming in the 2018 fall race.

 

“No one could ever take the place of Ryan Newman on the track and I can’t wait to have him back,’’ Chastain said on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. “As we continue to pray for a full and speedy recovery, I’ll do my best to make him and everyone at Roush Fenway Racing proud.’’

 

 

Hamlin playing with a full house in Vegas

Denny Hamlin shows up at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) understandably liking his odds for a first career victory at the 1.5-mile track.

 

The driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota is coming off a win in Monday’s rain-delayed Daytona 500, making him the first back-to-back winner in the race since Sterling Marlin accomplished the feat in 1994-95. It is Hamlin’s third Daytona 500 win in the last five years. Only one other driver has won that many Daytona 500s in that short of a time frame – NASCAR Hall of Famer and the sport’s winningest driver, Richard Petty, who won in 1971 and back-to-back in 1973-74.

 

Hamlin led a race-best 79 laps and won in a photo-finish – only 0.14-seconds ahead of Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney – the second closest finish in the history of the Great America Race.

 

In 16 starts at Las Vegas, Hamlin has earned only two top-five finishes – the best of those, a third-place effort, came in only his second Las Vegas start in 2007. The 39-year old Virginian has seven top-10 finishes, including a 10th-place showing in this spring race last year.

 

Toyota has won two of the last six races, the only manufacturer other than Ford to win during that time. Both of those victories (spring, 2017 and fall, 2019) were by Hamlin’s current Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr.

 

The last time a driver won the first two races of a season was 2009 when former JGR driver Matt Kenseth won at Daytona and then at Fontana, Calif.

 

“Our team is picking up where we left off last year and really clicking so far,’’ Hamlin said. “I’m very happy with our performance, but we still have a lot of work to do and a lot more challenges coming our way. We’ll be ready to get back at it this weekend in Las Vegas and hopefully take the checkered flag.’’

 

 

Team Penske playing the odds

Joey Logano has plenty of reason to like his chances this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He is the defending winner of the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube and his No. 22 Team Penske Ford will be donned in the Pennzoil yellow. He and teammate Brad Keselowski have won three of the past six races at the 1.5-mile track.

 

And Logano is statistically-speaking best in class at Las Vegas. The 2017 Cup champion boasts the best average starting position (8.9) and best average finishing position (8.5) in the field. And his average running position is also tops among the competition at 9.162.

 

Logano has five top-five and nine top-10 finishes – only Kevin Harvick (10 top 10s and seven top fives) has more.  And a very telling statistic, Logano has never suffered a DNF in 13 starts.

 

The 2018 Cup Series champion had a difficult Daytona 500 – starting third and finishing 26th after a late-race accident.

 

He’ll be buoyed, no doubt, by the past performance of his Team Penske team which shows up undoubtedly as a pre-race favorite. Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford has three victories at Las Vegas – second all-time to Jimmie Johnson’s four wins. His seven top-five finishes tie Harvick and Kyle Busch for most all-time.  He is one of only five drivers to win from the front row, earning the 2014 Vegas trophy from second.

 

As with Logano, Keselowski was fast all day in Monday’s Daytona season-opener only to be collected in a multi-car accident. His 30 laps out front was second only to race winner Denny Hamlin. But his day ended early when he was caught in a 19-car accident with 16 laps remaining in regulation.

 

Vegas, however, should give him reason to believe in redemption. He was runner-up to his teammate Logano is this race last year and answered that with a third-place finish in the fall Playoff race. Keselowski has not finished worse than seventh in the last nine races, including three wins, a runner-up and a pair of third-place finishes in that time.

 

Certainly, feeling capable of running with his veteran Penske teammates will be 26-year old Ryan Blaney, whose finish in the Daytona 500 was his second runner-up showing in the sport’s biggest race in the last four years. He’s coming off a career 2019 season, when he scored a personal best 11 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes. His win at the Talladega Playoff race marked the third consecutive season he’s celebrated in Victory Lane and his seventh place in the Cup Series championship was an all-time high mark for him as well.

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway has been a productive venue for Blaney, who has an impressive three top-five and five top-10 finishes in seven starts.

 

 

Busch brothers are hometown Vegas heroes

Las Vegas natives Kurt and Kyle Busch are unquestionably the fan favorites this weekend. For the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle, it’s about adding to his winnings. He’s already won a Cup Series race, two in the Xfinity Series and a pair of Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series races at the track.

 

Unfortunately for Kyle Busch, 34, he suffered another early exit from the Daytona 500 – making the two-time Cup champion 0-for-16 in the sport’s biggest race. He couldn’t be more motivated to get back on track at his hometown track, where in 2009 he won from the pole position to become its youngest Cup Series winner (23 years, nine months, 27 days). He remains the only driver to win from pole position at Vegas.

 

He’s finished seventh or better in four of the last six Cup races at Las Vegas, including third-place in this race last March. Twice he’s finished runner-up (in 2005 and 2018). His seven top-five finishes are tied for tops among those on the grid this week.

 

He’s entered in a Late Model race Thursday night at Las Vegas’s famed “Bullring” and will compete in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday night as well.

 

“Vegas always means a little bit more pressure – more pressure on myself – just because it’s the hometown and you want to win there,’’ Busch conceded. “Thankfully, I have won there, and I’ve knocked that one off the list, but certainly you want to win there every year.

 

“I love Vegas, the atmosphere and everything going on around that place.’’

 

For older brother Kurt, 41, the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion, it’s about finally finding a way to Las Vegas Motor Speedway Victory Lane. He has won a pair of pole positions (2010, 2016), but his best finish in 20 starts is third-place in 2005. Busch scored his only other top-five in this race last year, finishing fifth and leading 23 laps in his Vegas debut for Chip Ganassi Racing.

 

After leaving the Daytona 500 last week in the 19-car crash on Lap 184 of the race, Kurt Busch comes to Las Vegas eager to turn his fortune around.

 

“Lady Luck was not on our side,’’ Kurt Busch said at Daytona.

 

“That’s a roulette wheel people. The roulette wheel spins, and it grabs your number and it grabbed my number. Maybe Vegas will be a little better.’’

 

 

Harvick happy to be heading to Vegas

Although “Happy” has long been Kevin Harvick’s nickname, it was very fitting for him Sunday in the Daytona 500 when after a busy day that included overcoming a damaged race car, he persevered to earn a fifth-place finish.

 

The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford won at Las Vegas in March of 2018 and was the Busch pole winner in this race last year, finishing fourth. He scored his second career runner-up showing at Vegas in the Cup Series Playoff opener last September.

 

Harvick’s 10 top-10 finishes at Las Vegas puts him in a five-driver tie for most all-time. And his seven top-five finishes are also best – tying him with Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch. Ford has won four of the last six races on the 1.5-mile track.

 

In just the last seven trips to Las Vegas, Harvick has two wins (2015 and 2018), a runner-up finish (2019-2) and a pole position (2019-1).

 

 

Truex trying for trio of Vegas wins

Martin Truex Jr. is also among those NASCAR Cup Series drivers happy to move Westward this week after suffering another DNF in the Daytona 500 on Monday – his second consecutive DNF in NASCAR’s biggest race. He has only a pair of top fives and four top-10 showings in 30 race starts at Daytona International Speedway.

 

The 2017 Cup champion has a markedly different record at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; however, he is one of only four drivers on the grid with multiple wins at the track. He won in 2017 en route to his first Cup title and is the most recent winner as well – taking the trophy in last year’s September Playoff opener, one of a series-best seven wins in 2019.

 

He hasn’t finished worse than eighth in the last five races at Las Vegas, including the two victories and a third-place finish in the 2018 Fall race.

 

Truex has proven to be particularly adept at the 1.5-mile venues such as Vegas. Just going back three years, the driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has 10 wins, 22 top-fives and 29 top-10 finishes in 33 races on 1.5-mile tracks – an impressive 87.8 percent top-10 showing on 1.5-milers in that time frame.

 

“I think overall, as a company, we feel really good about where we ended last season with the 550 (horsepower) package,’’ Truex said of the engine package used at the 1.5-mile venues.

 

“With us winning Vegas in the fall, Denny (Hamlin) winning Kansas and then Kyle (Busch) at Homestead, all of our cars were really fast at those places at the end of the year, so that gives me a lot of confidence going back to Vegas this weekend.

 

“Everyone has had a few months to work on their stuff and get better so it will be a challenge to keep that advantage we felt like we had late in the season and continue that as we get going with the heart of our season now that Daytona is out of the way.’’

 

 

Sunoco Rookie class looking to rebound after Daytona

The NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie Class of 2020 is one of the most decorated groups of young new drivers in years, but after last week’s season-opening Daytona 500 several of these first-year Cup regulars are looking to right their road.

 

Only two of the six drivers were running at the end of the action-packed season-opener with John Hunter Nemechek earning the best finish among them at 11th. Brennan Poole was the next highest finishing rookie at 16th after starting 36th.

 

Christopher Bell was scored 21st after being collected in a crash during overtime. Two-time defending Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick was scored 28th after being involved in a multi-car accident on Lap 199. Cole Custer (37th) and Quin Houff (39th) departed early, as well.

 

Of these six rookies, Reddick, who drives the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, is the only one who has celebrated in Las Vegas’s glitzy Victory Lane. He won the Xfinity Series race there last September and a 2016 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race there.

 

Reddick insisted, however, that his positive experiences in those two series won’t necessarily make a huge difference in his Cup debut Sunday.

“Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a crossover between the two cars,’’ Reddick said. “That’s what makes the Cup cars so challenging. We’ve got less horsepower and a lot more downforce, as well as a lot more competition.

“I do have some confidence entering the weekend though. I remember what my comfort level was when I won in the Truck Series there a few years ago and while Cup cars aren’t quite the same as the truck, there is a little more crossover between the handling of those two.’’

 

Cole Custer, who drives the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, is the only driver in this rookie class with a previous Cup Series start at Las Vegas. He started 30th and finished 25th in his first career Cup race last March.

 

 

Suarez looking for redemption

Perhaps no one will be happier to see the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip than 2016 Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suarez, who was involved in an accident during the Daytona 500 Bluegreen Vacation Duel qualifying race and missed the big show.

 

He and his No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota team will give it another shot this week in Las Vegas, where he has had some success in the past. His best finish in the Cup Series – eighth place – came in the 2018 Vegas race when he was driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. He was 17th in this race last year and led 12 laps driving the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.

 

He was runner-up in the 2016 Xfinity Series race at the track and third place in the 2017 Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas as well.

 

 

Parade Laps: Insights ahead of this week’s driver media rotations

Six drivers from the NASCAR Cup Series – Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick,  StarCom Racing’s Quin Houff, Gaunt Brothers Racing’s Daniel Suarez, Front Row Motorsports’ John Hunter Nemechek, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch will be participating in this week’s media rotations at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in advance of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series’ Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube  (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

Tyler Reddick, 24, Corning, California, will be making his NASCAR Cup Series debut in Las Vegas, but he brings a solid track record having won in both the Xfinity Series (Sept. 2019) and the Gander Trucks (2016) at Vegas. Reddick is coming off a 22nd-place finish in his second Daytona 500 after his No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was collected in a late-race accident. He is a two-time Xfinity Series champion, having earned the last two titles with two different teams – 2018 with JR Motorsports and again in 2019 with Richard Childress Racing.

 

Quin Houff, 22, of Weyers Cave, Virginia, is another member of the 2020 Sunoco Rookie of the Year class who will be making his first Las Vegas start this weekend. He has 18 previous career Cup starts with a best career showing of 29th at the first Pocono race last year. The driver of the No. 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet finished 39th in the season-opening Daytona 500, retiring only 89 laps into the race after being in a crash.

 

Daniel Suarez, 28, of Monterrey, Mexico, is attempting to make his first race of the season this week after failing to qualify for the Daytona 500 field. His No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota was running first among those needing to race their way into the field in last Thursday’s Duel, but he was in a collision midway through the event that ended his day. He and the team are eager to push the reset button and Las Vegas Motor Speedway has been a solid entry on Suarez’ resume. He finished a career best eighth in 2018 while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. His track highlights include a runner-up finish in the 2016 Xfinity Series race and third place in the 2017 Xfinity event.

 

John Hunter Nemechek, 22, of Mooresville, N.C., arrives in Las Vegas as the top-finishing rookie in Monday’s Daytona 500. He finished 11th after starting 23rd in the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford. Sunday will mark his Vegas Cup track debut; however, he has solid experience at the track. He finished runner-up in the March 2019, Xfinity Series race and eighth in the fall event en route to a career-best seventh place effort in the championship standings. He had a fourth-place finish in the 2015 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race and an eighth place in the 2017 truck race there.

 

Erik Jones, 23, of Byron, Michigan, finished 18th in Monday’s season-opening Daytona 500 but was a front-runner for much of the afternoon in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The two-time Cup Series winner has had a hit-or-miss record at Las Vegas. He won the pole position for the 2018 fall Playoff race but has three finishes of 15th or better and two finishes of 36th or worse in five Vegas starts and has yet to lead a lap. His best showing is eighth in the 2018 spring race. Jones is coming off another promising year. He picked up his second career win in the historic Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and qualified for the Playoffs for the second consecutive year with a career-best 10 top-five finishes in 2019.

 

Kurt Busch, 41, of Las Vegas, would love nothing more than to raise a trophy at his hometown race track. The venue has historically been challenging for the 2004 Cup Series champion. He has only two top-five and five top-10 finishes in 20 starts. His best showing is a third place in spring, 2005. However, he finished fifth in his first race in the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet last year. He is a two-time polesitter (2010, 2016) at Vegas. Busch finished a frustrating 33rd in Monday’s Daytona 500, after being collected in a multicar accident on lap 184.



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 18, 2020) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada, going into the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

2020 Driver Standings – Top 30

Rank

Drivers

Points

Starts

Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

Top 5s

Top 10s

Poles

1

Denny Hamlin

50

1

1

1

6

1

1

0

2

Ryan Blaney

43

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

3

Kevin Harvick

39

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

4

Chris Buescher

38

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

5

Ryan Newman

36

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

6

Kyle Larson

35

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

7

Chase Elliott

34

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

8

David Ragan

33

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

9

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

32

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

10

Aric Almirola

32

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

Clint Bowyer

31

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

12

Austin Dillon

30

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

13

Joey Logano

30

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

Corey LaJoie

29

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

15

Bubba Wallace

28

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

John Hunter Nemechek #

26

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

Matt DiBenedetto

25

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

18

Erik Jones

24

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

19

Michael McDowell

23

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

20

Alex Bowman

22

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

21

Jimmie Johnson

22

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

22

Brennan Poole #

21

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

23

Christopher Bell #

18

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

24

Martin Truex Jr.

16

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

25

Kyle Busch

12

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

26

William Byron

11

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

27

Tyler Reddick #

10

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

28

Ryan Preece

8

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

29

Ty Dillon

8

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

30

Brad Keselowski

8

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 


LAS VEGAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

(Driver loop stats below are from 2005 – Present)

 

Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)

  • Three top fives, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 9.857, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.072, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 92, ninth-best
  • 59 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
  • 1,275 Laps in the Top 15 (68%), 13th-most
  • 248 Quality Passes, 14th-most

 

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 10.875, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.23, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 101.8, fourth-best
  • 207 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • 3,327 Laps in the Top 15 (77.4%), second-most
  • 642 Quality Passes, second-most

 

 

Kurt Busch (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • Two top fives, five top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 23.125, 13th-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.742, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 83, 11th-best
  • 66 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 2,195 Laps in the Top 15 (51.1%), ninth-most
  • 430 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

 

Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 20.667, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.765, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.5, seventh-best
  • 72 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 1,367 Laps in the Top 15 (85.1%), 12th-most
  • 325 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series Winners

Race Winner

Date

Martin Truex Jr

9/15/2019

Joey Logano

3/3/2019

Brad Keselowski

9/16/2018

Kevin Harvick

3/4/2018

Martin Truex Jr

3/12/2017

Brad Keselowski

3/6/2016

Kevin Harvick

3/8/2015

Brad Keselowski

3/9/2014

Matt Kenseth

3/10/2013

Tony Stewart

3/11/2012

Carl Edwards

3/6/2011

Jimmie Johnson

2/28/2010

Kyle Busch

3/1/2009

Carl Edwards

3/2/2008

Jimmie Johnson

3/11/2007

Jimmie Johnson

3/12/2006

Jimmie Johnson

3/13/2005

Matt Kenseth

3/7/2004

Matt Kenseth

3/2/2003

Sterling Marlin

3/3/2002

Jeff Gordon

3/4/2001

Jeff Burton

3/5/2000

Jeff Burton

3/7/1999

Mark Martin

3/1/1998

 

Las Vegas Race Data:

Track race record:

Joey Logano, Ford

154.849 mph, (2:35:11), 03-03-19

 

2019 race winner:

Joey Logano, Ford

154.849 mph, (2:35:11), 03-03-19

 

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Two top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.813, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.502, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 83, 10th-best
  • 46 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best
  • 2,419 Laps in the Top 15 (56.3%), seventh-most
  • 599 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • Two wins, seven top fives, ten top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 13.588, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.722, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 104, series-best
  • 340 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • 3,405 Laps in the Top 15 (74.6%), series-most
  • 566 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Four wins, six top fives, nine top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.118, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.938, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 102.9, third-best
  • 463 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • 3,227 Laps in the Top 15 (70.7%), third-most
  • 681 Quality Passes, series-most

 

 

Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • One top 10; one pole
  • Average finish of 22.4, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 17.367, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 81.9, 12th-best
  • 32 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best
  • 902 Laps in the Top 15 (67.3%), 16th-most
  • 192 Quality Passes, 18th-most

 

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series

Pole Winners

Pole Winner

Date

Clint Bowyer

9/15/2019

Kevin Harvick

3/3/2019

Erik Jones

9/16/2018

Ryan Blaney

3/2/2018

Brad Keselowski

3/12/2017

Kurt Busch

3/6/2016

Jeff Gordon

3/8/2015

Joey Logano

3/9/2014

Kasey Kahne

3/11/2012

Matt Kenseth

3/6/2011

Kurt Busch

2/28/2010

Kyle Busch

3/1/2009

Kyle Busch

3/2/2008

Kasey Kahne

3/11/2007

Greg Biffle

3/12/2006

Ryan Newman

3/13/2005

Kasey Kahne

3/7/2004

Bobby Labonte

3/2/2003

Todd Bodine

3/3/2002

Dale Jarrett

3/4/2001

Ricky Rudd

3/5/2000

Bobby Labonte

3/7/1999

Dale Jarrett

3/1/1998

 

Las Vegas Qualifying Data:

Track qualifying record:

Kurt Busch, Chevrolet

196.328 mph. 27.505 secs. 03-04-16

 

2019 pole winner:

Kevin Harvick, Ford

180.517 mph. 29.914 secs. 03-01-19

 

 

 

 

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

  • Three wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.615, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.627, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.5, sixth-best
  • 241 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • 2,368 Laps in the Top 15 (67.8%), eighth-most
  • 423 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

 

Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • Three top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.0, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.555, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.7, eighth-best
  • 73 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • 1,426 Laps in the Top 15 (66.6%), 11th-most
  • 330 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

 

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

  • One win, five top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 8.538, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 9.162, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 103.3, second-best
  • 195 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
  • 2,787 Laps in the Top 15 (79.8%), sixth-most
  • 505 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

 

Martin Truex Jr (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.875, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.38, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.6, fifth-best
  • 243 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 3,043 Laps in the Top 15 (70.8%), fourth-most
  • 613 Quality Passes, third-most

 

The NASCAR Cup Series 2020 Top 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Denny Hamlin

16

0

0

2

7

1

13.8

83.0

2

Ryan Blaney

7

1

0

3

5

0

9.9

92.0

3

Kevin Harvick

21

1

2

7

10

2

14.2

104.0

4

Chris Buescher

6

0

0

0

0

0

19.2

57.4

5

Ryan Newman

21

1

0

4

10

2

15.7

80.5

6

Kyle Larson

8

0

0

3

5

0

11.0

93.7

7

Chase Elliott

6

0

0

2

3

3

20.7

95.5

8

David Ragan

15

0

0

0

1

1

26.5

49.8

9

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

9

0

0

0

1

1

21.7

73.0

10

Aric Almirola

13

0

0

0

3

3

22.2

66.5

11

Clint Bowyer

16

1

0

1

4

0

18.3

72.1

12

Austin Dillon

9

0

0

1

1

0

15.9

77.9

13

Joey Logano

13

1

1

5

9

0

8.5

103.3

14

Corey Lajoie

4

0

0

0

0

1

27.5

41.4

15

Bubba Wallace

4

0

0

0

0

1

27.0

50.3

16

John H Nemechek

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0.0

* – Based on last 17 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (2005 – 2019).

 

 

 

The NASCAR Cup Series 2020 Top Five Loop Data Leaders

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 

Driver Rating

Average Running Position

Laps in The Top 15

Drivers

Driver Rating

Drivers

Avg. Running Pos.

Drivers

Laps in Top 15

Kevin Harvick

104.0

Joey Logano

9.162

Kevin Harvick

3,405 (74.6%)

Joey Logano

103.3

Kyle Busch

10.230

Kyle Busch

3,327 (77.4%)

Jimmie Johnson

102.9

Kevin Harvick

10.722

Jimmie Johnson

3,227 (70.7%)

Kyle Busch

101.8

Chase Elliott

10.765

Martin Truex Jr

3,043 (70.8%)

Martin Truex Jr.

97.6

Jimmie Johnson

10.938

Ryan Newman

2,820 (61.8%)

 

At Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

 

History

  • The construction to build the superspeedway known today as Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) began in 1995. Speedway Motorsports Inc. acquired the property in 1998.
  • The first NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race won by Ken Schrader on Nov. 2, 1996.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race was held on March 1, 1998. Dale Jarrett won the pole for the event and Mark Martin won the race.
  • In 2006, the track was reconfigured to include progressive banking.
  • In total there have been 24 NASCAR Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • The 1.5-mile track has hosted one race per season from 1998 to 2017; starting in 2018, Las Vegas has hosted two NASCAR Cup Series events per season.

 

Starts

  • In total 160 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; 126 in more than one.
  • Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman lead the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with 21 starts each.
  • A total of six drivers have made their NASCAR Cup Series career debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Stanton Barrett (1999), Kyle Busch (2004), Timmy Hill (2012), Jon Wood, Aric Almirola (2007) and Cole Custer (2018).
  • Daniel Hemric (two starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a 5.5.
  • Joey Logano (13 starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series among active drivers in average starting position at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a 8.9.

 

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Las Vegas (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg. Start

Starts

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg. Start

Starts

1

Daniel Hemric

5.5

2

1

Joey Logano

8.9

13

2

Joey Logano

8.9

13

2

Kyle Busch

9.6

17

3

Jerry Nadeau

9.4

6

3

Chase Elliott

9.7

6

4

Kyle Busch

9.6

17

4

Kurt Busch

9.8

20

5

Chase Elliott

9.7

6

5

Kyle Larson

10.3

8

6

Kurt Busch

9.8

20

6

Brad Keselowski

11.2

13

7

Kyle Larson

10.3

8

7

Erik Jones

12.4

5

8

Scott Riggs

10.8

7

8

Jimmie Johnson

12.6

20

9

Kasey Kahne

10.9

15

9

Ryan Blaney

12.9

7

10

Brad Keselowski

11.2

13

10

Austin Dillon

14.2

9

 

Poles

NASCAR Cup Series

Las Vegas Pole Winners

All-Time Pole Winners (17)

Poles

Kasey Kahne

3

Bobby Labonte

2

Dale Jarrett

2

Kurt Busch

2

Kyle Busch

2

Brad Keselowski

1

Clint Bowyer

1

Erik Jones

1

Greg Biffle

1

Jeff Gordon

1

Joey Logano

1

Kevin Harvick

1

Matt Kenseth

1

Ricky Rudd

1

Ryan Blaney

1

Ryan Newman

1

Todd Bodine

1

  • A total of 17 different drivers have won a Busch Pole Award in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas.
  • Kasey Kahne leads the series in poles at Las Vegas with three (2004, 2007 and 2012).
  • Five drivers have multiple poles – Kasey Kahne (three), Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch (two each).
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett won the series’ inaugural pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 168.224 mph (32.773 secs.).
  • Kyle Busch is the only driver to win consecutive poles at LVMS (2008-2009).
  • Youngest LVMS pole winner: Erik Jones (Sept. 16, 2018 – 22 years, 3 months, 17 days).
  • Oldest LVMS pole winner: Dale Jarrett (Mar. 4, 2001 – 44 years, 3 months, 6 days).
  • Only one NASCAR Cup Series driver has posted his first career pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Kasey Kahne (03/07/2004).
  • Five manufactures have won a pole at Las Vegas in the NASCAR Cup Series, led by Ford with 11 and followed by Chevrolet (4), Dodge (4), Toyota (3) and Pontiac (1).  

 

Wins

NASCAR Cup Series

Las Vegas Winners

All-Time Winners (13)

Wins

Jimmie Johnson

4

Brad Keselowski

3

Matt Kenseth

3

Carl Edwards

2

Jeff Burton

2

Kevin Harvick

2

Martin Truex Jr

2

Jeff Gordon

1

Joey Logano

1

Kyle Busch

1

Mark Martin

1

Sterling Marlin

1

Tony Stewart

1

  • A total of 13 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; six are active this weekend.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with four victories (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010).
  • Of the 13 series winners at Las Vegas, six are active this weekend: Jimmie Johnson (4), Brad Keselowski (3), Kevin Harvick (2), Martin Truex Jr. (2), Kyle Busch (1) and Joey Logano (1).  
  • Seven drivers (all-time) have multiple NASCAR Cup Series wins at Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson (four), Matt Kenseth (three), Brad Keselowski (three), Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards(each have two).

 

  • Youngest Las Vegas winner: Kyle Busch (Mar. 01, 2009 – 23 years, 9 months, 27 days).
  • Oldest Las Vegas winner: Sterling Marlin (Mar. 03, 2002 – 44 years, 7 months, 32 days).
  • Three drivers have won consecutive races at Las Vegas: Jeff Burton (1999, 2000); Matt Kenseth (2003, 2004) and Jimmie Johnson, who is the only driver to win three consecutive races (2005, 2006 and 2007).
  • Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch became the first and only driver to win from the pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series, he accomplished the feat on March 1, 2009.
  • Five of the 24 Las Vegas races (20.8%) have been won from the front row: Kyle Busch, 2009 (pole); Carl Edwards, 2008 (second starting position); Brad Keselowski, 2014 (second starting position); Martin Truex Jr., 2017 (second starting position); Kevin Harvick, 2018 (second starting position).

 

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

1

1

4.17%

13

1

4.17%

2

4

16.67%

17

1

4.17%

3

2

8.33%

18

2

8.33%

4

1

4.17%

19

1

4.17%

7

2

8.33%

20

1

4.17%

9

1

4.17%

23

1

4.17%

10

1

4.17%

24

3

12.50%

11

1

4.17%

25

1

4.17%

Stats

Winning %

Wins

Winning from the Pole:

4.17%

1

Winning from the Front Row:

20.83%

5

Winning from a Top-5 Starting Position:

33.33%

8

Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:

50.00%

12

Winning After Starting Outside the Top 10:

50.00%

12

Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:

20.83%

5

 

  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 25th, by Matt Kenseth in 2004.
  • Eight of the 13 NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have won at Las Vegas participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Mark Martin (1998; inaugural event) is the only driver to win at Las Vegas in his first appearance.
  • Ryan Newman leads the series among active drivers with the most starts at Las Vegas without visiting Victory Lane at 21 races; followed by Kurt Busch with 20.
  • No NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won their first career race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 

 

  • The five drivers that have won the first two events of the NASCAR Cup Series season are: Matt Kenseth (2009), Jeff Gordon (1997), David Pearson (1976), Bob Welborn (1959) and Marvin Panch (1957). 
  • Five reigning NASCAR Cup Series champions have gone on to win at Las Vegas the following season: Matt Kenseth (2004), Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2010) – Johnson is the only driver to do it multiple times – Tony Stewart (2012), Kevin Harvick (2015), and Joey Logano (2019).
  • Four drivers have won the Las Vegas race and the NASCAR Cup Series championship in the same season: Jeff Gordon (2001), Matt Kenseth (2003), Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2007 and 2010) and Martin Truex Jr. (2017).

NASCAR Cup Series

Las Vegas Owner Wins

Organizations

Wins

Roush Fenway Racing

7

Hendrick Motorsports

5

Team Penske

4

Joe Gibbs Racing

3

Stewart-Haas Racing

3

Chip Ganassi Racing

1

Furniture Row Racing

1

  • Seven different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas:
  • Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Las Vegas with seven victories, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with five.
  • Four manufacturers have visited Victory Lane in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas, led by Ford (12), Chevrolet (seven), Toyota (four) and Dodge (one).

 

Additional Finishing Positions

Second-Place Finishes:

  • A total of 17 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished runner-up at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; eight are active this weekend.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series in runner-up finishes at Las Vegas with three.
  • Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson lead all active drivers in second-place finishes in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with two each.  

 

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Las Vegas (All-Time & Active)

All-Time Drivers

Runner-Up Finishes

Active Drivers

Runner-Up Finishes

Dale Earnhardt Jr

3

Kevin Harvick

2

Kasey Kahne

2

Kyle Busch

2

Kevin Harvick

2

Kyle Larson

2

Kyle Busch

2

Brad Keselowski

1

Kyle Larson

2

Clint Bowyer

1

Tony Stewart

2

Jimmie Johnson

1

Joey Logano

1

Martin Truex Jr

1

 

 

Top Fives:

  • A total of 39 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished inside the top-five at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick lead the series in top-five finishes at Las Vegas with seven each.

 

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Las Vegas (All-Time & Active)

All-Time Drivers

Top Fives

Active Drivers

Top Fives

Brad Keselowski

7

Brad Keselowski

7

Kevin Harvick

7

Kevin Harvick

7

Kyle Busch

7

Kyle Busch

7

Jeff Gordon

6

Jimmie Johnson

6

Jimmie Johnson

6

Joey Logano

5

Mark Martin

6

Martin Truex Jr

5

Matt Kenseth

6

 

Tony Stewart

6

 

Top-10 Finishes:

  • A total of 61 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished inside the top-10 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin lead the series in top-10 finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with 10 each.
  • Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers in top-10 finishes at Las Vegas with 10 each.

 

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Las Vegas (All-Time & Active)

All-Time Drivers

Top 10s

Active Drivers

Top 10s

Dale Earnhardt Jr

10

Kevin Harvick

10

Kevin Harvick

10

Ryan Newman

10

Mark Martin

10

Brad Keselowski

9

Matt Kenseth

10

Jimmie Johnson

9

Ryan Newman

10

Joey Logano

9

Kyle Busch

9

 

Average Finishing Positions:

  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in average finishing position at Las Vegas with a 7.7.
  • Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average finish at LVMS with a 8.5.   

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Las Vegas (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg. Finish

Starts

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg. Finish

Starts

1

Dale Earnhardt

7.7

3

1

Joey Logano

8.5

13

2

Joey Logano

8.5

13

2

Ryan Blaney

9.9

7

3

Ron Hornaday Jr

9.0

2

3

Martin Truex Jr

10.9

16

4

Ryan Blaney

9.9

7

4

Kyle Larson

11.0

8

5

Martin Truex Jr

10.9

16

5

Brad Keselowski

11.6

13

6

Kyle Larson

11.0

8

6

Jimmie Johnson

12.0

20

7

Brad Keselowski

11.6

13

7

Kyle Busch

12.6

17

8

Jimmie Johnson

12.0

20

8

Denny Hamlin

13.8

16

9

Jeff Burton

12.2

17

9

Kevin Harvick

14.2

21

10

Kyle Busch

12.6

17

10

Ryan Newman

15.7

21

 

Lap Leader Stats

  • At total of 76 different drivers have led laps in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas; led by Jimmie Johnson with 595 laps led in 20 starts
  • The most laps led by the race winner in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas are 214 of the scheduled 267 (80.1%) by Kevin Harvick on March 4, 2018; he started second.
  • The fewest laps led by the race winner in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas are one (the last lap) of the scheduled 267 (0.003%) by Jimmie Johnson on March 12, 2006; he started third.
  • The most laps led by a driver that didn’t win in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas are 219 of the scheduled 267 (82%%) by Jeff Gordon on February 28, 2010; he started second.

Top 10 in Lap Leaders at Las Vegas (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Led

Completed

% Led

Rank

Active Drivers

Led

Completed

% Led

1

Jimmie Johnson

595

5,328

11.2%

1

Jimmie Johnson

595

5,328

11.2%

2

Kevin Harvick

587

5,274

11.1%

2

Kevin Harvick

587

5,274

11.1%

3

Matt Kenseth

526

4,385

12.0%

3

Joey Logano

433

3,493

12.4%

4

Tony Stewart

482

4,187

11.5%

4

Martin Truex Jr

292

4,294

6.8%

5

Jeff Gordon

457

4,551

10.0%

5

Brad Keselowski

280

3,418

8.2%

6

Joey Logano

433

3,493

12.4%

6

Kyle Busch

254

4,147

6.1%

7

Martin Truex Jr

292

4,294

6.8%

7

Ryan Newman

112

5,400

2.1%

8

Dale Earnhardt Jr

286

4,380

6.5%

8

Kurt Busch

108

5,066

2.1%

9

Brad Keselowski

280

3,418

8.2%

9

Daniel Suarez

41

1,335

3.1%

10

Jeff Burton

280

4,360

6.4%

10

Michael McDowell

29

2,081

1.4%

 

 

Female Competitors

  • Danica Patrick and Shawna Robinson are the only two female drivers to compete at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Driver

Season

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Driver Rating

Danica Patrick

2017

28

36

40.8

Danica Patrick

2016

18

21

54.9

Danica Patrick

2015

21

27

60.4

Danica Patrick

2014

22

21

58.0

Danica Patrick

2013

37

33

40.5

Averages

 

25.2

27.6

50.9

Driver

Season

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Driver Rating

Shawna Robinson

2002

36

42

N/A

 

 

Track Specific Stats

  • Twice the NASCAR Cup Series race has resulted with a NASCAR Overtime finish at Las Vegas:

Date

Scheduled No. of Laps

Actual No. of Laps

NASCAR Overtime

Winner

Runner-Up

3/12/2006

267

270

3

Jimmie Johnson

Matt Kenseth

9/16/2018

267

272

5

Brad Keselowski

Kyle Larson

 

  • Only one NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas has ended early due to weather:

Date

Scheduled No. of Laps

Actual No. of Laps

No. of Fewer Laps

Winner

Runner-Up

3/5/2000

267

148

119

Jeff Burton

Tony Stewart

 

  • Qualifying has only been cancelled once at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2013. As a result, Brad Keselowski started from the first starting position.
  • The closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was the March 12, 2006 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Matt Kenseth by a margin of 0.045 second.

 

Top Five Closest Margins of Victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas

Margin of Victory

Race Winner

Runner-Up

Date

0.045

Jimmie Johnson

Matt Kenseth

3/12/2006

0.236

Joey Logano

Brad Keselowski

3/3/2019

0.411

Kyle Busch

Clint Bowyer

3/1/2009

0.461

Tony Stewart

Jimmie Johnson

3/11/2012

0.504

Carl Edwards

Dale Earnhardt Jr

3/2/2008

 

NASCAR in Nevada

  • There has been a total of 75 NASCAR national series races among two tracks in the state of Nevada.

 

Track Name

City

Cup

Xfinity

Gander Truck

Total Races

First Year

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas

24

25

25

74

1996

Las Vegas Park Speedway

Las Vegas

1

0

0

1

1955

TOTALS

25

25

25

75

 

  • The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Nevada was at Las Vegas Park Speedway on October 16, 1955. Las Vegas Park Speedway was a 1-mile dirt track, and the event was 200 laps. Norm Nelson won the race driving a Chrysler.

 

Nevada in NASCAR

  • A total of 28 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Nevada.
  • Five drivers with their home state recorded as Nevada have won at least one NASCAR national series race.

 

Drivers From  Nevada

Driver

Cup

Xfinity

Gander Truck

Combined

Kyle Busch

56

96

56

208

Kurt Busch

31

5

4

40

Brendan Gaughan

0

2

8

10

Spencer Gallagher

0

1

0

1

Noah Gragson

0

1

2

3

TOTALS

87

105

70

262