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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Las Vegas Race Info

THE RACE: Pennzoil 400
TRACK: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #3 of 36

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:46 pm/et

Sections on this page: Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE
NASCAR RaceDay: 2:00pm/et on FS1 NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: 3:00pm/et on Fox
Television Race Coverage: Fox, 3:30pm/et
Practices:
Friday, March 2, 2:05pm-2:55pm/et, TV-FS1;
Saturday, March 3, 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm/et, TV-FS1;
Saturday, March 3, 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm/et, TV-FS1

Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, March 2 at 7:15 pm/et, TV-FS1; re-air scheduled: TBA

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Regan Smith, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: None

TV Listings, Links and Info: see the TV Listings and Links page


RADIO COVERAGE
Performance Racing Network (PRN) SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
ONLINE STREAMING
FOX Sports GO (available with participating TV provider login)Radio: PRN Live Streaming SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)
Scanner-Frequencies


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Friday, March 23
7:30 AM-6:00 PM NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
8:00 AM-6:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:05 AM-11:55 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:15 PM (7:15 PM/ET) MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, March 3
6:30 AM-1:30 PM NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
6:30 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
7:30 AM-3:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 AM-9:50 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:30 AM-12:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, March 4
7:00 AM-1:00 PM MENCS NASCAR CREDENTIALS OPEN
7:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (NEON GARAGE)
11:50 AM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM (3:30 PM/ET) MENCS RACE (267 LAPS, 400.5 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Track News, Stats & Links page

March 2017: see the Las Vegas Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Actor Dylan McDermott
Command to start engines: Dylan McDermott
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Antron Brown
Color Guard: Nellis Air Force Base Honor Guard
Invocation: Billy Mauldin, MRO
National Anthem: 38 Special
Flyover: four F-16s from the 57th OG Nellis AFB

Sunday Las Vegas Notebook: Jimmie Johnson's recovery is a silver lining for the No. 48 team ; Violent wreck wipes out Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott; Paul Menard continues solid start.[More](3-4-2018)

Saturday Las Vegas Notebook: It's dejavu for Ryan Blaney in the Las Vegas garage; Kyle Larson leads a Chevy show in Saturday's first practice; Short Strokes.[More](3-3-2018)

Friday Las Vegas Notebook: Keep an eye on the tires in Sunday's Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas; Did Atlanta show us a kinder, gentler Kevin Harvick? Short Strokes.[More](3-2-2018)

Drivers feel Las Vegas performance crucial for Playoff run: Conceding the weather conditions may vary between this week's race at Las Vegas and the track's inaugural Playoff race date in September, drivers still remained confident it would serve as a good reference point for the return trip this fall.[More](3-2-2018)

What to Watch for: Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Busch Brothers Head to Hometown Track; Harvick Nears 100 Wins; Johnson's Struggles Reach New Heights; Bowyer, Elliott Nearing a Win; Who's Hot and Who's Not - Las Vegas[More](3-1-2018)

Las Vegas Weekend Preview: #NASCARGoesWest: Las Vegas; Custer's Series Debut; Familiar Face; Two Of A Kind.[More](3-1-2018)

A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Las Vegas

A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Las Vegas, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Las Vegas page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Kevin Harvick enjoys another dominant victory in Las Vegas: If you thought last Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta was an aberration on old asphalt, think again. Kevin Harvick was every bit as dominant on the newer asphalt at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, racking up impressive numbers in winning Sunday's Pennzoil 400, the third event of the season.[More](3-4-2018)

Kevin Harvick won the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The win is his 2nd win of 2018, 2nd win at Las Vegas and 39th career win. It is his 100th career win in NASCAR's top 3 series. He dominated most of the race, winning stage 1 and stage 2, leading 214 of the 267 laps and winning by nearly 3 seconds.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #42-Larson, #78-Truex, Jr., pole sitter #12-Blaney, #2-Keselowski, #20-Logano, #20-Jones, #21-Menard, and #10-Almirola.
There were 11 lead changes among 6 drivers and 4 cautions for 29 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 141.756mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

MENCS at Las Vegas
- Kevin Harvick: 100th career NASCAR National Series win (Cup, XFINITY, Truck); 4th driver to reach mark (Richard Petty, David Pearson, Kyle Busch)
- Harvick: led 214 laps (2nd-most all-time in a Cup race at Las Vegas, and most by Las Vegas winner)
- Harvick: 395 laps led this season (all other drivers have combined to lead 404, 2nd-most is Ryan Blaney with 119)
- Harvick: 39th career Cup Series win; moves into top 20 all-time (tied for 19th with Matt Kenseth and Tim Flock)
- Kyle Busch: finished 2nd; top-2 finishes in 8 of last 19 races dating back to last season (including 3 of last 7)
- Kyle Larson: finished 3rd; 8.5 Avg finish in last 4 races dating back to 2017 season finale; 38.3 Avg finish in previous 4 races
- Martin Truex Jr.: finished 4th; 8th straight top-5 finish in 1.5-mile track races
- Ryan Blaney: finished 5th; had 1 top-5 finish in previous 24 races (since winning at Pocono in June 2017)
- Paul Menard: finished 9th; 2 top-10 finishes in 3 races with Wood Brothers; had 3 all of last season
- Jimmie Johnson: finished 12th; started at rear of field after failing pre-race inspection 3 times; 10th straight race without a top 5 (t-2nd longest streak of career)
(ESPN Stats & Info)

Race Fast Facts - Las Vegas
Kevin Harvick won the 21st Annual Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube, his 39th victory in 613 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his second victory and second top-10 finish in 2018.
This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 18 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2018.
Kyle Larson (third) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Darrell Wallace Jr. (21st) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 3 points over Joey Logano.
Kevin Harvick led 214 laps in today's race - a track record for the race winner at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick has become the fourth driver in NASCAR national series history to win 100 or more combined national series wins; joining Richard Petty, Kyle Busch and David Pearson.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-3-2018)

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Driver Chase Standings:
[after Las Vegas, race 3 of 36]
1) #4-Kevin Harvick, [2 wins], 135
2) #3-Austin DIllon, [1 win], 94, -41
3) #22-Joey Logano, 132, -3
4) #12-Ryan Blaney, 131, -4
5) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 115, -20
6) #18-Kyle Busch, 104, -31
7) #42-Kyle Larson, 104, -31
8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 99, -36
9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 97, -38
10) #21-Paul Menard, 96, -39
11) #14-Clint Bowyer, 93, -42
12) #10-Aric Almirola, 93, -42
13) #41-Kurt Busch, 77, -58
14) #31-Ryan Newman, 75, -60
15) #43-Darrell Wallace Jr., 68, -67
16) #37-Chris Buescher, 67, -68
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 160) of the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (lap 160/267):
#4-Harvick, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#12-Blaney, 9pts
#42-Larson, 8pts
#22-Logano, 7pts
#18-Busch, 6pts
#2-Keselowski, 5pts
#78-Truex, Jr., 4pts
#41-Busch, 3pts
#9-Elliott, 2pts
#1-Menard, 1pt

Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 80) of the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (lap 80/267):
#4-Harvick, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex, Jr., 9pts
#42-Larson, 8pts
#12-Blaney, 7pts
#22-Logano, 6pts
#2-Keselowski, 5pts
#41-Busch, 4pts
#9-Elliott, 3pts
#18-Busch, 2pts
#21-Menard, 1pt

Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #3-Austin Dillon, 13th13thXX
Caution 3: #31-Newman, 11th
Caution 4: #48-Johnson, 12th

Sunday at Las Vegas (Eastern time):

3:30pm: Presentation of colors by Nellis Air Force Base Honor Guard
3:30pm: Invocation by Billy Mauldin, MRO
3:31pm: National Anthem by 38 Special
3:32pm: Fly-by performed by four F-16s from the 57th OG Nellis AFB
3:37pm: "Drivers, Start your engines" by Dylan McDermott, Golden Globe winner and Emmy Award nominee, star of comedy "LA to Vegas"
3:46pm: Green flag, Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube, FOX /PRN / SiriusXM

See the starting lineup for the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).

To the rear: #48-Johnson (failed pre-race inspection three times), #15-Chastain (failed pre-race inspection three times)

NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been made. With the field downsized to 40 possible cars, two pit stalls (42,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes. There are three vacant pit boxes (8, 26, 36) due to 37 cars entered. Pole winner #12-Blaney chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters]. Outside pole winner #4-Harvick. took pit stall 9, with an opening in front of it. #41-Busch, who starts 3rd, took the 37th stall, with an opening in front of it. The final pit stall was taken by #9-Elliott, who starts 6th. To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-3-2018)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Crew rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

See the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#12-Blaney 186.445
#42-Larson 186.136
#78-Truex, Jr. 186.091
#9-Elliott 186.059
#24-Byron 186.002
best 10 consecutive lag (of 28 drivers): #42-Larson 183.935
slowest: #23-Gaulding 174.565 & #55-Gase 170.951
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (3-3-2018)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#12-Blaney 186.445
#42-Larson 186.136
#78-Truex, Jr. 186.091
#9-Elliott 186.059
#24-Byron 186.002
best 10 consecutive lag (of 28 drivers): #42-Larson 183.935
slowest: #23-Gaulding 174.565 & #55-Gase 170.951
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (3-3-2018)

Ryan Blaney streaks to pole position at windy Las Vegas: After covering the 1.5-mile distance in 28.200 seconds (191.489 mph) - the fastest lap of the day -Blaney will lead the field to the green flag in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford in Sunday's Pennzoil 400.[More](3-2-2018)

Ryan Blaney won the pole for the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with speed of 191.489mph for his 1st pole of 2018, 1sst at Las Vegas and 3rd of his career.
#4-Harvick will start 2nd followed by #41-Busch, #78-Truex, Jr., #42-Larson, #9-Elliott, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #2-Keselowski, #20-Jones, #22-Logano, #14-Bowyer, and #21-Menard.
#4-Harvick was fastest in the second round with a speed of 191.090mph, will start 2nd.
#21-Menard was quickest in the first round with a speed of 190.181mph, will start 12th.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 37 were entered for 40 possible spots.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(3-2-2018)

Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Ryan Blaney won the Pole Award for the 21st Annual Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube with a lap of 28.200 seconds, 191.489 mph.
This is his third pole in 93 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2018.
This is his first pole in four races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2018 and his fifth in 18 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Kurt Busch (third) posted his 12th top-10 start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his second in three races this season.
William Byron (17th) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(3-2-2018)

Second Round of Qualifying for the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#4-Harvick 191.090
#12-Blaney 191.008
#20-Jones 190.443
#22-Logano 189.827
#78-Truex, Jr. 189.633
the rest of the top 12: 17 9 2 14 42 21 41
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 18 48 34 3 24 19 11 88 95 1 38 6 (3-2-2018)

First Round of Qualifying for the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 15 scheduled minutes.
#21-Menard 190.181
#2-Keselowski 190.168
#12-Blaney 190.014
#24-Byron 190.000
#9-Elliott 189.994
the rest of the top 24: 19 17 18 20 78 11 4 14 48 41 42 38 34 22 88 6 1 95 3
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 31 43 47 37 10 51 13 32 15 72 23 00 55
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 37 entered. (3-2-2018)

Coverage of Qualifying for the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:15pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 7:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 15 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks
They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

Qualifying Order for the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted. The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #23-Gaulding. The final driver lined up on pit road will be #1-McMurray. The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice. After the first round, the cars lined up by speed. For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(3-2-2018)

Friday practice for the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#42-Larson 190.658
#4-Harvick 190.409
#21-Meanrd 190.369
#18-Busch 190.342
#24-Byron 190.282
most laps run: #37-Busceher, 13 laps.
No drivers ran 10 or more consecutive laps.
slowest: #00-Earnhardt 174.723 & #55-Gase 168.214.
notes: #00-Earnhardt, #9-Elliott, #11-Hamlin, #18-Busch, and #99-Bowman had to sever 15 minute practice holds for failing Atlanta pre-race inspection twice.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Friday Practice speeds (pdf) (3-2-2018)

Crew Rosters for Las Vegas Motor Speedway are posted.

Entry List for the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted, 37 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed. Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Chastain, #51-Custer, #55-Gase, #72-Whitt Since only 37 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race. See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Martinsville(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


WEATHER
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TIRE NOTES & FACTS
Las Vegas Goodyear Tire Notes See complete tire information for the race weekend across all series on the [Goodyear Tire Notes - Las Vegas page.(2-27-2018)


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS Vegas Insider Race and Championship odds NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction Las Vegas Race Preview by Micah Roberts
Bovada Sportsbook: Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship
Don Best: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race