Las Vegas, Nevada, March 3, 2019 – Anthony Holbrook, Bluegrass Sports Nation
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ 3rd race of the season traveled to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Sunday March 3rd, for the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube.
Las Vegas native Kyle Bush Driver of the #18 Joe Gibbs Toyota will attempt the trifecta sweep at the Pennzoil 400, following a win Friday in the Truck series and a double-overtime win Saturday night in the Xfinity series.
Kevin Harvick Driver of the #4 Stuart-Hass Ford was awarded with the pole position and will be one of the top drivers to contend with. Additionally Harvick won the 2018 Spring event while Kyle Bush won the 2018 Fall Playoff race at LMS.
This race will be the of the season in which Monster Energy Series will utilize both Aero Ducts (Transfer Air from Front Tires) and Tapered Spacers (Reduce Horsepower). The package will be implemented 17 0f 36 races for Tracks larger than 1 mile and expected to create closer / tighter racing.
Pole Sitter – Kevin Harvick collected to his 2nd stage win of the season while dominating Stage 1 of the Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube.
Stage 1 Results
Pos. Driver Owner Pts.
- Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing 10
- Kyle Bush Joe Gibbs Racing 9
- Joey Logano Team Penske 8
- Denny Hamblin Joe Gibbs Racing 7
- Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing 6
- Rickey Stenhouse Roush Fenway Racing 5
- Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing 4
- Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports 3
- Daniel Suarez Stewart-Haas Racing 2
- Brad Keselowski Team Penske 1
Stage 2 of the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube spotlighted the lead transferring from Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Bush and William Byron. Joey Logano played his cards right, and collected Stage 2 win.
Stage 2 Results
Pos. Driver Owner Pts.
- Joey Logano Team Penske 10
- Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing 9
- Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing 8
- Brad Keselowski Team Penske 7
- Denny Hamblin Joe Gibbs Racing 6
- Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports 5
- Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing 4
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. RoushFenway Racing 3
- Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports 2
- Jimmy Johnson Hendrick Motorsports 1
The Pennzoil #22 Ford demonstrated that the Penske Owned Ford would be a factor for the final stage and race win. Logano held off a valor attempt from teammate #2 Penske Ford Brad Keselowski on the final lap for victory.
The win will be Joey Logano’s first Cup win at Las Vegas, his first of the season and 22nd of his Cup career.
Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Results
- Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
- Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
- Kyle Bush Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
- Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
- Kurt Bush Chip – Ganassi Chevrolet
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush- Fenway Racing Ford
- Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
- Martin Truex, Jr. Stewart-Haas Racing Toyota
- Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
- Denny Hamblin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series “West Coast Sweep” continues to IMS Sunday March 10th 2019 3:30 p.m. for the TicketGuardian 500 on FOX Network.