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Pennzoil 400


Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #3 of 36

Sunday, March 3, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:46pm/et
Laps/Stages: 267 laps total. Stages end on laps: 80/160/267


TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING

Television Coverage: Time 3:30pm/et, Fox and FOX Sports GO streaming (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): Performance Racing Network (PRN) / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

On track schedule

Practices:
Friday, March 1, 3:05-3:55pm/et, TV-FS1;
Saturday, March 2, 11:30am-12:25pm/et, TV-FS1;
Saturday, March 2, T2:30-3:30pm/et, TV-FS1;
Qualifying: Friday, March 1 at 7:40pm/et, TV-FS1.

Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)

Thursday, February 28
7:00 PM 9:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, March 1
9:00 AM-6:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
12:05 PM-12:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:40 PM (7:40 PM/et) MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, March 2
7:00 AM-3:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 AM-9:25 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE (CANCELED)
11:30 AM-12:30 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, March 3
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) MENCS RACE (STAGES 80/160/267 LAPS = 400.5 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Practice 2 Speeds
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Crew Rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List


RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links

Joey Logano won the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The win is his 1st win of 2019, 1st win at Las Vegas and 22nd career win.
#2-Keseelowski finished 2nd followed by #18-Busch, pole sitter #4-Harvick, #1-Busch, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #10-Almirola, #19-Truex, Jr., #9-Elliott, and #11-Hamlin.
Stage 1 was won by #4-Harvick.
Stage 2 was won by #22-Logano.
There were 19 lead changes among 9 drivers and 2 cautions for 12 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 154.849mph.
See race details at:
Race Results (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings
Owners Points Standings
Cumulative Report
Penalty Report

Race Fast Facts – Las Vegas
Joey Logano won the 22nd Annual Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube, his 22nd victory in 366 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2019.
This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 12 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 12 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2019.
Kyle Busch (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 16 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Daniel Hemric (23rd) was the highest finishing rookie.
Joey Logano leads the point standings by 2 points over Kevin Harvick.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-3-2019)

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings after Las Vegas:

#22-Joey Logano [1 win] 133pts
#11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 127
#2-Brad Keselowski [1 win] 115
#4-Kevin Harvick, 131, -2
#18-Kyle Busch, 121, -12
#42-Kyle Larson, 102, -31
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 99, -343
#19-Martin Truex Jr., 98, -35
#20-Erik Jones, 98, -35
#1-Kurt Busch, 95, -38
#10-Aric Almirola, 92, -41
#88-Alex Bowman, 85, -48
#14-Clint Bowyer, 83, -50
#9-Chase Elliott, 81, -52
#12-Ryan Blaney, 69, -64
#24-William Byron, 66, -67

See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings

Drivers to the rear: #00-Cassill (rear gear change) and #13-Dillon (engine change).

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.
Pole winner #4-Harvick chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #11-Hamlin too the 15th stall, with an opening in front of it.
#18-Busch, starts 3rd and chose the 6th stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #3-Dillon, who starts 4th.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(3-3-2019)

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:
#3-Dillon 178.224
#8-Hemric 177.072
#17-Stenhouse, Jr. 176.927
#10-Almirola 176.904
#2-Keselowski 176.858
Slowest: #52-McLeod 167.468 and #66-Gase 167.095
Most laps run: #1-Busch, 44 laps
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 28 drivers): #8-Hemric 176.181
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (3-2-2019)

First Saturday practice for the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was cancelled because of rain.(3-2-2019)

Kevin Harvick won the Busch pole for the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with speed of 180.517mph for his 1st pole of 2019, 3rd at Las Vegas and 26th of his career.
#11-Hamlin will start 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #3-Dillon, #8-Hemric, #38-Ragan, #42-Larson, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #48-Johnson, and #22-Logano.
Harvick was fastest in the second round with a speed of 181.123mph.
#3-Dillon was quickest in the first round with a speed of 179.964mph.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 38 were entered for 40 spots.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(3-1-2019)

Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kevin Harvick won the Pole Award for the 22nd Annual Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube with a lap of 29.914 seconds, 180.517 mph.
This is his 26th pole in 649 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2019.
This is his first pole in 20 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2019 and his fourth in 15 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch (third) posted his 10th top-10 start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his second in three races this season.
Daniel Hemric (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(3-1-2019)

First 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:
#3-Dillon 180.294

#8-Hemric 180.078

#11-Hamlin 180.030

#9-Elliott 179.820

#24-Byron 179.178

Slowest: #77-Sorenson 170.041 & #66-Gase 167.090
Most laps run: #42-Wallacem 12 laps.
No driver ran 10 or more consecutive laps.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf) (3-1-2019)

Entry List for the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is posted, 38 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Chastain, #51-Ware, #52-McLeod, #66-Gase, #77-Sorenson, and #96-Kligerman.
Since only 38 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)


RACE AND TRACK NEWS AND LINKS

March 2018: see the Pennzoil 400 Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshals: NHRA drivers Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett
Command to start engines: NHRA drivers Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: Nellis Air Force Base Color Guard
Invocation: Billy Mauldin, MRO
National Anthem: Cassadee Pope
Flyover: US Air Force Thunderbirds


WEATHER

WEATHER

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground
Brian Neudorff @NASCAR_WXMAN
Aaron Studwell @RaceWeather


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits: Cup:
3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 8 sets for race;
Xf
inity: 7 sets for the event

Tire Codes:
Left-side — D-4842;
Right-side — D-4796

Tire Circumference:
Left-side — 2,227 mm (87.68 in.);
Right-side — 2,253 mm (88.70 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 22 psi; Left Rear — 22 psi;
Right Front — 54 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi

Storyline – Action is hot on The Strip, but cool on the track: One of the great things about the NASCAR schedule is that from week to week, teams must be prepared for a wide variety of racing conditions – from speedway to short track, concrete to asphalt and high banks to flat tracks.  This early stretch of the schedule proves that, even though teams were on a mile-and-a-half track last week and will be so again this week.  The difference is that Las Vegas Motor Speedway is likely the most abrasive track surface upon which the three NASCAR premier series race, and one that wears tires to the tune of three seconds per lap over the course of a fuel run, while Las Vegas Motor Speedway does not wear tires much at all.  That presents a challenge for Goodyear to bring tread compounds that can wear sufficiently and dissipate heat to help the tires run cooler and at a more optimum level.

“Since the track surface at Las Vegas has proven over the years to be one that generates minimal tire wear, we have made a change to our tire recommendation for this weekend’s races,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing.  “What we did was – in addition to introducing a construction update to this left-side tire – is go to a right-side tire that we have already run on some of the smoother track surfaces on the circuit, like Michigan and Texas.  Excessive heat is really the enemy of a race tire and tire performance.  On surfaces that don’t naturally promote wear, it is important to design a tire that can handle and dissipate that heat, and this right-side utilizes a tread compound formulation which does that.”

Notes – New tire set-up for both Cup, Xfinity at Las Vegas: Teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run a completely different tire set-up than those in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Las Vegas this week . . . this is the first time these teams have raced on this left-side tire code, though they did run this right-side code at both Michigan and Texas in 2018 . . . compared to last year at Las Vegas, this left-side tire features a construction update that Goodyear will be rolling out at many tracks this season . . . this right-side moves Cup and Xfinity teams to a single tread compound tire, as compared to the multi-zone tread tire they ran at Las Vegas last year . . . this tire combination was confirmed by Cup teams at a NASCAR organizational test at Las Vegas on January 31-February 1 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Las Vegas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater  than that of the outer tire.