NASCAR Preview – Las Vegas Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube, Odds, TV
by Kent Whitaker Scores & Statson
Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 and Brad Keselowski pulled out a victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway but both races had something in common. That something was that Kevin Harvick was the favorite to win both races. Now Harvick is the favored driver to win the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube this weekend in Las Vegas.
Harvick is the defending Pennzoil 400 Champion and it’s his second win at the track as he also captured the checkered flag there in 2015. The driver of the No. 4 Ford for Stewart – Haas Racing has five top-five eight top-ten finishes at Las Vegas. However, the track now has two race weekends starting with last season. While Harvick won this race last year he finished 39th during the second event after blowing a tire and crashing while collecting Erik Jones.
That being said, he is the reigning champ of the Pennzoil 400 and is having a solid year being second in points behind Hamlin. Plus, Ford has won three of the last five races at Las Vegas. Here are the top-five favored drivers to win outright at Las Vegas this Sunday according to Intertops.
Martin Truex Jr
Breaking Down Past Vegas Wins
Kyle Busch trails Harvick at +600 just ahead of Martin Truex Jr who won the race in 2017. Busch also has a win at Las Vegas, his home track, but it came in 2009. All of the drivers in the top-five listed above, with the exception of Kyle Larson, have Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at Las Vegas.
The winningest driver at Las Vegas is Jimmie Johnson but he’s buried down the favorites list due to the perceived fall-off in his performance. His last Vegas win came back in 2010. Among active drivers, Harvick and Keselowski have the best record in the Pennzoil 400 over the last five years. The two Ford drivers have won four out of the last five. Here are the past winners of the Pennzoil 400 among active drivers going back to 2005.
Martin Truex Jr.
Truex is Hot
Martin Truex Jr., at +650, has kept pace with his past performance now that he is with Joe Gibbs Racing. It’s his first year with the team since Furniture Row Racing folded after the 2018 season. Truex won this race in 2017 which was his Championship year. He’s constantly running towards the front and has finished in the top-five in his last five visits to the track. And, it looked like he would be able to hunt Keselowski down last week in Atlanta.
With 14 starts at Vegas, Truex has completed 3760 of 3764 for a 99.9% completion rating and 260 laps led. He also finishes well at the facility. His average starting position is 14.8 while finishing 11.8 on average. But that’s over 14 career starts. Over the last five races at Las Vegas, he’s finished fourth or better four times with his win in 2017. Truex certainly could be the driver to beat this weekend at the Pennzoil 400.
Remaining Odds for Winning Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Schedule for Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube
Three of the Four top-series in NASCAR will be racing in Las Vegas this weekend. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, The NASCAR Xfinity Series, and the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The ARCA Menards Racing Series is off this weekend.
Friday, March 1
• 3 p.m., Cup Series practice, FS1/FOX Sports App • 4 p.m., Xfinity Series practice, FS1/FOX Sports App • 5 p.m., Truck Series, FS1/FOX Sports App • 6:30 p.m., Xfinity Series final practice, FS1/FOX Sports App • 7:30 p.m., Cup Series qualifying, FS1/FOX Sports App • RACE: 9 p.m., NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Strat 200, FS1/FOX Sports App
Saturday, March 2
• 11:30 a.m., Cup Series practice, FS1/FOX Sports App • 12:30 p.m, Xfinity Series qualifying, FS1/FOX Sports App • 2:30 p.m., Cup Series final practice, FS1/FOX Sports App • RACE: 4 p.m., Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300, FS1/FOX Sports App
Sunday, March 3
• RACE: 3:30 p.m., Cup Series Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube, FOX/FOX Sports App