NASCAR will run its second straight race on a 1.5 mile track this weekend as all three National Series head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Last week’s NASCAR races at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway featured two more upsets to start the 2021 season as Myat Snider claimed his first major NASCAR victory in the Xfinity Series race and William byron won the Cup Series race.
After Michael McDowell and Christopher Bell won the first two races of the season at Daytona, Byron produced a third straight surprise at Homestead, while sophomore driver Tyler Reddick finished second.
Will the fourth NASCAR race of the season at the popular Las Vegas Motor Speedway produce another shocking and surprising finish?
When is the NASCAR Cup Series race in Las Vegas?
The Pennzoil 400 is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 7. The race will be 267 laps and 400 miles around the 1.5 mile oval.
The race will be the first of two NASCAR events in Las Vegas this season. Las Vegas will also host the fourth race of the NASCAR playoffs on September 26.
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When does NASCAR qualify in Las Vegas?
For the second week in a row, there will be no training and qualification for any of the three national series. NASCAR had qualified for the first two races of the season at Daytona, but will only qualify for six more races this season due to COVID-19 restrictions.
When is the Truck Series race in Las Vegas?
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Bucked Up 200 is scheduled for 9 p.m. EST on Friday, March 5. The race will be 134 laps and 201 miles.
When is the Xfinity Series race in Las Vegas?
The NASCAR Xfinity Series ALSCO Uniforms 300 is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EST on Saturday March 6. The race will be 200 laps and 300 miles.
NASCAR Las Vegas TV Show?
The NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 will be on Fox Sunday at 3:30 p.m. EST. The Truck Series (9 p.m. EST Friday) and Xfinity Series (4:30 p.m. EST Saturday) races will both take place on FS1.
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Who are the favorites at the NASCAR Cup in Las Vegas?
The odds are high in Las Vegas, and chances are one of Team Penske’s teams will celebrate on victory lane on Sunday.
Brad Keselowski leads all active training with three wins on the 1.5 mile track, while he was a teammate Joey logano won the last two February / March races in Las Vegas. Ryan blaney, the third Penske driver, was seventh in the September race in Vegas.
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Don’t be surprised, however, if there is another surprise winner this weekend. Kurt busch won the September 2020 race in Las Vegas, while Matt DiBenedetto finished second of two races last year. The March race also marked some fine finishes by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third), Austin dillon (fourth) and Bubba Wallace (sixth).
Entry list for the NASCAR Cup Series in Las Vegas
00 Quin Houff StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
5 Chevrolet Kyle Larson Hendrick Motorsports
6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Corey Lajoie Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
8 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Ten Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Penske Racing Ford
14 Chase Briscoe Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Joey Gase Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
16 AJ Allmendinger Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
17 Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford
23 Bubba Wallace 23XI Racing Toyota
24 William byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
34 Michael McDowell Ford Motorsport Front Row
37 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 Anthony Alfredo Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Ross Chastain Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Erik Jones Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Cody Ware Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet
52 Josh Bilicki Rick Ware Racing Ford
53 Garrett Smithley Ford Racing Rick Ware
66 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports Ford
77 Justin Haley Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
78 BJ McLeod Live Fast Motorsports Ford
99 Daniel Suarez TrackHouse Racing Chevrolet