The NASCAR winner Cup Series race Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway left little chance on the trail.
Kyle Larson led the race’s 103 best laps and clinched a convincing 3.156-second victory over former NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski to claim the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube, his first victory in two years.
More information on Larson’s victory can be found below, as well as the full results of Sunday’s race.
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Larson, 28, of Elk Grove, Calif., Became the fastest winner in the long and esteemed history of Hendrick Motorsports, taking the checkered flag in just his fourth start in the famous No. 5 Chevrolet. team.
It was a hard-won and very emotional victory for Larson, who missed most of his serve last season. a suspension for using language insensitive to racism. (Ed .: He was also pulled by Chip Ganassi Racing, for using the N word in an iRacing event.) NASCAR reinstated him in the offseason after taking a rehabilitation and awareness course. He entered the season with the Hendrick Motorsports opportunity, grateful and ready to redeem himself.
Larson was exuberant as he spoke to the team on the radio while driving under the checkered flag as the race winner. He did party burnouts on his back and then again under the flag on the front, telling his team on the car stereo, “What a car, what an opportunity. Thanks, guys.”
Just as Larson was wrapping up his live TV interview, Keselowski ran onto the indoor grass to shake Larson’s hand and congratulate him on his powerful performance in the race.
“I’m just really happy for him, I know he’s been through a lot in the last year and he’s a good kid that I’ve known for a little while and has a great family and I’m just happy. to see him bounce back, ”Keselowski said.
Bubba Wallace, the only black driver in the Cup Series, also congratulated Larson after the race.
Bubba Wallace congratulated Kyle Larson after the Las Vegas race. Larson: “It meant a lot that Bubba is coming on the way to victory.” pic.twitter.com/mdFv7ON4iF
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Las Vegas NASCAR Results
It was a very competitive race from the green flag to the checkered flag with 27 lead changes among 12 different drivers. Five pilots led at least 20 laps. Keselowski won Stage 1 and Larson won Stage 2, the first stage victories for both drivers this season.
In all, Larson led the best of the race six times, bringing his Chevrolet back to the front no matter what the challenge, eventually pacing the field for the final 30 laps en route to his seventh career victory. This is his first on a 1.5 mile track after nine previous finalists at 1.5 mile venues.
“It was such a great car,” said Larson. “(The Team Leader) Cliff (Daniels) and everyone did a great job putting together this part. It was so much fun to drive. I could go anywhere I wanted. I know we had a really good car. once we were sort of single – blown away; but the draft early in the race was tough.
“But thank you very much, Mr. Hendrick, Jeff Gordon and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports for the incredible opportunity that has been given to me. Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet everyone at the engine shop. Thank you very much for all the hard work . It’s really special. “
Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Kyle Busch – from Las Vegas – and Denny Hamlin finished third and fourth respectively. Penske team driver Ryan Blaney finished fifth, his first top 10 of the season.
Hamlin and Keselowski, who are still chasing their first wins of the 2021 season, are at the top of the championship points standings. Hamlin leads by 38 points over Keselowski and Larson is third.
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Holly Cain writes for the NASCAR Wire Service. Tom Gatto contributed to this report.