It’s hard to believe, but we’re already to race #4 of the NASCAR season. This week’s event will take the drivers west, as they’ll head to the Las Vegas Speedway for the Pennzoil 400. Las Vegas is a 1.5 mile, low-wear intermediate track. The racing this weekend will be much different than last weekend’s race at Homestead. Let’s take a closer look at this upcoming event so you can bet against their NASCAR odds.
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Las Vegas hosted two races last year. Joey Logano claimed the first race, while the playoff race was won by Kurt Busch. Matt DiBenedetto claimed second in both of those races. In both of those races, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamilin both led numerous laps, so they know how to run at Vegas.
Let’s take a look at some of the favorites to take home the checkered flag in this Sunday’s NASCAR Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas.
Logano has always run well at Vegas. He has won here twice, and he has the second-best winning percentage among active drivers. He has 15 starts at Las Vegas, and in those starts, he has finished in the top 5 on six different occasions. Penske cars are notoriously fast here, and in nine of his last 10 starts here, he has finished in the top 10. Look for Logano to be the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.
Harvick will be the pole sitter for this weekend’s race. He has always had success at Las Vegas. Over his last four races at this venue, he has dominated many of the statistical categories other than wins. His last win here came in 2018, but he should be a contender this weekend.
Over the last six races held at Las Vegas, Keselowski has posted the best average finishing position. Keselowski knows how to win here, as he has taken the checkered flag in three of his 15 career starts.
Prior to his suspension, Las Vegas was the type of track that Larson had success at. He traditionally runs well here, as he has finished no lower than 12th in his last six starts at Las Vegas. Three of those were top 3 finishes. If Larson can get something going on Sunday, he could be around the leaders at the end.
Martin Truex Jr.
Truex has claimed two career victories at Las Vegas. He has always been very consistent at this track, as he has finished inside the top 20 in almost every race that he has started. Among active drivers, he has led the second-most laps in races here.
Although he’s a long shot to win this weekend, we like Dillon’s chances. Dillon loves to race on 1.5 mile tracks. He was one of the most consistent drivers at this distance last season. In his last eight starts here, he has finished better than 13th in five of the eight. In last year’s Pennzoil 400 he finished fourth. If he can catch a few breaks, Dillon could be a dark horse to take home the checkered flag on Sunday.