NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Kevin Harvick will lead the field to green at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Here's the starting lineup for Sunday's Pennzoil 400, the third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of 2019. Sin City is square one for the sport’s new handling package as the sport descends on the 1.5-mile tri-oval of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

Just 38 drivers and teams attempted this race, leaving two open spots on the grid. It’s the second straight week less than 40 cars have shown up to qualify.

 

Kevin Harvick won the pole for Sunday’s event with 2019 Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin starting alongside. It’s the 20th pole Harvick has won with Stewart-Haas Racing in just a little over five years with the team. By comparison, he won just six poles in his first 13 seasons running for Richard Childress Racing.

 

1. Kevin Harvick

2. Denny Hamlin

3. Kyle Busch

4. Austin Dillon

5. Daniel Hemric

6. David Ragan

7. Kyle Larson

8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

9. Jimmie Johnson

10. Joey Logano

11. Alex Bowman

12. Chase Elliott

13. Ryan Blaney

14. Ty Dillon

15. Paul Menard

16. Michael McDowell

17. Clint Bowyer

18. Erik Jones

19. Brad Keselowski

20. William Byron

21. Bubba Wallace

22. Daniel Suarez

23. Martin Truex Jr.

24. Ryan Preece

25. Aric Almirola

26. Matt DiBenedetto

27. Chris Buescher

28. Kurt Busch

29. Ryan Newman

30. Corey Lajoie

31. Landon Cassill

32. Parker Kligerman (i)

33. Cody Ware

34. B.J. McLeod (i)

35. Matt Tifft

36. Joey Gase (i)

37. Reed Sorenson

38. Ross Chastain (i)

 

(i) – Ineligible to collect Cup Series points

 

Failed To Qualify

None

 

QUALIFYING NOTES

  • Ford won its second straight pole of the season. Now, they’ll go for their third straight win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a feat they haven’t accomplished since the first three Cup races here in 1998-2000. Harvick will attempt to become the first driver since Kyle Busch (2009) to win from the pole.
  • Denny Hamlin (2nd) has his second straight top 5 start at LVMS, one of eight tracks on the circuit he has never won.
  • Rookie Daniel Hemric (5th) had the best qualifying effort of his MENCS career. He was running near the front at Atlanta last Sunday before a flat tire doomed his chances for a top-5 finish.
  • David Ragan (6th) has his best starting position since the 2015 regular season finale at Richmond driving for now-defunct Michael Waltrip Racing.
  • Last week’s winner Brad Keselowski qualified 19th. He has yet to qualify inside the top 15 so far this season.
  • Reed Sorenson will make his first MENCS start of the year driving for Spire Motorsports this week. He’ll run the No. 77 Chevrolet as part of a continued partnership with Premium Motorsports.

 

NASCAR RACE BREAKDOWN

Race: Pennzoil 400

Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Date: Sunday, March 3

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 3 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 400 miles (267 laps)

Stage 1: 80 Laps

Stage 2: 80 Laps

Final Stage: 107 Laps

 

PRE-RACE ANALYSIS

David Ragan looks ahead to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the new handling package with Frontstretch.com podcast host Dustin Albino.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 13:00
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