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

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

Christopher Bell hits the jackpot out in Sin City with his first career NASCAR Cup Series pole

Sin City celebrates its Silver Anniversary in the NASCAR Cup Series with the running of the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube on Sunday. The 1.5-mile oval of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on the schedule since 1998, will serve as the third points-paying event for the sport's new Next Gen chassis.

So far, LVMS practice and qualifying have been calm compared to the barrage of spins seen at Auto Club Speedway last weekend. Only one driver, Kyle Busch, failed to make a qualifying lap after a flat tire in practice caused a hard crash. The Vegas native, who has just one career Cup win here (2009) will wind up starting shotgun on the field at his hometown track.

Up front, Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell prevailed to earn the pole in NASCAR's new two-round qualifying format. The drivers are split into two groups; the top five from each move on to a second round, competing amongst themselves for the top 10 spots on the grid. Bell trailed Kyle Larson on speed at the end of his first run but wound up winning the pole by a healthy 0.107 seconds over the reigning NASCAR Cup champion.

A total of 37 cars showed up to run this Vegas 400-miler, leaving the field 3 short of a full 40-car grid. All 36 teams with a guaranteed spot will compete along with the open team of NY Racing (No. 44).

1. Christopher Bell
2. Kyle Larson
3. Austin Cindric (R)
4. Chase Briscoe
5. Chase Elliott
6. Joey Logano
7. Tyler Reddick
8. Denny Hamlin
9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
10. Austin Dillon
11. Ryan Blaney
12. Martin Truex Jr.
13. Alex Bowman
14. William Byron
15. Brad Keselowski
16. Daniel Hemric (i)
17. Bubba Wallace
18. Ross Chastain
19. Harrison Burton (R)
20. Aric Almirola
21. Daniel Suarez
22. Michael McDowell
23. Erik Jones
24. Cole Custer
25. Kevin Harvick
26. Greg Biffle
27. Chris Buescher
28. Justin Haley
29. Corey LaJoie
30. Todd Gilliland (R)
31. Kurt Busch
32. Ty Dillon
33. Cody Ware
34. Josh Bilicki (i)
35. BJ McLeod
36. Garrett Smithley
37. Kyle Busch

(R) – Rookie
(i) – Ineligible to collect Cup Series points

Qualifying Notes

  • Christopher Bell (pole) will start up front in the No. 20 Toyota for the first time in his Cup Series career (75th start). Bell is still seeking his first career Cup win on an oval track; his lone victory came at the Daytona International Speedway road course in February 2021.
  • Kyle Larson (second) was the highest-qualifying Chevrolet. Last week’s winner at Auto Club Speedway is also this race’s defending winner.
  • Daytona 500 winner Austin Cindric (third) was the highest-qualifying rookie driver. His Ford makes it three different manufacturers in the top 3 spots.
  • Chase Briscoe (fourth) snagged the best starting spot of his Cup career on an oval track.
  • Denny Hamlin (eighth) won the fall 2021 race at Las Vegas.
  • Greg Biffle (26th), now 52 years old, returns to the No. 44 of NY Racing for his second start of the season. The team skipped Auto Club Speedway after qualifying for the Daytona 500.
  • Kyle Busch (37th) qualified outside the top 25 for the first time in his Cup career at Las Vegas.

NASCAR Race Breakdown

Race: Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube
Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Date: Sunday, March 6
TV: FOX, 3:30 p.m. ET
Distance: 267 laps (400 miles)
Stage 1: 80 Laps
Stage 2: 80 Laps
Final Stage: 107 Laps

Pre-Race Preview

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