The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rolls into Sin City this weekend for the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Typically, this would be your normal race at a 1.5-mile track, but this if the first official weekend for the full-blown new race package from NASCAR–and it’s been a little wild already. Qualifying was […]
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rolls into Sin City this weekend for the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Typically, this would be your normal race at a 1.5-mile track, but this if the first official weekend for the full-blown new race package from NASCAR–and it’s been a little wild already. Qualifying was interesting to say the least, as it came down more to timing and drafting than who had the fastest car, and it’s hard to say how this is going to full affect the racing during the actual race. One thing is for sure, though: we’ll find out soon enough. Race coverage for the Pennzoil 400 starts at 3:30 pm ET on Sunday.
This weekend, we had one practice session followed by qualifying on Friday, and then two more practice sessions on Saturday–or at least that was the plan. There was a rain storm on Saturday morning, though, and that cancelled the first post-qualifying practice, so we had just one session on Saturday. Kevin Harvick won the pole for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400, and the full starting lineup can be found by clicking here. You can find the practice speeds for each session here: Practice #1 — Happy Hour. You should also read our in-depth notes for each practice here: Practice #1 — Happy Hour.
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Final Top 25 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings for Las Vegas
1. Kyle Busch – Starts 3rd – DraftKings Price: $11,900 – FanDuel Price: $13,200 – Slingshot Price: $11,800
Kyle Busch should have a good race here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday–that’s typically the case for drivers at their home tracks. He’s a previous winner here (back in 2009) and has finished 7th or better in four of the last six races at this track, including a 2nd-place finish in this race one year ago. As far as this weekend goes, Rowdy has been strong since the team unloaded the car on Friday, and in Saturday’s lone practice session, the #18 Toyota was 9th-fastest with the 8th-best ten-lap average. Looking at the 1.5-mile tracks from last year as well as Atlanta last weekend, Busch has the best average finish in the series at 5.2. Yeah, it’s difficult comparing those results for this weekend’s race with the new rules package and everything, but you know how the saying goes: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Kyle Busch is a contender here on Sunday, and could pull off the weekend sweep if he gets to victory lane in the Xfinity race on Saturday.
2. Kevin Harvick – Starts 1st – DraftKings Price: $12,500 – FanDuel Price: $14,500 – Slingshot Price: $12,200
Kevin Harvick won the pole for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400, and even he admitted that he didn’t have the fastest car on Friday. But it’s still quite an advantage, and there’s a very good possibility that the #4 Ford leads the most laps on Sunday. Here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick is a two-time winner, both of which have came in the last five races–this event last season, and then the 2015 race. Harvick dominated both of those races (leading 214 laps last year, and 142 in 2015), and as mentioned before, he should have the car do that here this weekend as well. Harvick was just 29th-fastest in Saturday’s practice session here at Las Vegas and ranked 14th-best when it came to ten-lap average, but he has a much better car than that. It’s worth noting that nobody has more laps led (398) or fastest laps (228) than Kevin Harvick over the last nine Las Vegas races. He’s a great Fantasy NASCAR pick on Sunday, per usual.
3. Brad Keselowski – Starts 19th – DraftKings Price: $11,400 – FanDuel Price: $14,000 – Slingshot Price: $12,000
This weekend, Brad Keselowski had another poor effort in qualifying and will start from back in 19th when the Pennzoil 400 goes green on Sunday. The good news? That’s where he started at Atlanta last weekend, and we all know how that ended up. Even better news? He’s really, really good here at Las Vegas. Since the 2013 season, Keselowski has never finished worse than 7th at this race track, and he’s also put three Ws up, taking the checkered flag in last year’s fall race as well as the 2016 and 2014 events in Sin City. Looking at some of the loop data, only Kevin Harvick has performed better at Las Vegas than Brad Keselowski since 2013, as Kez ranks 2nd in both laps led (262) and fastest laps (208) over that nine-race span. When it comes to average running position, though, Keselowski leads all drivers with an average of 5.7. The #2 Ford was 5th-fastest in Saturday’s practice session this weekend and ranked 3rd-best in ten-lap average. Keselowski has a knack for getting to the front here at Las Vegas, and he could easily win his second race of 2019 on Sunday.