As the NASCAR Cup Series begins its annual west coast swing, Mother Nature rules the day for the second week in a row when rains come to the desert in Las Vegas canceling qualifying for both the Xfinity and NASCAR Cup Series and postpones the Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300.
With qualifying canceled, the starting lineup for the Penzoil 400 has been set by the NASCAR rule book which uses the team owner points from the end of the 2019 racing season; putting NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Busch on the pole.
However, due to some issues during the inspection process, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Christopher Bell will all have to start the race from the back of the field. NASCAR deemed that the teams attempted to modify the shape on the nose of the car and altering its specifications; which is against the rules.
Along with starting from the back of the field, all three teams were docked 10 car owner and 10 driver points each.
Martin Truex Jr and Erik Jones’ teams were also found to have modified the cars but those drivers were only docked practice time; as were Busch, Hamlin, and Bell.
Kevin Harvick will be bringing the field to the green flag for the start of the race.
After failing pre qualifying inspection twice, the number nine car driven by Chase Elliott will lose its car chief Matt Barndt for the race and Elliott will lose 15 minutes of practice time at the next track – Auto Club Speedway.
The number 51 Petty Ware Racing car driven by Garrett Smithley failed inspection three times and will also have to start the race from the back of the field; along with losing a crew member and losing 30 minutes of practice time next week in California.
The starting lineup for the Penzoil 400:
Kyle Busch – moved to the back of the field
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin – moved to the back of the field
Ross Chastain – sitting in for Ryan Newman
Christopher Bell – moved to the back of the field
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
John Hunter Nemechek
Garrett Smithley – moved to the back of the field
Stages one and two are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track.
The Miracle on Ice 1980 Olympic hockey team give the command to start the engines.
NASCAR has called for a competition caution for lap 25.
On a sunny Sunday afternoon Martin Truex Jr and Kevin Harvick bring the field down for the green flag start of the race and the drivers immediately get four wide.
Daniel Suarez has an issue getting started and brings out the caution flag on the first lap.
Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap five but it is Joey Logano who gets out in front for the lead.
Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Larson make contact but the track stays green.
Lap eight, Joey Logano is in the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney andKyle Larson round out the top five.
Lap 13, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano make contact, Martin Truex Jr makes it a three wide battle.
Lap 20, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.
Leader Kevin Harvick has already begun lapping slower cars.
At the end of lap 25, NASCAR puts out the caution flag for the competition caution. Teams can bring their cars down pit road to examine tire wear. Most people f the teams come down pit road for service and adjustments.
Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road.
Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 from the inside lane and edges out Martin Truex Jr for the lead. Drivers quickly get three wide across the track with Ryan Blaney nearly sending Chase Elliott to the grass.
Lap 32, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr battle for the lead with Harvick staying out I front.
Michael McDowell takes his car to the garage with a stuck throttle.
In NASCAR fashion the drivers are nearly wrecking on every lap, they just haven’t hit anything…or body.
Lap 40, Kevin Harvick leads the race followed by Joey Logano and Chase Elliott.
Lap 45, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.
Lap 51, Michael McDowell has returned to the track with a repaired throttle.
William Byron reports a vibration.
Lap 60, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race but Chase Elliott is in second and bearing down on the leader. Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano round out the top five.
Lap 66, Chase Elliott passes Kevin Harvick for the lead.
What th nine laps remaining in stage one, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick.
With a one second lead, Chase Elliott wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 88 and the drivers get three wide on the restart with Kevin Harvick taking the lead.
Lap 90, Kevin Harvick holds on to the lead; Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.
Lap 105, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race with Martin Truex Jr a half second back; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.
Lap 118, drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.
Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr; Ryan Blaney, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.
Leader Chase Elliott makes his pit stop, giving the lead over to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Lap 128, Austin Dillon gets around Ricky Stenhouse ajr before he makes his pit stop.
Lap 133, Ricky Stenhouse Jr continues to lead the race as he stretches out his fuel run.
With 19 laps remaining in stage two, Chase Elliott passes Martin Truex Jr for third place, Ricky Stenhouse Jr and John Hunter Nemechek have yet to make their pit stops.
Once Ricky Stenhouse makes his pit stop, Chase elliott will be the leader. Nemechek and Stenhouse pit with 16 laps to go in stage two.
Ten laps to go in stage two, Chase Elliott is the leader with Martin Truex Jr in second; Ryan Blaney, William Byron, and Joey Logano round out the top five.
Christopher Bell brings out the caution flag on the last lap of stage two, ending the stage under caution. Chase Elliott wins stage two sweep voth stages.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Truex Jr
Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.p but he has to make a second trick down pit road to tighten lug nuts.
Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 167 but it is Joey Logano that gets out in front for the lead. Drivers immediately get four and five wide across the track as they battle for position.
John Hunter Nemecheck brings out the caution flag when he gets loose and spins out, but keeps the car off the wall.
Team mates Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 172 with Joey Logano taking the lead as drivers get five wide across the track.
Lap 175, Joey Logano leads the racewith Kevin Harvick in second; Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.
Martin Truex Jr brings out the caution flagon lap 176 when he gets into the wall with a flat tire.
Leaders stay out but back of the field come down pit road for service.
Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with 86 laps remaining in the race with Ryan Blaney getting out in front for the lead.
Kevin Harvick gets around Ryan Blaney for the lead with 84 laps to go.
Joey Logano and Chase Elliott make contact but the track stays green.
Timmy Hill takes his car to the garage and is the first driver out of the race with 80 laps to go.
Seventy five to go, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.
With 67 laps remaining in the race, Ryan Blaney gets around Kevin Harvick for the lead.
Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott battle it out for the lead with Chase Elliott taking the lead with 63 laps to go.
Sixty to go, Chase Elliott is in the lead with Ryan Blaney in second; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.
Aric Almirola is the first driver to come down pit road for his green flag pit stop with 59 laps remaining in the race to begin the cycle.
Fifty to go, Chase Elliott leads the race as green flag pit stops continue.
Chase Elliott brings his car down pit road for service and gives the lead over to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Chase Elliott brings out the caution flag with a flat tire and hits the wall with 47 laps to go.
Ryan Preece takes his car to the garage and is out of the race.
Ricky Stenhouse brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 41 laps to go. John Hunter Nemechek gets out in front for the lead.
Joey Logano takes the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse, and William Byron roind out the top five.
Ryan Blaney is reporting a possible tire rub.
Thirty to go, Joey Logano continues to lead the race.
Twenty five to go; the top five are Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and William Byron.
Fifteen to go, Ryan Blaney is challenging Joey Logano for the lead and with 13 laps to go Blaney takes the lead.
The caution flag comes out with only seven laps to go when Ross Chastain gets loose and spins out.
With only five laps to go, some drivers bring their cars down pit road for fresh tires.
With just two laps to go, Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart and the drivers are beating and banging for position.
Joey Lagano takes the white flag as drivers wreck behind him and wins the race.
The unofficial results of the Penzoil 400:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Martin Truex Jr
John Hunter Nemechek