The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a triple header weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the Penzoil 400.

Continuing the practice of no practice or qualifying runs for safety and health reasons due to the Covid-19 pandemic, NASCAR has a formula that includes race finishes, standings, and owner points. Using that formula, Kevin Harvick sits on the pole for the race and will bring the field to green.

The starting lineup for the Penzoil 400:
Kevin Harvick
William Byron
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
Michael McDowell
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
Brad Keselowski
Tyler Reddick
Austin Dillon
Ryan Newman
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Christopher Bell
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Cole Custer
Ross Chastain
Daniel Suarez
Bubba Wallace
Chase Briscoe
Justin Haley
Ryan Blaney
Anthony Alfredo
Aric Almirola
Erik Jones
Matt DiBenedetto
Garrett Smithley
Cody Ware
Corey LaJoie
BJ McLeod
Josh Bilicki
Quin Houff
Joey Gase
Timmy Hill

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and jumps out in front for the lead after a big push from Kyle Larson. The drivers are already three and four wide. William Byron gets around Kevin Harvick to lead lap one.

Lap two; the top five are William Byron, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick.

Lap four, William Byron has pulled out to a third of a second lead on Martin Truex Jr. Drivers continue to get three wide battling for position. Martin Truex and Kyle Larson battle back and forth for second place.

Lap five William Byron holds down the lead by just two tenths of a second; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap seven, Christopher Bell has moved up eight spots since race start and is now in seventh place.

Lap eight, pole sitter Kevin Harvick has fallen out of the top 10 to eleventh place. He reports some handling issue with his car.

Lap 10, William Byron holds on to his narrow lead on Chase Elliott; Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Normally racing in the desert is a very hot business, but today the skies are overcast, cooling things off and giving the drivers more grip on the track.

Lap 17, William Byron has increased his lead to almost half a second on Chase Elliott; Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five. Kevin Harvick is back in the top 10 at tenth place.

Lap 20 Chase Elliott gets around William Byron to take the lead. There are 34 cars on the lead lap with all 38 cars on the track.

Lap 24, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a one second lead on Kyle Larson; William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

At the end of lap 25, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

While there are capacity limits and social distancing orders in place, Las Vegas Motor Speedway is filled to capacity for today’s race.

BJ McLeod is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service and give the crews a chance to assess tire wear. Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road after Anthony Alfredo held up Chase Elliott.

Bubba Wallace was caught speeding on pit road nad will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 with Denny Hamlin alongside. Denny Hamlin gets out in front for the lead. Drivers are getting four wide across the track in a battle for position.

Aric Almirola’s car has a bit of smoke.

Lap 34, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larosn, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 36, there are 32 cars on the lead lap with all 38 drivers still on he track.

Lap 37, Denny Hamlin has a narrow lead on Chase Elliott; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five. Drivers are three wide across the track.

Lap 39, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 40, Kyle Larson challenges Denny Hamlin for the lead; so far Hamlin holds him off.

Lap 41, Bubba Wallace is three laps down after having to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for an engine issue.

Lap 44, Kyle Larson takes the lead from Denny Hamlin.

Lap 46, the caution flag comes out for debris on the track.

In some four wide racing, Kevin Harvick sustaned some damage to his front bumper. He also has a flat tire as a result of the contact.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service. Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road, but race leader Kyle Larson stayed out on the track.

Reports are that Bubba Wallace’s car has an oil leak. The team continues to work on the car.

Bubba Wallace was charged with pitting too soon. Chase Briscoe was charged with a safety violation during his pit stop. Daniel Suarez was caught speeding on pit road. All three drivers will have to restart the race form the back of the field.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 51 and gets out in front for the lead with drivers getting four wide across the track.

Lap 51, Joey Logano battle Kyle Larson for the lead; Brad Keselowski makes it a three way battle with the three drivers swapping the lead.

Lap 53, the battle continues with Keselowski, Larson, and Logano continue to fight for the lead.

Lap 55, Joey Logano gets out in front for the lead. Logano now holds the record for leading the race eleven times in a row.

Lap 56, the top five are Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and William Byron.

Lap 59, Joey Logano has a quarter of a second lead on Chase Elliott; Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 61, Chase Elliott gets around Joey Logano to retake the lead.

Lap 63, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a half second lead on Brad Keselowski; Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 69, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Brad Keselowski; Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski challenges Chase Elliott for the lead.

With 10 laps remaining in stage one, Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead swapping it back and forth.

Lap 71, Brad Keselowski takes the lead; Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 73, Chase Elliott retakes the lead form Brad Keselowski.

With just 74 of the 267 laps run in the race, there have been eleven lead changes; half as many as the whole race last fall.

Four laps remain in stage one, Chase Elliott has a quarter of a second lead on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 79, Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski continue to battle for the lead.

Brad Keselowski wins stage one for his first stage win of the 2021 season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Alex Bowman
Christopher Bell
William Byron
Matt DiBenedetto
Joey Logano
Martin Truex Jr

Twelve lead changes in stage one ties the Las Vegas Motor Speedway record.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Denny Hamlin winning the race off of pit road. Chase Elliott has an extended pit stop for repairs to the sheet metal on the right side of his car.

Tyler Reddick was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race form the back of the field.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 88 with Brad Keselowski alongside. Hamlin and Keselowski go side by side for the lead with Brad Keselowski getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 89, the top five are Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, and William Byron.

Lap 92, there are 31 cars on the lead lap with all 38 drivers still in the race.

Brad Keselowski leads the race with Ryan Blaney in second; Matt DiBenedetto, Denny Hamlin, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 94, Erik Jones bounces off the wall but the track stays green as he gets going again.

Lap 100, Brad Keselowski has a quarter of a second lead on Ryan Blaney; Kyle Larson, William Byron, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 104, since restarting the race in 28th place after making some repairs, Chase Elliott has moved up to 15th place.

Lap 105, Kyle Larson gets around Ryan Blaney for second place with Brad Keselowski leading the race.

Lap 107, Kyle Larson passes Brad Keselowski for the lead; William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 109, Brad Keselowski gets loose but recovers; William Byron challenges Keselowski for second.

Lap 131, Kyle Larson has a lead of over half a second on Brad Keselowski; William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

The sun is peaking out; causing some changes to the track and making it slick.

Lap 119, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race; William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 120, with 29 cars on the lead lap, Kyle Larson has a lead of over half a seocnd on William Byron; Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 123, Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, and Alex Bowman beging the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 124, leader Kyle Larson makes his green flag pit stop, giving the lead over to William Byron.

Lap 129, leader William Byron makes his green flag pit stop; giving the lead over to Tyler Reddick.

Lap 137, leader Tyler Reddick makes his green flag pit stop; giving the lead over to Michael McDowell.

Lap 139, Michael McDowell leads the race with Anthony Alfredo in second; Corey LaJoie, Kyle Larson, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five with four drivers yet to make their green flag pit stops. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

With 15 laps remaining in stage two, Michael McDowll, Anthony Alfredo, and Corey LaJoie have yet to make their green flag pit stops.

Lap 147, Michael McDowell makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead to Anthony Alfredo.

Lap 148, Kyle Larson gets around Anthony Alfredo to retake the lead.

Lap 149, the top five are Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Corey LaJoie, and William Byron.

With eight laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Larson has a near five second lead on Brad Keselowski; Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Three laps to go in stage two, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race; Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

The skies have clouded over once again.

Kyle Larson wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Larson
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
William Byron
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Christopher Bell
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Tyler Reddick is the “lucky dog”.

Alex Bowman is reporting a vibration and smoke in his car.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road. William Byron got stalled in his pit stall and needed a push to get going.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane on lap 168 and gets out in front of Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Lap 168, the top five are Kyle Larson, Denny Hmlin, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and Christopher Bell.

Lap 169, Kyle Larson leads with Martin Truex Jr in second; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 169, Chase Elliott brings out the caution flag after spinning out and has some damage to his car after making contact with Kurt Busch’s car.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 174 but it is Kyle Larson who edges out in front for the lead.

Denny Hamlin takes the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second; Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Chase Elliott restarts the race from 27th, still on the lead lap.

Ninety laps to go, Denny Hamlin has the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 179 when Aric Almirola gets into the wall with a flat tire.

Several drivers come down pit road for service. Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road but a number of drivers stayed out on the track.

After staying out on the track, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with 83 laps remaining in the race. Hamlin takes the lead with a the help of a push from Ryan Blaney.

Martin Truex Jr and Denny Hamlin battle for the lead.

The top five are Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin,William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Christopher Bell. Kyle Larson is the first car with fresh tires back in 16th place.

Eighty-one to go, Kyle Larson jumps into the top 10 by passing multiple cars on fresh tires.

There are 79 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr leads the race; Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, William Byron, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Aric Almirola becomes the first car out of the race.

Lap 191, Martin Truex Jr has a narrow lead on Denny Hamlin.

Denny Hamlin passes Martin Truex Jr for the lead; Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, and William Byron round out the top five.

Seventy-five to go, team mates Martin Truex Jr and Denny Hamlin contiue to battle for the lead. Kyle Larson moves up to make it a three way battle.

Denny Hamlin is the leader; Martin Truex Jr is in second; Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 195, Denny Hamlin is in the lead; Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron round out the top five.

Corey LaJoie is off the track.

Nine laps down, Corey LaJoie’s car owner bet $10,000 on his driver to win. Had he won the race, it would have been a million dollar pay out.

Sixty-eight laps to go, Denny Hamlin holds on to the lead with Kyle Larson in second; Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, and William Byron round out the top five. There are 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 206, Denny Hamlin leads the race but Kyle Larson passes Hamlin for the lead; Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Fifty-nine to go, since taking the lead, Kyle Larson has opened up a one second lead on Denny Hamlin with 26 cars on the lead lap.

With 54 laps to go, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Denny Hamlin; Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Fifty-two to go, Brad Keselowski takes second from Denny Hamlin.

Fifty to go, Kyle Larson leads the race; Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Drivers begin making their final green flag pit stops.

Kyle Larson has led 64 laps so far with 47 laps remaining in the race.

Several drivers are reporting a tight condition in their cars.

Lap 225, leader Kyle Larson brings his car down pot road for his green flag pit stop; giving the lead over to Daniel Suarez.

Forty to go, leader Daniel Suarez and Cole Custer have yet to make their green flag pit stops; Kyle Larson is in third and will retake the lead once green flag pit stops have cycled through.

Thrity-five laps to go, Daniel Suarez continues to lead the race with Kyle Larson over seven seconds back. Suarez has yet to make his green flag pit stop.

In just four laps, Kyle Larson has closed the gap on lead Daniel Suarez by over five seconds.

Thirty to go, Kyle Larson passes Daniel Suarez to take the lead.; Brad Keselowski is in third over a second and a half back; Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Daniel Suarez finally makes his green flag pit stop, completing the cycle.

Twenty-seven laps to go, Kyle Larson leads the race; Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 244, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Brad Keselowski; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Kyle Larson continues to increase his lead on Brad Keselowski and is now two and a half seconds out in front. There are 22 cars on the lead lap. Corey LaJoie and Aric Almirola are the only drivers out of the race.

In trying to get to pit road with a flat tire, Alex Bowman almost wrecked Anthony Alfredo. Bowman was caught speeding on pit road; he was charged with a commitment cone violation coming on to pit road.

Fifteen to go, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly three seconds on Brad Keselowski with 19 cars on the lead lap; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Twelve laps to go, Kyle Busch passes Denny Hamlin for third; over six secnds behind the leader.

Ten togo, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Brad Keselowski; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Six laps to go, Kyle Larson now has a lead of three seconds on Brad Keselowski; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Four to go, there are 15 cars on the lead lap.

Three to go, rim riding, Kyle Larson holds on to his three second lead on the race.

Kyle Larson takes the white flag.

With his first ever mile and a half track win, Kyle Larson wins the race by over three seconds. This makes 265 wins for Hendrick Motor Sports.

The unofficial results of the Penzoil 400:
Kyle Larson
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Martin Truex Jr
Christopher Bell
William Byron
Joey Logano
Erik Jones
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Austin Dillon
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Matt DiBenedetto
Michael McDowell
Ryan Newman
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Chase Briscoe
Tyler Reddick
Ross Chastain
Anthony Alfredo
Cole Custer
Daniel Suarez
Alex Bowman
Bubba Wallace
Justin Haley
BJ McLeod
Garrett Smithley
Cody Ware
Quin Houff
Joey Gase
Josh Bilicki
Timmy Hill
Corey LaJoie
Aric Almirola