William Byron Leads a Podium Sweep for Hendrick Motorsports at Las Vegas

William Byron leads a podium sweep for Hendrick Motorsports at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400.

LAS VEGAS—William Byron won the most important race of Sunday afternoon—by inches off pit road.

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William Byron Dominates the Day and Seals his First Victory at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 05: William Byron, the driver of the #24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 05, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

On Sunday, William Byron dominates the day and seals his first victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400.

The NASCAR Cup Series rolls into week three on the west coast. This week Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted a 400-mile showdown in the desert. With the season in full swing, teams are settling into the long grind that the season campaign can be. However, heading out to Las Vegas, teams and drivers alike are looking to gamble and are in a place to grab an early season win. 

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Kyle Larson Conquers Las Vegas for First Win Since Returning to NASCAR

Kyle Larson conquers Las Vegas in the NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube on Sunday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Cup Series is three races into the season with three different winners thus far. It has been an extremely entertaining first couple of weeks, as teams begin to settle in for the long haul. The NASCAR Cup Series headed out west for a showdown in the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Being three races in, it was expected that NASCAR’s veterans would begin to return to the top after a lackluster start to the season by many teams.  

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Power Ranking after Las Vegas

The NASCAR season is now officially, officially, underway. Obviously, Daytona started the season, but the second race is circled on every team’s calendar as a ‘test’ race of sorts, where car performance can first be seen without the help of a 200+ mile per hour draft. Joey Logano picked up the victory in the Pennzoil 400, and the top-ten was full of unexpected success stories. That led to some large shakeups in this week’s power rankings, but a driver who hasn’t yet won now leads the pack.

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Joey Logano Repeats at Las Vegas and Wins Pennzoil 400

Joey Logano takes the Checkered Flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the defending winner from 2019.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 23: Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Pennzoil Ford takes the checkered/yellow flag to win the NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 23, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

After an exciting start to the 2020 season, the NASCAR Cup Series moves west for a string of races on the pacific coast. Starting with Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Pennzoil 400, this is the first test to gauge how competitive these teams and new drivers will be this year. With a big rookie class and some drivers on new teams, the time is now to perform. And Joey Logano did just that with a repeat win at Las Vegas in the Pennzoil 400.

Stage 1

Martin Truex Jr. paced the field to the Pennzoil 400 green flag as a caution immediately came out for Daniel Suarez. Suarez’s car had a mechanical issue and the field reset to restart the race. Joey Logano had a great jump and quickly moved into the lead. Kevin Harvick stayed with Logano and ended up taking the lead on lap 13. Harvick controlled most of the first stage of the race, but it was Chase Elliott with a lot of speed in the long run. Elliott passed Harvick for the lead with 13 laps remaining in the stage and never looked back. Chase Elliott wins the first stage.

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