Logano wins Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube
5:30 pm - Good Night - That's a wrap for this weekend's NASCAR coverage. Joey Logano came through with the victory for Team Penske and rained all over Kurth Busch's Sin City parade in the process. He'll take his points lead on down to Phoenix for Round 4 of the 2019 season.
We'll meet back up here in mid-September for the South Point Casino weekend when we'll do it all again.
5:16 pm - Pennzoil 400 Race Stats - Race winner Joey Logano led 7 times for 86 laps and won the second segment of the Pennzoil 400. Logano beat Brad Keselowski to the checkers by 0.236-second.
With the victory, Logano moves into the points lead. Kevin Harvick is in second, 2 points back.
Pole winner Harvick led the most laps -- 3 times for 88 laps, won Segment 1, and finished 4th.
The only two cautions of the race were thrown for segment breaks. The average speed of the race was 154.849 mph and took 2 hours, 35 minutes and 11 seconds to complete.
Kyle Busch failed to complete the weekend sweep but finished has plenty to be proud of with a pair of wins and a 3rd place finish. He completed all 614 laps of competition this weekend, leading 221 or nearly 36%
Daniel Hemric (23rd) was the highest finishing rookie.
4:10 pm - All About the 22 - Joey Logano won the 22nd Annual Pennzoil 400 in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford and scored his 22nd career Monster Energy Cup victory. Somebody on that team must be looking for the closest roulette wheel.
4:05 pm - Team Penske Finishes 1-2 - The Pennzoil 400 came down to a battle between Team Penske drivers and it was Joey Logano who drove away with the victory. Brad Keselowski went all-in on the final lap but came up just a bit short. This is the second time Team Penske has finished 1-2 here at LVMS. The first time it happened was in 2016 and that time, Keselowski came out the victor. This is Logano's first victory in 12 starts at LVMS.
"I figured (Keselowski) was going to run that wall down there and he did," said Logano. "I knew he was going to go wherever I didn't. But man, it was so close. It feels good to be back in Victory Lane. What a great day for Team Penske and Ford."
Logano managed to put the Pennzoil Ford in Victory Lane for the Pennzoil 400, making it an extra special day for his team's sponsor.
"They said this race is bigger than the Daytona 500 for them," said Logano. "I said we're going to be doing doughnuts in the infield after that race. We were able to do it."
Keselowski used a two-tire stop early in the race to gain track position after starting the race 19th. He led two times for 17 laps.
"I'd have liked to have had one more lap," Keselowski said with a chuckle. "It was a good battle. It seemed to really come down to what the lapped cars were going to do. First Joey got hosed by a lapped car and I got by him and then I got hosed by a lapped car and he got by me. He pulled a good slide job and I tried to pull it back and I was just a touch too nice to him. But it was definitely a good battle."
4:00 pm - Kyle Busch Settles For Third - Kyle Busch came up two positions short of completing the weekend sweep and he had nobody to blame but himself. A speeding penalty on pit road put him at the back of the pack and despite a valiant effort to make up the deficit, he ran out of time.
"I certainly screwed up our day," said Busch. "If we didn't have speeding penalty on pit road we would have won this race. We had to come from the back. I think we passed the most cars today, but it doesn't matter. We didn't get the trophy."
3:24 pm - Logano Wins the Pennzoil 400 - Logano held off a last-lap charge by Keselowski to win the Pennzoil 400. Kyle Busch finished 3rd, followed by Harvick and Kurt Busch.
3:18 pm - Lap 257 Update - Logano has passed his teammate for the lead. Keselowski is 0.7 seconds back. Kyle Busch is running a bit quicker than the leader but he's still 2.1 seconds behind and running out of laps.
3:10 pm - Lap 247 Update - This race is flying by with the only two cautions thrown so far for segment breaks.
With about 20 laps to go it's: Keselowski, Logano, Harvick, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Almirola, Elliott, Stenhouse, Truex, Hamlin
The top 4 cars are running within 2.4 seconds of each other
3:02 pm - Lap 227 Update - Logano has held onto the lead through that round of pit stops. Harvick is running second, less than a second back.
3rd-5th: Keselowski, Harvick, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch
2:54 pm - Logano Takes the Lead - Logano caught and passed Harvick for the lead on Lap 211.
Kurt Busch makes a planned pit stop on Lap 211
Lap 215: Keselowski, Truex and Hamlin make their stops
Lap 216: Harvick and Logano come to pit road
Kyle Busch inherits the lead
2:50 pm - Kyle Busch Back in the Top 5 - Kyle has gotten himself right back into this race. He just passed his teammate Hamlin to take over fifth position. He is currently running about 5.6 seconds behind the leader.
2:45 pm - Harvick Back Out Front - Pole winner Harvick has made his way back to the top spot.
Lap 198: 2nd-5th: Logano, Keselwoski, Kurt Busch, Almirola
Meanwhile...Kyle Busch has made his way back up to 8th.
2:30 pm - Segment #3 Green Flag - Kurt Busch stayed out and takes the lead after stops. Behind him it's Logano, Harvick, Hamlin, Truex, Elliott
We go back to green on Lap 168.
2:25 pm - Logano Wins Segment #2 - Logano wins that segment and we're under caution for the break.
2nd-5th: Harvick, Truex, Keselowski, Hamlin,
We'll have pit stops coming next.
2:15 pm - Lap 150 Update - After the green flag stops, Logano has assumed the lead. Behind him it's Harvick, Truex, Keselowski, Hamlin.
Kyle Busch is running 19th, the final driver on the lead lap.
2:00 pm - Lead Change on Lap 120 - Kyle Busch worked on Logano for several laps before taking the lead for the first time today.
Lap 125 - Logano goes to pit stop for a scheduled stop. Keselowski comes in -- this time for 4 tires.
Lap 127 - Hamlin and Harvick make pit stops
Lap 129 - Busch gives up the lead to head for pit road.
Busch is penalized for speeding on pit road. He'll serve a pass-through penalty. That's gonna cost him dearly.
1:40 pm - Lap 100 Update - Keselowski was finally overcome by drivers on four tires, but he's still hanging onto the top five.
Running order on Lap 100: Logano, Busch, Harvick, Truex, Keselowski, Almirola, Hamlin, Elliott, Stenhouse
1:40 pm - Segment #2 Green Flag - After pit stops, Keselowski is your leader.
Keselowski, Busch, Harvick, Logano, Hamlin, Truex, Jones, Elliott, Stenhouse, Suarez, Bowman, Almirola, Byron,
Keselowski took 2 tires to advance nine positions.
Back to green on Lap 88.
1:32 pm - Harvick Wins Segment #1 - Harvick dominated that first segment. He led 63 laps of 80 laps, only giving up the lead during a round of green-flag pit stops.
2nd-5th: Ky Busch, Logano, Hamlin, Jones
Wallace gets the free pass. 18 cars on the lead lap.
Pit stops are coming up.
1:22 pm - Lap 62 Update - Top 5 after green flag stops: Harvick, Kyle Busch, Stenhouse, Jones
Harvick has about a 5-second lead.
1:14 pm - Lap 42 Update - Several drivers are making green flag stops.
Larson penalized for too many crew members over the wall.
Austin Dillon penalized for speeding.
Kyle Busch pits on Lap 44
Harvick gives up the lead to pit.
Joey Logano has inherited the lead and there are still a few cars that need to pit.
1:02 pm - Lap 25 Update - We've been green so far. Harvick continues to lead. Dillon is 2.5 seconds behind Harvick in 2nd. Hamlin, Stenhouse, and Logano round out the top 5.
12:50 pm - Pennzoil 400 Green Flag - Harvick elects the outside lane for the start. He's got Denny Hamlin right beside him, with Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon lined up in Row 2.
Ty Dillion gives up his 14th place starting position for an engine change. Landon Cassill is penalized for an unapproved gear change. Both drivers drop to the rear.
Hamlin grabs the point briefly as Harvick struggles to get the No. 4 wound up in that outside lane. But Harvick finds the speed and pulls out ahead to lead the first lap.
Lap 1, Top 5: Harvick, Hamlin, Busch, Dillon Hemric
9:50 am - Pennzoil 400 Pre-Race Notes - We're getting set for this afternoon's main event and no one is more anxious to see the green flag fall than Kyle Busch. Busch is seeking the weekend sweep, a feat that only he has ever accomplished in the NASCAR world. In fact, he's done it twice (2010,2017) at Bristol Motor Speedway, a tough little half-miler in Tennessee, a sister track to LVMS, and a personal favorite of Busch's.
"To do it here in Las Vegas at my hometown track would be huge," said Busch after winning yesterday's Xfinity Series race. "It'd be right up there with the other two being able to accomplish it and with this new aero package and being at a 1.5-mile track. I have won about everywhere, but Bristol is my absolutely one of my favorites and Vegas is not so much one of my favorites. It would be nice to come out here with that win."
So far, Busch has led 208 of 347 laps of competition this weekend. This afternoon's event is scheduled for 267 laps and he'll line up 3rd on the starting grid.
Harvick Starts From the Pole - Kevin Harvick is one of many with a good chance of crashing Busch's party this weekend. In this race last year, Harvick started second, led 214 laps and beat runner-up Kyle Busch to the checkers by nearly three seconds.
Friday's qualifying session was a free-for-all with a mad scramble for the pole in the closing moments of the session.
"The fastest car in qualifying trim is fourth (No. 4, Austin Dillon)," said Harvick,"I told them before we qualified that the fastest car won't get the pole today. In the final round it's going to come down to where you're at. Definitely a little luck involved there."
8:50 am - Race Day Good Morning - Good morning from LVMS, where it's a spectacular day to go racing. The few scattered clouds still hanging around the valley should burn off by this afternoon. The forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-60s and winds much calmer than what we saw yesterday.
There's simply no reason not to join us for what should be an exciting day. Driver introductions for the Pennzoil 400 are at high noon and the command to start engines is scheduled for 12:37:45 (exactly -- I know that because the pre-race schedule says so).
If you can't join us in person, check back here often for live updates throughout the event.