Logano wins Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube
7:19 pm - Weekend Wrap - That's a wrap on this weekend's coverage of NASCAR racing at LVMS. Thanks to Mother Nature, we had an interesting weekend that culminated in a rare doubleheader. Cup driver Joey Logano returned to Victory Lane here with a new crew chief by his side.
The Xfinity Series spent an extra day in Vegas (whether they wanted to or not) but for Chase Briscoe it was definitely worth the delay as he got his first taste of what it's like to win here.
The Xfinity and Cup teams will head even further west next weekend to compete in Fontana, Calif., at Auto Club Speedway for Round Three of the 2020 season. The Truck teams will take the next two weeks off and hook back up with the other series at Atlanta in mid-March.
We'll see you back here Sept. 25-27 when all three series teams return to do battle for their respective championships.
6:55 pm - Brisco Wins the Boyd Gaming 300 - Chase Briscoe made it look easy, beating Austin Cindric to the checkers by 2.5 seconds to score his third career Xfinity Series victory. Briscoe led five times for 89 laps, including the final 36 circuits. Briscoe took the lead after a round of green flag pit stops and never looked back.
"That was really a team win," said Briscoe. "As soon as the sun went down, it seemed like in dirty air, we just weren't very. In clean air, obviously, there at the end, we were really good."
Cindric led five times for 39 laps and was driving the only other Ford in the field.
"It seemed like as it cooled off a little bit, we got a little too tight and didn’t quite keep up with adjustments. But overall, we had a great night. It’s always great to race your best friend for the win but you hate to see him beat you."
Ryan Sieg, Noah Gragson and Harrison Burton rounded out the top five.
6:35 pm - Briscoe Wins the Boyd Gaming 300 - Chase Briscoe made it look easy, beating Austin Cindric to the checkers by 2.5 seconds to score his third career Xfinity Series victory.
6:30 pm - 10 Laps to Go - We have just 10 laps to go and Briscoe continues to lead Cindric by 1.5 seconds. Sieg is running 3rd, 5.3 seconds back and Gragson is 4th, another 1.5 second behind Sieg. This looks like Briscoe's race to lose unless we have a late caution.
6:19 pm - Briscoe to the Lead - Briscoe takes the lead from Cindric on that restart, while Allgaier moves up to 3rd. We have 27 laps to go.
6:17 pm - Back to Green - After pit stops, Briscoe is now leading Cindric. Sieg, Allgaier and Burton round out the top 5. Restarting 6th-10th are Jones, Herbst, Gragson, Annett, Chastain
There are 15 cars on the lead lap.
We are green flag racing with 31 laps to go.
6:10 pm - Snider Crashes, Y#7 - We are under caution after Snider spins out on Lap 162. It was contact from Gragson that sent him around. That will bunch up the field and the leaders are on pit road for service.
6:02 pm - Cindric Back to 1st - Cindric cycles back into the lead after the round of pit stop. Sieg is running second with Briscoe, Allgaier and Burton rounding out the top 5. Cindric's lead is 0.7-second with 50 laps to go.
5:58 pm - Green Flag Pit Stops - Sieg gives up 2nd place to start this round of green flag pit stops with 57 laps to go. Leader Cindric comes to pit road one lap later. Also in are Allgaier, Brisco and others.
Haley and Chastain are penalized for speeding on pit road.
5:46 pm - Cindric to 1st - We have a new leader as Cindric ran down Allgaier and took over the top spot with 76 laps to go. Sieg is running third and advancing on the leaders fast. Briscoe and Chastain round out the top five.
2 laps later, Sieg catches Allgaier and takes the runner-up position. Sieg is not setting his sights on the lead but he is reporting to his crew that he has a vibration.
5:40 pm - Update, Lap 110 - Allgaier continues to lead the race with an 0.8-second advantage over Cindric in 2nd. Chastain has advanced to 3rd. Briscoe and Sieg round out the top 5.
5:31 pm - Back to Green - After pit stops, Allgaier retains the lead. Behind him it's Annett, Chastain, Cindric, Sieg, Briscoe, Burton, Snider, Gragson, Haley
And we are back to green flag racing on Lap 96.
5:23 pm - Allgaier Wins Stage 2 - Allgaier crosses the start/finish line to end the second stage and we're under caution.
Behind him it's Cindric, Briscoe, Annett, Burton, Chastain, Sieg, Herbst, Brandon Jones, Myatt Snider
Allgaier has led 32 laps so far in this race.
5:18 pm - Allgaier to the Lead - Allgaier takes the lead for the second time in this event. Cindric moves to 2nd and Briscoe falls to 3rd. Burton and Annett round out the top five.
5:17 pm - Labbe Spins, Y#4- Labbe spins to bring out the fourth caution of the race on Lap 68.
Under cautions, the top 5 is Briscoe, Allgaier, Cindric, Annett, Chastain
The leaders stay on the track. Clements, Black and Graf come to pit road
Back to green on Lap 77.
5:02 pm - Boyd Gaming 300 Back to Green - While the field circulates under caution,
Joe Graf, Jr. made his pit stop and puts Chase Briscoe back on the point for the restart. Briscoe is on the outside lane and the green flag waves!
Briscoe jumps out to the lead. Behind him on Lap 57, it's Cindric, Allgaier, Chastain and Annett
5:00 pm - Boyd Gaming 300 Back to Green - While the field circulates under caution,
Joe Graf, Jr. made his pit stop and puts Chase Briscoe back on the point for the restart. Briscoe is on the outside lane and the green flag waves!
4:55 pm - Start Your Engines (Again) - The command to start engines has been given to the Xfinity Series field. We put 50 laps in the books yesterday and here is your lineup for today's restart:
1st-10th: Joe Graf, Jr, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain, Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Justin Haley, Harrison Burton, Brett Moffitt
11th-20th: Jeremy Clements, Myatt Snider, Brandon Brown, Riley Herbst, Joey Gase, Tommy Joe Martins, Ray Black II, Ryan Sieg, Josh Williams, Jesse Little
21st-30th: Alex Labbe, JJ Yeley, Noah Gragson, Chad Finchum, Mason Massey, Joe Nemechek, Vinnie Miller, Matt Mills, David Starr, Timmy Hill
31st-36th: Robby Lyons II, Kyle Weatherman, Stephen Leicht, BJ McLeod, Daniel Hemric, Landon Cassill
4:50 pm - Blaney Leads Points After Dissapointing 11th Place Finish - Woulda, coulda, shoulda and Ryan Blaney would have been celebrating in Victory Lane instead of his teammate Joey Logano.
Blaney led 42 laps and was leading the race with five laps to go when the caution came out. Blaney came down pit road only to have seven drivers, including eventual winner Logano, stay out on the track. When the field got the green flag with two laps to go in the race, Blaney was swept up in the restart madness that brought out the final caution and ended the race.
"Just a crappy situation," said Blaney. "Fight our butts off to get the lead there from third and get it. Once we got clean air, I thought our car was pretty decent. The caution come out. We pitted, some guys didn't. Some guys took two (tires) and we just ended up getting absolutely destroyed with people not knowing how many cars were to the outside of us.
"It's easy to look back and say we should have stayed out. That's a tough call for (crew chief) Todd Gordon in his position. I've got to thank him for giving me a really good car."
Despite the disappointing finish, Blaney took over the points lead and has a three-point advantage over Logano, who moved to second.
4:12 pm - Logano Scores 24th Career Victory - Joey Logano led the Pennzoil 400 five times for 54 laps, including the final 5 to win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. When the caution flew with six laps to go, it shook up the leaderboard as some drivers decided to pit, including then leader Ryan Blaney, while others stayed out.
Logano didn't get a call to come to pit road during that final caution and it turned out to be a good thing. On the restart with 2 laps to go, Logano got a push into the lead and that was all he needed as all heck broke out behind him. Several drivers, including Blaney, got together, ending the race under caution.
"I needed clean air," said Logano. "We got a good push from Ricky (Stenhouse). And then I saw—well I didn't see. TJ told me, up in the spotter's stand, to protect the bottom. The 24 (William Byron) was coming. I made that block. That was key.
"And then Matt DiBenedetto made a move on him to get to second. So once they did that, I was able to separate myself from the pack."
3:46 pm - Logano Wins the Pennzoil 400 - Joey Logano hung on after a restart with two laps to go to win the Pennzoil 400. A mad scramble behind the leaders brought out the caution just after Logano received the white flag and that ended the race under caution.
2nd-5th: DiBenedetto, Stenhouse, Austin Dillon, Johnson
3:45 pm - Chastain Crashes - We are under caution with 7 laps to. Chastain lost control of the No. 6 Ford and hits the wall.
Top five, under caution: Blaney, Bowman, Logano, Byron, Harvick, Keselowski, DiBenedetto, Stenhouse, Larson, Johnson
Blaney, Bowman, Johnson come down pit road for fresh tires
7 cars stayed out: Logano, Byron, Stenhouse, DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, Keselowski, Wallace
Back to green with 2 laps to go
3:38 pm - Update, 10 Laps to Go - Blaney was able to get around Harvick for 2nd on Lap 249 and now he sets his sights on Logano, who is less than 0.5-second lead. Harvick is 3rd, one second back.
On Lap 254, Blaney runs down Logano and takes the lead.
Lap 257 - There are 10 laps to go and Blaney is starting to pull away from his Penske Racing teammate.
3:30 pm - Update, Lap 240 - With 27 laps to go, Logano is leading this race by less than 0.2-second over Harvick. Blaney is running third, followed by Stenhouse and Byron.
3:20 pm - Green Flag, Lap 226 - Stenhouse is leading, followed by Nemechek, Blaney, Logano, Byron, Harvick, Truex, Keselowski, Johnson, DiBenedetto
And we are back to green.
Logano goes to the lead.
Lap 229 - Blaney reports that he may have a tire rub after contract on that restart.
3:15 pm - Flat Tire for Elliott - We are under caution on Lap 220. Elliott lost a rear tear and scraped the outside wall. We were in the middle of green flag pit stops, so that's going to shake up the leaderboard some.
Elliott had just made his pit stop on Lap 217.
3:10 pm - Green Flag Stops Begin - Kurt Busch and Larson are going to make a green flag stop on Lap 212. It's a little early for the leaders still. Buescher makes his stop on Lap 213.
The top 5 are Elliott, Blaney, Logano, Keselowski, Byron
Harvick and Logano make stops on Lap 216
3:03 pm - Update, Lap 200 - We've been green since Truex's incident. Blaney has just run down Harvick and taken the lead
3rd-5th: Elliott, Logano, Johnson
6th-10th: Bowman, Keselowski, DiBenedetto, Byron, Austin Dillon
2:45 pm - Truex Crashes - Truex has a right, front tire go down and he smacks the wall in Turn 4 on Lap 175. He was running 14th at the time and had just reported a possible tire rub to his team.
Top 5, under caution: Logano, Harvick, Blaney, Johnson, Bowman
There are 27 cars on the lead lap. The leaders stay out. Byron (running 7th) is the first to hit pit road and several cars follow him, including Almirola.
The green flag waves on Lap 181
2:40 pm - 5th Caution - We are getting set for another restart with Logano and Blaney on the front row.
Kyle and Kurt Busch are 9th and 10th, respectively for this restart. Truex, who was strong early, has faded to 14th.
Back to green on Lap 171.
2:37 pm - Back to Green on Lap 166 - Blaney takes the lead after pit stops. There is a mad scramble for position as they go three- and four-wide.
And we barely get to racing before John Hunter slides sideways through the turn and we are right back under caution.
Up front it's Logano, Blaney, Harvick, Byron, Johnson
2:27 pm - Elliott Wins Segment 2 - 1 lap before the second stage was scheduled to end, Bell spins on the track and brings out the caution
Elliott wins that segment, followed by Blaney, Truex, Byron, Logano
Hamlin is the beneficiary and gets back on the lead lap.
Pit stops up next.
2:20 pm - Elliott Back to Lead - Stenhouse finally makes his green flag stop on Lap 145 and that gives the lead back to Elliott who bypassed Truex just a few laps ago.
3rd-5th: Blaney, Byron, Harvick
2:15 pm - Update, Lap 137 - Stenhouse and Nemechek are running 1-2 but have not made a pit stop yet. Truex is 3rd, following by Elliott, Blaney, and Byron.
Lap 143 - Nemechek makes his pit stop.
2:05 pm - Update, Lap 120 - Bell and Chastain make scheduled green flag pit stops. Almirola also pits
Up front it's Elliott, Truex, Blaney, Byron and Harvick
Lap 118: Kurt Busch to pit road
The leaders should be coming in soon.
1:55 pm - Update, Lap 100 - Harvick has found his way back to front. Elliott is just a couple tenths back in 2nd, followed by Truex, Logano and Blaney.
6th-10th: Johnson, Byron, Bowman, Larson, Almirola
Battle for the lead on 102 and give it back to Elliott.
1:48 pm - Back to Green on Lap 88 - Elliott hangs onto the lead.
Top five for the restart: Elliott, Truex, Harvick, Logano, Bowman
6th-10th: Blaney, Johnson, Chastain, Byron, Larson
Kyle Busch restarts 11th with older brother Kurt in 13th.
There are 28 cars on the lead lap. Lajoie is the beneficiary
1:38 pm - Elliott Wins Segment #1 - The caution waves for the end of Segment #1 and give that one to Elliott, who led the final 14 laps of the segment.
Harvick led the most laps (57) but started fading about 15 laps ago.
2nd-5th: Truex, Harvick, Blaney, Logano, Larson, Byron, Bowman, Johnson, Chastain
Johnson is starting to climb to the front after losing 8 spots on the first pit stop due to a lug nut issue on the rear.
Kyle Bush is running 15th.
Pit stops coming up.
1:31 pm - Lead Change, Lap 67 - Elliott chases down Harvick and takes the lead for the first time today.
1:28 pm - Update, Lap 60 - No change at the point, as Harvick enjoys a 1.4-second lead but his nearest pursuer is now Elliott, who took the runner-up spot from Truex just a lap ago. Blaney is 4th and Logano is 5th.
6th-10th: Keselowski, Larson, Bowman, Byron, Amirola
Kurt Busch is 15th. Kyle Busch is 17th. Hamlin is 24th
1:20 pm - Update, Lap 40 - Harvick continues to lead with Truex about 0.05-second behind. Elliot runs 3rd, followed by Elliott and Logano.
Suarez in on track, 2 laps behind the leaders, while McDowell has taken the 34 Ford behind the wall.
1:11 pm - Back to Green, Lap 30 - We go back racing on Lap 30. Harvick held onto the lead through those pit stops.
Lap 31: Harvick, Truex, Logano, Blaney, Elliott
1:05 pm - Update, Lap 25, Y #2 - The competition caution comes out and we are setting up for the first round of pit stops.
Lap 25 top 10: Harvick, Logano, Truex, Elliott, Blaney, Keselowski, Byron, Kurt Busch, Bowman, Bowyer
Sorenson is the beneficiary.
Kyle Busch and Hamlin have climbed to 22nd and 25th, respectively.
12:54 pm - Back to Green on Lap 5 - Harvick leads the field to the stripe and we are back to green flag racing.
Logano surges into the lead. Harvick falls to second. Next are Truex, Blaney and Larson.
12:50 pm - Pennzoil 400 Green Flag and 1st Y- Kyle Busch, Hamlin and Bell fall to the rear of the field to serve their penalties and the field bunches up in anticipation of the start.
Harvick moves forward to the inside of the front row with Truex to his right.
Harvick gets out front but Daniel Suarez fails to come up to speed and the yellow flag comes out on the first lap.
Under caution on Lap 2, Top 5: Harvick, Larson, Logano, Truex
12:40 pm - Start Your Engines - Members of the 1980 US Men's Olympic "Miracle on Ice" Hockey Team give the command to start engines and the racecars come alive. We are just moments away from the start of this race.
There will be a competition caution on Lap 25, giving crews a chance to check out the tire wear on this green track.
Today's Race Format:
Stage 1 - 80 Laps
Stage 2 - 80 Laps
Stage 3 - 107 Laps
Total Laps: 267
Total Miles: 400.5
12:06 pm - Pennzoil 400 Driver Intros Begin - The Jets have concluded their prerace concert on the frontstretch and it's time to introduce the 38 drivers in today's Pennzoil 400. Here is your starting lineup:
1st-10th: Kyle Busch (starting at the rear for inspection infraction), Martin Truex, Jr, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin (starting at the rear for inspection infraction), Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, Chase Elliott
11th-20th: William Byron, Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, Ross Chastain, Erik Jones, Cole Custer, Jimmie Johnson, Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Preece
21st-30th: Austin Dillon, Christopher Bell (starting at the rear for inspection infraction), Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon, Tyler Reddick, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, Bubba Wallace, Michael McDowell, John Hunter Nemechek
31st-38th: Joey Case, Quin Houff, Brennan Poole, Garrett Smithley, Daniel Suarez, Reed Sorenson, JJ Yeley, Timmy Hill
10:30 am - Statement From Ryan Newman - Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark stopped by the Thrive Hive Digital Center to share the following statement from Newman:
"I'm sorry that I can't be at the track in person, but I asked Steve to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for all the support that was shown to both me and my family. The outpouring of emotion from not only the NASCAR community but across the country has been truly humbling. I want to personally thank everyone, including the man upstairs, for their support, encouragement, and the numerous offers of assistance.
"We always say that the NASCAR community is one big family and never has that been more evident to me than after seeing this family rally together and provide the comfort and support that has been shown to my family and me over the past few days. The calls and visits from NASCAR executives and my friends and competitors have been truly uplifting.
"I want to thank everyone involved in my care, especially the staff at Halifax Medical Center, where I'm convinced I received the best care available. I'm confident the efforts of each of those trained professionals played a major role in where I'm sitting today.
"And to the entire NASCAR organization, led by Jim France, thanks for being by my side the entire time. You truly stepped up to support me unconditionally when it mattered most.
"Most importantly, I have to thank the guys back at the Roush Fenway Racing shop that built me a car not only fast enough to lead the final seconds of the Daytona 500 but strong enough to do its job under great distress, allowing me to survive such an accident.
"I am truly indebted to each of you and it is unlikely I will ever be able to properly express to you how much the diligent effort with which you conduct your craftsmanship has affected me and my family. I hope you took pride in the photograph of me walking out of the hospital hand-in-hand with my daughters on Wednesday. Thank you. I can't wait to get back in your racecar.
"I was fortunate to avoid any organ damage or broken bones. I did sustain a head injury for which I am currently being treated. The doctors are pleased with my progression over the last few days. Again, I want to thank each of you, from my partners, teammates and competitors and each and every fan across the country. Thank you, everyone, for the unparalleled concern and unwavering support and to the media who has acted with such respect and class at this time.
"I've spoken with Jack Roush and he has assured me that the No. 6 car will be waiting and ready for my return. I'm looking forward to getting behind the wheel and battling for another race win in the Roush Fenway Ford."
9:45 am - Rocketman on Board - The No 6 team wants Ryan Newman to know that he is in their thoughts this weekend. If you look closely at the side panels just in front of the back wheel wells of the No 6 Ford, you'll see a decal with the #6, Rocketman and Newman's signature. Roush Racing is making the decals available to any team that wants to show their support.
8:20 am - Boyd Gaming 300 Ticket Holders Come on Down - If you were with us for yesterday's rain-halted event, turn that frown upside down and get on down to the track. Your ticket will be honored today for BOTH events. Please note that seating priority goes to Pennzoil 400 tickets and Saturday ticket holders will have access to standing room only areas for the Cup race.
Club and suite ticket holders for yesterday's event will have access to the grandstand during the Pennzoil 400 and will be admitted to premium areas starting 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Cup Series event.
8:00 am - Good Sunday Morning From the Track! - Wake up and thank Mother Nature for showing us her sunny side this morning. It is shaping up to be a perfect day for racing and we plan on doing plenty of that.
First up will be the NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400. Driver intros are at high noon and the green flag scheduled to fly right around 12:45 pm. One hour after the conclusion of the race, the Xfinity drivers are going to fire up their racecars and race for the checkers in the remainder of the Boyd Gaming 300.
If you're in the area, there's no excuse not to join us here at LVMS for what promises to be a spectacular day. If you can't be here in person, stay tuned and we'll bring you all the action as it happens.