LAS VEGAS — The entries for all three NASCAR races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been released, and it promises to be an entertaining 72 hours of action for fans on hand and those watching around the world.
Headlining the racing action is the NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube on Feb. 23.
Two Las Vegas natives – Kurt and Kyle Busch – will look to use home field advantage and bring home the trophy. Kyle – who will pull triple duty over the weekend, racing in the Star Nursery 100 Super Late Model Open Comp on Feb. 20 and hoping to repeat as champion of the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race on Feb. 21 – won his lone Pennzoil 400 title in 2009. Kurt is hoping to cross the elusive win off his list.
Joe Gibbs Racing, fresh off its second straight Daytona 500 win with Denny Hamlin, will look to break its drought in Vegas. JGR last won the Pennzoil 400 in 2013, and will hope Hamlin, along with Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones can take the checkered flag.
Team Penske, led by defending Pennzoil 400 champion Joey Logano, has won three of the last six spring races in Vegas. His teammate Brad Keselowski reached Victory Lane in 2014 and 2016.
In the Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 on Feb. 22, two more native Las Vegans will hope for a victory. Noah Gragson – who won the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 in Daytona last Saturday – is riding the momentum of his first Xfinity Series win as he heads home to Vegas. Riley Herbst will look to follow Gragson’s lead and pick up his first Xfinity victory when he returns to his birthplace.
LVMS’s spring 2020 NASCAR Weekend begins with the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, Feb. 21, continues with the Strat qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday, Feb. 22, and finishes with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Hauler parade cancelled
Race fans expecting to see the annual NASCAR hauler parade on Thursday night can turn their full attention to the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Due to the rain postponement of the Daytona 500, race-team haulers will not arrive in Las Vegas in time to participate in the parade on Las Vegas Boulevard. Most of the transporters will remain in Daytona Beach for today’s race, return to North Carolina to trade out race cars, then make the cross-country trip to Las Vegas.
“We did everything possible to facilitate having the parade,” said LVMS president Chris Powell. “Unfortunately, getting 50 or so 18-wheelers from Daytona Beach to North Carolina to Las Vegas in time for the hauler parade simply became a logistical impossibility.
“That said, we’re thrilled about the race activities Thursday evening at the Bullring and the opportunity to showcase some great slam-bang competition on our three-eighths-mile oval.”
Full entry lists for the three LVMS races can be found here.
For tickets and more information, visit www.LVMS.com.