Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada, going into the Pennzoil 400 on Sunday, March 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Data
Season Race #: 3 of 36 (03-06-22)
Track Size: 1.5-miles
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 20 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 20 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 9 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 9 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 2,275 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,572 feet
Race Length: 267 laps (400.5 miles)
Stage 1 Length: 80 laps
Stage 2 Length: 85 laps
Final Stage Length: 102 laps
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Stats & Tidbits:
The construction to build the facility known today as Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) began in 1995. Speedway Motorsports Inc. acquired the property in 1998.The first NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was an ARCA Menards Series West race won by Ken Schrader on November 2, 1996.The first NASCAR Cup Series race was held on March 1, 1998. NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Jarrett won the pole for the event and Mark Martin won the race.In 2006, the track was reconfigured to include progressive banking.In total there have been 28 NASCAR Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.The 1.5-mile track has hosted one race per season from 1998 to 2017. Starting in 2018, Las Vegas has hosted two NASCAR Cup Series events per year.
In total 170 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; 138 have competed in more than one.Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with 25 starts.A total of six drivers have made their NASCAR Cup Series career debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Stanton Barrett (1999), Kyle Busch (2004), Timmy Hill (2012), Jon Wood (2007), Aric Almirola (2007) and Cole Custer (2018).Daniel Hemric (two starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a 5.5.
Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Las Vegas (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversAvg. StartRacesRankActive DriversAvg StartRaces1Daniel Hemric5.50021Daniel Hemric5.50022Kyle Larson8.364112Kyle Larson8.364113Joey Logano8.824173Joey Logano8.824174Chase Elliott9.000104Chase Elliott9.000105Kyle Busch9.048215Kyle Busch9.048216Jerry Nadeau9.40066Kurt Busch10.167247Kurt Busch10.167247Brad Keselowski10.824178Scott Riggs10.80078Ryan Blaney12.727119Brad Keselowski10.824179Martin Truex Jr13.7502010Kasey Kahne10.9331510Austin Dillon14.07713
A total of 17 different drivers have won a pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Seven of the 17 NASCAR Cup Series Las Vegas Motor Speedway pole winners are active this weekend.Active Pole WinnersPolesSeasonsKurt Busch22016, 2010Kyle Busch22009, 2008Kevin Harvick12019Ryan Blaney12018Erik Jones12018Brad Keselowski12017Joey Logano12014Kasey Kahne leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with three (2004, 2007, 2012).Five drivers have multiple poles at Las Vegas Motor Speedway — Kasey Kahne (three), Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch (two each).NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett won the series‘ inaugural pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 168.224 mph (32.773 secs.).Kyle Busch is the only driver to win consecutive poles at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (2008-2009).Youngest Las Vegas Motor Speedway pole winner: Erik Jones (September 16, 2018 — 22 years, 3 months, 17 days).Oldest Las Vegas Motor Speedway pole winner: Dale Jarrett (March 4, 2001 — 44 years, 3 months, 6 days).Only one NASCAR Cup Series driver has posted his first career pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway — Kasey Kahne (03/07/2004).Eight different organizations in the NASCAR Cup Series have won poles at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.RankOrganizationPoles1Joe Gibbs Racing52Team Penske53Robert Yates Racing34Stewart-Haas Racing35Evernham Motorsports26Hendrick Motorsports27Roush Fenway Racing28Travis Carter Motorsports1Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske are tied for the most NASCAR Cup Series pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with five each:Joe Gibbs Racing — Bobby Labonte (1999, 2003), Kyle Busch (2008, 2009) and Erik Jones (2018).Team Penske — Ryan Newman (2005), Kurt Busch (2010), Joey Logano (2014), Brad Keselowski (2017) and Ryan Blaney (2018).Five manufactures have won a pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series, led by Ford with 11 and followed by Chevrolet (4), Dodge (4), Toyota (3) and Pontiac (1).
A total of 16 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway among 28 races.Eight of the 16 NASCAR Cup Series Las Vegas Motor Speedway winners are active this weekend.RankActive Race WinnersWinsSeasons1Brad Keselowski32018, 2016, 20142Joey Logano22020, 20193Kevin Harvick22018, 20154Martin Truex Jr22019, 20175Denny Hamlin120216Kyle Larson120217Kurt Busch120208Kyle Busch12009Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with four victories (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010).Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in wins at Las Vegas with three victories (2014, 2016, 2018) Eight drivers (all-time) have multiple NASCAR Cup Series wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (four), Matt Kenseth (three), Brad Keselowski (three), Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Carl Edwards (each have two).Youngest Las Vegas Motor Speedway winner: Kyle Busch (Mar. 01, 2009 — 23 years, 9 months, 27 days).Oldest Las Vegas Motor Speedway winner: Sterling Marlin (Mar. 03, 2002 — 44 years, 7 months, 32 days).Three drivers have won consecutive races at Las Vegas: Jeff Burton (1999, 2000); Matt Kenseth (2003, 2004) and Jimmie Johnson, the only driver to win three consecutive races (2005, 2006 and 2007).Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch became the first and only driver to win from the pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series, he accomplished the feat on March 1, 2009.The second starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing the more winners (four) than any other position. Five of the 28 Las Vegas races (17.86%) have been won from the front row: Kyle Busch, 2009 (pole); Carl Edwards, 2008 (second starting position); Brad Keselowski, 2014 (second starting position); Martin Truex Jr., 2017 (second starting position); Kevin Harvick, 2018 (second starting position).
NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Starting PositionWinsWinning %Starting PositionWinsWinning %113.57%1113.57%2414.29%1313.57%3310.71%1713.57%413.57%1827.14%513.57%1913.57%613.57%2013.57%727.14%2313.57%927.14%24310.71%1013.57%2513.57%StatsWinning %WinsWinning from the Pole:3.57%1Winning from the Front Row:17.86%5Winning from a Top Five Starting Position:35.71%10Winning from a Top 10 Starting Position:57.14%16Winning After Starting Outside the Top 10:42.86%12Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:17.86%5The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 25th, by Matt Kenseth in 2004.Eight of the 16 NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have won at Las Vegas participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Mark Martin (1998; inaugural event) is the only driver to win at Las Vegas in his first appearance.Ryan Newman leads the series among active drivers with the most starts at Las Vegas without visiting Victory Lane at 22 races; followed by Martin Truex Jr. with 18.No NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won their first career race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Five reigning NASCAR Cup Series champions have gone on to win at Las Vegas the following season: Matt Kenseth (2004), Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2010), Tony Stewart (2012), Kevin Harvick (2015), and Joey Logano (2019).Five drivers have won a Las Vegas Motor Speedway race and the NASCAR Cup Series championship in the same season: Jeff Gordon (2001), Matt Kenseth (2003), Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2007, 2010), Martin Truex Jr. (2017), Kyle Larson (2021).Seven different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:OrganizationsWinsRoush Fenway Keselowski Racing7Hendrick Motorsports6Team Penske5Joe Gibbs Racing4Stewart-Haas Racing3Chip Ganassi Racing2Furniture Row Racing1Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with seven victories: Mark Martin (1998), Jeff Burton (1999, 2000), Matt Kenseth (2003, 2004), Carl Edwards (2008, 2011).Four manufacturers have visited Victory Lane in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, led by Ford with 13 victories; followed by Chevrolet (nine), Toyota (five) and Dodge (one).
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
A total of 19 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished runner-up at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series in runner-up finishes at Las Vegas with three.Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson lead all active drivers in second-place finishes in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with two each.
Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (All-time)
RankAll-Time DriversRunner-UpsRankActive DriversRunner-Ups1Dale Earnhardt Jr31Brad Keselowski22Brad Keselowski2Kevin Harvick2Kasey Kahne2Kyle Busch2Kevin Harvick2Kyle Larson2Kyle Busch25Chase Elliott1Kyle Larson2Joey Logano1Matt DiBenedetto2Martin Truex Jr1Tony Stewart2
A total of 42 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished inside the top-five at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Kyle Busch leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-five finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with nine.
Top Five of Top-Five Finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversTop FivesRankActive DriversTop Fives1Kyle Busch91Kyle Busch92Brad Keselowski82Brad Keselowski83Jimmie Johnson73Kevin Harvick7Kevin Harvick7Martin Truex Jr7Martin Truex Jr75Joey Logano6
A total of 67 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished inside the top-10 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-10 finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with 13 top 10s.
Top Five in Top 10 Finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (All-time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversTop 10sRankActive DriversTop 10s1Kevin Harvick131Kevin Harvick132Brad Keselowski122Brad Keselowski12Kyle Busch12Kyle Busch124Joey Logano114Joey Logano11Martin Truex Jr11Martin Truex Jr11
Average Finishing Positions:
NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a 7.667 in three starts.Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with an 8.588 in 17 starts.
Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Las Vegas (All-Time and Active)
RankAll-Time DriversAvg FinishRacesRankActive DriversAvg FinishRaces1Dale Earnhardt7.66731Joey Logano8.588172Joey Logano8.588172Ryan Blaney8.818113Ryan Blaney8.818113Kyle Larson9.818114Ron Hornaday Jr9.00024Martin Truex Jr10.400205Kyle Larson9.818115Brad Keselowski10.588176Martin Truex Jr10.400206Kyle Busch11.524217Brad Keselowski10.588177Denny Hamlin12.300208Kyle Busch11.524218Kevin Harvick13.800259Jimmie Johnson11.591229Austin Dillon15.6921310Jeff Burton12.1761710Chase Briscoe17.5002
At total of 78 different drivers have led laps in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; led by Kevin Harvick with 679 laps led in 23 startsThe most laps led by the race winner in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas is 214 of the scheduled 267 (80.1%) by Kevin Harvick on March 4, 2018; he started second.The fewest laps led by the race winner in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas is just one (the last lap) of the scheduled 267 (0.004%) by Jimmie Johnson on March 12, 2006; he started third.The most laps led by a driver that didn‘t win in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas are 219 of the scheduled 267 (82%) by Jeff Gordon on February 28, 2010; he started second.
Top 10 Lap Leaders at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversRacesLedCompleted% Led1Kevin Harvick256796,34211%2Jimmie Johnson225955,86310%3Matt Kenseth195264,65311%4Joey Logano174954,56211%5Tony Stewart174824,18712%6Jeff Gordon184574,55110%7Denny Hamlin203235,3376%8Brad Keselowski173134,4877%9Martin Truex Jr203005,3636%10Dale Earnhardt Jr182864,3807%RankActive DriversRacesLedCompleted% Led1Kevin Harvick256796,34211%2Joey Logano174954,56211%3Denny Hamlin203235,3376%4Brad Keselowski173134,4877%5Martin Truex Jr203005,3636%6Kyle Busch212625,2165%7Kyle Larson112242,9368%8Chase Elliott101782,4877%9Kurt Busch241376,1332%10William Byron8712,0753%
Danica Patrick and Shawna Robinson are the only two female drivers to compete at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.Danica Patrick holds the record for the best finish by a female competitor at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series with a 21st-place finish (twice) in 2014, 2016.DriverSeasonStarting PositionFinishing PositionDriver RatingDanica Patrick2017283640.8Danica Patrick2016182154.9Danica Patrick2015212760.4Danica Patrick2014222158.0Danica Patrick2013373340.5Averages 25.227.650.9DriverSeasonStarting PositionFinishing PositionDriver RatingShawna Robinson20023642N/A
TRACK SPECIFIC STATS
Three times the NASCAR Cup Series race has resulted with a NASCAR Overtime finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:DateScheduled LapsActual LapsNASCAR OvertimeWinnerRunner-Up3/12/20062672703Jimmie JohnsonMatt Kenseth9/16/20182672725Brad KeselowskiKyle Larson9/27/20202672681Kurt BuschMatt DiBenedettoOnly one NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas has ended early due to weather:DateScheduled LapsActual LapsNo. of Fewer LapsWinnerRunner-Up3/5/2000267148119Jeff BurtonTony StewartQualifying has been cancelled due to weather twice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series:In 2013: As a result, Brad Keselowski started from the first starting position.February 2020: As a result, Kyle Busch started from the first starting position.Qualifying has only been cancelled due to the pandemic three times at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series: Sept. 2020 and both races in 2021.The closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was the March 12, 2006 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Matt Kenseth by a margin of 0.045-second.
Top Five Closest Margins of Victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas
Smallest Margin of Victory Race WinnerRunner-UpDate0.045Jimmie JohnsonMatt Kenseth3/12/20060.148Kurt BuschMatt DiBenedetto9/27/20200.236Joey LoganoBrad Keselowski3/3/20190.411Kyle BuschClint Bowyer3/1/20090.442Denny HamlinChase Elliott9/26/2021The largest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was the March 2, 2003 race won by Matt Kenseth over Dale Earnhardt Jr. by a margin of 9.104-seconds.
Top Five Largest Margins of Victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas
Largest Margin of Victory Race WinnerRunner-UpDate9.104Matt KensethDale Earnhardt Jr3/2/20034.173Martin Truex JrKevin Harvick9/15/20193.426Matt KensethKasey Kahne3/7/20043.156Kyle LarsonBrad Keselowski3/7/20212.906Kevin HarvickKyle Busch3/4/2018
Previous Race Stats at Las Vegas
CategoriesLast RaceMost/LargestFewest/SmallestCars:3843 – 18 Times (03/08/2015)37 (03/04/2018)Lead Changes:2128 (03/11/2007)11 (03/04/2018)Leaders:1016 (03/11/2007)6 – 2 Times (03/04/2018)Cautions:414 (03/01/2009)2 – 3 Times (03/03/2019)Caution Laps:2166 (03/01/2009)9 (03/01/1998)Lead Lap Finish:1230 (03/12/2006)9 (03/04/2018)Running at Finish:3642 – 3 Times (03/08/2015)29 (09/16/2018)Laps Led (Winner):137214 (03/04/2018)1 (03/12/2006)Margin of Victory*:0.4429.104 (03/02/2003)0.045 (03/12/2006)* Since 1993 (advent of digital timing and scoring); does not include races completed under caution
NASCAR IN NEVADA
There has been a total of 87 NASCAR national series races among two tracks in the state of Nevada.Track NameCityCupXFINITYTruckTotal RacesFirst YearLas Vegas Motor SpeedwayLas Vegas282929861996Las Vegas Park SpeedwayLas Vegas10011955Totals29292987The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Nevada was at Las Vegas Park Speedway on October 16, 1955. Las Vegas Park Speedway was a 1-mile dirt track, and the event was 200 laps. Norm Nelson won the race driving a Chrysler.
NEVADA IN NASCAR
A total of 29 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Nevada.Five drivers with their home state recorded as Nevada have won at least one NASCAR national series race.Kyle Busch from Las Vegas, Nevada is the all-time leader in combined NASCAR national series wins with 222 victories.
Winning Driver from Nevada
RankNevada DriversCupXfinityTruckCombined1Kyle Busch59102612222Kurt Busch3354423Noah Gragson05274Brendan Gaughan028105Spencer Gallagher0101Totals9211575282Three drivers from Nevada have won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in NASCAR national series races:Kyle Busch (Las Vegas) has won in all three of NASCAR‘s national series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway — Cup once, Xfinity twice and Trucks three times for a total of six NASCAR national series wins at the 1.5-mile track.Kurt Busch (Las Vegas) has won at Las Vegas in the NASCAR Cup Series (once).Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas) has won at Las Vegas in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (once).
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