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NASCAR at Las Vegas starting lineup, time, odds: Ryan Blaney wins the pole

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads out west to Las Vegas on Sunday for the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube, the third race of the 2018 season. Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick have already clinched their playoff spots, but who’s going to hit it big in Vegas? 

One driver with high hopes of clinching a spot Sunday is 2017 Cup champ and defending track winner Martin Truex Jr. Not only did Truex win the race last year, but he swept all three stages as well. He’s the only driver ever to do it, and a repeat performance would help build on his current position of seventh in the standings. 

“No question we had some special moments in Las Vegas last year,” Truex said, via a NASCAR press release. “The victory was a confidence booster to our team. It not only took the pressure off for making the playoffs, but it also showed that we had some strength at the mile-and-a-half tracks.”

Another champion looking to bolster his playoff hopes on Sunday is seven-time title winner Jimmie Johnson. The No. 48 driver is the last to win consecutive races at Las Vegas, taking the checkered flag three straight times from 2005 to 2007. He also won the race in 2010. However, 2018 has not been a hot start for Johnson, who has been plagued by crashes to start the season. Johnson enters the race 35th in the standings. 

It wouldn’t be a Las Vegas trip without talking about the hometown drivers either. Kyle and Kurt Busch always show up to compete at the 1.5-mile track. Both own a pair of pole positions, and Kyle has two top-five finishes in his last four starts. As for Kurt, his best finish in the race is third and he has only had two top-10s in his last 11 races there. 

This season is all about the next generation of NASCAR and one of those next-gen drivers to look out for on Sunday is Cole Custer. The 20-year-old will be making his Cup Series debut for Rick Ware Racing, driving the No. 51 Ford Fusion that Justin Marks earned 12th-place in at Daytona. Custer won the 2017 Xfinity Series closer at Homestead-Miami Speedway last season and has won twice in the Truck Series. 

“This is a dream come true,” Custer said of his Monster Energy Series opportunity, via a NASCAR press release. “It’s going to be a new experience for me, but I feel that we can have a productive day by completing all the laps and seeing the checkered flag.”

How to watch the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube

Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Date: Sunday, March 4
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Length: 267 laps/400.5 miles
Stage 1: Ends on lap 80
Stage 2: Ends on lap 160
Final stage: Scheduled for lap 267
TV: Fox
Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free) 

How to watch the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300

Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Date: Saturday, March 3
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Length: 200 laps/300 miles
Stage 1: Ends on lap 45
Stage 2: Ends on lap 90
Final stage: Scheduled for lap 200
TV: FS1
Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free) 

Starting lineup for the 2018 NASCAR Pennzoil 400

  1. Ryan Blaney
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Kurt Busch
  4. Martin Truex Jr.
  5. Kyle Larson
  6. Chase Elliott
  7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  8. Brad Keselowski
  9. Erik Jones
  10. Joey Logano
  11. Clint Bowyer
  12. Paul Menard
  13. Kyle Busch
  14. Jimmie Johnson
  15. Michael McDowell
  16. Austin Dillon
  17. William Byron
  18. Daniel Suarez
  19. Denny Hamlin
  20. Alex Bowman
  21. Kasey Kahne
  22. Jamie McMurray
  23. David Ragan
  24. Trevor Bayne
  25. Ryan Newman
  26. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  27. AJ Allmendinger
  28. Chris Buescher
  29. Aric Almirola
  30. Cole Custer
  31. Ty Dillon
  32. Matt DiBenedetto
  33. Ross Chastain
  34. Cole Whitt
  35. Gray Gaulding
  36. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  37. Joey Gase

Odds to win the 2018 NASCAR Pennzoil 400

Here are the betting odds for Sunday’s race per VegasInsider.com

  • Kevin Harvick 5/1
  • Brad Keselowski 6/1
  • Martin Truex Jr. 6/1
  • Kyle Busch 13/2
  • Kyle Larson 7/1
  • Chase Elliott 10/1
  • Joey Logano 12/1
  • Jimmie Johnson 12/1
  • Denny Hamlin 16/1
  • Ryan Blaney 20/1
  • Clint Bowyer 20/1
  • Kurt Busch 25/1
  • Erik Jones 33/1
  • Aric Almirola 33/1
  • Daniel Suarez 50/1
  • Paul Menard 66/1
  • Alex Bowman 80/1
  • Ryan Newman 80/1
  • Jamie McMurray 100/1
  • Austin Dillon 100/1
  • William Byron 100/1
  • Kasey Kahne 150/1
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 200/1
  • Trevor Bayne 200/1
  • Darrell Wallace Jr. 200/1
  • Ty Dillon 200/1
  • Chris Buescher 200/1
  • AJ Allmendinger 200/1

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season standings

BOLD – indicates the driver has clinched a spot in the playoffs

POSITION

DRIVER

CAR #

POINTS

BEHIND

WINS

1.

Joey Logano

22

89

LEADER

0

2.

Ryan Blaney

12

83

-6

0

3.

Denny Hamlin

11

77

-12

0

4.

Kevin Harvick

4

75

-14

1

5.

Clint Bowyer

14

74

-15

0

6.

Austin Dillon

3

70

-19

1

7.

Martin Truex Jr.

78

69

-20

0

8.

Kurt Busch

41

68

-21

0

9.

Paul Menard

21

66

-23

0

10.

Aric Almirola

10

66

-23

0

11.

Kyle Busch

18

61

-28

0

12.

Brad Keselowski

2

58

-31

0

13.

Kyle Larson

42

54

-35

0

14.

Darrell Wallace Jr.

43

52

-37

0

15. 

Michael McDowell

34

52

-37

0

16.

Ryan Newman

31

49

-40

0

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