Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy lubeAt Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

History
· The construction to build the superspeedway 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 a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race won by Ken Schrader on Nov. 2, 1996.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held on March 1, 1998. 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 22 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 1.5-mile track has hosted one race per season from 1998 to 2017; last season marked the first time Las Vegas hosted two Monster Energy Series events in a single season.

Starts
· In total 155 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; 120 in more than one.
· Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman lead the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with 19 starts each.
· A total of six drivers have made their Monster Energy Series career debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Stanton Barrett (1999), Kyle Busch (2004), Timmy Hill (2012), Jon Wood, Aric Almirola (2007) and Cole Custer (2018).
· Erik Jones (three starts) leads the Monster Energy Series among active drivers in average starting position at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a 6.0.
· Four drivers will be attempting to make their series track debut this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Daniel Hemric, Ryan Preece, Matt Tifft and Cody Ware

Average Starting Positions at Las Vegas
Active Drivers
Average Starting Position
Starts
Erik Jones
6.000
3
Joey Logano
7.636
11
Kurt Busch
9.000
18
Kyle Busch
9.333
15
Chase Elliott
9.500
4
Brad Keselowski
9.909
11
Kyle Larson
10.000
6
Ryan Blaney
10.800
5
Jimmie Johnson
12.944
18
Ryan Newman
14.000
19

 

Poles
· A total of 15 different drivers have won a Busch Pole Award in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas, led by Kasey Kahne with three poles (2004, 2007 and 2012).
· Five drivers have multiple poles – 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 LVMS; from (2008-2009).
· Youngest LVMS pole winner: Erik Jones (Sept. 16, 2018 – 22 years, 3 months, 17 days).
· Oldest LVMS pole winner: Dale Jarrett (Mar. 4, 2001 – 44 years, 3 months, 6 days).
· Only one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver has posted his first career pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Kasey Kahne (03/07/2004).

Pole Winners at Las Vegas
Pole Winner
Poles
Kasey Kahne
3
Bobby Labonte
2
Dale Jarrett
2
Kurt Busch
2
Kyle Busch
2
Brad Keselowski
1
Erik Jones
1
Greg Biffle
1
Jeff Gordon
1
Joey Logano
1
Matt Kenseth
1
Ricky Rudd
1
Ryan Blaney
1
Ryan Newman
1
Todd Bodine
1

Wins
· A total of 12 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
· Jimmie Johnson leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with four victories (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010).
· Of the 12 series winners at LVMS, only five are active this weekend: Jimmie Johnson (4), Brad Keselowski (3), Kevin Harvick (2), Martin Truex Jr. (1) and Kyle Busch (1)
· Six drivers (all-time) have multiple Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson (four), Matt Kenseth (three), Brad Keselowski (three), Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards (each have two).
· Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Las Vegas with seven victories, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with five, Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing (three each), Joe Gibbs Racing (two), Chip Ganassi Racing and Furniture Row Racing (each have one).
· Youngest LVMS winner: Kyle Busch (Mar. 01, 2009 – 23 years, 9 months, 27 days).
· Oldest LVMS 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, who is 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 Monster Energy Series, he accomplished the feat on March 1, 2009.
· Five of the 22 Las Vegas races (22.7%) 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).

MENCS Wins by Starting Positions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
 
Starting Position
Wins
Winning %
Starting Position
Wins
Winning %
1
1
4.5%
17
1
4.5%
2
4
18.2%
18
2
9.1%
3
2
9.1%
19
1
4.5%
4
1
4.5%
20
1
4.5%
7
2
9.1%
23
1
4.5%
9
1
4.5%
24
2
9.1%
11
1
4.5%
25
1
4.5%
13
1
4.5%
 
 
 
Stats
Winning %
Wins
 
Winning from the Pole:
4.55%
1
 
Winning from the Front Row:
22.73%
5
 
Winning from a Top-5 Starting Position:
36.36%
8
 
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:
50.00%
11
 
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 10:
45.45%
10
 
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:
18.18%
4
 
·        The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 25th, by Matt Kenseth in 2004.
·        Eight of the 12 Monster Energy 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 19 races; followed by Kurt Busch with 18.
·        No driver has won the first three races of the season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The five drivers that have won the first two events of the season are: Matt Kenseth (2009), Jeff Gordon (1997), David Pearson (1976), Bob Welborn (1959) and Marvin Panch (1957). 
 
·        Four reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions have gone on to win at Las Vegas the following season: Matt Kenseth (2004), Tony Stewart (2012), Kevin Harvick (2015) and Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2010) - Johnson is the only driver to do it multiple times.
·        Four drivers have won the Las Vegas race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in the same season: Jeff Gordon (2001), Matt Kenseth (2003), Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2007 and 2010) and Martin Truex Jr. (2017).
·        Four manufacturers have visited Victory Lane in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at LVMS, led by Ford (11), Chevrolet (seven), Toyota (three) and Dodge (one).
·        No Monster Energy Series drivers have won their first career race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  

 

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