NASCAR makes the trip west to Sin City as the series heads to its third week of the season. It’s just the first of two trips to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the circuit, as the track will also host the opening race of the playoff on September 16.
Reigning champion Martin Truex Jr. has to chance to be the first repeat champion Pennzoil 400 since Jimmie Johnson won three straight races there from 2005 to 2007 (more on him later).
Joey Logano enters with a chance to extend his lead in the points standings—he’s finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the season’s first two races at Daytona and Atlanta.
Logano has also logged four straight top 10 finishes in Vegas. Along with one fight with fellow driver Kyle Busch.
But fights aside, he’ll look to stay hot on this mile-and-a-half track. Who else could join Logano near the front of the pack?
Drivers to Watch
Yes, you haven’t heard this name in awhile. And yes, he finished 38th at Daytona and 27th at Atlanta. Johnson’s even in the longest winless streak of his career, going 25 races without making a trip to victory circle.
But Johnson wins in Vegas.
He’s got the most wins ever at the track (4), has recorded two more top-5 finishes there, and races well on 1.5-mile circuits. Perhaps he’s due.
He bounced back after a disappointing 32nd place finish at Daytona by placing 2nd in Atlanta. Throw in his five straight top-7 finishes in Vegas, including wins in 2014 and 2016, and you’ve got the guy who just might be the race favorite.
Plus, Keselowski was so close to knocking off Truex Jr. last season. He’ll be hungry to avenge that loss.
The tense “Will Chase Elliott Ever Win a Race?” narrative continues. He’ll be starting his 80th Cup race this weekend, but still does not have a race win under his belt.
Elliott’s been close, of course. He’s tied for fifth all-time with the most second-place finishes (7) before winning a race. And Elliott logged five of those last season, tied for third-most all-time in a single campaign.
He may not be your pick to win it, even though he finished third in Vegas last year. But Elliott’s garnered a large fanbase, his story is certainly interesting to follow, and you’ll want to see it when he finally makes his first trip to victory lane.
Predicted winner: Martin Truex Jr.
Why not a repeat champion? Truex finished fifth last week in Atlanta, likes 1.5-mile tracks, and won 8(!) races a season ago. He’s due for a victory to get his title defense kicked off right.
Though he’d probably appreciate it being a little less exciting than his victory last season.
How To Stream The Pennzoil 400 Online
The Pennzoil 400 is on FOX. Here are all of the live streaming services that include FOX in their packages.
DirecTV NOW offers FOX in every one of their packages, including the base “Live A Little” package. You get over 60 channels for $35/month with the option to add movie channels for an extra $5 to $8 per month.
Give it a try before you subscribe, DirecTV Now offers a FREE TRIAL.
Sling TV offers FOX as a part of the Sling Blue package which costs $25/month. It’s available in select markets so be sure to you can get FOX in your area.
Sling TV offers a FREE TRIAL if you want to give it a test drive during the Pennzoil 400.
YouTube TV gives subsubscribers over 50 channels for $35/month. You get FOX and other major networks like ABC, NBC, and CBS, plus more. In addition to this, you get a ton of sports channels, including 5 ESPN channels, 3 FOX Sports Channels, and CBS Sports.
Hulu With Live TV
Hulu With Live TV offers over 50 channels and costs $39.99/month. This includes networks like NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX. AND get access to the full Hulu on demand library. They offer a free trial if this sounds like the streaming service for you.
A quality HD antenna can be combined with your streaming services to give you a wide range of entertainment options. Combine an AirTV Player with your digital antenna so you can access your streaming services and your antenna all in one place. You can even record your shows that you get on your OTA antenna.