The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was back in action Saturday (March 3) for two rounds of practice in preparation for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 Presented By Jiffy Lube at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Kyle Larson posted the quick time of the initial session on the 1.5-mile oval. His Chevrolet Camaro topped the charts with a lap of 187.558 mph, just ahead of the Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Ryan Newman. Jimmie Johnson, who has suffered damage in every race this season was third quickest. Last week’s winner Kevin Harvick and Alex Bowman rounded out the top five.
The only incident in the opening round was a brake duct unraveling on Denny Hamlin‘s Joe Gibbs Toyota. Hamlin was able to get to the garage without damaging his car but did cut his right front tire in the process. A brief red flag was displayed due to debris from Hamlin’s car.
Round No. 2 of practice was paced by Blaney in his Pennzoil/Menards Ford for Team Penske. Blaney, who will start on the pole Sunday, topped the leaderboard with a lap of 186.445 mph. Second quickest was Larson, followed by Chase Elliott, Truex and rookie William Byron.
Penalties relating to the sessions were plentiful, as they have been most of the year thus far. Austin Dillon, Larson and Joey Gase had 15 minute holds in the first session for being late to pre-qualifying inspection. The final session saw Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch and Chris Buescher docked 15 minutes each for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice.
The Pennzoil 400 Presented By Jiffy Lube goes green on Sunday (March 4) at 3:46 p.m. ET. Television coverage will be provided by FOX beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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