A triple threat weekend at Las Vegas wraps up with total domination by Kevin Harvick. It was last year when Martin Truex Jr. became the first driver to win all three stages in a race. We saw this happen again this weekend, but with Harvick being the winner.
Kevin Harvick Wins Pennzoil 400, His Second Win In A Row
This race did not see many incidents. Stage 1 was green from start to finish. The race started with Ryan Blaney on pole position, alongside Kevin Harvick. Jimmie Johnson went to the rear, continuing his rough start to the season.
Around lap 33, everyone started to pit under green. Michael McDowell had the lead for a brief amount of time, until he went to the pits too. Harvick got back his lead, and won stage 1.
Harvick was with Kyle Larson in the front row for stage 2. On lap 104, Michael McDowell left the race due to mechanical issues. Harvick won stage two, while having a significant lead. Blaney, who was second place at that time, was 5 seconds behind.
After pitting for the final stage, Harvick found himself a few places down. Kyle Busch and Joey Logano found themselves in the front row. We went green for just under 10 laps, when Jamie McMurray had smoke coming off his right front tire after hitting the outer wall. This threw out a yellow, and ended Jamie’s day.
After going green once again, we saw our first and only incident today which included more than one car. Kurt Busch’s car veered right while on the inside lane, riding himself up the wall and taking Chase Elliott along with him. This ended both of their race days. Elliott was the only Hendrick Motorsport car on the lead lap.
After a longer than usual yellow flag due to cleaning up fluid on the track, we got a green flag to the finish. Harvick was able to get his lead back, and win the race. This is Harvick’s second cup race win in a row, both coming from 1.5 mile tracks. His third win this year, when you include last week’s Xfinity Series victory.
We have gotten all three NASCAR tours coming to the tracks for three weeks straight now. Next week, we slim down to two races in a weekend, when we head to Phoenix. The one mile track will play host to the DC Solar 200 and the TicketGuardian 500. Harvick will look for a third win, as many others will look for their first.
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