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Las Vegas Motor Speedway Race Results

Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube

March 5, 2023

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

William Byron

24 |

2

Running

271

176

60

7

2

Kyle Larson

5 |

6

Running

271

63

53

0

3

Alex Bowman

48 |

11

Running

271

2

46

0

4

Bubba Wallace

23 |

13

Running

271

0

41

0

5

Christopher Bell

20 |

10

Running

271

0

45

0

6

Austin Cindric

2 |

9

Running

271

0

31

0

7

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

15

Running

271

3

42

0

8

Justin Haley

31 |

27

Running

271

0

29

0

9

Kevin Harvick

4 |

14

Running

271

0

29

0

10

Daniel Suárez

99 |

24

Running

271

0

27

0

11

Denny Hamlin

11 |

12

Running

271

10

35

0

12

Ross Chastain

1 |

8

Running

271

0

37

0

13

Ryan Blaney

12 |

3

Running

271

0

24

0

14

Kyle Busch

8 |

5

Running

271

0

25

0

15

Tyler Reddick

45 |

34

Running

271

3

22

0

16

Aric Almirola

10 |

21

Running

271

0

21

0

17

Brad Keselowski

6 |

7

Running

271

5

23

0

18

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

23

Running

271

0

19

0

19

Erik Jones

43 |

22

Accident

270

0

18

0

20

Corey Lajoie

7 |

19

Running

270

0

17

0

21

Chris Buescher

17 |

18

Running

270

0

16

0

22

Ty Gibbs

54 |

4

Running

270

0

15

0

23

Ryan Preece

41 |

31

Running

270

0

14

0

24

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

16

Running

270

0

13

0

25

Michael McDowell

34 |

17

Running

270

0

12

0

26

Harrison Burton

21 |

35

Running

269

0

11

0

27

Austin Dillon

3 |

26

Running

269

0

10

0

28

Chase Briscoe

14 |

20

Running

269

0

9

0

29

Josh Berry

9 |

32

Running

269

0

0

0

30

Noah Gragson

42 |

25

Running

269

0

7

0

31

Todd Gilliland

38 |

28

Running

268

0

6

0

32

BJ McLeod

78 |

36

Running

266

0

5

0

33

JJ Yeley

15 |

29

Running

265

0

4

0

34

Ty Dillon

77 |

33

Running

265

0

3

0

35

Cody Ware

51 |

30

Running

259

0

2

0

36

Joey Logano

22 |

1

DVP

183

9

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    William Byron

    POS1

    LEADER

    William Byron

    Driver badge number 24 |

  • POS 2 | 0.622

    Kyle Larson

    POS2

    0.622

    Kyle Larson

    Driver badge number 5 |

  • POS 3 | 0.766

    Alex Bowman

    POS3

    0.766

    Alex Bowman

    Driver badge number 48 |

William Byron banks big win in Las Vegas

William Byron won the most important race Sunday afternoon — by inches off pit road.

Quick work by Byron‘s pit crew enabled the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driver to beat teammate Kyle Larson off pit road for an overtime restart in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and that was the decisive factor in Byron‘s fifth career NASCAR Cup Series victory.

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When Aric Almirola spun into the Turn 4 wall with four laps left of a scheduled 267, the race turned upside down. At that point, Larson held a two-second lead and appeared the almost certain winner.

After NASCAR called the fourth and final caution, Martin Truex Jr. stayed on the track, with Byron, Larson and most of the other contenders pitting for two tires. Byron‘s crew was a fraction of a second faster on the stop, and Byron claimed a front-row starting spot for the overtime to Truex‘s outside.

On the first overtime lap, Byron surged past Truex as the cars entered Turn 3 at the 1.5-mile track and pulled away to win by 0.622 seconds over Larson and 0.766 seconds over teammate Alex Bowman. It was the third time Hendrick Motorsports had finished 1-2-3 in a Cup Series event.

The drivers accomplished the feat with their fourth driver, Chase Elliott, watching from North Carolina with team owner Rick Hendrick. Elliott broke his left tibia in a snowboarding accident in Colorado on Friday and will miss multiple races as he recovers from surgery.

Josh Berry, substituting for Elliott, finished 29th and two laps down in his first race in NASCAR‘s Next Gen car.

“Yeah, just been really confident about the group of guys that I have on this 24 team,” said Byron, who led 176 of 271 laps, swept the first two stages and won for the first time at Las Vegas. “They work extremely hard, and we spent a lot of time in the offseason just going through running at the sim (simulator) with Chevy and running on iRacing and just trying to get better as a race car driver and as a team.

“Thinking of Chase back home. Wish he was out here with us. He’s a great race car driver, great teammate. Wish he was out here.”

For the overtime restart, Larson chose the inside lane behind Truex and was bottled up behind the No. 19 Toyota. But Larson acknowledged the race was lost on pit road.

“Damn,” Larson said with a wry laugh. “It’s just part of Cup racing. It seems like kind of laps down, lap by lap, and then, sure enough, the yellow lights come on. You’ve just got to get over that and then try to execute a good pit stop, and I thought I did a really good job getting to my sign and getting to the commitment line.

“I had a gap to William behind me, and their pit crew must have just done a really good job and got out in front of us, and that gave up the front row. I knew I was in trouble with the 19 staying out. I felt like William was going to get by him.

“Yeah, just a bummer that we didn’t end up the winner, but all in all, William probably had a little bit better car than I had today, and their pit crew executed when they needed to there at the end.”

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In the overtime scramble, Bubba Wallace finished fourth and Christopher Bell fifth, both in Toyotas. Austin Cindric, who had been lapped at one point, recovered to run sixth as the top-finishing Ford driver. Truex, Justin Haley, Kevin Harvick and Daniel Suárez completed the top 10.

In a race that featured 13 lead changes among eight drivers, Larson took the top spot on Lap 196 after restarting third behind Denny Hamlin and Bowman on lap 190. The 2021 series champion extended his advantage to nearly five seconds over Byron during an exchange of green-flag pit stops before Almirola‘s accident caused the fourth caution on Lap 263.

Byron had cut Larson‘s lead to two seconds before the accident forced overtime.

The first caution for an on-track incident didn‘t occur until Lap 183, nine laps after the final stage went green. Pole winner Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch were running three-wide through Turn 4 when disaster struck.

With Keselowski‘s No. 6 Ford in the middle, Logano ran out of room to the outside, and after contact with Keselowski‘s car, Logano‘s No. 22 Ford bounced off the wall and spun into the infield grass.

Logano brought his car to pit road, but his crew couldn‘t repair the Ford before the seven-minute time limit ran out under NASCAR‘s damaged vehicle policy.

Asked whether Keselowski pinched him into the corner, Logano replied, “Yeah, he did. I‘m sure he didn‘t mean to do it. It is what it is. What are you going to do, right? We got fenced.”

The 2023 Cup Series season continues Sunday, March 12 at Phoenix Raceway for the United Rentals Work United 500 at 3:30 p.m. ET (FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Note: Inspection in the Cup Series garage is complete with no issues, confirming the No. 24 entry of William Byron as the race winner.

Contributing: Staff Report