Fresh Faces are Rising to the Top of the NASCAR Cup Standings

Ryan Blaney during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Pennzoil Ford, climbs into his car during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 21, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney was a bit frustrated Sunday having narrowly missed – again – a chance to hoist a winner’s trophy. Only two races into the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season and Blaney has been a major factor in both checkered flags. But there is some solace for the popular and talented competitor. Blaney is the NASCAR Cup Series championship leader entering Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Auto Club Speedway.

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Fan4Racing NASCAR Race Review of Las Vegas

Fan4Racing NASCAR Race Review with Hot Topics Sound Off

Fan4Racing NASCAR Race Review is hosted by Sharon Burton and co-host Jay Husmann every Monday night at 8:30 pm ET. Gear up for 90 minutes of the smartest race talk around, then stick around for more with Hot Topics Sound Off at 10 pm ET with co-host Andy Laskey and our Fan4Racing crew!

Our review centers around NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. We also cover the ARCA Menards Series West at The Bullring at Las Vegas. We’ll also include post-race review audio from the winning teams when possible.

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Joey Logano Repeats at Las Vegas and Wins Pennzoil 400

Joey Logano takes the Checkered Flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the defending winner from 2019.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 23: Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Pennzoil Ford takes the checkered/yellow flag to win the NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 23, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

After an exciting start to the 2020 season, the NASCAR Cup Series moves west for a string of races on the pacific coast. Starting with Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Pennzoil 400, this is the first test to gauge how competitive these teams and new drivers will be this year. With a big rookie class and some drivers on new teams, the time is now to perform. And Joey Logano did just that with a repeat win at Las Vegas in the Pennzoil 400.

Stage 1

Martin Truex Jr. paced the field to the Pennzoil 400 green flag as a caution immediately came out for Daniel Suarez. Suarez’s car had a mechanical issue and the field reset to restart the race. Joey Logano had a great jump and quickly moved into the lead. Kevin Harvick stayed with Logano and ended up taking the lead on lap 13. Harvick controlled most of the first stage of the race, but it was Chase Elliott with a lot of speed in the long run. Elliott passed Harvick for the lead with 13 laps remaining in the stage and never looked back. Chase Elliott wins the first stage.

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