2022 Pennzoil 400 Information, Dates, And Past Results
The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series continues with the 2022 Pennzoil 400, on Sunday, March 6, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It will mark the season’s third race, succeeding Daytona 500 and WISE Power 400. Victory of WISE Power 400 last week with Kyle Larson collecting his first win of 2022.
The Pennzoil 400 is one of the two stops in Las Vegas NASCAR will make this season. With the other being the South Point 400 in October. This race has been a regular stop for NASCAR drivers since it was first introduced in 1998 and held annually since.
Pennzoil enters its 25th edition this weekend when all the eyes will be on the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Larson, who will chase his second victory of the season and his second on the 400.5-mile track.
Across the last five iterations, Pennzoil has featured four different winners. Including Martin Truex Jr. (2017), Kevin Harvick (2018), Joey Logano (2019, 2020), and Kyle Larson, who won his first race of the 2021 season here.
Jimmie Johnson leads the all-time standings with the most wins on the track. (4) Whereas Ford has been the winningest manufacturer of Pennzoil 400 with 12 race wins throughout the history of the race. Interestingly, Kyle Larson’s win here in 2021 marked the first Pennzoil 400 victory for Chevrolet since 2015. When Kevin Harvick won the race in his no.7 car.
Like before, the 2022 Pennzoil 400 will be contested over 267 laps with a total distance of 400.5 miles (644.542 km). The race is divided into three stages, with the first two stages both consisting of 80 laps, and the final 107 laps make up for the third and final stage.
Leading Candidates To Add To Your Betting Predictions List
The 2022 Pennzoil 400 will welcome a number of previous champions, who will step onto the track this weekend, looking to add another title to their resume. But out of all the drivers, only a few stand out as serious candidates to claim the checkered flag.
Kyle Larson is the bookie’s favorite to win the Pennzoil 400, which makes sense. He was by far the most dominant driver in 2021 and has already won a race this season. Furthermore, Larson has solid results on the Las Vegas track.
The reigning champ won here in March 2021, has three other top-3s (2017, 2018, 2018). An average finish of 9.82 across 11 starts. What’s more, he has not finished outside of the top-10 once in his last four appearances. He only finished once (12th in 2019) across the last eight.
Kevin Harvick won Pennzoil 400 is one of seven drivers who won Pennzoil 400 at least twice. His wins were in 2015 and 2018. But even though he has not won here once since then. He finished fourth in 2019 and eighth in 2020 before recording a disappointing 20th-place finish in 2021.
Looking at his record on the Las Vegas track, Harvick has managed two top-5s and five top-10s across his seven starts. Even more impressive is that he started the race inside the top-five in each of his last eight trips to Las Vegas.
Unfortunately, Harvick has yet to find any traction this season. He finished Daytona 500 in 30th and placed seventh at Auto Club Speedway, which is good for a 20th place in the standings.
With A Solid Track Record, Joey Logano Should Be A Strong Betting Favorite To Win
Like Harvick, Joey Logano has two wins at Pennzoil 400 (2019, 2020) and has an excellent track record. Over 17 starts, Logano has averaged an 8.59 finish, six top-5s, and 11 top-10s, which is very impressive.
So even though Logano has managed only 14th, ninth, and 11th across the last three appearances at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He is still a threat. Moreover, he is having an excellent start to the season.
Admittedly, Logano could only manage 21st in the Daytona 500. Still, he placed fifth in WISE Power 400 last weekend. Suggesting that the 31-year-old could make a splash in Last Vegas and solidify his spot at the top of the NASCAR Cup Series standings.
Another driver who could step up is Chase Elliott, who will be looking to close the gap for top places. He finished the Daytona 500 in 10th and 26th last weekend, which sits him in 19th in the season standings.
However, despite his underwhelming start to the season, Chase Elliott had done well in Las Vegas before, granted he had very high highs and very low lows. Across ten starts, Elliott has managed an 18.70 average finish, which is far from great. He has three top-5s and a runner-up finish from September 2021.
Elliott has enough talent to claim his maiden victory in Las Vegas. Considering he has yet to win a race here; it might be wiser to bet on him on the head-to-head markets. He can post solid results, but we doubt that he can go all the way.
Don’t Ignore Drivers That Are In Solid Form And Have A Strong Track Record
If we look at the list of the favorites to win the 2022 Pennzoil 400, there are only two names that stand out. Kyle Larson and Joey Logano.
Larson won here in 2021, is the reigning champion, and has already secured a win this season. Meanwhile, Logano has shown some promising signs earlier this season. He has a phenomenal track record, making him an excellent pick besides the current odds favorite, Logano.
Prediction: Kyle Larson to win
Prediction: Joey Logano to win
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.