NASCAR at Las Vegas: What you need to know

Defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. took the first of his victories last year at Las Vegas. David Becker AP File Photo
Defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. took the first of his victories last year at Las Vegas. David Becker AP File Photo

Race: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube.

Distance: 267 laps, or 400.5 miles.

Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile, asphalt trioval in Las Vegas, Nevada.

When: 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

TV: FOX.

Radio: PRN.

Last year’s winner: Martin Truex Jr.

Also this week: Boyd Gaming 300, Xfinity Series, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 4 p.m., Saturday, FS1.

Worth mentioning: Rather than a trophy for winning this race, the winning driver receives a championship belt.

Who’s Hot/ Who’s Not

HOT

Kevin Harvick: Winning so early in the season lets him be more aggressive for the rest of the season.

Denny Hamlin: Not a bad start to the year (finished third and fourth in two races this season) for someone desperate to make the championship four in 2018.

NOT

Jimmie Johnson: A week after wrecking out of the Daytona 500, Johnson struggled to recover and came in 27th at Atlanta.

Alex Bowman: Replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 was always going to be tough, but it’s been an uninspiring start to 2018 for Hendrick overall.

Brendan Marks