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Las Vegas NASCAR Practice Speeds, Lap Averages, and Notes

Ross Chastain - NASCAR DFS Picks, Betting Picks, Daily Fantasy NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series ran a practice session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming Pennzoil 400 on Sunday afternoon.

This is the first practice session of the 2024 season where we can actually take away some information from it. Las Vegas is a 1.5-mile intermediate race track and Sunday's Pennzoil 400 will be the first non-drafting race of the season.

The 37-car field was split into two groups for this practice session. Below you'll find the two practice groups, key notes from the practice session and the practice speeds for all drivers. The cars from Group A had more speed than the other group during practice in terms of single-lap speed.

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Important Practice Notes

Ryan Preece - Just three laps into his initial run, Ryan Preece got loose over the bumps in turn one and spun his No. 41 Ford into the wall, hitting pretty hard. No official word has been released regarding a backup car (as of this post's publish time), but if Preece does have to go to a backup car, he will have to drop to the rear of the field at the start of the Pennzoil 400 race on Sunday.

Kyle Larson - Larson entered the race weekend as the heavy favorite to win at all sportsbooks, and this practice session did nothing to change those thoughts. The No. 5 Chevrolet was bad fast during practice, ranking fastest in all of the major lap categories (five-, 10-, 15-, 20-, and 25-lap average). Larson won here at Las Vegas last fall after finishing second in the spring race.

Todd Gilliland - It wasn't a great practice session for Todd Gilliland, who is coming off of one of the best performances of his career last week at Atlanta. The Front Row Motorsports driver had trouble getting his car started at the beginning of practice, and then scraped the wall on his first lap on-track. The damage wasn't major.

 

2024 Las Vegas Pennzoil 400 Practice Speed Chart

Click here to download the PDF of the practice speed chart.

Pos Driver Time Speed Fastest Lap Laps Ran Behind Leader
1. Ross Chastain 29.305 184.269 2 22 ---.---
2. Noah Gragson 29.402 183.661 3 21 -0.097
3. Ty Gibbs 29.531 182.859 6 26 -0.226
4. Tyler Reddick 29.533 182.846 2 22 -0.228
5. Denny Hamlin 29.553 182.723 2 28 -0.248
6. Bubba Wallace 29.561 182.673 2 21 -0.256
7. Chase Briscoe 29.599 182.439 3 16 -0.294
8. William Byron 29.614 182.346 4 29 -0.309
9. Kyle Larson 29.617 182.328 4 25 -0.312
10. Chris Buescher 29.655 182.094 7 17 -0.350
11. Michael McDowell 29.656 182.088 3 20 -0.351
12. Alex Bowman 29.663 182.045 4 22 -0.358
13. Carson Hocevar 29.699 181.824 2 20 -0.394
14. Chase Elliott 29.707 181.775 4 22 -0.402
15. Corey LaJoie 29.738 181.586 2 16 -0.433
16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 29.751 181.507 4 25 -0.446
17. Kyle Busch 29.765 181.421 6 25 -0.460
18. Joey Logano 29.785 181.299 5 23 -0.480
19. Christopher Bell 29.798 181.220 5 24 -0.493
20. Daniel Hemric 29.800 181.208 6 17 -0.495
21. Ryan Blaney 29.811 181.141 5 24 -0.506
22. Zane Smith 29.827 181.044 8 25 -0.522
23. Daniel Suarez 29.849 180.911 6 24 -0.544
24. Ryan Preece 29.907 180.560 3 3 -0.602
25. Austin Cindric 29.914 180.517 5 24 -0.609
26. Josh Berry 29.925 180.451 1 23 -0.620
27. Martin Truex Jr. 29.939 180.367 4 27 -0.634
28. Brad Keselowski 29.958 180.252 6 16 -0.653
29. Austin Dillon 30.030 179.820 5 20 -0.725
30. Justin Haley 30.120 179.283 3 11 -0.815
31. John Hunter Nemechek 30.197 178.826 7 25 -0.892
32. Kaz Grala 30.310 178.159 2 16 -1.005
33. Erik Jones 30.420 177.515 4 15 -1.115
34. Derek Kraus 30.458 177.293 8 23 -1.153
35. Todd Gilliland 30.587 176.546 12 12 -1.282
36. Harrison Burton 30.706 175.861 3 17 -1.401
37. JJ Yeley 32.729 164.991 2 2 -3.424

 

2024 Las Vegas Pennzoil 400 10-Lap Average Chart

Pos Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed
1. Kyle Larson 2 11 180.385
2. William Byron 2 11 180.098
3. Tyler Reddick 6 15 179.924
4. Kyle Busch 2 11 179.752
5. Zane Smith 5 14 179.531
6. Chase Elliott 1 10 179.503
7. Christopher Bell 2 11 179.326
8. Bubba Wallace 6 15 179.301
9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1 10 179.180
10. Ryan Blaney 3 12 178.878
11. Joey Logano 2 11 178.693
12. Austin Dillon 1 10 178.592
13. Daniel Suarez 5 14 178.569
14. Ty Gibbs 6 15 178.562
15. Josh Berry 6 15 178.316
16. Martin Truex Jr. 6 15 178.151
17. Denny Hamlin 6 15 178.040
18. Austin Cindric 1 10 177.722
19. Alex Bowman 11 20 177.569
20. John Hunter Nemechek 16 25 177.129
21. Carson Hocevar 8 17 176.838
22. Ross Chastain 13 22 176.098
23. Derek Kraus 4 13 175.877
24. Todd Gilliland 3 12 174.505

 

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