Stewart-Haas Racing and Kevin Harvick double down to win their second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in a row, winning the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Recording his fourth MENCS race win with Ford Performance and fifth time winning back-to-back races in his career.
“Congratulations to Kevin on his 100th career NASCAR win,” said Doug Yates, president and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Kevin, drove a great race and the Ford Fusions ran strong all day. Ford Performance teams have started strong this year and we are proud to power the Ford Fusions with the Ford FR9 engines.”
From the second lap of the race the No. 4 Harvick, with the Ford FR9 horsepower, took control to win both stages. Harvick led the most laps by a winner at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a total of 214 laps out of a 267 laps, on his way to recording his 13th win on a 1.5-mile track.
In achieving his 100th career win, Harvick has recorded 39 MENCS wins, 47 NASCAR Xfinity wins and 14 Camping World Truck Series wins. He is only the fourth driver in NASCAR history to accomplish the feat, joining Richard Petty (200 wins), Kyle Busch (184 wins) and David Pearson (106 wins).
Harvick commented on his 100th win in victory lane, “I think as you look back and you look at all the different wins and the wins that we have had here and at KHI and Richard Childress Racing and Junior Motorsports. All the different vehicles I have been fortunate to drive, and there have been a lot of good ones. I know how hard it is to get to victory lane and to know we have been there 100 times is something I almost can’t fathom.”
Ryan Blaney recorded his first MENCS pole of the season at Las Vegas and third career MENCS pole.
Blaney finished fifth and fellow Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano finishing in sixth and seventh respectively, while Wood Brothers Racing driver Paul Menard finished ninth and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola finished 10th.
The Fords will travel to the second stop on the west coast swing at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend to see if they can make it three in a row. Reference the full 2018 schedule on www.roushyates.com.