Weekend NASCAR Preview Feb. 21-23

After the roulette wheel of Daytona, NASCAR now heads to the casinos of Las Vegas to raise the stakes and kick off the West Coast Swing in the NASCAR season.

The Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series started the year at Daytona with some historic finishes and a return to victory lane for Grant Enfinger. Drivers like Jordan Anderson, Codie Rohrbaugh, Derek Kraus, and Natalie Decker all look to build off their career-best finishes. Vegas is nothing like Daytona, however. As the first 1.5-mile track on the schedule, this race will be more of an indicator of how the rest of the season will look for these teams. The teams will all have to beat one man; Kyle Busch. The Las Vegas native has won two of his three previous Truck Series starts at Las Vegas and will be driving the #51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota as the team continues to wait for Chandler Smith to turn 18 in June.

The 2019 winner of the Strat 200 was Kyle Busch.

The Strat 200 will be on Friday, February 21 at 9pm ET on FS1.

#DriverTeamTruckSponsor
00Angela RuchReaume Brothers RacingToyotaThe Ruch Life
2Sheldon CreedGMS RacingChevroletChevy.com/Trench Shoring
02Tate Folgleman #Young's MotorsportsChevrletSolid Rock Carriers
3Jordan AndersonJordan Anderson RacingChevroletBommarito.com/Lucas Oil
04Cory RoperRoper RacingFordCar Quest Auto Parts
4Raphael Lessard #Kyle Busch MotorsportsToyotaMobil 1
7Korbin ForristerAll Out MotorsportsToyotaAll Out
9Codie RohrbaughCR7 MotorsportsChevroletGCM/CR7 Motorsports
10Jennifer Jo CobbJennifer Jo Cobb RacingChevroletDriven2Honor.org
11Spencer Davis #Spencer DavisToyotaHeam Industrial
13Johnny SauterThorSport RacingFordTenda
15Tanner Gray #DGR-CrosleyFordFord/Ford Performance
16Austin HillHattori Racing EnterprisesToyotaUnited Rentals
18Christian Eckes #Kyle Busch MotorsportsToyotaSafelite AutoGlass
19Derek Kraus #McAnally Hilgemann RacingToyotaENEOS/NAPA FILTERS
20Spencer BoydYoung's MotorsportsChevroletAmerican Pavement Specialists
21Zane Smith #GMS RacingChevroletThe Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
22Austin Wayne SelfAM RacingChevroletJB Henderson Construction
23Brett MoffittGMS RacingChevroletAllegiant
26Tyler AnkrumGMS RacingChevroletLiuna!
30Brennan Poole (i)On Point MotorsportsToyotaRememberEveryoneDeployed.org
33Josh ReaumeReaume Brothers RacingToyotaMotorsports Safety Group
34Josh Bilicki (i)Reaume Brothers RacingToyota
38Todd GillilandFront Row MotorsportsFordSpeedco
40Ross Chastain (i)Niece MotorsportsChevroletNiece
44Natalie DeckerNiece MotorsportsChevroletRemarkable Pillow
45Ty Majeski #Niece MotorsportsChevroletiRacing
49Bayley Currey (i)CMI MotorsportsChevroletCMI Motorsports
51Kyle Busch (i)Kyle Busch MotorsportsToyotaCessna
52Stewart FriesenHalmar Friesen RacingToyotaHalmar International
56Timmy HillHill MotorsportsChevroletHill Motorsports
83Stefan Parsons (i)CMI MotorsportsChevroletCMI Installers
88Matt CraftonThorSport RacingFordDamp Rid/Menards
98Grant EnfingerThorSport RacingFordProtect the Harvest/Curb Records
99Ben RhodesThorSport RacingFordCarolina Nut

Noah Gragson won his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona when the caution flag flew on the final lap due to his JR Motorsports teammate Michael Annett in a bad accident on the backstretch. Gragson also has a new teammate in 2020 with Daniel Hemric running a majority of the Xfinity Series schedule in the #8 for JR Motorsports. He will run 21 races starting at Las Vegas this weekend.

The 66 team faced a major penalty at Daytona. Their crew chief Sebastian Laforge has been suspended for six events, starting at Daytona, and Timothy Goulet is slated to be the crew chief for Vegas. The team was also fined $50,000 and 75 owner points. Timmy Hill, who was driving the #66 at Daytona, was not penalized since he earns points in the Truck Series for 2020. Stephen Leicht, who drove full-time for JD Motorsports in 2019, will be in the 66 at Vegas.

The 2019 Boyd Gaming 300 winner was Kyle Busch, who is not entered in the event this year.

The Boyd Gaming 300 will be on Saturday, February 22 at 4pm ET on FS1.

#DriverTeamCarSponsor
0BJ McLeodJD MotorsportsChevroletTeamJDMotorsports.com
1Michael AnnettJR MotorsportsChevroletAHA/Pilot Flying J
02Brett Moffitt (i)Our MotorsportsChevroletRobert B Our Chevrolet
4Jesse Little #JD MotorsportsChevroletSeries Seating
5Matt MillsBJ McLeod MotorsportsChevroletJ F Electric
6David StarrJD MotorsportsChevroletTeamJDMotorsports.com
7Justin AllgaierJR MotorsportsChevroletBRANDT
07Ray Black IISS Green Light RacingChevroletCDA Tech
8Daniel HemricJR MotorsportsChevroletSouth Point Hotel & Casino
08Joe Graf Jr. #SS Green Light RacingChevroletCORE Development Group
9Noah GragsonJR MotorsportsChevroletBass Pro Shops/BRCC
10Ross ChastainKaulig RacingChevroletChevy Accessories
11Justin HaleyKaulig RacingChevroletLeafFilter Gutter Protections
13Chad FinchumMBM MotorsportsToyotaMBM Motorsports
15Robby Lyons IIJD MotorsportsChevroletSunwest Construction
18Riley Herbst #Joe Gibbs RacingToyotaMonster
19Brandon JonesJoe Gibbs RacingToyotaMenards/Jeld-Wen
20Harrison Burton #Joe Gibbs RacingToyotaDex Imaging
21Myatt SniderRichard Childress RacingChevroletTaxSlayer
22Austin CindricTeam PenskeFordMoneyLion
39Ryan SiegRSS RacingChevroletCMR Roofing
44Tommy Joe MartinsMartins MotorsportsChevroletAAN Adjusters
47Joe Nemechek (i)Mike Harmon RacingChevroletCharlie Daniels
51Jeremy ClementsJeremy Clements RacingChevroletRepairables.com
52JJ YeleyMeans MotorsportsChevrolet
61Timmy Hill (i)Hattori Racing EnterprisesToyota
66Stephen LeichtMBM MotorsportsToyotaMBM Motorsports
68Brandon BrownBrandobilt MotorsportsChevroletVero
74Kyle WeathermanMike Harmon RacingChevroletFinlav Cadillac
78Vinnie MillerBJ McLeod MotorsportsChevroletKoolbox
89Landon CassillShepherd Racing VenturesChevroletVisone RV
90Alex LabbeDGM RacingChevroletLarue Snowblowers
92Josh WilliamsDGM RacingChevroletSilverton Hotel & Casino
93Joey GaseRSS RacingChevroletNVDonor.org
98Chase BriscoeStewart-Haas RacingFordFord Performance Racing School
99Mason MasseyBJ McLeod MotorsportsToyotaGerber Collision & Glass

Denny Hamlin won his 3rd Daytona 500 in the last 5 years when he beat Ryan Blaney by just 0.014 seconds, the 2nd closest Daytona 500 finish in its 62-year history. The closest? 0.010 seconds in 2016, also won by Denny Hamlin. Of course, as great of a story as that would create, the focus on Hamlin was minimal, at best. Ryan Newman suffered a horrific accident at the finish that put Newman in the hospital under ‘serious condition’ with ‘not life threatening’ injuries. In under 48 hours, Newman was walking out of the hospital holding the hands of his two young daughters. A miracle of a sight given the terrifying accident and the hours of uncertainty before his condition was announced.

There is no timeline for Newman to return to racing and Ross Chastain is filling in for him in the #6 for Roush Fenway Racing for the time being. The 2019 Truck Series runner-up is competing for a NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2020. Despite not running for Cup Series points, Chastain has run all but 3 races in the past two seasons. The Florida watermelon farmer competed in the Daytona 500 driving for Spire Motorsports in a partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing, who had to give him permission to sub for Newman, where he finished 25th following a crash.

The 2019 Pennzoil 400 winner was Joey Logano.

The Pennzoil 400 is on Sunday, February 23 at 3:30pm ET on FOX.

#DriverTeamCarSponsor
00Quin Houff #StarCom RacingChevroletVictory Weekend
1Kurt BuschChip Ganassi RacingChevroletMonster Energy
2Brad KeselowskiTeam PenskeFordDiscount Tire
3Austin DillonRichard Childress RacingChevroletBass Pro Shops/Tracker OffRoad
4Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas RacingFordBusch Light
6Ross Chastain (i)Roush Fenway RacingFordWyndham Rewards
8Tyler Reddick #Richard Childress RacingChevroletTAME the BEAST
9Chase ElliottHendrick MotorsportsChevroletNAPA Auto Parts
10Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas RacingFordSmithfield
11Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs RacingToyotaFedEx Ground
12Ryan BlaneyTeam PenskeFordMenards/Pennzoil
13Ty DillonGermain RacingChevroletGEICO
14Clint BowyerStewart-Haas RacingFordBlueDEF
15Brennan Poole #Premium MotorsportsChevroletGoettl
17Chris BuescherRoush Fenway RacingFordFastenal
18Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs RacingToyotaSnickers White
19Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs RacingToyotaBass Pro Shops
20Erik JonesJoe Gibbs RacingToyotaIrwin SPEEDBOR
21Matt DiBenedettoWood Brothers RacingFordMotorcraft/Quick Lane
22Joey LoganoTeam PenskeFordPennzoil
24William ByronHendrick MotorsportsChevroletAxalta
32Corey LaJoieGO FAS RacingFordSchluter Systems
34Michael McDowellFront Row MotorsportsFordLove's Travel Stops
37Ryan PreeeJTG Daugherty RacingChevroletNatural Light Seltzer
38John Hunter Nemechek #Front Row MotorsportsFordBerry's Bullets
41Cole Custer #Stewart-Haas RacingFordProduction Alliance Group/Haas
42Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi RacingChevroletCredit One Bank
43Bubba WallaceRichard Petty MotorsportsChevroletCoke Energy
47Ricky Stenhouse Jr.JTG Daugherty RacingChevroletKroger
48Jimmie JohnsonHendrick MotorsportsChevroletAlly
51Garrett SmithleyPetty Ware RacingChevrolet
52JJ Yeley (i)Rick Ware RacingFord
53Joey Gase (i)Rick Ware RacingFordNevada Donor Network
*66Timmy Hill (i)MBM MotorsportsToyota
77Reed SorensonSpire MotorsportsChevrolet
88Alex BowmanHendrick MotorsportsChevroletLlumar
95Christopher Bell #Leavine Family RacingToyotaRheem/RTP
*96Daniel SuarezGaunt Brothers RacingToyotaToyota Certified Used Vehicles

Author: Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey (@TomBaileyScoop) grew up in the backyard of Chicagoland Speedway, making a passion for all motorsports inevitable. Tom is entering his first full year of racing coverage in 2020 as the owner and founder of InfieldScoop.com. You can contact him at [email protected]eldscoop.com

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