Kyle Larson stamped his authority at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, winning for a second time on the track and clinching a spectacular victory in Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 NASCAR Cup Series race.

While Larson led 181 of the 267 laps, the race came down to the last 27. Tyler Reddick emerged as a formidable challenger in the closing laps.

The short-run speed advantage initially favored Larson, allowing him to build a substantial lead. But Reddick’s relentless pursuit began to close the gap, setting the stage for a nail-biting finish.

As the checkered flag loomed closer, Reddick’s No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota was hot on Larson’s heels, trailing by a mere 0.143 seconds with just two laps remaining. Yet, Larson’s defensive driving skills came to the fore as he expertly maneuvered to block Reddick’s advances, ultimately crossing the finish line with a 0.441-second lead.

Reflecting on the intense battle, Larson acknowledged Reddick’s formidable challenge, recognizing him as the primary threat from the outset. Despite Reddick’s speed, Larson’s strategic driving and the exceptional performance of his Hendrick Cars Chevy team secured his first victory of the 2024 season and his 24th career win.

Kyle Larson celebrates his second win in Vegas.

The closing laps mirrored the earlier stages of the race, with Reddick consistently closing in on Larson but unable to make the decisive move. Larson’s impeccable defense thwarted every attempt by Reddick to seize the lead, culminating in a hard-fought triumph for the No. 5 team.

For team owner Rick Hendrick, Larson’s victory marked a milestone, securing the 10th win for Hendrick Motorsports at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Additionally, Larson’s triumph extended Chevrolet’s winning streak to three consecutive victories to start the season, highlighting the manufacturer’s early dominance in the Cup Series.

Behind Larson and Reddick, Ryan Blaney clinched third place, followed by Ross Chastain and Ty Gibbs, who overcame adversity to secure top-five finishes. Larson’s victory propelled him to the top of the series standings, displacing Kyle Busch, who encountered setbacks during the race.

The Vegas 400 showcased thrilling racing action, a few yellow flags, and intense competition throughout the field. With Larson’s victory, the stage is set for an exciting season ahead, with the “Year of Larson” narrative gaining momentum as he kicks off the campaign with true dominance on the track.

Fans can expect more exhilarating moments and fierce battles as drivers vie for supremacy on the NASCAR stage.

Top 25 

  1. No. 5 Kyle Larson
  2. No. 45 Tyler Reddick
  3. No. 12 Ryan Blaney
  4. No. 1 Ross Chastain
  5. No. 54 Ty Gibbs
  6. No. 10 Noah Gragson
  7. No. 19 Martin Truex Jr.
  8. No. 11 Denny Hamlin
  9. No. 22 Joey Logano
  10. No. 24 William Byron
  11. No. 99 Daniel Suarez
  12. No. 9 Chase Elliott
  13. No. 6 Brad Keselowski
  14. No. 43 Erik Jones
  15. No. 77 Carson Hocevar
  16. No. 3 Austin Dillon
  17. No. 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  18. No. 48 Alex Bowman
  19. No. 31 Daniel Hemric
  20. No. 4 Josh Berry
  21. No. 14 Chase Briscoe
  22. No. 42 John Hunter Nemechek
  23. No. 41 Ryan Preece
  24. No. 38 Todd Gilliland
  25. No. 34 Michael McDowell

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2024 Vegas 400