Penske looking for 5th Vegas win in last 8 starts

Joey Logano has plenty of reason to like his chances this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He’s won the last two spring races on the 1.5-mile track. He and teammate Brad Keselowski have won four of the past seven races in Vegas.

And Logano is statistically-speaking best in class at Las Vegas. The 2017 Cup champion boasts the best average starting position (8.9) and best average finishing position (8.5) in the field. And his average running position is also tops among the competition at 9.162.

Logano has six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes – only Kevin Harvick (10 top 10s and seven top fives) has more.  And a very telling statistic, Logano has never suffered a DNF in 14 starts.

He’ll be buoyed, no doubt, by the past performance of his Team Penske team which shows up undoubtedly as a pre-race favorite. Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford has three victories at Las Vegas – second all-time to Jimmie Johnson’s four wins. His seven top-five finishes tie Harvick and Kyle Busch for most all-time.  He is one of only five drivers to win from the front row, earning the 2014 Vegas trophy from second.

Vegas, however, should give him reason to believe in redemption. Keselowski has not finished worse than seventh in the last 10 races, including three wins, a runner-up and a pair of third-place finishes in that time.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway has been a productive venue for Blaney, who has an impressive three top-five and five top-10 finishes in seven starts.

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