March 4, 2018
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, NV
Distance: 400.5 miles (644.542 km)
First race: 1998
The Pennzoil 400 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held annually at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the other one being the South Point 400, The inaugural race was held in 1998. For several years, the race was sponsored by United Auto Workers and DaimlerChrysler. From its inception through 2008, the race was run at a distance of 400 miles (640 km)
The race is unique in that its winner receives a championship belt rather than a trophy. The race was also part of the No Bull 5 challenge from 1999 to 2002.
From 2001 until 2008, this race carried a sponsorship from Chrysler. For the first six of those years, the race was known as the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 to reflect Chrysler's partnership with then-DaimlerBenz. After Daimler sold Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management, the race became known as the UAW-Dodge 400 for the 2008 race. Carroll Shelby International took over as a sponsor for 2009 and 2010, with the 2009 race adding 27 miles (43 km) as part of the sponsorship in honor of the Shelby 427 Cobra; the 2010 race was known as the Shelby American. Lowe's, through its Kobalt Tools subsidiary, became the race's title sponsor for 2011; Kobalt was title sponsor for the spring race at Atlanta until the track gave up its early season date after 2010. The race was called the Kobalt Tools 400 from 2011 to 2013 before becoming the Kobalt 400 for 2014 to 2017. For the 2018 season, the race will become the Pennzoil 400.
2017 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner: Martin Truex Jr
2016 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner: Brad Keselowski
2015 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner: Kevin Harvick
2014 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner - Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag for the first time this season, the first time at LVMS and the 11th time in his Sprint Cup career.
2013 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner - Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth wins the 2013 NASCAR Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas barely holding off Kasey Kahne for his third Nascar victory.
2012 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner - Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart wins 2012 Kobalt Tools 400. Stewart led 3 times for 124 laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson is second place. Greg Biffle is continuing to have have a great season with another top-5 finish at Las Vegas. Greg Biffle got his third straight top-3 finish.
2011 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner - Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards Wins 2011 Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas. Tony Stewart tied with Vegas native Kurt Busch, who was formerly second. Ex-points-leader Kyle Busch plummeted a whopping 13 spots to 14th in the standings, while Jeff Gordon fell 14 spots to 19th. The biggest gainer was Marcos Ambrose – who moved up 10 spots to 17th – and both Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards jumped nine spots apiece.
2010 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner - Jimmie Johnson
With his two wins out of the first three starts in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Jimmie Johnson has reclaimed his throne at the 2010 Shelby American. His incredible win at Las Vegas on Feb. 28, 2010, solidified Jimmie Johnson as a legit contender, and he'll continue being the top competitor of the Cup Series heading into the month of March.
2009 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner - Kyle Busch
In 2009, Kyle Busch notched the biggest victory of his young career by driving from the back of the field Sunday to win the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his hometown track. Busch was fast at the end of the race when it mattered most and claimed the win comfortably ahead of Clint Bowyer.