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 2019 season, the race will become the Pennzoil 400.
Pennzoil 400 Race Results
2018 Pennzoil 400 Winner: Kevin Harvick
2017 Kobalt 400 Winner
Martin Truex Jr.
2016 Kobalt 400 Winner
2015 Kobalt 400 Winner
2014 Kobalt 400 Winner
2013 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner
2012 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner
Tony Stewart wins 2012 Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Stewart made a bold move to take the lead on a late restart and held off Jimmie Johnson for a redemptive NASCAR victory. He pulled away from Johnson on three more restarts over the final 17 laps for his first win on the tri-oval in the desert.
2011 Kobalt Tools 400 Winner
Carl Edwards capitalised on a pitstop error from Tony Stewart‘s team to win the 2011 Kobalt Tools 400, the third race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Stewart clearly had the fastest car, leading 169 laps of the race but leaving the pits dragging an air gun behind him was to be his undoing as he was given a stop and go penalty and ordered to the tail end of the field. For the final twenty-five laps Stewart fought his way forward spending a long time fighting with Juan Pablo Montoya for second place before passing beneath the Colombian. Stewart tried to close down Edwards but could never get close enough and was left to settle for second and rue that poor pitstop.
2010 Las Vegas 400 Winner
Jimmie Johnson wins 2010 Las Vegas 400. Johnson changed four tires and used that extra traction to pass Gordon and lead the final 18 laps. Last NASCAR season, Johnson became the first driver to win four consecutive championships. Johnson also became the first driver in NASCAR history to win 15 times on a 11/2-mile track. Car owner Rick Hendrick is still amazed about how well Johnson and Knaus take advantage of their opportunities, even against their own teammates.