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Kyle Larson was one of the fastest cars on the track Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway right from the green flag. The Hendrick Motorsports driver missed stage points in the opening segment of the Pennzoil 400, but got ahead of Brad Keselowski in the second and then went on to score the win in dominating fashion. The win is the second consecutive for Hendrick Motorsports and marks the fourth different winner in as many races as the 2021 season gets underway. Larson and the rest of the drivers now turn their attention to Phoenix Raceway for this week's race. The site of the season finale saw Chase Elliott take the victory there last fall, but it was Joey Logano who won there in the spring.
The 2021 season has proven to be hard to predict, but Sunday's race in Las Vegas could show fantasy owners what to expect as the schedule progresses. Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing and Penske Racing filled out the top nine positions with Erik Jones in his Richard Petty Motorports ride as the interloper to close out the top 10. The first four races have shown those three teams to be waging a battle at the front, and fantasy managers can now see who they should expect to be at the front each week in the future.
Kyle Larson – Larson got his first stage victory with Hendrick Motorsports in the second segment of Sunday's Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and then