NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “Kobalt 400”

Brad Keselowski jackpot in Vegas

Brad Keselowski celebrates in Victory Lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Brad Keselowski charged past race leader Kyle Busch late in Sunday’s “Kobalt 400” at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and kept his #2 Team Penske Ford in front over the final 6 laps to notch his first victory of the young season. Keselowski overcame a speeding penalty on pit road to claim his 18th career Cup Series win and first since March of last year at Auto Club Speedway – 34 races ago.

Keselowski’s margin of victory over teammate Joey Logano was .067 of a second. Jimmie Johnson led a race-high 76 laps and finished third in his bid for back-to-back victories after winning last weekend in Atlanta. Busch grabbed 4th place with Austin Dillon completing the top five. Pole sitter Kurt Busch led only the first 31 laps and finished 9th, one of 22 drivers running on the lead lap with Keselowski at the checkered flag.

The afternoon began with 40-mile-an-hour winds whipping across the 1-1/2 mile desert oval and it looked for a while near the end of the day that Busch would blow the field away after seizing the lead on a late restart with a daring three-wide pass and pulling away. But the #18 Toyota developed a vibration in the closing laps that forced the reigning Sprint Cup Series champion to eventually surrender the lead to Keselowski. 

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– story by John Singler
www.mrn.com
Concord, NC

 

Unofficial Driver Standings after Las Vegas

RankDriver (wins)PointsBehind+/-
1Kyle Busch116LEADER0
2Jimmie Johnson (1)110-6+3
3Kevin Harvick109-7-1
4Joey Logano104-12+3
5Kurt Busch102-14+1
6Brad Keselowski (1)98-18+4
7Carl Edwards96-20-4
8Denny Hamlin (1)93-23-4
9Martin Truex, Jr.90-26-1
10Austin Dillon90-26-1

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