Martin Truex Jr. Wins Las Vegas Motor Speedway Kobalt 400
Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski had a fine duel for most of Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with Truex topping a fading Keselowski at the end for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.
Only one week after Keselowski was in large part handed a gift of a win at Atlanta because of a late pit-road speeding penalty by then-leader Kevin Harvick, Keselowski appeared to be cruising toward a second consecutive victory at Vegas when his No. 2 Team Penske Ford suddenly started losing power.
With two laps to go, suddenly Martin Truex Jr. shot past him and went on to Victory Lane instead.
“It’s frustrating, but you put yourself in position to win and good things will happen,” Keselowski said. “That happened to us last week and didn’t happen to us this week, so you just pick up the pieces and move on.”
Keselowski said he wasn’t certain what happened to his car.
“They’ll have to take it apart (to find out),” he said. “At the end (of the race), we have to go to (NASCAR post-race) inspection and stuff, so we’re not allowed to look. I just know it was something major. It wouldn’t turn and I lost the brakes, so that’s a pretty good indicator. But that’s racing and that’s why you watch until the end. You never know what’s going to happen.”
Las Vegas local Kyle Busch provided the fury immediately afterward when he approached Joey Logano near the pit. Busch slid out after battling with Logano at the end and finished 22nd. A fuming Busch squeezed out of his No. 18 Toyota and approached Logano. Logano backed away, and one of his many crew members on the spot stepped between them to confront Busch.
They tangled, and Busch — not known for being magnanimous — left the scrum with a bloody cut on his forehead