Keselowski comes up trumps in Las Vegas

Brad Keselowski broke a 33 victory drought in Las Vegas

Brad Keselowski broke a 33 victory drought in Las Vegas

A fast finishing Brad Keselowski has scored his first win of the NASCAR season with victory in Las Vegas.

On a gusty day, which included a minor dust storm, Keselowski pulled past Kyle Busch with six laps to run to earn his 18th career win.

Keselowski had to first make his way by Penske team-mate Joey Logano with 10 laps to run before hauling-in Kyle Busch. Logano ended up second with Jimmie Johnson in third. Busch confirming that he had a wheel vibration through the final period of the race as he finished in fourth.

The win all but guarantees Keselowski a spot in the Chase joining Denny Hamlin and Johnson.

“This is really, really great. It seemed like there were plenty of challenges, whether it was pit road or the weather or cautions,”said Keselowski.

“They threw everything they had at us today but this Miller Lite Ford team was too strong and we were able to fight them off and get to victory lane.”

As well as the windy conditions, which on occasions brought heavy films of dust across the speedway, the other major incident occurred with 43 laps to run when Matt Kenseth got loose and his spin soon involved pole-sitter Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott and Carl Edwards.

It was the ensuing caution which led to the long run to the chequered flag.

NASCAR continues on the western side of the US next week with Phoenix the next stop.

VIDEO: Race re-cap

RESULTS: Kobalt 400 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 4 267 24 Running 44 4
2 22 Joey Logano Ford 2 267 75 Running 40 1
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 11 267 76 Running 40 2
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 23 267 38 Running 38 1
5 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 5 267 2 Running 37 1
6 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 14 267 0 Running 35 0
7 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 6 267 1 Running 35 1
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 20 267 0 Running 33 0
9 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 1 267 31 Running 33 1
10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 8 267 0 Running 31 0
11 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 10 267 0 Running 30 0
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 16 267 0 Running 29 0
13 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 21 267 0 Running 28 0
14 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 12 267 0 Running 27 0
15 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 15 267 0 Running 26 0
16 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29 267 0 Running 25 0
17 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 28 267 0 Running 24 0
18 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 24 267 0 Running 23 0
19 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 9 267 10 Running 23 1
20 16 Greg Biffle Ford 26 267 0 Running 21 0
21 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 18 267 0 Running 20 0
22 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 35 267 0 Running 19 0
23 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 22 267 0 Running 18 0
24 43 Aric Almirola Ford 7 266 0 Running 17 0
25 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 33 266 1 Running 17 1
26 34 Chris Buescher Ford 25 266 0 Running 15 0
27 44 Brian Scott Ford 32 266 0 Running 14 0
28 38 Landon Cassill Ford 27 266 0 Running 13 0
29 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 30 266 0 Running 12 0
30 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 37 265 0 Running 11 0
31 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 34 263 0 Running 10 0
32 23 David Ragan Toyota 31 262 0 Running 9 0
33 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford 38 262 0 Running 8 0
34 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 17 262 0 Running 7 0
35 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet 39 259 0 Running 6 0
36 14 Brian Vickers Chevrolet 19 257 0 Running 5 0
37 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 3 224 9 Accident 5 1
38 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 13 224 0 Accident 3 0
39 98 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 36 115 0 Vibration 2 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kyle Busch 116 Leader 3 0 3 3 0
2 Jimmie Johnson 110 -6 3 1 2 2 0
3 Kevin Harvick 109 -7 3 0 1 3 0
4 Joey Logano 104 -12 3 0 1 2 0
5 Kurt Busch 102 -14 3 0 1 3 0
6 Brad Keselowski 98 -18 3 1 1 2 0
7 Carl Edwards 96 -20 3 0 2 2 0
8 Denny Hamlin 93 -23 3 1 1 1 0
9 Martin Truex Jr 90 -26 3 0 1 2 0
10 Austin Dillon 90 -26 3 0 1 2 0
11 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 79 -37 3 0 0 1 0
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr 78 -38 3 0 1 2 1
13 Kasey Kahne 77 -39 3 0 0 1 0
14 Ryan Blaney 73 -43 3 0 0 1 0
15 Aric Almirola 72 -44 3 0 0 0 0
16 Jamie McMurray 69 -47 3 0 0 0 0
17 Ryan Newman 66 -50 3 0 0 0 0
18 Paul Menard 62 -54 3 0 0 0 0
19 Regan Smith 57 -59 3 0 0 1 0
20 Kyle Larson 56 -60 3 0 0 1 0
21 Greg Biffle 56 -60 3 0 0 0 0
22 Matt Kenseth 56 -60 3 0 0 0 1
23 Trevor Bayne 56 -60 3 0 0 0 0
24 Casey Mears 54 -62 3 0 0 0 0
25 AJ Allmendinger 51 -65 3 0 0 0 0
26 Danica Patrick 47 -69 3 0 0 0 1
27 Brian Scott 42 -74 3 0 0 0 0
28 Chase Elliott 41 -75 3 0 0 1 1
29 Michael Annett 37 -79 3 0 0 0 0
30 Michael McDowell 36 -80 3 0 0 0 0
31 Landon Cassill 36 -80 3 0 0 0 0
32 Clint Bowyer 33 -83 3 0 0 0 0
33 David Ragan 31 -85 3 0 0 0 0
34 Chris Buescher 30 -86 3 0 0 0 1
35 Matt DiBenedetto 23 -93 3 0 0 0 1
36 Brian Vickers 20 -96 2 0 0 0 0
37 Michael Waltrip 12 -104 1 0 0 0 0
38 Bobby Labonte 11 -105 1 0 0 0 0
39 Jeffrey Earnhardt 11 -105 2 0 0 0 0
40 Josh Wise 8 -108 2 0 0 0 0
41 Cole Whitt 7 -109 2 0 0 0 1
42 Robert Richardson 3 -113 1 0 0 0 1
43 Ty Dillon 0 -116 2 0 0 0 0
44 David Gilliland 0 -116 0 0 0 0 0
45 Reed Sorenson 0 -116 0 0 0 0 0

 

 

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