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Truex Jr. wins as fight breaks out in Las Vegas

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Monday 13th March, 2017 - 10:35am

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Truex Jr. took the spoils in Las Vegas

Martin Truex Jr. has passed Brad Keselowski with two laps remaining to win the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but it was a post race fight between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano that will be remembered .

Truex had in fact dominated the race, winning the first two points paying stages on his way to leading 150 of the 250 laps.

Then on the run to the chequered flag with 24 laps remaining his car went away and last week’s winner in Atlanta Brad Keselowski went to the front.

A caution with 16 laps to run for a blown engine to Danica Patrick set up a nine-lap race to the finish. Keselowski pulled out to lead, but then he broke something in the front right and Truex went back out front to the finish.

“It was a gift at the end, but we have been on the other side of those plenty of times and the first one to come our way,” said Truex Jr who scored his eighth career win and fifth in the last 27 races.

“We made a lot of changes last night and I said let’s go for it.

“It’s still hard and it’s still tough and you still rive your but off every single lap. I felt that we had to go long on the last set of tyres and Brad was good on the long run all day. We had to stretch it and we got a little bit lucky and you fight all the way to the end.”

Kyle Busch after the fight on pit road

Keselwoski’s issues saw him back-up and on the last lap he was caught by his Penske team-mate Joey Logano and Kyle Busch. Logano and Busch made contact in the final corner and, with the Toyota driver finishing the race sideway down the pit road.

That wasn’t the end of matters with Busch approaching Logano after the race and a melee ensued with pit crews getting involved. Busch walking away with a cut on his forehead.

The major incident on the day came involved when points leader coming into the Las Vegas race, Kevin Harvick, had a right-front tyre let go and he made heavy contact with the outside wall.

VIDEO: Truex Jr. passes Logano and takes the win

VIDEO: Fight on pit road

RESULTS: Kobalt Tools 400 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Laps Led Status
1 78  Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 267 150  Running
2 42  Kyle Larson Chevrolet 267  Running
3 24  Chase Elliott Chevrolet 267  Running
4 22  Joey Logano Ford 267 5  Running
5 2  Brad Keselowski Ford 267 89  Running
6 11  Denny Hamlin Toyota 267  Running
7 21  Ryan Blaney Ford 267  Running
8 1  Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 267  Running
9 20  Matt Kenseth Toyota 267  Running
10 14  Clint Bowyer Ford 267  Running
11 48  Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 267 19  Running
12 5  Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 267  Running
13 6  Trevor Bayne Ford 267  Running
14 43  Aric Almirola Ford 267  Running
15 77  Erik Jones Toyota 267  Running
16 88  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 267  Running
17 31  Ryan Newman Chevrolet 267  Running
18 95  Michael McDowell Chevrolet 267 2  Running
19 27  Paul Menard Chevrolet 267  Running
20 19  Daniel Suarez Toyota 267  Running
21 13  Ty Dillon Chevrolet 267 2  Running
22 18  Kyle Busch Toyota 267  Running
23 37  Chris Buescher Chevrolet 266  Running
24 47  A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 266  Running
25 3  Austin Dillon Chevrolet 266  Running
26 32  Matt DiBenedetto Ford 265  Running
27 34  Landon Cassill Ford 264  Running
28 72  Cole Whitt Ford 264  Running
29 38  David Ragan Ford 264  Running
30 41  Kurt Busch Ford 263  Running
31 15  Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 262  Running
32 33  Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 261  Running
33 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 261  Running
34 23  Gray Gaulding Toyota 260  Running
35 55  Derrike Cope Chevrolet 254  Running
36 10  Danica Patrick Ford 246 Engine
37 51  Timmy Hill Chevrolet 135 Suspension
38 4  Kevin Harvick Ford 68 Accident
39 83  Lajoie Corey Toyota 16 Accident

STANDINGS

Rank
Driver
Pts
Behind
Wins
Starts
Top 5’s
Top 10’s
Poles
1
Brad Keselowski
132
Leader
1
3
2
2
1
2
Kyle Larson
131
-1
0
3
2
2
0
3
Chase Elliott
129
-3
0
3
2
2
1
4
Martin Truex Jr.
127
-5
1
3
1
2
0
5
Joey Logano
119
-13
0
3
1
3
0
6
Ryan Blaney
106
-26
0
3
1
2
0
7
Kurt Busch
93
-39
1
3
1
2
0
8
Kevin Harvick
91
-41
0
3
0
1
1
9
Kasey Kahne
88
-44
0
3
1
2
0
10
Jamie McMurray
86
-46
0
3
0
2
0
11
Trevor Bayne
82
-50
0
3
0
1
0
12
Clint Bowyer
73
-59
0
3
0
1
0
13
Matt Kenseth
71
-61
0
3
1
2
0
14
Aric Almirola
70
-62
0
3
1
1
0
15
Denny Hamlin
68
-64
0
3
0
1
0
16
Paul Menard
62
-70
0
3
1
1
0
17
Ryan Newman
59
-73
0
3
0
0
0
18
Jimmie Johnson
55
-77
0
3
0
0
0
19
Kyle Busch
50
-82
0
3
0
0
0
20
Erik Jones
49
-83
0
3
0
0
0
21
Michael McDowell
49
-83
0
3
0
0
0
22
Matt DiBenedetto
48
-84
0
3
0
1
0
23
Ty Dillon
47
-85
0
3
0
0
0
24
Cole Whitt
47
-85
0
3
0
0
0
25
Austin Dillon
47
-85
0
3
0
0
0
26
Landon Cassill
46
-86
0
3
0
0
0
27
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
46
-86
0
3
0
0
0
28
Daniel Suarez
42
-90
0
3
0
0
0
29
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
38
-94
0
3
0
0
0
30
Danica Patrick
37
-95
0
3
0
0
0
31
David Ragan
35
-97
0
3
0
0
0
32
Michael Waltrip
29
-103
0
1
0
1
0
33
Chris Buescher
29
-103
0
3
0
0
0
34
AJ Allmendinger
28
-104
0
3
1
1
0
35
Jeffrey Earnhardt
20
-112
0
3
0
0
0
36
Corey LaJoie
17
-115
0
3
0
0
0
37
Reed Sorenson
12
-120
0
2
0
0
0
38
Gray Gaulding
4
-128
0
2
0
0
0
39
Derrike Cope
3
-129
0
2
0
0
0
40
D.J. Kennington
1
-131
0
1
0
0
0
41
Cody Ware
1
-131
0
1
0
0
0
42
Brendan Gaughan
0
-132
0
1
0
0
0
43
Elliott Sadler
0
-132
0
1
0
0
0
44
Joey Gase
0
-132
0
1
0
0
0
45
Timmy Hill
0
-132
0
1
0
0
0

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