Martin Truex Jr. Rallies to Win in Las Vegas

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Martin Truex Jr. rallied to win on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Truex positioned his No. 78 Toyota on the inside of the track going low to pass Brad Keselowski with a lap and half remaining in the race sweeping all three stages of the Kobalt 400 in a perfect day for racing.

Truex led 150 of the 267 laps to obtain his first victory of the young season at the 1.5 mile track.  This win was the eighth of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.



The winner led only 10 laps in Stage 1 in the first 80.  However, he set the pace for the vast majority of the race throughout the day.  Truex passed the checkered flag with a 1.495 second advantage over the second place finisher Kyle Larson.

Meanwhile, Keselowski the Coors Light Pole Award winner, was passed by four other racing vehicles and finished in fifth place.  He led 89 laps in his bid to obtain back-to-back victories after his win in Atlanta last weekend.  Keselowski’s fast start of the season, combined with solid showings in the opening stages has him well positioned at the top of the standings after three races with 36 points.

The other top finishers were Chase Elliot in third place in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet.  Joey Logano bumped Kyle Busch into an accidental spin on the final lap and took fourth place while Busch dropped to 18th.  Unfortunately, Busch did not think it was accidental and a scrap between Busch and Team Penske crewmembers on pit road after the race gave a black eye to an otherwise good day for racing fans.

Kevin Harvick, among the pre-race favorites had a shortened day when he crashed ending his day after 68 laps with a blown tire sending his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford into the wall on Turn 1.

Truex the Jersey Boy now has earned 60 points and 7 playoff points.  He is currently the early points leader after three races into this years NASCAR season.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will continue next week at the Good Sam 500 in Phoenix, scheduled for Sunday March 19 at 3:30 pm eastern time on FOX, MRN, SiriusXM radio.  This is the second race of the three NASCAR events during the western swing.

 

 

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