NASCAR: Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch winners at Las Vegas
Brad Keselowski (Team Penske) and Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) are the winners of NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series races previous weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Keselowski won Sunday’s Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup race, while Busch scored his second win in a row in a Saturday’s Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300.
The victory despite tough conditions and penalty
Brad Keselowski broke a 33-race drought with a victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After 267 laps of racing Keselowski’s Ford crossed the finish line 0.675 sec ahead another Ford of team-mate Joey Logano. The decisive move was made with five laps left when Keselowski passed Kyle Busch.
Rain delayed the start of the race, and high winds and a late-race dust storm made visibility a challenge, but such a conditions left Keselowski undeterred. He was also punished for pit road speeding, but neither that prevent him from winning. The victory was Keselowski’s second at Las Vegas and the 18th of his Sprint Cup career.
Six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson beat Busch to the finish line by 0.016 sec to secure third place. Austin Dillon ran fifth, and rookie Ryan Blaney came home sixth, posting a career-best finish on an open-motor race track. Kyle Busch retained the top spot in the series standings and leads Johnson by six points and seventh-place finisher Kevin Harvick by seven.
Video: Kobalt 400 race recap
Busch was leading 199 of 200 laps
Las Vegas native Kyle Busch won Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 and he finally broke his home-court jinx at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch’s win was absolutely dominant because he was leading 199 of 200 laps. The race finished with the outstanding success of Joe Gibbs Racing because three Toyota took first three places. Daniel Suarez was second and Erik Jones was third.
The victory in Las Vegas was Busch’s second straight in the Xfinity Series after he won at Atlanta. His total number of series’s victories was raised to 78!
Although Busch was dominating, his win was anything but easy. Suarez was closing fast over the final 20 laps, chopping a lead of nearly three seconds to less than one. Erik Jones was lao fast, in a fact his #20 was the fastest car in the race, but the back-to-back green-flag pit road speeding penalties squelched his chances for victory.
Daniel Suarez, who took over the series lead, matched his career-best finish and posted his ninth straight top 10, dating to last season. Suarez holds a Xfinity Series top with three points more than Elliott Sadler.
The race at Las Vegas was marked by multi-car wreck Lap 136. The crash started when Cody Ware spun his #25 Chevrolet, smacked the outside wall and stopped sideways on the track. Unable to avoid Ware’s car, Darrell Wallace slid his #6 Ford into the left rear quarter of the Ware’s car and drifted into the outside wall. Justin Marks tried to avoid Ware’s Chevy to the high side but hit the wall and careened down the track into Wallace’s Ford.
Video: Three-car wreck in the Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas