Martin Truex Jr. Capitalizes and Wins Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas

Martin Truex Jr. rallied to victory Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, passing Brad Keselowski with a lap and a half remaining and sweeping all three stages of the Kobalt 400.

Truex led 150 of the 267 laps in the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota. His first win of the season was his first at the 1.5-mile track and the eighth of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.

Truex led just 10 laps in the opening 80-lap stage, but set the pace for the majority of the race’s second stanza. He managed to take the checkered flag with a 1.495-second cushion over runner-up Kyle Larson.

But his winning move came shortly after the final restart with was a dive to the low side of Keselowski’s Team Penske No. 2 Ford with two laps remaining.

Keselowski, the Coors Light Pole Award winner, faded to fifth. He led 89 laps in a bid for back-to-back victories after prevailing last weekend at Atlanta. Keselowski’s performance, combined with strong showings in the opening stages, still pushed him atop the standings after three of 36 scheduled points-paying races.

Chase Elliott took third place in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet. Joey Logano bumped Kyle Busch into a spin on the final lap and held on for fourth place. That maneuver led to a scrap between Busch and Team Penske crewmembers on pit road after the race.

Kevin Harvick, among the pre-race favorites, was one of the race’s first retirees with a crash ending his day after just 68 laps. Harvick’s right-front tire gave way at the end of the frontstretch, sending his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford scraping into the Turn 1 wall.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ next race is the Good Sam 500, scheduled Sunday, March 19 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM) at Phoenix International Raceway. It’s the second of three events in the NASCAR Goes West swing.

Kobalt 400 Results:

1. 78 Truex Jr.

2. 42 Larson

3. 24 Elliott

4. 22 Logano

5.   2 Keselowski

6. 11 Hamlin

7. 21 Blaney

8.  1 McMurray

9. 20 Kenseth

10. 14 Bowyer

11. 48 Johnson

12.  5 Kahne

13.  6 Bayne

14. 43 Almirola

15. 77 Jones R

16. 88 Earnhardt Jr.

17. 31 Newman

18. 95 McDowell

19. 27 Menard

20. 19 Suarez R

21. 13 T. Dillon R

22. 18 KyBusch

23. 37 Buescher

24. 47 Allmendinger

25.  3 A. Dillon

26. 32 DiBenedetto

27. 34 Cassill

28. 72 Whitt

29. 38 Ragan

30. 41 KuBusch

31. 15 Sorenson

32. 33 Earnhardt

33. 17 Stenhouse Jr.

34. 23 Gaulding R

35. 55 Cope

36. 10 Patrick

37. 51 Hill

38.  4 Harvick

39. 83 LaJoie

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