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Truex wins Kobalt Tools 400

by Brian Carroccio
Sunday, March 12, 2017

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Martin Truex Jr. scores his 8th career win at Las Vegas
Martin Truex Jr. Scored his 8th career win at Las Vegas

Martin Truex passed an ailing Brad Keselowski with two laps remaining to win today's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was the eighth career victory for the driver of the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER BOATS Toyota and first of 2017. Truex also won both stage 1 and 2 becoming the first driver in NASCAR history to sweep both stages and score the victory. Kyle Larson was second with Chase Elliott third.

Joey Logano bumped Kyle Busch in the final turn and came home fourth, with teammate Keselowski rounding out the top-five. Busch, a Las Vegas native, was none too pleased with the driver of the No. 22 Pennzoil Ford and went after Logano on pit road after the race. The 2015 series champion was restrained by Logano's crew and came away from a brief scuffle with a cut above his head. Busch finished 22nd. 

For his part, Logano was relatively calm about the matter. "There wasn't much talk, just a lot of swinging," said Logano to FOX's Vince Welch. "Usually Kyle and I race really well together, usually we don't have any issues. He tried to pin me down in the corner underneath Brad and we about crashed...it was nothing intentional but obviously he thinks that, so." 

When asked if there were any blows landed, Logano with a wry grin said, "none to me." 

Busch responded by expressing his rather blunt view of Logano noting: "that's how Joey races, he's gonna get his." 

Ultimately, however, the day was about Truex, who scored the first victory for the 2018 Toyota Camry. "A little bit of a gift," Truex noted about Keselowski's brake problems in the closing laps. "But we have given some away, so it feels good to come out on the good end for once." 

Next up for the Monster Energy Cup Series will be the Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Kevin Harvick and Logano won the two races at PIR last season. 

Results

PosNo.DriverManufacturerLapsBehind
LedStatus
178Martin Truex Jr.Toyota2670.000s
150Running
242Kyle LarsonChevrolet2671.495 Running
324Chase ElliottChevrolet2672.346 Running
422Joey LoganoFord2673.5015Running
52Brad KeselowskiFord2673.50489Running
611Denny HamlinToyota2673.802 Running
721Ryan BlaneyFord2673.926 Running
81Jamie McMurrayChevrolet2675.014 Running
920Matt KensethToyota2675.126 Running
1014Clint BowyerFord2675.290 Running
1148Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet2675.74019Running
125Kasey KahneChevrolet2676.130 Running
136Trevor BayneFord2676.681 Running
1443Aric AlmirolaFord2676.947 Running
1577Erik JonesToyota2677.098 Running
1688Dale Earnhardt Jr.Chevrolet2678.069 Running
1731Ryan NewmanChevrolet26710.425 Running
1895Michael McDowellChevrolet26711.6602Running
1927Paul MenardChevrolet26714.634 Running
2019Daniel SuarezToyota26715.428 Running
2113Ty DillonChevrolet26716.0402Running
2218Kyle BuschToyota26717.837 Running
2337Chris BuescherChevrolet2661 lap Running
2447A.J. AllmendingerChevrolet2661 lap Running
253Austin DillonChevrolet2661 lap Running
2632Matt DiBenedettoFord2652 laps Running
2734Landon CassillFord2643 laps Running
2872Cole WhittFord2643 laps Running
2938David RaganFord2643 laps Running
3041Kurt BuschFord2634 laps Running
3115Reed SorensonChevrolet2625 laps Running
3233Jeffrey EarnhardtChevrolet2616 laps Running
3317Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Ford2616 laps Running
3423Gray GauldingToyota2607 laps Running
3555Derrike CopeChevrolet25413 laps Running
3610Danica PatrickFord24621 laps Engine
3751Timmy HillChevrolet135132 laps Suspension
384Kevin HarvickFord68199 laps Accident
3983Lajoie CoreyToyota16251 laps Accident

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