Truex wins Kobalt Tools 400

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

Pos No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Behind Led Status
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 267 0.000s 150 Running
2 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 267 1.495 Running
3 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 267 2.346 Running
4 22 Joey Logano Ford 267 3.501 5 Running
5 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 267 3.504 89 Running
6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 267 3.802 Running
7 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 267 3.926 Running
8 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 267 5.014 Running
9 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 267 5.126 Running
10 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 267 5.290 Running
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 267 5.740 19 Running
12 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 267 6.130 Running
13 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 267 6.681 Running
14 43 Aric Almirola Ford 267 6.947 Running
15 77 Erik Jones Toyota 267 7.098 Running
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 267 8.069 Running
17 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 267 10.425 Running
18 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 267 11.660 2 Running
19 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 267 14.634 Running
20 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 267 15.428 Running
21 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 267 16.040 2 Running
22 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 267 17.837 Running
23 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 266 1 lap Running
24 47 A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 266 1 lap Running
25 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 266 1 lap Running
26 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 265 2 laps Running
27 34 Landon Cassill Ford 264 3 laps Running
28 72 Cole Whitt Ford 264 3 laps Running
29 38 David Ragan Ford 264 3 laps Running
30 41 Kurt Busch Ford 263 4 laps Running
31 15 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 262 5 laps Running
32 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 261 6 laps Running
33 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 261 6 laps Running
34 23 Gray Gaulding Toyota 260 7 laps Running
35 55 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 254 13 laps Running
36 10 Danica Patrick Ford 246 21 laps Engine
37 51 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 135 132 laps Suspension
38 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 68 199 laps Accident
39 83 Lajoie Corey Toyota 16 251 laps Accident

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