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Brad Keselowski Wins Kobalt Tools 400 At Las Vegas

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Brad Keselowski passed hometown favorite Kyle Busch with six laps remaining in the Kobalt Tools 400 to score his first win in 33 races. His last victory came at Auto Club Speedway last March.

Keselowski battled wind, sand storms and a Lap 180 speeding penalty to earn his 18th Sprint Cup win. It’s the first win in 2016 for Team Penske, which celebrates its 50th anniversary. Keselowski led a Team Penske sweep with Joey Logano finishing second with Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon rounding out the top five.

“It’s such a good feeling to be back in victory lane, it’s been way too long,” Keselowski told Fox after the race. “I’m beat. I put everything I had into driving this car. This rules package, I love it, The cars they can be really fast at the start of the run or really fast at the end of the run, and we had awesome speed at the end of every run. It seemed like we could never put it all together with the way the cautions kept falling.”

Kyle Larson was spun by AJ Allmendinger on Lap 198, causing the rear-end of Larson’s car to hit the outside wall. Then with 53 laps left, Larson and Regan Smith both spun in Turn 3, with Larson damaging his rear bumper when he backed into the inside wall. Larson finished 34th, four laps down. The caution returned two laps into the next restart when Kenseth got loose in Turn 1, slid up the track and was rear-ended by Chase Elliott. Elliott, who had run in the top 10 most of the day, finished 38th. Finally,  Brian Vickers, in his second race replacing Tony Stewart, ended the day 10 laps down in 26th after dealing with a broken axle late in the race.

The next stop for the Sprint Cup Series will be the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway next Sunday.

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