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Martin Truex Jr. Wins Kobalt 400

Martin Truex Jr. leads the Field During 2017 Kobalt 400 NASCARMedia

Martin Truex Jr. Completes Unprecedented Stage Sweep En Route To 1st Win Of Season.


Martin Truex Jr. dominated the field Sunday winning the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was his first win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and first at the track. Kyle Larson finished second, followed by Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top 5.

Polesitter Keselowski led the field to green and the first 19 laps. It wasn’t long however before Martin Truex took the lead after the races first caution came out for Corey LaJoie’s crash. The biggest story of the first stage though is points leader Kevin Harvick’s crash. On lap 70, he wrecked on the frontstretch, ending his day with a 39th place finish. Meanwhile, The Penske teams of the 22 and the 2 traded the lead before Truex claimed the stage late.

The second stage wasn’t as eventful as 2 and the 78 continued to swap the lead with Truex once again taking the stage. Timmy Hill in the Rick Ware 51 was the only retirement during the second stage with suspension issues. The 78 continued to lead at the start of the final stage. Green flag pitstops handed the lead to Jimmie Johnson briefly before the lead cycled back to Martin. Furniture Row Racing’s first 2017 win looked to come easy and uneventful.

The finish however, was far from uneventful. A late race blown engine from Danica Patrick set up a restart with less than 10 to go. A strong pit stop handed Keselowski the lead once more up. But, his engine went reportedly sour with 2 to go and Truex cruised to the win. He would led a race high 150 laps for his first career win at Las Vegas. Also, He is also the first CUP driver to win a race after leading at the end of the first 2 stages.

“We’ve been on the other side of them plenty of times. This is the first one to come our way.” Martin Truex Jr. said after the race.

Also, the action wasn’t just limited for the win. Joey Logano spun out Kyle Busch while battling for position at the end of the race. The result was ensuing pandemonium as The two drivers and the 22 crew brawled on pit road. The fight was later broken up despite a clearly bloodied Busch in the process.

“There wasn’t much talking, just a lot of swinging.” Logano told Fox after the race. However, Kyle Busch wan’t interviewed by media after the incident.

NASCAR’s West Coast swing continues for finest next week at Phoenix Raceway for the Camping World 500.