Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway marked the third different track in three races this season. In the last two weeks it has been Team Penske sweeping qualifying. This week Joey Logano would lead the field to green with teammate Brad Keselowski starting second.
For the sixth time in seven races caution waved before lap 20. On lap 17, caution waved for fluid on the track. Logano had led the first 17 laps of the race and pit strategy would start to take form.
Most teams would hit pit road. Some took right sides, others took just fuel and others took four tires. Brad Keselowski did not pit while everyone else did.
Caution waved on lap 45 for debris. Keselowski was about to hit pit road for a scheduled stop. Most of the leaders took two tires to maintain track position except for Logano. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon would lead the field back to green.
The restart saw Johnson pull away but Kyle Busch was coming and took the lead by lap 80.
The first round of green flag stops began around lap 95. Busch didn’t hit pit road to lap 97. When they all cycled through, Busch maintained his lead.
Last week’s winner, Kevin Harvick didn’t make his way to the front as quickly as he did last week. He found himself running third and running down the leaders following the pit stops. Harvick took the lead from Busch on lap 130. His teammate, Tony Stewart was not having the day they needed as he was two laps down in 29th.
Green flag stops began again on lap 139. Harvick hit pit road first along with Gordon and Johnson. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. came to pit road on the next lap; Busch and Keselowski followed right after.
Debris brought out the caution and the leaders hit pit road. Some took two tires, some took fuel only and others took four.
Keselowski stayed out during that last round of stops and would maintain the lead on the restart but would have to pit 12 laps sooner than everyone else.
The one car which was picking up the most ground after that round of stops was Paul Menard. He was running fourth with 80 to go.
Harvick would head to the garage after suffering right front hub damage. It would cap off a dismal day for Stewart Haas Racing.
With 47 laps to go caution waved for debris. All the leaders hit pit road but most just took on fuel. The leaders would take the green with just 43 laps to go.
Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Earnhardt would gamble on making it on fuel. Earnhardt would pull away from the field but Keselowski was coming and was running down Earnhardt.
Earnhardt was close on fuel. With just a half of a lap left he ran out of fuel and settle for second. Keselowski would earn his first win of the season.
The rest of the top 10 were Earnhardt, Menard, Logano, Edwards, Johnson, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne Gordon and Matt Kenseth.
Next up is Bristol Motor Speedway next Sunday.
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