The NASCAR Nationwide series continued its west coast swing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Ty Dillon would earn the pole and lead the field for the first time in his short NNS career.
Kyle Busch who dropped to the rear after an unapproved adjustment after qualifying, had worked his way to just outside the top 10 within 10 laps. Brad Keselowski who qualified second would take the lead from Dillon just nine laps into the race.
Matt Kenseth who was running the race at LVMS for the first time since 2007 in the NNS quickly ran down leader Keselowski as the first run began to wind down.
Only 46 laps into the race and there were only 12 cars on the lead lap as the leaders were setting a blistering pace.
Drivers began to hit pit road for the beginning of green flag stops. The first of the front runners to hit pit road was Matt Crafton.
Keselowski pitted on lap 55 after those who were chasing him pitted before him. Caution waved just as the pit cycle finished up for debris.
When caution waved Keselowski was just exiting pit road. NASCAR was trying to figure out the running order. In the end, Chase Elliott who ran out of fuel would get the lucky dog and Keselowski was still leading.
Finally on the restart hometown driver, Dylan Kwasniewski made contact with Chris Buescher and backed up into the wall. The caution waved with Kenseth in the lead.
On the next restart, Kenseth struggled to get going and Keselowski took back the lead. The highest running NNS regular was Elliott who was running in fifth.
As Keselowski battled lap traffic, Busch began to chip into the lead. Both Keselowski and Busch had never won at LVMS.
Dillon who hit pit road under green sped down pit road and would be a costly mistake with just under 100 laps to go. The leaders still hadn’t hit pit road yet on lap 119.
One lap later the leaders hit pit road including Keselowski, Kenseth and Elliott. During that cycle of green flag stops Kyle Busch would take over the lead from Keselowski.
Caution waved with 52 laps to go. The leaders to pit road as they needed to get their cars full on fuel. Keselowski slid through his pits and lost track position due to the mistake. Busch would lead the field off pit road with only eight cars on the lead lap.
On the restart, Keselowski, Busch and Kenseth were battling for the lead when Kesneth got loose and spun. Caution waved and the field would line back up. Busch would have a poor restart and Keselowski and Elliott would take over the top two spots.
Elliott would slip back on the restart but Keselowski would hold the lead over Busch and Kyle Larson. The laps were winding down Keselowski reported that he was losing power.
Lack of power aside Keselowski was able to hold off Busch and pull into victory lane for the first time at LVMS.
The rest of the top 10 were Busch, Larson, Dale Earnhardt, Elliott, Kenseth, Brian Scott, Trevor Bayne, C. Buescher and Regan Smith.
Next up is Bristol Motor Speedway next Saturday on ESPN2.