Joey Logano held off his teammate Brad Keselowski to score his first win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and the 22nd of his career, in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400.
Logano led 86 laps to give Team Penske its second straight win after Keselowski’s Atlanta victory a week ago.
“Brad and I were so evenly matched,” Logano said. “To be so close and get it at the end there, it was fun.
“We’ve been so close to winning this race in Vegas for so long… we’re proud to be able to deliver.”
Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.
“I’d like to have one more lap,” Keselowski joked.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Aric Almirola, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin completed the first 10 finishers.
Harvick and Logano won the race’s first two stages. Stage Points
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now heads to ISM Raceway in Phoenix next Sunday.
How Logano Won: Once he was able to wrestle the lead away from Keselowski in traffic, Logano had to hold off his Team Penske teammate in the closing laps including a last ditch effort coming out of Turn 4. Logano was able to fend off the charge and scored win number one of the season.
Who Had a Good Day: Harvick won the pole and led a race-high 88 laps on his way to his fourth place finish…Kurt Busch has scored two straight top-five finishes this season…Stenhouse Jr. scored his first top-10 finish of 2019…Hamlin has been in the top-10 in all three races this season.
Who Had a Bad Day: Despite a third-place finish Kyle Busch had a pit road speeding penalty that took him from contention for a win and a sweep of the weekend after taking the Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Xfinity Series races…Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon suffered penalties for having too many crew members over the wall…Daniel Hemric qualified fifth but fell back to a 23rd place finishing position.
What Else Happened: The race was the first with the full blown new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rules package. Cars remained bunched up closer together after restarts than previous Las Vegas Cup races but overall drivers had to adapt to the new dynamics of the rules as the race wore on. Long green flag runs were obviously the order of the day and keeping mistakes to a minimum on pit road proved to be a determining factor for several drivers who may have made an impact at the front of the field.
Quotable: “If we didn’t have the speeding penalty, we would have won this race,” Kyle Busch, who was pegged for speeding on pit road and had to work his way back from a drive through penalty.
Notables: Outside of two stage breaks the race went caution-free…There were nine different leaders in Sunday’s race…Logano is now 35th on the Cup Series all-time win list tied with Terry Labonte.