CP MOTORSPORTS - MARTIN TRUEX JR. HAS FATE TO THANK IN KOBALT 400 WIN
While Martin Truex Jr showed his strength in his Furniture Row Toyota throughout the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he owes a huge thank you to whatever demon kicked Brad Keselowski's Miller Ford in the closing laps.
Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano owe the same thanks as they also clear Keselowski for their top five finishes. On the other end of the stick Keselowski was able to hang on for a sixth place finish and the points lead.
Truex was quick to admit Keselowski's issues handed him the win.
“The 2 car got out front, and that last restart, really thought we were going to run second,: admitted,” Truex. “ (We) got a little bit lucky with him having an issue and got the win. But honestly we've been on the other side of those things plenty of times, so definitely feels good to take advantage of somebody else's issue for once and go to victory lane.”
“(Our) guys just did a phenomenal job getting the car the way that we needed it. Thankful to be able to put it all together, Feels good to be here, and first win at Vegas feels awesome.” The win was one Keselowski came close to feeling was in his pocket. Just as the feeling started to show it's face his Ford struggled. What happened is something the team will have to investigate.
“No, they’ll have to take it apart” stated Keselowski when asked if he knew what the problem was. “At the end, we have to go to inspection and stuff, so we’re not allowed to look. I just know it was something major. It wouldn’t turn and I lost brakes, so that’s a pretty good indicator, but that’s the way it goes. That’s racing and that’s why you watch until the end and you never know what’s gonna happen.”
While the win by Truex was exciting the post race interaction between Joey Logano and Kyle Busch was a film stealer. Busch spin in the final moments of the race after contact with Logano.
“I don’t know,” stated Logano when asked about the final lap issue. “We were just racing hard there at the end. I was underneath him on the backstretch and he tried to crash me into the corner getting underneath Brad (Keselowski) there and at that point, I was just trying to get through the corner. I was sideways all the way through and get into him. Nothing intentional. I understand his frustration, he crashed. The same thing could have happened into 3 what he did to me.”
And, what about the contact on pit road?
“There wasn’t much talking, there was a lot of swinging,” Logano said. “It obviously wasn’t anything intentional, but obviously he thinks that, so, I don’t know, we’ll get by.”
Officials quickly stepped into the incident pulling away Logano. It took a little longer to get Busch free of the Pennzoil Ford crew members who had quickly taken him to the ground.
Larson was well pleased with his second place finish and his avoidance of any post-race issues.
“Yeah, no fist flying for me,” said Larson. “That was exciting right there, but no, awesome day for our Target team. Second in the first stage, third in the second stage and then finished second in the race. I can’t say enough about my team. I’m so proud of them. Our race cars are amazing right now. We are going to hopefully, keep building on what we’ve got and keep challenging for wins and they will come.”
Both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the Xfinity Series go south to Phoenix next weekend for the second of three consecutive races on the west coast.