Joey Logano holds off Brad Keselowski for Vegas NASCAR win


It was Lap 129 of Sunday's Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Kyle Busch had his auto dialed in.

Keselowski said of the close finish, "Touched".

Byron finally pitted on lap 149 for only fuel, allowing Logano to retake the lead; Byron would exit the pits in tenth. Meanwhile, hometown favorite Kyle Busch finished in third after suffering a penalty for going too fast on pit road. That enable Busch to keep his No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet on the track while others came to pit road for the stage break.

"Yeah, we made one adjustment and I got really tight in traffic". "I think you're going to double that here at Vegas with the drag ducts". When we're in clean air, the vehicle is like this (pointing downward) and When we're in dirty air, the auto is like that (pointing upward). "The driver threw it away".

The #11 SHR Ford led a race high 89 laps, but was beset by grip problems on-track and while exiting his pit-box, meaning he could only finish in fourth, but still a clear margin ahead of the remainder of the pack, headed by Kurt Busch.

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Logano was a front-runner throughout the 267 lap race, finishing third in stage one before winning the second stage.

The race ran incident-free. He had an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 14 for a loose wheel that sent him a lap down. After a lengthy cycle, He returned to the lead with about to laps remaining in the opening stage.

Busch was able to pass Kevin Harvick for 3rd but was unable to catch up to Logano and Keselowski.

In the Xfinity Series, Busch is set to compete in the race at ISM Raceway on Saturday, March 9, the race at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, March 16, the race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 30, the race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday, August 3, the race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, August 16 and the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 7 before the 2019 seasons ends.

"Yeah, that was more intense than I wanted it to be." said Logano "There's been plenty of times here when we've led a lot of laps". "Around the second stage, we didn't get any stage points today, but it positioned us well to make a run at the checkers, and we got fifth today. We worked for that one, that's for sure".

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