Brad Keselowski survived wild weather, a gamble on fuel strategy and a pit road speeding penalty to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday. Keselowski took the lead from Kyle Busch with six laps to go to score the 18th win of his career and his second at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the last two years.
“It seemed like there were plenty of challenges,” Keselowski said. “Whether it was pit road or the weather or cautions.”
Kyle Busch was in command in the closing laps after taking the lead on a restart on lap 223. Busch restarted fourth but jumped out of line and fought Jimmie Johnson three wide to rocket to the lead.
Behind him, Joey Logano and Keselowski both of whom had stayed out during the final pit stops and were hoping to have enough fuel held station until eight laps to go. The final caution on lap 232 gave Logano and Keselowski enough fuel to make it to the end and came when Matt Kenseth who led 9 laps earlier in the race, spun collecting Chase Elliott who was running sixth at the time.
Keselowski took second with eight laps to go and began moving forward and eventually to victory.