Brad Keselowski was able to survive several challenges and race to victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday. The race was delayed by rain, and saw extended caution periods due to sandstorms. In the end Keselowski was able to grab the 18th win of his career and his second in the last two years at Vegas. Here’s how it all went down Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Kurt Busch who won his second Vegas pole with a new track record Friday led the field to green after a 25-minute delay for a rain shower and under very windy conditions. Busch led the first lap as Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth were side by side for second. By lap 3 Logano was second, Kenseth third, followed by Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski. The lead up front was 1.4 seconds for Busch; Keselowski took fourth from Dillon on lap 5.
Kenseth was nearing Logano for second by lap 10. By lap 18 clear blue skies had returned and Busch’s lead had stabilized near 1.5 seconds. Jimmie Johnson moved to sixth passing Kevin Harvick on lap 19. Busch was starting to lap the field by lap 22, as his lead had shrunk. In lapped traffic, Logano had got nearly to the back of Busch. Johnson moved into fifth on lap 25.
Due to the morning rain, NASCAR had called for a competition caution at lap 30.