Logano scores first win of season at Pennzoil 400

Elena Summers
March 6, 2019

Joey Logano celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Las Vegas.

Despite a late charge by Keselowski, he could not pass Logano as the reigning Cup champion recorded his 22nd career Cup win.

"Two top-fives to start the year, but we know we have work to do: little bit of aero, engine, handling, but right now, we have fundamentally started the season as strong as we can with not making mistakes and having fun", Busch said.

Defending Pennzoil 400 victor Kevin Harvick was fourth, and Kurt Busch was fifth.

Logano earned Team Penske their second consecutive win this season, leading 86 laps.

Behind Keselowski, Kyle Busch brought the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota home in third place, ahead of stage one victor and polesitter Harvick, having recovered from being a lap down after being awarded a drivethrough penalty for speeding while entering the pits on lap 119. Meanwhile, Logano and his teammate Brad Keselowski were battling for the lead as we got down to the end of the final 40 laps. "We had a lot of speed last week".

As he and Logano reached lapped cars, Busch claimed the lead on lap 120 before preparing for the next green flag pit cycle. "Fortunately, that caution in the beginning of the second stage went our way and allowed us to put our first set of tires on with a fresh wheel".


Slipping from the race lead to 23rd, Busch fought his way back through the pack throughout the remainder of the race.

On lap 60, Suárez arrived on pit road for his stop and Harvick reclaimed the lead.

Kyle Busch had no one to blame but himself for why he didn't win the Pennzoil 400 on Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.And he did.Busch looked capable of completing a clean sweep of all.

Keselowski drove up from 19th to take the lead with 27 laps left, but his hopes for back-to-back victories were dashed when Logano passed him while getting held up by lapped traffic.

"What a great race", he said.

"My best assessment is we are going to see a draft come into play with this new rules package, " Busch said.

"If we didn't have the speeding penalty on pit road, we would have won this race, but the guys gave me a great piece, and we were certainly fast there at the end", Busch said. I wasn't sure how we were going to do it, being short a set of tires. When the green-checkered flag flew on lap 160, Logano led Harvick, Truex, Keselowski, Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola, Stenhouse, Alex Bowman, and Jimmie Johnson.

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