NASCAR fans will be talking about a post-race fight between Joey Logano and Kyle Busch as the highlight of Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but on the track, the race was highlightead by Martin Truex Jr.
The No. 78 driver dominated the 1.5-mile track, winning all three stages after starting from the second position. He led 150 laps (of 267) but need a late-race pass to seal the win.
A blown engine in Danica Patrick's car reset with field with nine laps remaining. Pole-winner Brad Keselowski led Truex just two laps remaining until Keselowski reported trouble with his car as Truex blew by for the lead and eventual win.
"I hate that [Keselowski] had problems, he was strong and we weren’t going to do anything with him, but then he lost the brakes or something," Truex told Fox Sports after the race. "A little bit of a gift, but we have given some away, so it feels good to come out on the good end for once.”
Keselowski, who was in position for consecutive wins this season and to repeat in Sin City, was not sure what happened to his car.
"I just know it was something major," he told reporters after finishing fourth. "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.”
Kyle Larson finished second, followed by Chase Elliott and Logano, who got loose and into the rear of Kyle Busch's car on the final lap, causing Busch to spin onto pit road and sparking an altercation that left Busch with a cut forehead.
"I don’t run from conflict," Logano told reporters Sunday. "You just talk about it, but [Busch] wasn’t in a talking mood. He was in a fighting mood, I guess. Typically, you can handle this stuff like men and talk about it. You don’t have to fight, but whatever.
"Kyle and I have always raced really well together. We’ve never had an issue, but I guess that’s over.”
Despite losing the lead on Sunday, Keselowski heads to Phoenix as the points leader with 132 after three races. Kyle Larson (131 points) sits in second, followed by Chase Elliott (129), Truex Jr. (127) and Logano (119).