In a rather uneventful race at Las Vegas, the defending champion Tony Stewart held off 5-time champion Jimmie Johnson for the victory. This was Stewart’s first win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in his career. The last 50 laps were the most eventful laps of the day. Early in the race we saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick battle with strong cars early, they lead most of the first quarter of the race.
On lap 45 Rookie of the Year contender Timmy Hill, who missed the first two races at Daytona and Phoenix, hit the wall and ended his day. Our 2nd caution of the day came out when the 10 car of David Reutimann made contact with the wall. The next caution occurred when the former Red Bull Team, now called BK (Burger King) racing, one of their 2 drivers Travis Kvapil blew an engine. As soon as the caution came out Kyle Busch who was behind Kvapil when he blew the motor got into some oil and slightly tapped the wall but was able to continue. After a few debris cautions, the most excitement of the race is set to begin. On lap 244 Landon Cassill blew his engine, Cassill is Kvapil’s teammate who blew an engine earlier in the race.
As soon as the green flag flew after that last caution Brad Keselowski who restarted second had a fuel pump issue causing his car not to produce fuel to the car and Brad’s car slowed immediately and he dropped to the rear of the field and to the garage ending his day. With 12 laps to go Kurt Busch in the No.51 ran over a piece of debris which cut down one of his tires causing Ku.Busch to spin down the back-stretch and make significant contact with the inside wall, ending his day. The final caution of the day occurred when Kyle Busch cut down a rear left tire and spun into the infield grass on the front-stretch. Now a battle of drivers who has won the last 7 Nascar Sprint Cup Championships.
On the restart Stewart took the lead over Johnson who closed in quickly but was never able to clear Stewart again in the race. Also on that restart Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne made contact with the wall and Kenseth made enough damage to end his hopes of a top ten finish today, Kenseth ended up finishing 22nd. After the race Stewart was stoked about winning for the first time at Las Vegas. In a race that failed to live up to the spectacular show drivers likely witnessed throughout the week in Vegas on the strip, the race offered some great racing and great saves by drivers. Next week in one of the most exciting races of the season, we go to the Bristol Motor Speedway for a race full of beating and banging.