Keselowski Prevails at Las Vegas

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway was one track Brad Keselowski could never seem to conquer. That is until today when he put on a show that led him to victory lane for his first career Las Vegas victory.

The win didn’t come easy for the No.22 team, however. Drivers including Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Chase Elliott gave Keselowski a run for his money throughout the race. Busch was Keselowski’s biggest threat as a broken alternator in the No.22 car led to Busch closing in towards the conclusion of the race. Busch got within a half second of Keselowski, but he was never able to get any closer. Making Busch a bridesmaid at his home track for a second straight year.

Keselowski didn’t hold the lead for the whole race, but he did make it to the front in sporadic portions of the event. He first let on Lap 9 and stayed out front until the first caution of the race. A few laps following the first caution’s restart, Keselowski found himself back out front after passing Kenseth.

About 50 laps later, Busch gained the lead for the first time in the race. He was able to hold it until the No.54 car couldn’t get going on a restart with 38 laps to go that forced him to forfeit the lead to Keselowski.

It was all Keselowski past that point as he cruised to victory. This was his first win in NASCAR’s top three series in 2014. He finished second in the Nationwide Series opener and third in last weekend’s NNS race at Phoenix.

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Results via ESPN.com

POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER LAPS MONEY START LED PTS BONUS PENALTY
1 Brad Keselowski Ford 200 2 144 0 0 0
2 Kyle Busch Toyota 200 7 33 0 0 0
3 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 200 4 9 0 0 0
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 200 3 0 0 0 0
5 Chase Elliott 9 Chevrolet 200 9 0 39 0 0
6 Matt Kenseth Toyota 200 6 7 0 0 0
7 Brian Scott Chevrolet 200 5 0 37 0 0
8 Trevor Bayne Ford 200 17 0 36 0 0
9 Chris Buescher Ford 200 12 0 35 0 0
10 Regan Smith Chevrolet 199 10 0 34 0 0
11 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 198 1 7 34 1 0
12 Matt Crafton Chevrolet 198 11 0 0 0 0
13 Elliott Sadler 11 Toyota 198 13 0 31 0 0
14 Mike Bliss Toyota 198 20 0 30 0 0
15 Ryan Reed Ford 197 15 0 29 0 0
16 Brendan Gaughan 62 Chevrolet 197 16 0 28 0 0
17 David Ragan 98 Ford 197 19 0 0 0 0
18 James Buescher Toyota 197 14 0 26 0 0
19 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 196 24 0 25 0 0
20 Blake Koch Toyota 195 18 0 24 0 0
21 J.J. Yeley 93 Dodge 195 25 0 0 0 0
22 Ryan Sieg 39 Chevrolet 195 22 0 0 0 0
23 Dakoda Armstrong Ford 194 21 0 21 0 0
24 Dylan Kwasniewski Chevrolet 193 8 0 20 0 0
25 Tanner Berryhill 17 Dodge 193 27 0 19 0 0
26 Mike Wallace 28 Dodge 192 28 0 18 0 0
27 Eric McClure Toyota 192 30 0 17 0 0
28 Ryan Ellis Toyota 191 38 0 0 0 0
29 Jamie Dick Chevrolet 190 26 0 15 0 0
30 Daryl Harr Chevrolet 190 37 0 14 0 0
31 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 190 39 0 13 0 0
32 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 190 29 0 12 0 0
33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 189 31 0 11 0 0
34 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet 188 33 0 0 0 0
35 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 178 35 0 9 0 0
36 Joey Gase Chevrolet 133 36 0 8 0 0
37 Josh Wise Chevrolet 82 23 0 0 0 0
38 Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet 8 40 0 6 0 0
39 Tommy Joe Martins 76 Ford 8 34 0 5 0 0
40 Jeff Green Toyota 3 32 0 4 0 0

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