Logano holds off Keselowski for Vegas victory

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Very fittingly, a Pennzoil-sponsored vehicle won Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race, the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joey Logano, aka "Sliced Bread" will try to regain his form from his early days when he became the youngest driver to win the Nationwide Series and the second-youngest to win the Dayton 500. They were also the winners of the two 80-lap stages that made up the first 160 laps of the race, with Harvick winning the first stage and Logano the second. He earned 58 points in this race (40 for the victory, 10 for the stage two win and eight for the third place finish in stage one), and as a result of it, he moved from fifth to first in the championship standings, where he leads second place Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing by six points (133 to 131).

Keselowski, who won last week at Atlanta, was gaining on Logano over the final laps and nearly caught him thru turns 3 and 4 on the final lap but Logano blocked him to win by two auto lengths.

Busch - who won Friday's Truck Series race and then Saturday's Xfinity Series race in OT - battled back in the final stage and finished third.

Harvick, who has two victories at the 1.5-mile Vegas track, started from the pole and led - by margins of more than 4 seconds - until he pitted under green on Lap 45. "But it gave us a lot to learn from today and I'm really proud of everybody to get a top five". The favorites - Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch - are no strangers to this race but have plenty of others to contend with.

However, Logano was the victor of the 2nd stage and took over the lead 7 different times in the race.

Kyle Busch is going for a three-race weekend sweep when he takes to his hometown track in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He had an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 14 for a loose wheel that sent him a lap down. Keselowski would make a charge at Logano in the final turn, but would not be enough to pass teammate Joey Logano.

"What a great race", he said. After a lengthy cycle, He returned to the lead with about to laps remaining in the opening stage. "So, good day for our Chevy, I think we might be top Chevy again". And we just weren't even in the ballpark, making huge changes to get in the ballpark. 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.