LAS VEGAS - Stafford's Martin Truex Jr. is off to a fine start this NASCAR season with his victory in Sunday's Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas. Truex fought close against Brad Keselowski most of the day and he came up victorious in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.
In some ways, Truex' victory was overshadowed by Kyle Busch and Joey Logano. These two drivers got into a fight immediately after the race. Busch was fuming and approached Logano. Logano tried to back away, and one of his many crew members on the spot stepped between the two to confront Busch. The two drivers then tangled and Busch was left with a bloody cut on his forehead.
Busch claimed Logano blocked him when their cars were battling for position and trying to pass the slowed car of Keselowski, Logano's Team Penske teammate.
Keselowski took the lead from Truex and was leading in the final nine laps. In the final lap, Truex moved into the front after Keselowski said something on his car broke. It appeared that he lost a lot of speed at that critical point in the race. Keselowski won last Sunday's race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Martin cruised to victory.
"I felt like the race didn't play into our hands," Truex said. "We got a little bit lucky there. That's why you fight until the end."
NASCAR announced this week that there will be no penalty for Logano and Busch for their scuffle on Sunday.
NASCAR's next competition is this weekend in Phoenix, Arizona.