Team Penske confirmed their status as NASCAR Sprint Cup series favorites Sunday with a one-two finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Kobalt 400. Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag, capturing the lead with 6 laps to go. Joey Logano finished second with a last lap pass of Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney in the Wood
Brothers Ford took sixth. Keselowski overcame a penalty for speeding on pit road, to give the Captain his 97th win on NASCAR’s premier series. The race was run with winds gusting to 50 mph, drivers had to deal with a pre-race rain shower, and a mid-race sand storm that covered the backstretch in a fog like haze.
For the second week in a row a short field took the green flag with only 39 cars on the starting grid. Jimmy Johnson led a race high 76 laps, giving up the lead to Busch on a restart with less than 50 laps to go, Johnson finished third behind Logano, who led 75 times around the 1 ½ mile circuit. After three races, Ford drivers hold 5 of the 16 spots in the Chase playoff standings. The series moves to Phoenix next week where the Penske drivers both finished in the top 10 at last year’s spring race.