LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. scored his first victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday after thoroughly dominating the event.
It marks Truex's first victory of 2017 and the first win of the season for Denver's Furniture Row Racing team, the only Cup series team based outside of North Carolina. It was also Toyota's first win with their new 2018 Camry.
Truex made the winning pass with two laps to go in the Kobalt Tools 400 after pole setter Brad Keselowski had a mechanical issue, slowing him down in the final laps. The malfunction allowed Truex to cruise to victory after winning the previous two stages in the race, becoming the first driver in series history to sweep all three parts of a race with NASCAR'S new stage format.
The race ended in calamity for drivers Kyle Busch and Joey Logano after contact between the two sent Busch's car spinning on the final lap. Busch confronted Logano after the race, punching the driver before both were separated by NASCAR officials. Busch finished 22nd while Logano held on for a top five, coming home in fourth place.
Truex Jr's rookie teammate Erik Jones finished 15th in the race. Furniture Row racing went to a two car team this season, fielding both the #77 and #78 in NASCAR's top series.
NASCAR continues their west coast swing tour next week at Phoenix International Raceway.