The winds may have been strong, and the dust storm was kicking up, but no force of nature was strong enough to keep Brad Keselowski from claiming victory at the Kobalt 400 race in Las Vegas on Sunday. This is his second in the last three years at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Light rain and heavy winds surrounded the track on Sunday. Keselowski even remarked it may be the “craziest weather” he had ever experienced on the race track. Meanwhile, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had to sit behind his covered Ford to keep himself from getting blown away by the wind. Elsewhere in the race track, the gusty winds were strong enough to lift the car cover from the No. 78 car of Furniture Row Racing. And when it flew off the car, it went on to cover crew chief Cole Pearn instead.
When the race was underway, teams and drivers had to contend with the winds and a dust storm for a number of laps. For his part, Keselowski started the race from fourth and had to go all the way back after being penalized for speeding on the pit road. Nonetheless, the No. 2 Ford driver managed to push hard when it mattered. At final five laps, Keselowski fought his way to the front, eventually managing to get ahead of Saturday’s XFINITY winner and 2015 Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch, who had been in the lead.
Early on, Busch had led the race until he also received a penalty for speeding on the pit road at 30 laps. He eventually finished 9th. In the end, No. 22 Logano ended in second place, while No. 48 Jimmie Johnson managed to get third place. Meanwhile, No. 18 Busch finished fourth place.
Elsewhere in the track, Brian Vickers, who had been driving the No. 14 Chevrolet while Tony Stewart is recuperating, ended up finishing 36th. Meanwhile, rookie Chase Elliott an No. 20 Matt Kenseth ended up at the bottom of the standings after a wreck that also affected Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch.
From here, the drivers and teams will now head to Phoenix for the Good Sam 500 on March 13.