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NASCAR at Las Vegas

Logano wins Vegas

The NASCAR Xfinity Series was at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the Boyd Gaming 300.  Starting off at the pole position was Kyle Busch who ended up leading only 48 laps of the race.  But A big push from Joey Logano, who started fourth gets the lead and keeps it to win the race.  Logano led 106 laps of the 200 lap race.

Truex Jr. Victory Lap

Then on Sunday, was the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Kobalt 400. Starting off in the pole position was Brad Keslowski who held the lead for 89 laps until by the end of the race finishing in 5th.  But the race picked up with two laps left when Martin Truex Jr. passed by Keslowski to take the white flag.  After winning the first two stages of the race takes the checkered flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as Martin Truex Jr. wins the Kobalt 400. Truex Jr. led 150 laps during the race.

Opening 2017 indycar

This weekend not only was NASCAR, but the kick off to the start of the Verizon IndyCar Series.  This weekend IndyCar took to the streets of St. Petersburg for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  The pole sitter for the race was Will Power, but after a wreck leading into turns 2 and 3 to take the race under caution.  On the restart, James Hinchcliffe would take the lead from Power.  After the second full course caution came out, Simon Pagenaud takes the lead followed closely by Sebastien Bourdais.  On lap 82 Bourdais and Pagenaud brought their car into the pits for the final time.  But Bourdais took the season opening victory for himself and his team Dale Coyne Racing.

Before NASCAR got to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars raced the Dirt Track.  Both nights were big victories for Donny Schatz.

Kris Meeke has taken what turned out to be a dramatic Rally Mexico victory after flying off the road, through a car park and then back onto the stage just hundreds of meters from the finish.

The Citroen driver, using PWR cooling products, had built a 37-second lead heading into the final TV Power Stage when he hit a bump which sent the car through a hedge and into a car parking area for spectators. He was fortunate on many levels, as he clipped the back of a parked car and landed in a section that had no other vehicles. The Northern Irishman then appeared to look lost as he navigated his way through other parked cars and re-joined the stage with a puncture.

He went onto complete the stage 23-sec down, but crucially 13.8-sec in front in the overall standings from Sebastien Ogier.

With the allowed eight days of pre-season running over, teams now head back to their bases to digest their data and prepare their cars for the year's first race in Australia on March 26.

Ferrari lead the way, with Kimi Raikkonen the only man to go below 1m 19s around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya using PWR cooling products.

 

Boyd Gaming 300 Results

1. Joey Logano

2. Kyle Larson

3. Daniel Suarez

4. Justin Allgaier

5. Austin Dillon

Kobalt 400 Results

1. Martin Truex Jr.

2. Kyle Larson

3. Chase Elliott

4. Joey Logano

5. Brad Keslowski

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

1. Sebastien Bourdais

2. Simon Pagenaud

3. Scott Dixon

4. Ryan Hunter-Reay

5. Takuma Sato