Las Vegas NASCAR Cup: Logano wins as caution shown on final lap

Joey Logano won the second round of the 2020 NASCAR Cup season at Las Vegas as a last-lap incident denied Matt DiBenedetto the opportunity to snatch the victory

Las Vegas NASCAR Cup: Logano wins as caution shown on final lap

A caution was brought out just six laps before the chequered flag when Ross Chastain, filling in for Ryan Newman, spun the #6 Roush Fenway Ford.

All but seven cars came into the pits for fresh tyres for the sprint to the flag, with Logano leading William Byron, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and DiBenedetto among the pack that stayed out when the race resumed with two laps remaining.

Logano held onto the race lead while DiBenedetto pushed past Stenhouse and Byron to take second, and was close behind the Team Penske Ford driver when Logano began the final lap.

Behind the leaders, a handful of mistakes in the crowded pack led to a multi-car accident, which involved Byron and long-time race leader Kyle Blaney and led to the caution being thrown as a number of drivers spun or ran wide to avoid other cars.

As Logano had already taken the white flag, the final lap was called and the race ended under caution.

He therefore took the win half a second ahead of DiBenedetto, who had spent most of the race in the bottom half of the top 10, and Stenhouse.

Austin Dillon and Bubba Wallace also benefitted from not pitting before the final restart.

Neither driver had featured towards the front of the field for much of the race, but found themselves sixth and seventh with just two laps remaining.

Both managed to avoid the drama at the start of the last lap to finish fourth and sixth, with Jimmie Johnson splitting the pair.

Chase Elliott won the first two stages, and the Hendrick Motorsports driver controlled the first half of the race.

Though Logano and Blaney briefly claimed the race lead early in each stage, Elliott was the fastest driver on track throughout the first two stages.

Throughout the first half of the race, he was kept under pressure from Martin Truex Jr, but things came undone for Truex in the final stage.

He was forced to come into the pits at the start of the final 107-lap stage as the wheel lugs had not been tightened during his previous stop.

He then suffered a puncture, dropping him towards the back of the field.

Elliott continued to fight at the front of the field, though the pitstop cycle had shuffled him back to eighth when a flat tyre sent him into a spin 47 laps before the finish.

Kyle Busch, who should have started on pole after Saturday qualifying was rained off, started the race from the back of the grid, along with Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Denny Hamlin, due to unapproved body modifications.

Both made good progress through the field, with Busch briefly running inside the top 10 in the closing stages of the race. They took the chequered flag in 14th and 17th respectively.

Brad Keslowski picked up seventh, having benefitted from running an alternate pit strategy early in the race.

Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, and Ty Dillon completed the top 10.

Result - 267 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 2h58m11.s
2 Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Racing Ford 0.491s
3 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 0.857s
4 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1.454s
5 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1.805s
6 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 1.876s
7 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 3.371s
8 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 3.743s
9 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 3.796s
10 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 3.814s
11 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 3.943s
12 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4.934s
13 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5.942s
14 Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing Ford 5.943s
15 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6.098s
16 Corey LaJoie Go FAS Racing Ford 6.892s
17 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7.253s
18 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 8.899s
19 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9.406s
20 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9.945s
21 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10.725s
22 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 11.573s
23 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 12.198s
24 John Hunter Nemechek Front Row Motorsports Ford 44.580s
25 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
26 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1 Lap
27 Ross Chastain Roush Fenway Racing Ford 2 Laps
28 J.J. Yeley Rick Ware Racing Ford 3 Laps
29 Brennan Poole Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 3 Laps
30 Daniel Suarez Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 4 Laps
31 Joey Gase Rick Ware Racing Ford 9 Laps
32 Quin Houff StarCom Racing Chevrolet 9 Laps
33 Christopher Bell Leavine Family Racing Toyota 10 Laps
34 Reed Sorenson Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 14 Laps
35 Garrett Smithley Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet 15 Laps
36 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 22 Laps
37 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet Engine
38 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports Toyota Rear end


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