WATCH: Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski’s Intense Three-Wide Battle in NASCAR Race at Las Vegas

Published 03/13/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) leads driver Brad Keselowski (2) driver Kyle Larson (5) driver Chase Elliott (9) and driver Ryan Blaney (12) during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Last weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kyle Larson seized a win. However, he did not have an easy time on the track. At one point during the race, he was besieged by two Team Penske cars flanking him. The trio went three-wide for a very long time, and there was almost nothing to choose between them.

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Initially, Larson and Keselowski were side-by-side, with Logano half a car length behind them. A little further back were the cars of Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Elliott. What made this even more nail-biting was the fact that the three-wide moment took place on lap 54.

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With Blaney inching closer, Larson was pretty much under attack from all Penske cars. For two whole laps, Keselowski, Logano, and Larson were wheel-to-wheel and refused to give an inch. In the end, Larson’s resolve broke temporarily, and he got swallowed up, dropping to fourth behind teammate Chase Elliott.

Kyle Larson eventually prevailed and won the race

In the end, Larson went on to survive the relentless Penske attacks and took his first win in Hendrick colors. Brad Keselowski was second on the track, as the meat in a Kyle sandwich, with Kyle Busch coming home third. Busch led his Joe Gibbs teammate and championship leader, Denny Hamlin. Meanwhile, Penske’s Ryan Blaney completed the Top 5.

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Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, Elliott could only muster 13th fastest on the track, with Dillon just ahead of him in 12th. Additionally, Stenhouse Jr just missed out on a Top 10 finish at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Speaking of the top 10, Martin Truex Jr took sixth place ahead of Christopher Bell, William Byron, Logano, and Erik Jones.

Safe to say, the top 10 was packed with Hendrick, Joe Gibbs, and Penske cars. The only odd one out was Erik Jones in the Richard Petty Motorsports car. This weekend, the paddock heads to the Phoenix Raceway for the next race, and Kyle Larson will be high on confidence.

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