Truex Jr. weighs in on the Busch-Logano fight
Watch Martin Truex Jr.'s reaction as he finds out about the Kyle Busch-Joey Logano fight during his post-race press conference.
Logano reacts to fight with Kyle Busch
Joey Logano gives his side of the story after a fight breaks out with Kyle Busch on pit road.
Up-close view of Busch-Logano fight
Watch the pit-road view of the fight that broke out between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano after the Kobalt 400. Video courtesy of Jeff Gluck
Larson breaks runner-up streak with win at Auto Club
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Detailed breakdown MORE: Buy Larson gear FONTANA, Calif. -- What a difference one position makes. After three straight second-place finishes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, polesitter Kyle Larson finally found Victory Lane, pulling away after an overtime restart to win Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Larson took the checkered flag at the end of the second extra lap as team owner Chip Ganassi celebrated from his perch atop the pit box. "It's great to be Kyle Larson right now," said the 24-year-old driver. Resilient Brad Keselowski, whose spin on Lap 3 caused the first caution of the afternoon -- and damaged his No. 2 Team Penske Ford -- rolled home in second place, .779 seconds behind the driver variously known as "Young Money" and "The California Kid." Larson, who led a race-high 110 laps, kept his cool through four cautions and subsequent restarts over the final 21 laps, giving up the lead to pit for fresh tires on Lap 193 of a planned 200, as Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Jamie McMurray stayed on the track. RELATED: Stages 1,2 results from Auto Club But Larson quickly surged back to the front after a Lap 196 restart, passing Hamlin for the top spot through Turn 2 a lap later and holding it through the overtime. "I was staying as calm as I could be, but also frustrated at the same time," Larson said of the late-race stops and starts. "It seems like every time I get to the lead at the end of one of these things, the caution comes out and I've got to fight people off on restarts. Our Target Chevy was amazing all day. We were able to lead a lot of laps today. Truex was better than us that second stage by quite a bit. We were able to get the jump on him the following restart and led pretty much the rest of the distance. "I had to fight them off there after the green flag stops (before the final caution), and that was a lot of fun. This is just amazing. We've been so good all year long, three seconds in a row. I've been watching all the TV like 'He doesn't know how to win,' but we knew how to win today, so that was good." In posting his second career victory (the first coming at two-mile Michigan last year), Larson completed his first weekend sweep, having won Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series event. Larson extended his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lead to 29 points over second-place Chase Elliott, who finished 10th. Clint Bowyer ran third, posting his best finish since June 2015 at Sonoma, where he also came home third. Truex, who opened a lead of more than eight seconds in winning the second 60-lap stage, was fourth, with Joey Logano recovering a lost lap with a late wave-around to finish fifth. Keselowski cut a tire during a jam-up at the start of the race, the went for a ride off Jimmie Johnson's bumper on Lap 3. All things considered -- among them a suspension to crew chief Paul Wolfe for an infraction last week at Phoenix -- Keselowski was happy with his second-place result. "We were tore all to hell," Keselowski said. "Got tore up there really early in the race. Went all the way to the back, just clawed all the way up to second ... The last few restarts were obviously key for us. We seemed to get settled into about 10th there, maybe seventh or eighth. "Then kind of just executed the last few restarts. Good pit calls and so forth. Good timing with the yellows. We caught a few breaks, for sure, and made good adjustments to our car to make up for the damage. It takes a little bit of everything: good execution, good work by the team, and a little bit of luck on the last few yellows." NOTES: -- Before the race, the track announced a three-year extension of its race entitlement sponsorship, keeping the name Auto Club 400 through 2020. -- With Keselowski having early troubles, Larson is now the only driver who has scored points in both the first and second stages in each of the five races this year. -- Twenty-first Jimmie Johnson maintained his perfect record at Fontana -- but just barely. After a litany of issues throughout the race, Johnson got back on the lead lap as the "lucky dog" under the final caution. He has now finished on the lead lap in all 23 of his starts at Auto Club, completing all 5,306 laps raced at the speedway during his career. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Fight breaks out on pit road
Things get heated between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano on pit road following the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Logano says he and Busch have spoken since fight
RELATED: Busch, Logano mix it up on pit road " Up close view In what can only be described as a bout of fortuitous timing, Team Penske driver Joey Logano appeared on FOX Sports 1's NASCAR RaceHub on Tuesday, two days after an eventful Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for him at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After a third straight top-six finish to open the season in the Kobalt 400 as part of the resurgence for Ford and Team Penske (teammate Brad Keselowski nearly won his second straight before a late-race parts failure), Logano addressed the heated confrontation with Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch on pit road following the race. "At that point, I was trying to calm everything down and tell him, 'Hey, I got loose underneath you and my bad' and it didn't seem like he wanted to talk much at the time," Logano said. "At this point, I realized that and, so, not the way I don't think any of us really wanted that to end." Following contact on the final lap while both were running in the top five, Logano's No. 22 Ford made contact with Busch's No. 18 Toyota, sending the 2015 champion spinning across the finish line to a 22nd-place finish. Busch then hastily walked up to Logano on pit road and threw a punch before being tackled and mixing it up with Logano's pit crew before being broken up by more crew and NASCAR officials. Logano mentioned that he had called Busch on Tuesday and attempted to smooth things over. "We've spoken. Obviously we didn't speak much there, so I got a chance to call him up earlier today to be able to talk to him a little bit and at least tell my side of the story," he said. "We're going to have two sides to the story like there is all the time, but really the bottom line is we're two passionate race car drivers. We're two of the best in the sport that are going to go for wins that are aggressive and we collided. "That's the part that's tough, because it's going to happen. You want to get through it as quick as you can and talk it out, but bottom line is it wasn't intentional and we're going to have to work through it somehow. We've been racing against each other for nine years. We've never had a problem. We've been teammates and we've known each other really well. I consider him a friend of mine. "In the heat of the moment, when there's 40 drivers out there with one goal ... to go win the race, right? Eventully tempers are going to fly." NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France commented on the fracas Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Tradin' Paint" program. RELATED: France: 'Not going to get too wound up' over Busch-Logano flap "Listen, it's an emotional sport as you know," France told SiriusXM. "There's so much on the line for all these drivers and teams. ... So much is expected of these guys to do their thing, so when things happen that are going to happen at a race, it's not terribly crazy to understand that emotions are going to blow over sometimes, and we get that." Logano now heads to a track in Phoenix International Raceway that could see him continue his hot start. The Team Penske driver is the track's most recent winner; his fall desert victory propelled him to the Championship 4 last November. The Team Penske driver has just one finish outside the top 10 in the past seven visits to Phoenix. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Amy, Brian France continue their fight against cancer
Following a historic NASCAR Championship weekend, which saw the best drivers in the world fight for championships, Amy France and NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France switched gears last night to continue their fight against cancer. The Frances lent their support to Gabrielle's Angel Foundation and its annual Angel Ball which has raised $27 million for blood cancer research since 1996. After the Frances were honorees at last year's event, Amy France took a larger role this year, assuming the position of co-chair helping to plan the annual benefit and maximize its impact. As part of their support this year, the Frances gave a personal donation and also donated behind-the-scenes race packages that will be sure to put smiles on the faces of children with cancer at NASCAR races in 2017. In addition, the Frances agreed to match any money raised by families affiliated with Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation who are involved in their own fundraising efforts. The Frances began personally hosting child cancer survivors at races in 2015. The Angel Ball took place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City and honored the work of Carl H. June, M.D., Director of the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies and Director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at the University of Pennsylvania, the late Robert Kardashian and Heloise Pratt AM, Chair of The Pratt Foundation. The event featured live performances from Earth, Wind & Fire, Dave Stewart, Vanessa Amorosi, Jon Stevens and CeeLo Green. This is the latest effort from the Frances who founded the Luke and Meadow Foundation -- named after their 5-year old twins -- in 2011. The Foundation’s mission is to drive progress on issues that threaten the health and wellness of children. The Frances partner with dozens of world-class charitable organizations, devote significant time and make multimillion dollar donations to combat a wide-range of issues related to disease, poverty, abuse and education. The Luke and Meadow Foundation, which is a personal passion of the Frances, complements NASCAR's long history of social responsibility. As NASCAR Chairman and CEO, Brian is championing meaningful changes within the industry through the NASCAR Foundation , NASCAR Green and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Re-Viva Las Vegas!
NASCAR.com's Kim Coon takes a look at this weekend's racing from Las Vegas Motor Speedway on this week's Rearview Mirror. From Martin Truex Jr.'s win, to the Busch-Logano fight , we put it all behind us in this week's Rearview.
Kyle Busch, Joey Logano: Post-race quotes from Vegas
RELATED : Kyle Busch, Joey Logano in post-race scrap MORE: Photos of the incident A collection of comments from Kyle Busch and Joey Logano after their last-lap contact, post-race confrontation and pit-road fracas: KYLE BUSCH, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota What led to your anger at the end? "I got dumped. (He) flat-out just drove straight in the corner and wrecked me." Any conversation between you or Joey or was it just the fisticuffs? "That's how Joey races, so he's going to get it." JOEY LOGANO, Team Penske No. 22 Ford What happened between you and Kyle Busch after the race? Why did Kyle throw a punch? "I don't know. We were just racing hard there at the end. I was underneath him on the backstretch and he tried to crash me into the corner getting underneath Brad (Keselowski) there and at that point I was just trying to get through the corner. I was sideways all the way through and got into him. Nothing intentional. I understand his frustration, he crashed. The same thing could have happened into (Turn) 3 what he did to me." What transpired with Kyle? "There wasn't much talking, there was a lot of swinging. I don't know. I was racing hard there at the end with our Pennzoil Ford. Kyle and I usually race really well together. We usually never have any issues, and he tried to pin me down into the corner underneath Brad and we about crashed on entry. And then I was still trying to gather it up by the center and I was gonna spin out, so I'm trying to chase it up and he was there. It obviously wasn't anything intentional, but obviously he thinks that, so, I don't know, we'll get by." Any blows landed between the two of you? "None to me." When did you know he was coming after you? "You see him coming. He's wearing the same color suit as me." Did you move away or try to get away from it? "No, I don't run from conflict. You just talk about it, but he wasn't in a talking mood. He was in a fighting mood, I guess. I don't know. Typically, you can handle this stuff like men and talk about it. You don't have to fight , but whatever." Any idea what happened there? "We crashed. He came down on the entry on me to get underneath Brad and sent me for a heck of a ride on the entry and I was still trying to gather the thing up and just never got it. I was still chasing it up the race track." Do you think Kyle was surprised or were you surprised with what happened to Brad (Keselowski)? "I just noticed he fell off a little bit at the end, but it's not like he was going slow. He was still going fast and I was just trying to run my line into the corner and I got hit in the right-front before I even got into the corner by the 18, so I don't know." You don't expect something like that after the race. "Yeah, I guess it's always surprising. Like I said, I've never had an issue with Kyle. Kyle and I have always raced really well together. We've never had an issue, but I guess that's over." &lt;/p&gt;
Pearn: Early victory a 'huge boost' for No. 78 team
BUY TICKETS: See the races in Phoenix RELATED: Truex wins at Vegas " Full race results Crew chief Cole Pearn was hard at work at Furniture Row Racing's Denver shop immediately after guiding Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 78 Toyota to victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. There are more races to be won and a title to claim for this team. Pearn is one of only four team members who have been with the organization for every victory. He served as a chief engineer for the team's very first win with Regan Smith at Darlington in 2011 before being named crew chief in 2015 when Truex became the team's driver. Sunday's win was a strong performance for Truex, Pearn and the No. 78 team. Truex collected points for winning both stages in addition to the big trophy for taking the checkered flag -- 1.495-seconds ahead of Kyle Larson. He also led a race best 150 of the 267 laps for the his fourth win in the last 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular-season events. Here's what the Canadian native Pearn had to say about Sunday's dramatic Vegas "sweep." RELATED: Crew call for the No. 78 team HOLLY CAIN: How important was it to your team to win early this season after winning in the 2016 playoffs but not advancing to the Championship 4? COLE PEARN: To get one early on is a great feeling. It was important. It's a whole different world now and we're all still trying to understand it, but definitely a good feeling. CAIN: Did you realistically expect to win this early in the season after the team took on the great task of fielding a second car (for rookie Erik Jones) in 2017? PEARN: I didn't really know what to expect to be honest. Having a second car and then having to switch bodies to the 2018 (Toyota) Camry was probably a bigger change, more than anything. You never really know where you're going to be at with that big of a change. So to be able to get one early and be competitive so far is definitely comforting. RELATED: More on the new-look Toyotas for this season CAIN: Last year, the team was competitive early but didn't score that first win until the dominating performance at Charlotte in May. How important was it to run well and win right away? PEARN: It definitely calms you. But with the change in the format, you have to push after it every week. Those bonus points will be so valuable. The win is nice -- to not having that hanging over your head. But you've still got to get to work and try and run best you can every week. CAIN: Was what vibe like back at shop in Denver after securing a win three weeks in? It's the earliest the team has every won. PEARN: It was a huge boost. Everyone, you know the shop guys, feels like they've worked every day since Christmas. The weekends, ridiculous hours through the week everyone just trying to get this all off the ground. We've got a lot of new people here too, so to get a win like that early on was huge for their spirits. So definitely lightened everybody’s step for sure. FROM THE VAULT: Furniture Row heeds call of the west " Furniture Row enveloped by a city's embrace CAIN: You are one of only four people on the team there for every win in team history. How are your expectations different now? PEARN: I think we push ourselves pretty hard regardless. But winning early is good. The more you win, the more fun it is. Definitely good to get one early and not walk away feeling like you let one slip away. Those are the hard ones to get over. So it's good not to deal with that. We try to be good every week and that's really hard to do and I think, we just keep putting effort in like we've been doing and hopefully that will allow us to keep being successful. We definitely want to win as many races as possible. CAIN: Interesting end to the race with the scuffle on pit road. Were you even aware what was happening with Kyle Busch and Joey Logano during their 'disagreement?' PEARN: You were starting to hear whispers while in Victory Lane and then the oddest thing towards the end, we were delayed in going and doing media stuff because all the media was covering the fight . It was definitely an odd Victory Lane vibe for sure. CAIN: Had to share headlines a bit. … PEARN: It's all right. People want to see passion so it's good for the sport. CAIN: Which of the upcoming tracks do you feel most optimistic about? PEARN: I felt like we had a good finish at Phoenix last year. Hopefully we'll have a good weekend this weekend and we were good at Fontana too. It's just doing the right things each week and trying to optimize everything for the track. I'm hopeful we can win any week really. CAIN: Talk about the shift for FRR from "Underdog" to the team everyone is looking at as a favorite every week PEARN: This sport is all work and it's something you have to keep pushing at. You got here by working hard and we have to continue to keep it at this level. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
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