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Keselowski says he was "a touch too nice" to Logano

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Keselowski says he was "a touch too nice" to Logano
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Mar 4, 2019, 12:42 AM

Brad Keselowski had the chance to make it two wins in a row but says he would have liked to have one more lap to see if he could seal the deal.

Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Discount Tire
Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Discount Tire and Paul Wolfe
Race winner Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Pennzoil
Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang
Race Winner Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Pennzoil

Keselowski, who won last weekend at Atlanta, got a strong run down the backstretch and into Turn 3 and was able to get alongside his Team Penske teammate, Joey Logano, coming off Turn 4.

For a moment, it looked like Keselowski might steal the win on the last lap at Las Vegas but Logano came off the wall and tucked right in front of Keselowski, hanging on to the lead to the checkered flag.

Asked if he had one more lap if he could have caught Logano, Keselowski said: “I’d sure like to find out. This Ford Mustang was really strong, and I thought it was a pretty good race. 

“I passed Joey with the lapped traffic there and caught a break there, and then lapped traffic cost me the lead to Joey and he pulled a good slide job, and I tried to pull it back and I was just a touch too nice to him.

“But sorry it was a really good day, really happy for Team Penske and our team.”

Navigating lapped traffic seemed to be key to maintaining momentum, particularly with NASCAR’s new aero package which featured less horsepower, more downforce and front air ducts.

Keselowski had patiently worked his way through the field after struggling during qualifying on Friday and starting 19th on Sunday.

With 60 of 267 laps remaining, Keselowski was running third and after the final round of green-flag pit stops, he was running fourth and started his march toward to the front.

“It was a good battle. We were both running really hard on the top. It seemed to come down to what the lapped cars were going to do,” Keselowski said.

“The lapped cars screwed the leader, and the second-place guy got a really good run. It happened over and over again. First, Joey got hosed by a lapped car, and I got by him. Then I got hosed by a lapped car, and he got by me.

“But it was definitely a good event.”

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Las Vegas
Author Jim Utter