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Brad Keselowski Wins Coke Zero 400 At Daytona

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Brad Keselowski can finally boast about winning a points race at Daytona International Speedway, as he won Saturday’s Coke Zero 400. The Michigan native has four prior Superspeedway wins, all at Talladega. Kyle Busch finished 2nd followed by Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Greg Biffle (pole winner), Clint Bowyer and Michael McDowell round out the top 10.

Although runner-up Kyle Busch gave Keselowski a strong challenge on the final lap, The #2 Detroit Diesel Ford was just too strong. Keselowski led 115 of the race’s 161 laps, including one extra lap past the scheduled 160 laps due to a green-white-checkered finish.

“Them guys were doing a heck of a job, Kyle and Kurt work together real well,” Keselowski said in his post race interview with NBC. “My teammate, Joey Logano, was a huge part of this. Two great cars here from Team Penske and worked together really well. On that (last) restart, he gave me the push I needed.”

The win also pushed Keselowski from fourth to second place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, leaving him just 14 points behind series leader Kevin Harvick. Ford also claimed four of the top 5 finishing positions, giving them a boost in the manufactures championship and bragging rights until next February.

Other storylines from Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 At Daytona International Speedway include:

  • A big 22-car wreck on Lap 90 eliminated several Chase contenders either out of the running for a win, or even their nights altogether. Among those involved were points leader Kevin Harvick (finished 39th), preceded by Paul Menard (36th), Jimmie Johnson (35th), Jamie McMurray (34th), Chase Elliott (32nd), Kasey Kahne (30th), Martin Truex Jr. (29th) and Matt Kenseth (28th).
  • Two underdogs collected top tens tonight. Clint Bowyer, who has struggled this season, had a good ninth-place finish, while Michael McDowell finished 10th. Additionally, all three of McDowell’s career top 10’s have come at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Tony Stewart wrecked on Lap 148, 13 laps from the eventual finish. While he finished 26th, Stewart earned enough points to climb into the top-30 (30th position) in the Sprint Cup point standings. Tony is currently eligible for the Chase For The Sprint Cup based on the requirements of NASCAR’s exemption.

Next Race Up: NASCAR heads to the newly repaved and reconfigured Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400 next Saturday Night.