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Brad Keselowski Wins Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 At Atlanta

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Brad Keselowski Comes In Clutch Despite Setbacks For First Win Of 2017 season.


Despite Kevin Harvick dominating, Brad Keselowski won Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta. It was his first win at the track in nine tries. Kyle Larson finished second, followed by Kenseth, Kahne, and Elliott rounding out the top 5.

Kevin Harvick easily dominated all day long, winning the first two Stages and leading 292 laps. But, the game changer came on lap 311 after Austin Dillon brought out the caution. It was then a costly speeding penalty in the pits ended Harvick’s chance of winning. The race was wide open from that point forward, and it was a duel to the finish.

Kyle Larson took over the lead on the race’s final restart after the 4 team’s penalty. From there, Brad Keselowski took the lead from him with 7 to go and never looked back. It was the first win for the Penske 2 team since Kentucky last July. It was also Brad’s 22nd career Cup Series and first of 2017.

“This one kind of fell in our lap at the end and my team put it all together when it counted.” Brad Keselowski said after the race. “They gave me a great Auto Trader Ford Fusion and we were able to get by Kyle Larson there at the end.”

But, the win didn’t come without some diversity from that same team and crew. The team had to pit out of sequence twice during the race. The first issue come on lap 117 for a tire issue, and the other prior to the lap 270 restart for a loose wheel.

Other notes from this race include Kevin Harvick finishing 9th despite dominating and a late race penalty. AJ Almendinger’s (finished 20th) car was found to have 3 lugnuts missing during post race inspection. Finally, Cody Ware’s CUP debut was brief due to a mechanical issue and placed him in 39th.

NASCAR’s finest head out west next weekend for the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the first of three straight races in that part of the country.