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Brad Keselowski Wins GEICO 500 At Talladega Superspeedway


Brad Keselowski survived a manic and perhaps electrifying GEICO 500 Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. This was his second win of the 2016 season and as a result he has strengthened his seeding for the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Kyle Busch finished 2nd followed by Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, and pole sitter Chase Elliott round out the rest of the top 5.

It was Keselowski’s fourth career Sprint Cup victory at the 2.66-mile tri-oval. He led 46 of the 188 laps, including the final 17, taking over the lead for good from teammate Joey Logano on Lap 172. It was also Keselowski’s 19th career Sprint Cup victory and his second of the season, having won previously this year at Las Vegas.

“This Fusion was hauling and one of the tickets to staying out of wrecks at Talladega is if you can stay up front, you have a great shot at not getting wrecked,” Keselowski said. “To be back in Victory Lane and have two wins this year, we’re looking for more and are really growing as a team. This feels really good, really good.”

Other storylines from Sunday’s GEICO 500 include:

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s hope for a seventh win at Talladega went away after wrecking on Lap 50. He got his repaired car back on track on Lap 99, only to be involved in another wreck on Lap 110 when something broke in Carl Edwards‘ car, sending him into Earnhardt and the wall. Earnhardt had nowhere to go and finished last in the 40-car field
  • Pretty much almost anyone with a racecar to start chances are had one that was damaged at the end of 500 miles. Matt Kenseth and rookie Chris Buescher went airborne in separate crashes. Also, Kurt Busch turned Jimmie Johnson on the frontstretch with only 27 laps to go, which began a chain reaction that involved 17 cars in the biggest crash of the 188-lap race.
  • Michael Waltrip made his 60th career start at Talladega and led at least one lap for 34 of those races after leading during a series of stops twice. He came home with a respectable 12th place finish.
  • The feud between Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano simmered again Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Kenseth, who had blamed Logano for forcing him off the track and putting him in position to be involved in a 12-car wreck that started with contact between Danica Patrick and Michael McDowell. Kenseth’s car went airborne in the crash.

NASCAR heads to Kansas Speedway for the 400 in a Mothers Day Weekend showcase Saturday night.

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