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Brad Keselowski Wins STP 500 At Martinsville Speedway

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Brad Keselowski Collects Second Win Of 2017 Season And First At Martinsville


Brad Keselowski won Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, his first at the half-mile short track. The win snapped a 13 year winless drought at the track by Penske. It was also his second win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Austin Dillon rounding out the top 5.

Kyle Larson brought the field to the opening green flag after qualifying was rained out. But, he struggled quickly with the car in the opening green flag run. The race stayed green until lap 109 as Jamie McMurray cut down a tire and found the wall. Also, Dale Earnhardt Jr. would spin with 10 to go in the stage. In all, Martin Truex Jr. continued to show his knack for the format, winning the first stage.

The second stage was a lot more quieter. But, it did come with some drama at the end. Kyle Busch dominated the stage, and appeared to be on his way to winning it. But, contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. brought Chase Elliott into the fold and eventually the stage win.

The final stage saw mayhem in typical Martinsville Speedway fashion. On lap 288, a multiple car crash involved several big names, including Kurt Busch and Daniel Suarez. The incident was started when Austin Dillon and Erik Jones caused a chain reaction in turn one. Kurt Busch would clear the repair clock, but found the wall only laps later, ending his day.

But, the mayhem didn’t stop there. Jeffery Earnhardt and Matt DiBenedetto brought out back to back yellows after having tire issues. Then, a big wreck involving Dale Earnahrdt Jr., Danica Patrick, and several others occurred with 80 laps to go. Dale Jr’s day was effectively done due to crash damage. Several others also spent time making repairs in the pits. Finally, Martin Truex Jr. spun on lap 433, but had no damage as a result.

However, the battle for the lead and eventually win was just as exciting. Two of NASCAR’s hard chargers Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski dueled after the restart with 64 to go after Truex’s spin. They both raced each other hard for several laps until Keselowski passed him and pulled away. Brad never looked back as he claimed his first Martinsville Speedway win.

The Monster Energy NASCAR CUP Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway next week for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.