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Brad Keselowski claims sixth win at Talladega with overtime pass

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Brad Keselowski made precisely the precise last transfer this time, successful once more at Talladega Superspeedway and demonstrating a painful lesson nicely realized.

Keselowski‘s overtime victory made him the ninth driver to win via 10 NASCAR Cup races this season and avenged an embarrassing Team Penske gaffe within the season-opening Daytona 500. He and teammate Joey Logano triggered a last-lap cra-sh as Keselowski tried to pass Logano for the victory.

“Daytona, that’s a big one. Oh man, it stings still,” Keselowski mentioned. “But this can be a good one. We’ll take it. Beggars can’t be choosers. I definitely realized some classes from that race and I attempted to use them, and all of it got here collectively there at the tip.

“Michael McDowell gave me a good push like he did at Daytona, and I was a little bit smarter with how I handled it.”

Keselowski led only one lap, the final one, in a race that featured 35 lead modifications amongst 27 drivers.

“The whole race I had a couple opportunities to take the lead, but I just kept thinking, ‘Man, keep your car in one piece,’” Keselowski mentioned.

Logano was concerned in an airborne wreck and known as on NASCAR to vary the harmful racing circumstances at Daytona and Talladega.

“On one hand, I am mad about being in the cra-sh and on the other, I am happy to be alive,” Logano mentioned. “On one other hand, I’m questioning when we’re going to cease as a result of that is harmful doing what we’re doing. I received a roll bar in my head. That just isn’t OK.

“I am one hit away from the same situation Ryan Newman just went through. I just don’t feel like that is acceptable.”

Newman escaped critical damage racing for the win on the ultimate lap of the 2020 Daytona 500.

The victory, Keselowski‘s sixth at Talladega, got here after staff proprietor Roger Penske pulled the three Team Penske drivers and affiliate Matt DiBenedetto onto a name this week to debate his expectations on how they need to race Sunday. Penske refused to just accept one other Daytona catastrophe when Logano or Keselowski ought to have gained the race however as an alternative of working collectively the 2 triggered a fiery cra-sh that additionally collected a 3rd Penske automotive.

All three Penske drivers have now claimed spots within the 16-driver playoff area.

William Byron was second, Daytona 500 winner McDowell — the beneficiary of that February blunder — took third and Kevin Harvick a season-high fourth.

“I felt like I was in a good spot again working with Brad and drug back off of him coming off of Turn 4,” McDowell mentioned. “I thought I would have the run but just didn’t suck him down enough.”

DiBenedetto, who led 28 laps, completed fifth however gave away the win with a late lane change that allowed Keselowski to surge to the entrance.

Ford drivers took 4 of the highest 5 spots.

Kaz Grala completed a career-best sixth and was adopted by Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon in a trio of Chevrolets.

Ford drivers took spots 9 via 13 and the very best ending Toyota driver was Christopher Bell in seventeenth.

Keselowski tied Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon with six wins every at Talladega. But it was his first for the reason that fall race in 2017.

“I would have never dreamed I’d tie Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. here,” Keselowski mentioned. “That’s something. Those guys are really legends.”

SIDELINED

Rick Ware Racing had initially deliberate to enter Jennifer Jo Cobb for her first profession Cup begin, however NASCAR final week dominated the veteran driver was not eligible.

Had she been cleared to compete, Cobb would have been the primary feminine to race at NASCAR’s high stage since Danica Patrick in 2018.

NASCAR President Steve Phelps mentioned earlier than the race the competitors division determined Cobb “did not have the experience necessary in order to run in the Cup race.”

Cobb has 217 profession begins within the Truck Series and 31 within the Xfinity Series. She has one profession top-10 end.

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The collection heads to Kansas Speedway, the place Denny Hamlin has gained the final two races.

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