Keselowski defeats Kyle Busch at Talladega

Brad Keselowski celebrates Dodge's first Talladega victory in 36 years

Brad Keselowski celebrates Dodge's first Talladega victory in 36 years

Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski has out-run Kyle Busch in a green-white-chequered finish to win the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega.

Keselowski won by a relatively comfortable 0.3s at the superspeedway after pulling away from Busch, who had pushed the Miller Lite entry to the front on the restart.

The victory is Keselowski’s second of the season and the sixth of his 99 race Sprint Cup career.

Matt Kenseth came home third from Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, David Ragan, Trevor Bayne, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jeff Burton.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose dodged several incidents to take the last restart in sixth position, before eventually fading to 14th.

The final caution period came after a multi-car collision near the front of the pack that ruined the chances of Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Michael Waltrip.

It was a tough day also for five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson, who joined Stewart-Haas Racing’s Ryan Newman in suffering early engine problems.

Greg Biffle continues to lead the standings after 10 of 36 races, seven points ahead of Roush Fenway Racing team-mate Matt Kenseth.

See below for the full Aaron’s 499 result

FIN

ST

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 13 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 47/4 194 Running
2 21 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 43/1 194 Running
3 10 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 43/2 194 Running
4 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 41/1 194 Running
5 6 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / O’Reilly Auto Parts 40/1 194 Running
6 24 Clint Bowyer Toyota Aaron’s / Alabama National Champions 38/0 194 Running
7 32 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports 37/0 194 Running
8 11 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft 0 194 Running
9 18 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 36/1 194 Running
10 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 35/1 194 Running
11 23 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 33/0 194 Running
12 4 Aric Almirola Ford Verifone Sail 32/0 194 Running
13 26 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 31/0 194 Running
14 3 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 30/0 194 Running
15 2 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil-AAA 29/0 194 Running
16 41 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 29/1 194 Running
17 17 Paul Menard Chevrolet Turtle Wax / Menards 28/1 194 Running
18 25 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 27/1 194 Running
19 9 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron’s “Color your way to Talladega” 26/1 194 Running
20 33 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 25/1 193 Running
21 42 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bush’s Baked Beans 23/0 192 Running
22 34 David Reutimann Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 22/0 192 Running
23 22 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 22/1 192 Running
24 8 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 21/1 190 Running
25 20 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 20/1 184 Accident
26 30 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 18/0 184 Accident
27 39 Robert Richardson Jr. Toyota North Texas Pipe 0 182 Accident
28 15 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 16/0 166 Accident
29 28 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy 15/0 143 Accident
30 38 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 14/0 142 Accident
31 7 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 13/0 142 Accident
32 12 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target / Kraft 13/1 142 Accident
33 1 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 20 Years 11/0 142 Accident
34 40 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 10/0 141 Accident
35 19 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 10/1 61 Engine
36 14 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 8/0 42 Engine
37 36 Bill Elliott Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 7/0 37 Electrical
38 43 Tony Raines Chevrolet Little Joe’s Autos 6/0 32 Engine
39 27 David Stremme Toyota Stock Car Steel and Aluminum 5/0 30 Transmission
40 31 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 4/0 15 Engine
41 37 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 0 7 Vibration
42 16 Josh Wise Ford Morristown Driver’s Service 2/0 5 Rear Gear
43 35 Michael McDowell Ford Curb Records 1/0 2 Vibration

See below for the Sprint Cup standings after 10 of 36 races

RANK

DRIVER

POINTS

1 Greg Biffle 378
2 Matt Kenseth 371
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 369
4 Denny Hamlin 351
5 Kevin Harvick 333
6 Martin Truex Jr. 332
7 Tony Stewart 328
8 Jimmie Johnson 324
9 Kyle Busch 308
10 Clint Bowyer 302
11 Carl Edwards 300
12 Brad Keselowski 299
13 Ryan Newman 286
14 Paul Menard 277
15 Joey Logano 259
16 Jamie McMurray 253
17 Juan Montoya 252
18 Jeff Burton 249
19 Kasey Kahne 246
20 AJ Allmendinger 242
21 Marcos Ambrose 239
22 Aric Almirola 237
23 Jeff Gordon 232
24 Mark Martin 218
25 Kurt Busch 215
26 Bobby Labonte 211
27 Regan Smith 208
28 Casey Mears 187
29 David Ragan 172
30 David Gilliland 165
31 David Reutimann 154
32 Travis Kvapil 148
33 Dave Blaney 140
34 Landon Cassill 135
35 David Stremme 81
36 J.J. Yeley 73
37 Brian Vickers 66
38 Michael McDowell 57
39 Brendan Gaughan 50
40 Ken Schrader 47
41 Terry Labonte 42
42 Tony Raines 41
43 Josh Wise 39
44 Michael Waltrip 26
45 Hermie Sadler 13
46 Scott Riggs 13
47 Stephen Leicht 9
48 Bill Elliott 7
49 Robby Gordon 6
50 Scott Speed 2
51 Trevor Bayne 0
52 Sam Hornish Jr. 0
53 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0
54 Mike Bliss 0
55 Robert Richardson Jr. 0
56 Elliott Sadler 0
57 Reed Sorenson 0
58 Joe Nemechek 0
59 Danica Patrick 0
60 Cole Whitt 0
61 Timmy Hill 0
62 Tim Andrews 0
63 Jeff Green 0
64 Stacy Compton 0
65 Mike Wallace 0
66 Kenny Wallace 0

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