Keselowski wins crash fest at Talladega

For the second time in 2016 Keselowski celebrates in Victory Lane

For the second time in 2016 Keselowski celebrates in Victory Lane

Brad Keselowski’s plan of staying up the front has paid off with the Penske Ford driver winning for the fourth time at Talladega.

In a race that featured four multi-car major crashes, including one as the field came to the chequered flag, Keselowski completed the race with a near perfect car after 500 miles of pedal-to-the-floor racing.

Importantly on the final restart on lap 186 of 188, Keselowski was able to power past Kurt Busch as the fighting cars behind wrecked on the front stretch.

“The last three or four restarts before that, the high lane had went, and as the leader a lot of it is out of your control,” said Keselowski.

“You need the cars behind you to push and a couple of them they did and a couple they didn’t. That’s just part of racing, and there was nobody at fault with that.

“We actually lost the lead and got a better run. Jamie McMurray behind me gave me a great push, and then Kyle Busch gave me a push that was big to clear the 41 (Kurt Busch), and without those two I couldn’t have made it to the front.

“So thank you to them. It’s Talladega. This is my fourth win here. I never thought I’d win at Talladega four times, and I’m super-pumped. This is awesome.”

In claiming the 19th victory of his career, Keselowski became the fourth two-time winner in the Sprint Cup series this season.

The race ended under caution, with Kyle Busch in second place and Austin Dillon in third as the survivor of two early crashes.

Jamie McMurray ran fourth, one spot ahead of polesitter Chase Elliott, who worked his way up from ninth to fifth after the final restart.

After Tony Stewart started his car, he handed over to Ty Dillon at the first caution. It proved a wise move as the #14 Chevy finished sixth. Stewart will be credited with the points.

In terms of the big crashes, the biggest on Lap 161 involved 21 cars. Kurt Busch ignited that accident by tapping Jimmie Johnson into Paul Menard.

On lap 181, a 12-car chain-reaction incident took out Matt Kenseth and Danica Patrick amongst others.

On Lap 96, Chris Buescher took the brunt of a seven-car crash that ended with Buescher barrel-rolling three times after contact from Michael Annett.

On lap 50 Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost control of his #88 Chevrolet and wiped out Hendrick Motorsports team-mate Kasey Kahne. That came after his steering wheel came off at speed. In-car footage showed him frantically putting it back on.

Earnhardt returned to the race only to be ridden into the Turn 1 wall when Carl Edwards’ damaged Toyota blew a right front tire and shot up the track into Earnhardt’s path.

VIDEO: Race recap

RESULTS: Geico 500 – Talladega Superspeedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 7 188 46 Running 45 5
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 17 188 12 Running 40 1
3 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 2 188 0 Running 38 0
4 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 30 188 0 Running 37 0
5 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 1 188 27 Running 37 1
6 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 14 188 0 Running 35 0
7 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 34 188 0 Running 34 0
8 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 18 188 0 Running 33 0
9 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 19 188 0 Running 32 0
10 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 13 188 22 Running 32 1
11 38 Landon Cassill Ford 32 188 0 Running 30 0
12 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 33 188 2 Running 30 1
13 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 12 188 0 Running 28 0
14 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 28 188 1 Running 28 1
15 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29 188 9 Running 27 1
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 6 188 0 Running 25 0
17 35 David Gilliland Ford 39 188 0 Running 24 0
18 98 Cole Whitt Toyota 36 188 1 Running 24 1
19 32 Bobby Labonte Ford 26 188 2 Running 23 1
20 16 Greg Biffle Ford 16 188 0 Running 21 0
21 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 31 188 0 Running 20 0
22 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 5 182 0 Running 19 0
23 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 4 180 39 Accident 19 1
24 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 37 180 3 Accident 18 1
25 22 Joey Logano Ford 22 180 6 Accident 17 1
26 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 10 180 0 Accident 15 0
27 43 Aric Almirola Ford 23 180 1 Accident 15 1
28 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 15 178 1 Running 14 1
29 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 24 173 9 Running 13 1
30 44 Brian Scott Ford 21 172 0 Running 11 0
31 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 8 170 5 Running 11 1
32 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 25 168 0 Running 9 0
33 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 20 166 0 Running 8 0
34 23 David Ragan Toyota 40 151 2 Engine 8 1
35 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 9 109 0 Accident 6 0
36 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 35 98 0 Engine 5 0
37 34 Chris Buescher Ford 27 95 0 Accident 4 0
38 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 38 94 0 Accident 3 0
39 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 11 82 0 Accident 2 0
40 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 3 63 0 Accident 1 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 351 Leader 10 1 4 8 0
2 Kyle Busch 342 -9 10 2 8 8 1
3 Carl Edwards 337 -14 10 2 5 8 1
4 Jimmie Johnson 329 -22 10 2 5 6 0
5 Joey Logano 316 -35 10 0 3 6 1
6 Kurt Busch 312 -39 10 0 2 8 0
7 Brad Keselowski 300 -51 10 2 3 5 0
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr 279 -72 10 0 4 5 2
9 Martin Truex Jr 274 -77 10 0 1 4 0
10 Austin Dillon 272 -79 10 0 3 5 0
11 Chase Elliott 271 -80 10 0 3 6 1
12 Denny Hamlin 269 -82 10 1 3 4 1
13 Jamie McMurray 261 -90 10 0 1 2 0
14 AJ Allmendinger 232 -119 10 0 1 2 0
15 Matt Kenseth 231 -120 10 0 0 2 2
16 Trevor Bayne 228 -123 10 0 1 2 0
17 Kasey Kahne 224 -127 10 0 1 3 1
18 Ryan Blaney 219 -132 10 0 0 3 1
19 Ryan Newman 219 -132 10 0 0 2 1
20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 218 -133 10 0 1 2 1
21 Paul Menard 201 -150 10 0 0 1 2
22 Kyle Larson 197 -154 10 0 1 2 1
23 Greg Biffle 188 -163 10 0 0 0 2
24 Aric Almirola 180 -171 10 0 0 0 2
25 Landon Cassill 170 -181 10 0 0 0 0
26 Danica Patrick 166 -185 10 0 0 0 3
27 Clint Bowyer 160 -191 10 0 0 2 1
28 Casey Mears 149 -202 10 0 0 0 0
29 Brian Scott 142 -209 10 0 0 0 0
30 Matt DiBenedetto 128 -223 10 0 0 1 2
31 Regan Smith 127 -224 10 0 0 1 1
32 David Ragan 124 -227 10 0 0 0 2
33 Michael McDowell 120 -231 9 0 0 0 0
34 Chris Buescher 101 -250 10 0 0 0 2
35 Michael Annett 90 -261 10 0 0 0 1
36 Brian Vickers 86 -265 5 0 0 1 1
37 Cole Whitt 86 -265 8 0 0 0 2
38 Tony Stewart 57 -294 2 0 0 1 0
39 Michael Waltrip 42 -309 2 0 0 0 0
40 Jeffrey Earnhardt 36 -315 6 0 0 0 0
41 Bobby Labonte 34 -317 2 0 0 0 0
42 Josh Wise 34 -317 8 0 0 0 2
43 David Gilliland 24 -327 1 0 0 0 0
44 Reed Sorenson 11 -340 4 0 0 0 1
45 Robert Richardson 3 -348 1 0 0 0 1
46 Ty Dillon 0 -351 5 0 0 0 0
47 Joey Gase 0 -351 2 0 0 0 0
48 Ryan Ellis 0 -351 1 0 0 0 0

 

 

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