Keselowski survives carnage to win in Talladega

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Monday 16th October, 2017 - 12:15pm

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Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski has booked his place in the NASCAR Playoffs Round of 8 with a final-lap victory in an Alabama 500 which featured three red flag periods.

Keselowski rounded up Ryan Newman in the final bends to take victory, the first of only four of the 12 Playoff drivers to make the finish.

The #2 Miller Lite Team Penske Ford led for the first time at the end of Stage 1 and again before the final red flag on Lap 184 of 188.

Hamlin got by at the restart but couldn’t hold on as Keselowski took a third win of the season and moved up to second in the standings.

Aside from Keselowski, the Playoff drivers who were able to greet the chequered flag were Denny Hamlin in sixth, Kyle Larson in 13th, and Matt Kenseth in 14th.

Half of the Playoff contenders were caught up in ‘the big one’ which saw the race red-flagged with 17 laps to go and accounted for a total of 16 cars.

David Ragan and championship leader Martin Truex Jr. set off the incident when the latter gave the former a push.

The pile-up took Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Kyle Busch out of the race.

A four-crash crash shortly after the restart ended the races of Stage 2 winner Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick, among others.

Chase Elliott went out inside the final half-dozen laps after turning around Daniel Suarez while battling for the lead.

Jamie McMurray dropped to the bottom of the Playoff group having been taken out while trying to make pit road in an early incident.

The Round of 12 concludes with the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Monday 23 October (AEDT).

VIDEO: The big one

VIDEO: Race highlights

Results: Alabama 500, Talladega Superspeedway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Laps led Status Pts
1 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 188 7 Running 59
2 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 188 3 Running 35
3 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 188 0 Running 36
4 22 Joey Logano Ford 188 59 Running 42
5 43 Aric Almirola Ford 188 0 Running 32
6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 188 4 Running 32
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 188 7 Running 30
8 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 188 5 Running 30
9 83 Gray Gaulding Toyota 188 0 Running 28
10 38 David Ragan Ford 188 0 Running 27
11 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 188 0 Running 26
12 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 188 0 Running 25
13 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 188 0 Running 24
14 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 187 7 Running 23
15 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 184 11 Crash 22
16 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 182 26 Crash 28
17 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 182 0 Crash 20
18 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 177 27 Crash 37
19 75 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 177 6 Crash 0
20 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 176 0 Crash 20
21 10 Danica Patrick Ford 175 0 Crash 16
22 47 A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 172 1 Crash 15
23 78 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 171 0 Crash 14
24 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 171 0 Parked 23
25 41 Kurt Busch Ford 171 3 Crash 21
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 171 6 Crash 18
27 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 171 4 Crash 12
28 34 Landon Cassill Ford 171 0 Crash 9
29 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 171 0 Crash 13
30 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 171 0 Crash 11
31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 171 12 Parked 6
32 23 Joey Gase Toyota 164 0 Crash 0
33 55 D.J. Kennington Toyota 164 0 Crash 4
34 72 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 155 0 Crash 3
35 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 155 0 Crash 15
36 77 Erik Jones Toyota 26 0 Crash 1
37 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 25 0 Crash 1
38 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 25 0 Crash 1
39 15 Mark Thompson Chevrolet 25 0 Crash 0
40 7 Justin Marks Chevrolet 16 0 Crash 0

Standings

Pos Driver Pts Gap Wins Starts Top 5s Top 10s Poles
1 Martin Truex Jr. 3120 6 31 14 21 2
2 Brad Keselowski 3101 -19 3 31 13 18 2
3 Kyle Larson 3096 -24 4 31 14 19 3
4 Kevin Harvick 3089 -31 1 31 10 18 4
5 Denny Hamlin 3088 -32 2 31 13 18 1
6 Chase Elliott 3087 -33 0 31 9 17 1
7 Ryan Blaney 3076 -44 1 31 3 11 1
8 Jimmie Johnson 3074 -46 3 31 4 11 0
9 Kyle Busch 3067 -53 4 31 12 18 8
10 Matt Kenseth 3066 -54 0 31 8 14 2
11 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 3052 -68 2 31 4 7 1
12 Jamie McMurray 3045 -75 0 31 3 16 0
13 Kasey Kahne 2104 -1016 1 31 3 6 0
14 Ryan Newman 2103 -1017 1 31 7 12 0
15 Austin Dillon 2099 -1021 1 31 3 4 0
16 Kurt Busch 2089 -1031 1 31 5 13 0
17 Joey Logano 794 -2326 1 31 10 15 1
18 Clint Bowyer 775 -2345 0 31 5 12 0
19 Erik Jones 749 -2371 0 31 4 12 1
20 Daniel Suarez 708 -2412 0 31 1 12 0
21 Trevor Bayne 584 -2536 0 31 2 5 0
22 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 571 -2549 0 31 1 6 2
23 Paul Menard 532 -2588 0 31 2 3 0
24 Ty Dillon 515 -2605 0 31 0 0 0
25 Chris Buescher 484 -2636 0 31 0 3 0
26 A.J. Allmendinger 467 -2653 0 31 1 5 0
27 Michael McDowell 461 -2659 0 31 1 1 0
28 Danica Patrick 457 -2663 0 31 0 1 0
29 David Ragan 387 -2733 0 31 0 3 0
30 Aric Almirola 386 -2734 0 24 3 4 0
31 Matt DiBenedetto 318 -2802 0 31 0 2 0
32 Landon Cassill 316 -2804 0 31 0 0 0
33 Cole Whitt 279 -2841 0 31 0 0 0
34 Corey LaJoie 202 -2918 0 27 0 0 0
35 Gray Gaulding 148 -2972 0 24 0 1 0
36 Reed Sorenson 125 -2995 0 24 0 0 0
37 Jeffrey Earnhardt 116 -3004 0 29 0 0 0
38 Derrike Cope 36 -3084 0 13 0 0 0
39 Michael Waltrip 29 -3091 0 1 0 1 0
40 Billy Johnson 15 -3105 0 1 0 0 0
41 Boris Said 15 -3105 0 2 0 0 0
42 Gary Klutt 6 -3114 0 1 0 0 0
43 D.J. Kennington 6 -3114 0 3 0 0 0
44 Cody Ware 6 -3114 0 5 0 0 0
45 Alon Day 5 -3115 0 1 0 0 0
46 Stephen Leicht 5 -3115 0 1 0 0 0
47 Kevin O’Connell 4 -3116 0 1 0 0 0
48 Tommy Regan 3 -3117 0 1 0 0 0
49 Timmy Hill 0 -3120 0 15 0 0 0
50 B.J. McLeod 0 -3120 0 7 0 0 0
51 Joey Gase 0 -3120 0 6 0 0 0
52 Brett Moffitt 0 -3120 0 6 0 0 0
53 Ryan Sieg 0 -3120 0 5 0 0 0
54 Brendan Gaughan 0 -3120 0 4 0 1 0
55 Darrell Wallace Jr. 0 -3120 0 4 0 0 0
56 J.J. Yeley 0 -3120 0 4 0 0 0
57 Elliott Sadler 0 -3120 0 3 0 0 0
58 Regan Smith 0 -3120 0 2 0 0 0
59 Ross Chastain 0 -3120 0 2 0 0 0
60 Carl Long 0 -3120 0 2 0 0 0
61 Josh Bilicki 0 -3120 0 2 0 0 0
62 Mark Thompson 0 -3120 0 1 0 0 0
63 Ray Black Jr. 0 -3120 0 1 0 0 0
64 Justin Marks 0 -3120 0 1 0 0 0