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Monday, 16 October 2017 00:30

Keselowski Survives Wild Talladega Finish

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Keselowski Survives Wild Talladega Finish Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Brad Keselowski survived a destructive final 17 laps to win in his 300th start.

Brad Keselowski won the Alabama 500 from Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon in his 300th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start.

Keselowski had to survive a wild finish, one that saw three major accidents collect most of the field in the final 17 laps.  With the field cut to about only 10 cars, Keselowski was able to pass Ryan Newman on the final lap to pick up his fifth victory at Talladega.

Keselowski said he was excited to survive and move on to the next round of the Playoffs.

“What a special day…I survived,” Keselowski said.  “We haven’t been as good as we’ve needed to be on the [1.5 mile tracks], so we knew we had to come to Talladega and get it done.”

Keselowski said a late block on his teammate Joey Logano helped propel him past Newman on the final lap.

“I just had to make all the right moves…right at the end I put the block on my teammate…and it was just enough to get the momentum to win at the start/finish line,” Keselowski said.  “You’ve got to have a little bit of luck to win these races…we got through some big wrecks there.”

“To be able to win and get to the next round of the Playoffs and not have to deal with any of that…this is one we really needed.”

Newman finished second, but said he was disappointed he couldn’t close out a victory while leading late in the race.

“When there’s only that many cars left running, you want to be the guy…I’m really disappointed we didn’t win,” Newman said.  “I don’t think there was a car out there that didn’t have any damage.”

“We’ll take it for what it’s worth and we’ll keep digging.  Wish we were still in the Playoffs, but we’re not.  We’ll keep moving our way up if we can.”

Unofficial results:

1. Brad Keselowski

2. Ryan Newman

3. Trevor Bayne

4. Joey Logano

5. Aric Almirola

6. Denny Hamlin

7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

8. Kasey Kahne

9. Gray Gaulding

10. David Ragan

11. Ty Dillon

12. Paul Menard

13. Kyle Larson

14. Matt Kenseth

15. Daniel Suarez

16. Chase Elliott

17. Chris Buescher

18. Ryan Blaney

19. Brandan Gaughan

20. Kevin Harvick

21. Danica Patrick

22. AJ Allmendinger

23. Martin Truex Jr.

24. Jimmie Johnson

25. Kurt Busch

26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

27. Kyle Busch

28. Landon Cassill

29. Austin Dillon

30. Michael McDowell

31. Matt DiBenedetto

32. Joey Gase

33. DJ Kennington

34. Cole Whitt

35. Clint Bowyer

36. Erik Jones

37. Jamie McMurray

38. Jeffrey Earnhardt

39. Mark Thompson

40. Justin Marks

Bryan Nicodemus

My name is Bryan Nicodemus.  I'm from Pittsburgh, PA, and I am currently a sophomore at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.  I am majoring in Public Relations, and I hope to work in NASCAR someday.  Follow me on Twitter: @mmarkaholic55

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