Keselowski Wins Talladega; Field Set For ‘Eliminator’
Brad Keselowski needed to win and did at Talladega on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Brad Keselowski basically had one chance to continue his bid to win a second Sprint Cup championship when Sunday’s cutdown race at Talladega began. The 2012 champ had to win. And win he did and on goes the Team Penske driver’s comeback season.
The victory was sixth of the season and, obviously, his biggest.
“So special,” he said in Victory Lane.
Special for sure for its significance. Perhap special as well as it came a week after he became widely vilified for aggressive actions late – and after – the Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“I can’t believe it,” Keselowski, who was penalized by NASCAR after the Charlotte incidents, said. “Talladega is such a wild card and to be able to win here you have to catch breaks and make your own breaks, a little of both. I can’t believe we won at Talladega. This race is the scariest of the three in the bracket. To be able to win here is really a privilege, it really is.”
Also needing to win Sunday to advance to the “Eliminator Round” were established Cup stars Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Despite leading 115 laps beteween them, they didn’t and they were eliminated.
The eight drivers advancing are Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick, winners of the first two second-round races, Read the full story »