Brad Keselowski closed out the Geico 500 at Talladega with a win, holding off Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott, along with a series of wrecks.
Sunday’s race featured a total of 10 caution flags, nine of them induced by accidents. The biggest wreck, on lap 160 of 188, saw Kurt Busch attempting to edge Jimmie Johnson. The end result was 21 cars collected on the front stretch. And just 22 laps later, another 12-car wreck found Matt Kenseth flipped upside down his roof.
Keselowski closed out the final lap on caution as yet another wreck ensued just behind him.
Fittingly, the only way to win is to stay ahead of the pack.
“One of the best tickets to stay out of the wrecks at Talladega is if you can stay up front,” Keselowski said. “Daytona didn’t go the way we wanted it to go. We thought we were gonna be better than that. But we just didn’t show the speed in the 500 and the guys went to work and they brought me a really strong care here for Talladega.”
It was the second win for Keselowski, who also earned a victory at Las Vegas. Austin Dillon finished second, followed by Jamie McMurray, and Chase Elliott, the pole-sitter.
“We actually lost the lead and got a better run,” Keselowski said. “Jamie McMurray behind me gave me a great push and then Kyle Busch gave me a push that was big to clear [Kurt Busch] and without those two I couldn’t have made it to the front, so thank you to them.”