NASCAR Recap: Ford Driver Brad Keselowski Victorious at Talladega Superspeedway
In a race where 33 of the 40 cars that participated were involved in accidents, Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski was able to avoid trouble, as he stayed out front and picked up the victory in this past Sunday’s Geico 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
This was Keselowski’s second victory of the 2016 season and his fourth career win at Talladega. Keselowski, who drives the No. 2 Ford Fusion stock car, led a race-high 46 laps. He gave a philosophical response when reporters asked him about the victory after the race.
“Racing has always been that balance of daredevils and chess players,” Keselowski told the Associated Press. “This has always been more of a daredevil-type track.”
Talladega Superspeedway is the biggest track on the NASCAR schedule and is one of only two racetracks that require cars to use restrictor plates, which bunches the racecars closer together, increasing the likelihood of multicar accidents. In the final 30 laps, there was a 21-car accident, as well as another 12-car accident. Fan favorites Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick were among those 33 cars involved in accidents.
“Hell, I’m going home. I’m done,” Earnhardt is quoted as saying. “I think we need to park the car for a while too.”
Toyota driver Kyle Busch finished the race in second, and he was followed by Team Chevy driver Austin Dillon. Veteran Jamie McMurray and rookie Chase Elliot rounded out the top five finishers.
The Sprint Cup Series will be in action next at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, May 7th. The race will be broadcast by FS1 and is scheduled to begin at 7:30am.
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