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Penske Racing's Brad Keselowski seemed to be the last driver standing in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, in what was one of the wildest races of the season. The track famous for creating massive crashes claimed more than half of the field Sunday, and only a handful of cars were damage-free at the finish. Keselowski outlasted the competition, coming to the front around the halfway mark and then continuing to lead 46 of the 188 laps. The win was his second of the season and all but guarantees him a spot in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup alongside teammate Joey Logano.
Fantasy players who took gambles on some long-shot drivers last week are largely walking away from the weekend smiling. Michael Waltrip, Trevor Bayne, Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney and other names not normally featured at the top of the order, took top finishes, and certainly outperformed expectations. The race featured 17 different leaders in its 500-mile distance, but it was Keselowski who stood on top to claim his fourth win at the track before heading to Kansas Speedway for next week's GOBOWLING 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Brad Keselowski – Keselowski scored his second win of 2016 with a top performance in Sunday's GEICO 500. The Penske driver took command at the front of the field through the final segments and held on at the final restart to win the race by holding off the charging lines of cars behind him. This driver has been fantastic