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Brad Keselowski and his Penske Racing team pulled off the perfect pit stop to set up the win in Sunday's Southern 500. Kyle Larson had been the dominant car all night, but Keselowski kept himself within striking distance and capitalized on the final pit stop under caution to come out with the lead. From there it was up to Keselowski alone to hold off Larson on the final restart to grab the checkered flag. Not only did he hold off Larson but also drove away to capture his first Southern 500 win and his first victory of 2018. It was a strong night for the entire Penske Racing organization as the three cars position themselves to be factors in the championship battle that commences in just two weeks in Las Vegas.
The final race of the 2018 regular season is on tap this weekend with the Brickyard 400. If the Southern 500 is a race every driver wants to win, visiting Victory Lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is another jewel in the crown. Kasey Kahne won it last season, but Kyle Busch won the two prior visits. The unique layout makes for a more strategic race with passing coming at a premium. The pressure on teams not already locked into the playoffs will be at its peak, and desperation could create situations fans have never seen at this particular track before.
Brad Keselowski – Keselowski is finding his groove as the playoffs approach, using a late caution to