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Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway despite missing much of the weekend's activities due to stomach flu. Each of the Penske Racing machines spent time at the front on Sunday, and the organization as a whole was on their game throughout the race on Sunday. Keselowski was the one who managed his tires the best in the closing laps, however. As he slowed to preserve his equipment, he gave Martin Truex Jr. a chance to close but held him off with relative ease as he became the second winner of this 2019 season.
This week, the series turns its attention to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Teams will want to learn as much as they can with the new rules configuration, as this track appears in the playoffs as well. That fall return will be at night this year, though. Keselowski is the most recent winner at the circuit, but perennial favorite Kevin Harvick is the defending winner of this week's race.
Brad Keselowski – Keselowski won Sunday's race in Atlanta despite suffering from the stomach flu and a late-race charge from Martin Truex Jr. Keselowski did not attend the prerace appearances after falling ill Friday night and even had a backup driver available should he have felt like he wouldn't be able to complete the full distance on Sunday. The adversity must have given him some inspiration because once he came to the front by passing teammate Joey Logano he simply managed the race