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Brad Keselowski entered the Federated Auto Parts 400 expecting to be fast and dominate the race. He said anything less would be a disappointment, and that is exactly what he and the team delivered. The Penske Racing Fords were quick from the start and Keselowski was never far out of the lead. He led nearly half the race laps and cruised to more than a two-second lead for the final miles. Keselowski joins Kevin Harvick with a guaranteed spot in the next round of the playoffs, which will get underway in Las Vegas in two weeks.
Up first is the final race of the round of 16, though. Ten playoff spots remain to be decided this week as Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto, Cole Custer, and William Byron all sit below the cutoff line, needing to make something happen. The 12th and final playoff position is a very tight affair with just 12 points separating positions 10 through 14. Every point on offer will be a difference maker this week as the field gears up for another intense elimination race to decide the final 12 championship contenders.
Brad Keselowski – The Penske Racing Fords started Saturday night's race in Richmond at the front and never faded far away from it. Keselowski spent a lot of time out front early, and then chased down Austin Dillon to win the second stage and capture a playoff point. That strength continued right into the final stage, which he dominated. After