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Brad Keselowski overcame contact at the end of the first stage of Sunday's GEICO 500 to make a last-lap pass to win his sixth race at Talladega Superspeedway. The Penske Racing driver finally got the victory he had been waiting for all season despite the early setback that saw teammate Joey Logano knocked out of the race. The incident looked similar to when the teammates collided while racing for the lead in the Daytona 500 earlier this season, but this time Keselowski's damage was not the end of his race. In fact, he recovered nearly immediately and spent the rest of the laps pushing hard before leading just the final lap of an overtime finish to become the ninth different winner in the first 10 races of the 2021 season.
The race was typical of Talladega with hair-raising crashes and a jumbled finishing order. A late caution from Martin Truex Jr. set up the overtime finish where Matt DiBenedetto did his best to hold off Keselowski and Ryan Blaney. He held off Blaney, but didn't have enough after that to hold back Keselowski. Sunday's top-10 featured a number of new faces, which is great news for some who were able to overcome early-season struggles to bag a top finish. Those finishes should help those drivers as they now turn their attention to a return to 1.5-mile ovals with Kansas Speedway next up.
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