NASCAR Cup: First 2021 win for Brad Keselowski, on the Talladega oval (+ video)


Sunday April 25, 2021 by Julie Bouchard

Shown on the Talladega (Alabama) super oval, today’s NASCAR Cup Series event saw Brad Keselowski win a race, to say the least spectacular in his final laps, which ended in overtime.

This is the first victory of the season for the driver of Team Penske’s No.2 Ford. In fact, Keselowski only led the last of 191 laps, beating Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell (Ford / Front Row Motorsports) at the last minute as the white flag was raised. Keselowski’s triumph marked his sixth victory on the 2.66 mile track and the 35th of his career in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Managing to overtake McDowell in the final moments of the race, William Byron (Chevrolet / Hendrick Motorsports) clinched second place, while Kevin Harvick (Ford / Stewart-Haas Racing) finished fourth and Matt DiBenedetto (Ford / Wood Brothers Racing) fifth.

If the race was only really animated in its last quarter, a spectacular accident punctuated the end of the first segment as the three-time winner of Talladega, Joey Logano (Ford / Team Penske) found himself passenger of a spectacular series of rollovers after being pushed by Denny Hamlin (Toyota / Joe Gibbs Racing). Logano got out of his car unscathed but of course had to retire, being ranked 39th out of 40 entries. Only Kyle Larson, who retired following an engine failure in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet after just three laps, was ranked worse than Logano. In this incident, Keselowski, Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Bubba Wallace were also involved, but all were able to continue with minimal damage to their car, despite the fact that it happened at over 300 km / h!

A favorite along with the Penske drivers, Hamlin saw his chances of victory marred by two penalties for speeding in the pit lane during segment 2, which cost him a lap. His racing day turned even worse when he found himself in a five-car crash on the 119th of 191 laps, damaging his Toyota. Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman and William Byron were also caught up in the incident.

Matt DiBenedetto and Bubba Wallace each won a segment in this race, their first of their careers. DiBenedetto led 28 laps winning the 1st segment before concluding his race with a Top 5. Wallace, on the other hand, had to settle for 19th place in the final with his Toyota from 23XI Racing.

The astonishing Kaz Grala with his Chevrolet from Kaulig Racing, Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon, the two drivers of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet), Ryan Blaney (Ford / Team Penske) and Cole Custer (Ford / Stewart-Haas Racing) complete a astonishing Top 10. For the complete classification of this 10th event of the 2021 season of the NASCAR Cup series, click here. For the best moments, check out the video below.

The next event in the NASCAR Cup series is the Buschy McBusch Race 400, scheduled for next Sunday at Kansas Speedway.



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