On the Longest Day at Talladega — in a warfare of attrition that required three purple flags and left 14 vehicles operating on the end — Brad Keselowski powered his No. 2 Group Penske Ford previous the No. 31 Chevrolet of Ryan Newman on the ultimate lap to win Sunday’s Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Two laps after the ultimate restart on lap 186 of 188, Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano ganged up on Newman, who held the runner-up place after Keselowski shot previous him. Trevor Bayne ran third in a broken No. 6 Ford, with Logano and Aric Almirola ending fourth and fifth, respectively.
Denny Hamlin got here dwelling sixth, the one Playoff driver aside from Keselowski whose automotive wasn’t closely broken in one of many myriad wrecks that punctuated an occasion that consumed three hours, 53 minutes, 17 seconds — not together with the three stoppages that totaled 35 minutes, 29 seconds.
However in successful for the fifth time at Talladega, the third time this season and the 24th time in his profession, Keselowski claimed the essential prize — a ticket into the Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Sequence Playoffs’ Spherical of eight.
In his ultimate run at Talladega within the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, pole winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. restarted third after the 11th and ultimate warning, tried unsuccessfully to push Keselowski to the lead by way of the primary two corners and fell again to seventh on the end.
“I really feel like solely eight vehicles completed the race,” stated Keselowski, who gave Ford its seventh straight victory in restrictor-plate races, regardless of operating a lot of the ultimate stage with a damaged radio antenna and intermittent communication together with his spotter and crew chief. “It was a kind of loopy days. I feel we’ve seen that on the plate tracks this yr — a variety of attrition…
“That is nonetheless sinking in. It’s a particular place to get to race and a particular place once you win right here. It was actually a collaborative effort with the group and getting an actual quick automotive and making the fitting strikes as a driver and a variety of assist from up above with staying out of these wrecks. It actually takes all three and we had all of them right now.”
Although Newman surged to the entrance after the ultimate restart, he assumed his stint on the level can be short-lived.
“We held them off longer than I anticipated,” Newman stated. “I couldn’t inform how a lot nostril injury I had and I hadn’t led all day, so I didn’t know what to anticipate. I noticed the No. 2 automotive within the mirror backing up after which he misplaced his draft after which he backed up once more and he caught the No. 22 (Logano). That was all it took for him to get a very good run.
“I’d have possibly performed it otherwise and backed it up in hindsight, backed as much as them in hindsight, however I don’t suppose it will have made a distinction. They had been double-teaming me, and it was nonetheless a very good race to complete second with the Caterpillar Chevrolet.”
Any of the 10 Playoff contenders whose vehicles had been closely broken in wrecks all through the race would have gladly settled for second. Jamie McMurray was out of the race after 25 laps, his automotive destroyed in a six-car collision off flip four. That was a harbinger of the extreme motion to come back. Playoff drivers Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick all suffered various levels of harm in a 16-car accident triggered by sequence chief Martin Truex Jr. on lap 172.
“Effectively, I attempted to get right into a gap that was closing up on the improper time,” stated Truex, who already had earned a berth within the Spherical of eight by successful final Sunday at Charlotte. “By the point that I acquired within the brakes making an attempt to get out of there I acquired into the 38 (David Ragan) a little bit bit on the fitting rear and he acquired squirrely on the market and all hell broke free. Simply was making an attempt to get to the tip and get some monitor place and attempt to get in the direction of the entrance and have a very good day and ended up inflicting a wreck.
“So I hate it for everyone. We definitively had nothing to lose right now, however on the similar time, you don’t wish to be the individual that causes others issues. Though I really feel like I’ve by no means been that man right here earlier than, it appears like right now I used to be, so I hate it for all of these guys and all of their groups. I want I didn’t make that mistake. Simply 18 (laps) to go at Talladega, making an attempt to get going and making an attempt to fill a gap. Unhealthy judgment and will have been extra affected person.”
That wreck precipitated the primary purple flag. The second got here after a Lap 178 accident that ended Harvick’s day and that of Playoff contender Ryan Blaney, who had led 27 laps, second solely to Logano’s 59.
The ultimate warning on lap 183 — adopted by the third purple flag — worn out the Chevrolets of Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson, who had been preventing for place on the entrance of the sphere when contact from Daniel Suarez’s Toyota ignited a six-car melee that raised the crash toll of Playoff drivers to 10.
The large attrition arrange a scramble for the ultimate six Playoff positions coming into subsequent Sunday’s elimination race at Kansas Speedway. Kyle Busch, Kenseth, Stenhouse and McMurray are under the present lower line, however solely 29 factors separate Harvick in fourth place from Busch in ninth.
The win was the fifth at Talladega for Keselowski.
Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Sequence Race Outcomes Alabama 500
Sunday, October 15, 2017
1. (6) Brad Keselowski (P), Ford, 188.
2. (27) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 188.
three. (10) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 188.
four. (three) Joey Logano, Ford, 188.
5. (26) Aric Almirola, Ford, 188.
6. (15) Denny Hamlin (P), Toyota, 188.
7. (1) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 188.
eight. (11) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 188.
9. (39) * Grey Gaulding #, Toyota, 188.
10. (33) David Ragan, Ford, 188.
11. (25) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 188.
12. (20) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 188.
13. (12) Kyle Larson (P), Chevrolet, 188.
14. (19) Matt Kenseth (P), Toyota, 187.
15. (14) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, Accident, 184.
16. (2) Chase Elliott (P), Chevrolet, Accident, 182.
17. (28) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, Accident, 182.
18. (9) Ryan Blaney (P), Ford, Accident, 177.
19. (35) * Brendan Gaughan(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 177.
20. (22) Kevin Harvick (P), Ford, Accident, 176.
21. (13) Danica Patrick, Ford, Accident, 175.
22. (24) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, Accident, 172.
23. (21) Martin Truex Jr. (P), Toyota, Accident, 171.
24. (eight) Jimmie Johnson (P), Chevrolet, Parked, 171.
25. (four) Kurt Busch, Ford, Accident, 171.
26. (5) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (P), Ford, Accident, 171.
27. (16) Kyle Busch (P), Toyota, Accident, 171.
28. (30) Landon Cassill, Ford, Accident, 171.
29. (18) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, Accident, 171.
30. (29) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, Accident, 171.
31. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, Parked, 171.
32. (37) Joey Gase(i), Toyota, Accident, 164.
33. (40) * DJ Kennington, Toyota, Accident, 164.
34. (38) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, Accident, 155.
35. (7) Clint Bowyer, Ford, Accident, 155.
36. (23) Erik Jones #, Toyota, Accident, 26.
37. (17) Jamie McMurray (P), Chevrolet, Accident, 25.
38. (34) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, Accident, 25.
39. (36) Mark Thompson(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 25.
40. (31) * Justin Marks(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 16.
Common Pace of Race Winner: 131.677 mph.
Time of Race: 03 Hrs, 47 Minutes, 52 Secs. Margin of Victory: zero.210 Seconds.
Warning Flags: 11 for 47 laps.
Lead Adjustments: 30 amongst 16 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Earnhardt Jr. zero; J. Logano 1-13; D. Earnhardt Jr. 14-20; C. Elliott (P) 21-25; M. Kenseth (P) 26-29; A. Allmendinger 30; J. Logano 31-54; B. Keselowski (P) 55-57; Ok. Kahne 58-61; M. Kenseth (P) 62-63; D. Hamlin (P) 64-66; M. Kenseth (P) 67; Ok. Kahne 68; B. Gaughan(i) 69-70; M. DiBenedetto 71-82; R. Stenhouse Jr. (P) 83-88; Ok. Busch 89-91; R. Blaney (P) 92-111; R. Newman 112; B. Gaughan(i) 113-116; D. Hamlin (P) 117; R. Blaney (P) 118-124; C. Elliott (P) 125-144; Ok. Busch (P) 145-148; J. Logano 149-170; D. Suarez # 171-176; C. Elliott (P) 177; D. Suarez # 178-182; B. Keselowski (P) 183-185; R. Newman 186-187; B. Keselowski (P) 188;.
Leaders Abstract (Driver, Instances Lead, Laps Led): J. Logano three occasions for 59 laps; R. Blaney (P) 2 occasions for 27 laps; C. Elliott (P) three occasions for 26 laps; M. DiBenedetto 1 time for 12 laps; D. Suarez # 2 occasions for 11 laps; B. Keselowski (P) three occasions for 7 laps; M. Kenseth (P) three occasions for 7 laps; D. Earnhardt Jr. 1 time for 7 laps; B. Gaughan(i) 2 occasions for six laps; R. Stenhouse Jr. (P) 1 time for six laps; Ok. Kahne 2 occasions for five laps; Ok. Busch (P) 1 time for four laps; D. Hamlin (P) 2 occasions for four laps; R. Newman 2 occasions for three laps; Ok. Busch 1 time for three laps; A. Allmendinger 1 time for 1 lap.
Stage #1 High Ten: 2,22,21,17,48,14,95,41,6,5
Stage #2 High Ten: 21,2,14,24,41,three,48,four,18,11
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