Keselowski wins drama filled Talladega race to advance in championship

TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 19: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redd's Wicked Apple Ale Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 19:  Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redd's Wicked Apple Ale Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 19: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redd’s Wicked Apple Ale Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Brad Keselowski needed to win to advance to the next round of NASCAR’s Chase and that’s exactly what he did winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday.  In a race filled with desperation for many, Keselowski overcame adversity earlier in the race and charged back to the front racing through two green white checkered flag restarts, taking the lead on the final lap and racing his way to the win and the next round in the title hunt.

“Talladega is such a wild card and to be able to win here you have to catch breaks and make your own breaks, a little of both,” Keselowski said. “I can’t believe we won at Talladega. This race is the scariest of the three in the bracket. To be able to win here is really a privilege, it really is.”

Keselowski was damaged in a crash on lap 60 and fell to the rear of the field but was able to battle is way back for the win. While he celebrated, four drivers lamented their finishes and their elimination from the Chase.  MORE>>>

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