Keselowski remains alive in Chase with Talladega win
Brad Keselowski moves on to the Eliminator Round at Martinsville.
Talladega, AL (SportsNetwork.com) -
Desperately needing a victory to advance into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Brad Keselowski passed Ryan Newman for the lead on the final lap to win Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
While Keselowski moved on to the Eliminator Round, which begins next weekend at Martinsville, Jimmie Johnson, the six-time and defending Sprint Cup Series champion, and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is NASCAR's most popular driver, have been eliminated from championship contention. Kasey Kahne, also with Hendrick, and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch are out of the Chase as well.
Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion, joined Joey Logano, his teammate at Team Penske, and Kevin Harvick as those drivers who automatically advanced into the Eliminator Round by winning a race in the Contender Round. Logano won at Kansas and Harvick at Charlotte.