Keselowski Finishes 2nd Again in Late-Race Chaos at Talladega

Talladega Superspeedway delivered yet another chaotic ending Sunday afternoon as Brad Keselowski finished a close second in the Castrol Edge Ford, while Chris Buescher finished 25th in the Fastenal Ford.

The P2 finish marks Keselowski’s second consecutive runner-up result (P2 in Texas a week ago). He’s the first RFK driver since Carl Edwards in 2011 to finish runner-up in consecutive races.

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Keselowski – a 6-time winner at Talladega – was in prime position as the laps wound down Sunday afternoon. He had help from fellow Ford teammates and had the position on the bottom lane on the final lap. But, a pair of blocks by the No. 34 – the latter ultimately causing a multi-car crash at the line – allowed the No. 45 to gain the advantage and the victory in the high line.

“The Fords were really working well together,” Keselowski said after the race. “We cleared the Toyotas on the bottom lane and it was pretty clear it was going to come down to the three of us. I backed up, Noah gave me a great push and I went to make a move on Michael and he covered it, and I went back the other way and got another push from Noah and there was nowhere to go when Michael came back down. I hate that for him, he’s a good guy, I hope he’s alright. That’s just kind of the way this stuff goes, but, all in all it was a really solid day for us, for Ford and Castrol. It’s another second. It’s a solid day, but not the win we wanted.”

Surprisingly, the final 26 laps ran uninterrupted as the finish was determined under green-flag conditions, despite double-digit cars crashing. Keselowski led two different times for a lap each.

He earned stage points with a P8 finish in the opening stage as fuel saving dominated the storyline of the 188-lap race. He went on to finish 23rd in stage two and was content with position at the tail of the field until around 30 to go when he jockeyed back into the top five.

The No. 6 was P3 in the race’s final yellow at lap 156 and pitted one final time for fuel in that caution, before restarting fifth with 26 laps remaining. From there, the field held it together until the tri-oval at Talladega before chaos ensued and Keselowski heartbreakingly finished second.

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Buescher had a more uneventful afternoon in the Fastenal Ford, but also earned a top-10 stage finish in stage two. He put together a career-best qualifying effort on Saturday, lining up eighth on the grid for Sunday’s race.

Midway through stage two, Buescher drove to the point – one of four times on the day he led – and led the field with five laps remaining in the stage before crossing the stripe seventh.

From there, Buescher never regained the track position needed as the final laps remained calm until the final tri-oval, resulting in the 25th-place result.

Up Next
Dover Motor Speedway hosts race No. 11 for the Cup Series next weekend. Race coverage Sunday is set for 2 p.m. ET on FS1, with radio coverage on PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

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