MENCS: Brad Keselowski Wins Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway

Brad Keselowski won the extended Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday. Keselowski, who started fourth on the leaderboard, took the lead away from Alex Bowman with 11 circuits left. The driver of the No. 2 Ford led the field for 12 laps.

With five laps to go, Matt DiBenedetto dropped fluid in turn two and sent the event into overtime. That made for an intense restart with two laps to go and allowed Alex Bowman to leave with the runner-up position.

The driver of the No. 2 Ford leaves the 1.5-mile Kansas oval with three wins in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The Michigan driver also has five top five and six top 10 finishes through 12 races.

The second-place finish for Alex Bowman marked his third top five and top 10 finish in 2019. The driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports goes into the Coca-Cola 600 with three consecutive runner-up finishes.

Michigan native Erik Jones rounded out the top three finishers on Saturday. Jones started the Digital Ally 400 in sixth and sat ninth in stage one and third in stage two.

Pole sitter Kevin Harvick took stage one while Chase Elliott claimed stage two. Harvick finished 13th while Elliott took home the fourth spot.

Kansas native Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.

Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick and Chris Buescher rounded out the top 10.

Seven yellow flags slowed the Digital Ally 400 on Saturday. The first caution came out for a scheduled competition caution because of overnight rain on lap 30. Around 30 laps later, on lap 59 in turn two, Denny Hamlin brought out the second yellow flag of the night.

Stage breaks slowed the field on lap 80 and 160 as things remained calm.

A tire rolling into the infield grass would be a result of the sixth yellow flag on lap 217 — giving Kyle Larson the free pass.

A caution later flew for debris in turn two on lap 239 — giving Harvick the free pass. A short time later, on lap 262, Matt DiBenedetto dropped fluid in turn two — sending the 400-mile event into NASCAR Overtime.

The next points race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600. The 600-mile event will air live on FOX and PRN Radio at 6:00 p.m. ET.

Brett Winningham
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