NASCAR Barometer: Keselowski Survives to Win at Bristol

NASCAR Barometer: Keselowski Survives to Win at Bristol

This article is part of our NASCAR Barometer series.

Brad Keselowski was in position to pick up the pieces as faster cars crashed ahead of him in the closing miles of Sunday's Supermarket Heroes 500 and snagged his second win of the season and third at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Penske Racing driver had speed throughout the afternoon but didn't look likely to challenge for the win as Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano all seemed to have the edge. Each of those three had his own trouble in the final miles that simply cycled Keselowski forward with each incident and ultimately left him in the lead with fresher tires than the rest of the field behind him. It then became a short run to the finish for him to grab the victory after starting the afternoon from pole position through a random draw.

After consecutive weeks of back-to-back races, the teams and drivers have an opportunity to take a slight breath with no midweek race. They return to action Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Keselowski won the last trip to the speedway in 2019, and Ford drivers have won the last three races at the track. A Toyota-powered car has not won there since Kyle Busch in 2013.

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Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski lucked into his second race win of the season Sunday in Bristol when he restarted inside the top five on newer tires with less than 10 laps remaining. Teammate Logano and Elliott battled for the lead ahead of him as the laps

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