Brad Keselowski Dominates In Federated Auto Parts 400

Brad Keselowski celebrates his win at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night. Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images
Brad Keselowski celebrates his win at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night. Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visited Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, and not only did a driver dominate by leading all but seventeen laps, the final two spots on the Chase grid were locked in. Brad Keselowski, who started on pole, kept the lead following the start. On lap 43, however, Kevin Harvick was able to make his way to the lead. Harvick wasn’t able to enjoy the lead for long as the competition caution came on lap 51. On the restart, Keselowski took the lead again and was able to keep it for many a lap over Harvick and Clint Bowyer, who battled for second.

On lap 120, Harvick was again able to take the lead. As before, however, he was unable to enjoy the lead for too long as a caution was thrown on lap 125 for debris on the track. Keselowski took the lead yet again on the restart, with Jeff Gordon and Harvick behind him. The caution came out yet again on lap 262 for debris and Keselowski was able to hold his lead yet again. Perhaps the most interesting caution came on lap 329, when the yellow flag was thrown after a fan climbed and sat on the catch fence separating the stands and the track. He was removed from the fence by security and was later charged with being drunk in public and disorderly conduct by local officials. Keselowski continued to lead following the race and went on to claim his fourth win of the season.

Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five. Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle were able to clinch their spots into the Chase after finishing ninth and 19th respectively.

At the end of the race, current champion Jimmie Johnson, who finished in eighth, was treated for dehydration at the infield care center. After he was out of the car, he laid down on pit road and then assisted to a cart by his crew, which took him to the care center. While there, he received five liters of fluids through IV and was later released from the care center.

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