Brad Keselowski Wins In Chase Opener

Brad Keselowski does a celebratory burnout following his win in the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR
Brad Keselowski does a celebratory burnout following his win in the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR

NASCAR visited Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday afternoon, and a familiar face found their way to Victory Lane, punching their ticket to the Contender round of the Chase. Kyle Busch held the early lead after starting on pole but was overtaken by Jeff Gordon on lap 29. Jamie McMurray took the lead and held it until a debris caution came out on lap 66. Kyle Busch took the lead on the restart but Gordon eventually took the lead again on lap 88. He was able to lead until the caution waved again on lap 99 when Ryan Newman developed a flat rear tire. McMurray took the lead on the restart but Brad Keselowski passed him for the lead on lap 107. Keselowski was able to hold the lead again until a pit stop cycle under green saw Kevin Harvick take the lead.

Harvick was unable to enjoy the caution for too long before another caution came on lap 181 for debris on the track. He was able to continue leading following the restart, but soon three caution periods came in quick succession. The first of the three came on lap 230 when Carl Edwards developed a left rear flat tire. Then, on lap 245, the second of the three came when Clint Bowyer hit the wall. The final caution came on lap 258 when Danica Patrick hit the wall after tangling with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Harvick was able to remain in the lead on the restart.

Then, with 16 laps, to go, Keselowski found an opportunity to make a pass and went between Harvick and Kyle Larson to take the lead, eventually going on to win the race. Jeff Gordon, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.

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