NASCAR Talladega: Keselowski wins last-lap thriller

Brad Keselowski took his first win of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series after beating Matt DiBenedetto on the final lap of the Talladega race.

NASCAR Talladega: Keselowski wins last-lap thriller

DiBenedetto took the Stage 1 win under caution when a multi-car wreck erupted on the backstretch that sent Joey Logano’s #22 Team Penske Ford barrel-rolling down the track.

Following a series of bumping moves, Logano appeared to get turned by Denny Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Logano’s car veered left and made slight contact with Ryan Preece, which sent Logano’s car airborne. Bubba Wallace, Keselowski and Chase Briscoe also got caught up in the incident.

Wallace picked up the Stage 2 victory under caution as a wreck erupted behind him with one lap remaining in the 60-lap segment.

Denny Hamlin appeared to drift up in front of Martin Truex Jr, who then got into the back of Hamlin and turned him into the wall, which triggered another multi-car accident.

Among those collected were Byron, Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott, who all were forced to drive through the infield grass.

Following the break between Stages 2 and 3, all the lead-lap cars pit, with Blaney the first off pit road, with the lead changing hands a number of times as the third segment wore on.

Quin Houff hit the wall at Turn 2 on Lap 172 to bring out a caution, which set aside the fuel worries many drivers had.

Read Also:

Many lead-lap cars elected to pit for fuel but Jones stayed on the track and remained in the lead when the race returned to green on Lap 177.

He was followed by DiBenedetto and Ross Chastain, though DiBenedetto quickly powered back to the lead after the restart.

NASCAR displayed the caution on Lap 186 for a tyre carcass that came off Truex's car and landed near the start/finish line.

Both Wallace and Kyle Busch were forced to pit under the caution for fuel and new tyres.

When the race went into overtime, DiBenedetto led the way followed by Blaney, Keselowski, Harvick and McDowell.

On the final lap of overtime, Keselowski and DiBenedetto were racing for the win when DiBenedetto went to the high side to block and Keselowski went low.

With a shove from Michael McDowell, Keselowski cleared DiBenedetto and held on to the chequered flag to earn his first win of the season and sixth career victory at Talladega Superspeedway, despite Erik Jones and Ross Chastain wrecking behind him.

It was the only lap Keselowski led in a wild race which saw 35 lead changes among 17 different drivers.

Keselowski, who has 35 career wins, is the ninth different winner in the first 10 races of the 2021 season.

William Byron ended up second, McDowell third, Kevin Harvick fourth and DiBenedetto rounded out the top-five.

Completing the top-10 were Kaz Grala, Tyler Reddick, Austin Dillon, Blaney and Cole Custer.

Cla Driver Gap Interval
1 United States Brad Keselowski    
2 United States William Byron 0.102 0.102
3 United States Michael McDowell 0.103 0.001
4 United States Kevin Harvick 0.211 0.108
5 United States Matt DiBenedetto 0.396 0.185
6 United States Kaz Grala 0.397 0.001
7 United States Tyler Reddick 0.418 0.021
8 United States Austin Dillon 0.541 0.123
9 United States Ryan Blaney 0.574 0.033
10 United States Cole Custer 0.621 0.047
11 United States Chase Briscoe 0.734 0.113
12 Anthony Alfredo 0.770 0.036
13 United States Ryan Newman 0.918 0.148
14 United States Ryan Preece 0.923 0.005
15 United States Aric Almirola 0.927 0.004
16 United States Ross Chastain 1.012 0.085
17 United States Christopher Bell 1.013 0.001
18 United States Kyle Busch 1.033 0.020
19 United States Bubba Wallace 1.201 0.168
20 United States Harrison Burton 1.666 0.465
21 United States Chris Buescher 2.125 0.459
22 United States Corey Lajoie 2.343 0.218
23 Mexico Daniel Suarez 3.165 0.822
24 United States Chase Elliott 3.292 0.127
25 United States B.J. McLeod 8.130 4.838
26 United States J.J. Yeley 10.019 1.889
27 United States Erik Jones 1 Lap 1 Lap
28 United States Cody Ware 1 Lap 52.805
29 United States Timmy Hill 1 Lap 5.197
30 United States Justin Haley 1 Lap 1.172
31 United States Martin Truex Jr. 2 Laps 1 Lap
32 United States Denny Hamlin 3 Laps 1 Lap
33 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 5 Laps 2 Laps
34 United States Joey Gase 5 Laps 0.647
35 United States Kurt Busch 6 Laps 1 Lap
36 United States Josh Bilicki 11 Laps 5 Laps
37 United States Quin Houff 23 Laps 12 Laps
38 United States Alex Bowman 68 Laps 45 Laps
39 United States Joey Logano 132 Laps 64 Laps
40 United States Kyle Larson 188 Laps 56 Laps
shares
comments

Related video

Netflix to produce Bubba Wallace NASCAR documentary series

Previous article

Netflix to produce Bubba Wallace NASCAR documentary series

Next article

NASCAR Kansas: Kyle Busch takes first Cup win of 2021

NASCAR Kansas: Kyle Busch takes first Cup win of 2021
Load comments
The F1 nearly-man winding back the clock in NASCAR’s European cousin Plus

The F1 nearly-man winding back the clock in NASCAR’s European cousin

A multiple F3000 race winner, Marc Goossens was on the precipice of making Formula 1 in the 1990s - but a lack of budget left him without a path to the promised land. Turning to an illustrious racing career in sportscars, Goossens left the endurance circuit to try his hand at racing stock cars - and now calls the NASCAR Euro Series home

NASCAR
Jul 1, 2021
Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR Plus

Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR

There has never been a full-time British driver in the NASCAR Cup. But Alex Sedgwick, who is rising through the stock car ranks, wants that to change and could be a trailblazer for European talents to reach the top echelons of the NASCAR ladder

NASCAR
Feb 28, 2021
How Earnhardt’s death changed American motorsport Plus

How Earnhardt’s death changed American motorsport

It's 20 years since legendary driver Dale Earnhardt Sr died at the Daytona 500, but the legacy of his crash continues today through the pioneering safety work done by NASCAR

NASCAR
Feb 18, 2021
The NASCAR subplots to keep an eye on in 2021 Plus

The NASCAR subplots to keep an eye on in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season

NASCAR
Feb 12, 2021
How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career Plus

How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career

From a disgraced NASCAR exile, Kyle Larson has been given a shot at redemption by the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports squad. Replacing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is no easy billing, but Larson has every intention of repaying the team's faith

NASCAR
Feb 11, 2021
Autosport's top 5 NASCAR machines Plus

Autosport's top 5 NASCAR machines

The American stock car scene is more famous for its close racing and occasional punch-ups, but there have been some fantastic machines too. As part of Autosport's 70th anniversary celebrations in 2020, we picked out five of its best

NASCAR
Jan 3, 2021
Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started Plus

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started

Chase Elliott's late charge to the 2020 NASCAR Cup title defied predictions that it would be a Kevin Harvick versus Denny Hamlin showdown. While the two veterans are showing no signs of slowing down, Elliott's triumph was a window into NASCAR's future

NASCAR
Nov 17, 2020
Why Johnson’s playoff failure won’t tarnish his legacy Plus

Why Johnson’s playoff failure won’t tarnish his legacy

The last season of a retiring NASCAR great has shown promise, and may have resulted in another playoff push without small issues outside his control. 2020 won't be the year Jimmie Johnson would have wanted, but it won't be what he is remembered for

NASCAR
Sep 3, 2020