Keselowski Wins Regular-Season Finale at the Brickyard


Brad Keselowski picked up his second-straight victory on Monday afternoon after winning the rain-delayed Big Machine Vodka 400 from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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After winning last weekend’s Southern 500 at Darlington, Keselowski used a late-race pass of Denny Hamlin to pick up his second victory in a NASCAR major event.

Keselowski said his crew chief made the call to get him into victory lane.

“I’ve got to give credit where credit is due; Paul Wolfe made a heck of a call to pit,” Keselowski said.  “He gave me the ball and I had to make a play.”

The victory was the first for team owner Roger Penske in the Monster Energy Cup Series at Indianapolis.  Penske has 17 Indianapolis victories in IndyCar, but was winless in NASCAR’s top series until Monday.

Keselowski said it was special to get “the Captain” his first Brickyard NASCAR Cup Series victory.

“To get Roger Penske his first Cup car win here at the Brickyard is an incredible feeling,” Keselowski said.

Monday’s race was the final of the regular season, with NASCAR’s 10-race playoff beginning next Sunday in Las Vegas.

Kyle Busch won the regular season championship, and said he was looking forward to using his playoff points to get to the season finale in Homestead.

“The bonus points mean a lot; the hardware means a lot,” Busch said.  “They give away a trophy for a regular season championship…but more importantly we want to go after the end of the season championship and take home that bigger trophy.”

Unofficial results:

  1. Brad Keselowski
  2. Erik Jones
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Clint Bowyer
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Jamie McMurray
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Paul Menard
  10. Ryan Newman
  11. Ryan Blaney
  12. Matt Kenseth
  13. Joey Logano
  14. Kyle Larson
  15. Chase Elliott
  16. Jimmie Johnson
  17. Michael McDowell
  18. Daniel Suarez
  19. William Byron
  20. Regan Smith
  21. Ty Dillon
  22. Austin Dillon
  23. Aric Almirola
  24. David Ragan
  25. Chris Buescher
  26. Ross Chastain
  27. Corey LaJoie
  28. Reed Sorenson
  29. JJ Yeley
  30. BJ McLeod
  31. Landon Cassill
  32. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  33. Alex Bowman
  34. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  35. Timmy Hill
  36. Matt DiBenedetto
  37. AJ Allmendinger
  38. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  39. David Starr
  40. Martin Truex Jr.