Logano already in Eliminator Round; Kes wins his way in RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize Brad Keselowski 's chances of advancing to the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup appeared to take a hit when he was involved in a Lap 59 wreck that brought out the first caution of the day during Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway . But the 2012 Sprint Cup champion serged late on the second of two green-white-checkered finish attempts to win the GEICO 500 and race his way into the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Keselowski was running with the lead pack when Jamie McMurray suffered a cut left-rear tire that ignited a chain reaction. McMurray got into Keselowski and Michael McDowell , and sent Keselowski's Team Penske teammate Joey Logano spinning into the infield. Keselowski suffered minor damage and took four tires in the ensuing pit stop, and his crew took a long look at his damage. Logano fell a lap back at the time but already advanced to the Eliminator Round after winning at Kansas. He finished the race in 11th place. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Team Penske driver holds off hard-charging Newman for sixth win of season MORE: Full race results " Updated series standings RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize TALLADEGA, Ala.-- In a must-win situation at Talladega Superspeedway , Brad Keselowski did exactly that, preserving his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship hopes with a victory in Sunday’s GEICO 500 . With the right side of his car damaged in the wreck that brought out the first caution flag of the afternoon, Keselowski persevered, taking the lead during the first attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish and winning the race in the second overtime—after a wreck that ended the title run of Keselowski's former boss, Dale Earnhardt Jr . "I can't believe it," Keselowski said in Victory Lane. "Talladega is such a wild card, and to be able to win here you have to catch breaks and make your own breaks-a little of both. "I can't believe we won at Talladega. This race is the scariest of the three in the (Contender Round) bracket. To be able to win here is really a privilege. It really is." Keselowski won his series-leading sixth race of the season, his third at Talladega and the 16th of his career. That alone propelled him into the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on a day that saw three of the four Hendrick Motorsports drivers—Earnhardt, Kasey Kahne and six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson —fall by the wayside. On the first lap of the first overtime, Keselowski's Team Penske teammate gave the No. 2 Ford the push that enabled him to clear Ryan Newman and take the lead. "We just persevered," Keselowski said. "We didn't give up. I got a lot of help from my teammate Joey Logano and, wow, this is just special. Everything about today is special. I want to say 'Thank you' to everyone that supports our team." A week after losing his cool on the race track and on pit road at Charlotte, Keselowski was the very model of professional poise at Talladega. Coincidentally, the driver with whom Keselowski had the most significant altercation at Charlotte— Matt Kenseth --was behind him on the final restart at Talladega, and at the finish line. And, coincidentally, both Keselowski and Kenseth, the race runner-up, started the race at the rear of the field, Keselowski after breaking an alternator and Kenseth after changing an engine. Kenseth, Newman (fifth Sunday), Denny Hamlin (18th), Jeff Gordon (26th) and Carl Edwards (21st) joined Contender Round winners Logano, Kevin Harvick and Keselowski in the Eliminator Round, which opens next Sunday at Martinsville, (Va.) Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN) with points for all the Chase drivers reset to 4,000. Newman was later found to have failed post-race inspection due to his car being too low in the rear onboth sides. The No. 31 Chevrolet will be taken to NASCAR's R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina for further review. Kyle Busch , victim of an early wreck, joined Earnhardt, Johnson and Kahne as drivers knocked out of the Chase. Johnson, who led a race-high 84 laps, was shuffled back after a restart on Lap 188, the first attempt at a green-white-checkered following a debris caution on Lap 184. In the second overtime, which took the race six circuits past its scheduled 188 laps, he fell back to 24th at the finish. But Johnson's finishing position was of little consequence, once victory was out of the question. Like Keselowski and Earnhardt, Johnson came to Talladega needing a win to move forward in the Chase. After a wild shuffling of positions in the two overtimes, Clint Bowyer finished third, followed by Landon Cassill (first career top five in 147 starts) and Newman. Travis Kvapil , Kurt Busch , Marcos Ambrose and Kevin Harvick completed the top 10. At Talladega, there are always victims, and Kyle Busch was the first. On the backstretch on Lap 103, Aric Almirola tapped the back bumper of J.J. Yeley's Toyota and turned the car sideways into the outside wall, igniting a 10-car chain-reaction wreck. Riding 28th near the rear of the field, Busch checked up and appeared poised to avoid the melee, only to be launched into the inside wall by Austin Dillon 's Chevrolet. With the frame of the No. 18 Toyota bent like a pretzel and suspension parts askew on both ends, Busch brought the car to the garage and dropped to 43rd on the scoring monitor as his team frantically tried to restore the Camry to running condition. "We were just all starting to shuffle around there and getting ready to pit, and I think it was the 83 (Yeley) in front of me, and I think he might have been trying to check up to get to the bottom," Almirola said of the incident that started the wreck. "I just barely started to push him and it hooked his car—and we all wrecked." Earnhardt's run at a first championship came to a sudden end on the backstretch on Lap 188, when contact from Greg Biffle 's Ford spun the No. 88 Chevy, which had spent 31 laps in the lead, but restarted 16th on the first green-white-checkered attempt. With the car damaged in the wreck, Earnhardt finished 31st, a far cry from the victory he needed to advance to the next round of the Chase. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Brad Keselowski talks about winning at Talladega Superspeedway.
Brad Keselowski wins a Green, White, Checkered finish at Talladega Superspeedway and moves on to the Eliminator round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Brad Keselowski celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Roger Penske defends Brad Keselowski's post-race incident which took place at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
2012 series champion discusses incident with Joe Gibbs Racing driver MORE: Full coverage of Kenseth- Keselowski incident " Kenseth: 'I don't regret my actions' RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize TALLADEGA, Ala. – Brad Keselowski , fined $50,000 following last week's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway , isn't ready to discuss if he regrets his actions. One of four drivers outside the top eight in points in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Keselowski said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway that "I haven't put a lot of thought into it, to be honest." "I have been busy testing at Martinsville (Speedway) and getting ready for this weekend," he said. "It is a huge weekend for me and our team where we have to really pull out a clutch moment and I don't want to lose sight of that by spending a whole bunch of time on all that other garbage. "I am not going to say I haven't spent any time on it but I didn't spend enough to really have all my thoughts and feelings put together enough to share it." Keselowski struck the driver’s side of Matt Kenseth 's car as the field came to pit road following the completion of last week's Bank of America 500 . He also ran into the back of Tony Stewart 's car, unintentionally it appeared. He was pursued by Denny Hamlin as the two made their way through the garage area, and by night's end was involved in an altercation with Kenseth between two team haulers. Kenseth called Keselowski's actions on the track, which also included contact on a late-race restart, "high school stunts." Keselowski said he was aware of his fellow competitor's comments, included talking about an incident at Richmond earlier this year as well as damage he contends Kenseth did to his Team Penske entry while taking the "wave around" following a late caution. "We had a little contact at Richmond," he said. As for the contact, "(Kenseth) is always entitled to his opinion as I am to mine. We are both entitled to (our) opinions. Obviously we have a difference of them or what happened Saturday wouldn't have happened." Both Keselowski and Stewart were fined for their post-race actions at CMS last week (NASCAR officials clipped Stewart for $25,000). "Maybe I should have had a bigger one, I don't know," Keselowski said. "I thought (Sprint Cup Series Managing Director) Richard Buck was really classy and I thought that was really nice of him. It isn't something that I didn't understand." Other drivers weren't pointing fingers or placing blame a week after the incident, instead citing the pressure of the new format along with the pressure of competing against 42 others for the better part of a year. Disagreements are going to occur. "We all have frustrations toward each other at some point," Richard Childress Racing's Ryan Newman said. "And we can get along with each other five days later. That's part of what we do." Six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson said Keselowski's "always been a pretty tough racer. "He's in a position where he doesn't want to be in right now, along with a few other guys," Johnson said. "When you're in that position, it's hard to hit that 100-percent mark. Sometimes you end up at 105 or 120 and you end up doing things you might not want to or make little mistakes that cost others." Keselowski , along with Johnson, Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr ., are outside the top eight in points heading into Sunday’s GEICO 500 (ESPN, 2 p.m. ET). Only the top eight remain in title contention and two of those eight slots have already been taken by Contender Round winners Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick . Keselowski said he isn't worried about losing the respect of his peers. Earning that respect is important, but "I think you have to temper that with the knowledge that when you are successful you are a target. "That isn't just me, that is everyone," he said. "That is just part of the ebbs and flows we talk about all the time." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Both drivers fined, placed on four-race probation RELATED: Full coverage/timeline of Charlotte incident DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 14, 2014) -- NASCAR has assessed behavioral penalties to drivers Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart for their involvement in post-race incidents on Oct. 11 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Keselowski has been fined $50,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship events through Nov. 12 for violating: • Section 12-1 : Actions detrimental to stock car racing • Section 12-4.9 : Behavioral penalty -- involved in post-race incidents Stewart has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship events through Nov. 12 for violating: • Section 12-1 : Actions detrimental to stock car racing • Section 12-4.9 : Behavioral penalty -- involved in a post-race incident "These penalties are about maintaining a safe environment following the race," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR senior vice president, competition and racing development. "We knew that the new Chase format was likely going to raise the intensity level and we want our drivers to continue to be themselves. However, the safety of our drivers, crew members, officials, and workers is paramount and we will react when that safety could be compromised." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
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