Date: Sept. 10, 2018

Brad Keselowski gives Team Penske first Brickyard 400 win in dramatic fashion

Brad Keselowski is making a habit of collecting crown jewels, and now he has the distinction of giving Roger Penske his first Brickyard 400 victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Coming on the heels of his win at Darlington Raceway in the Bojangles’ Southern 500, Keselowski battled Denny Hamlin on a restart with three laps to go, using fresher tires and a little bit of his bumper to make the crucial pass en route to winning at the famed 2.5-mile track.

Erik Jones came home second in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota, with Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five.

For Keselowski, it was his 26th victory in the Monster Energy Series, and it came in the regular-season finale as the NASCAR Playoffs field of 16 drivers was set. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman took the final two playoff spots that were available.

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