Brad Keselowski drove his No. 2 Ford Fusion to victory in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, giving the Team Penske Ford drive his fourth-ever victory at the 2.66 mile track and the 19th of his career.
Keselowski managed to avoid becoming entangled in one of the day’s numerous wrecks, which was certainly part of the reason why he was leading the race on a Lap 186 restart with just two laps to go. When the green flag came back out, he received a push from the cars behind to jet ahead of second place’s Kurt Busch and take the win.
As Keselowski and second place’s Kyle Busch crossed the finish line, a major wreck ensued behind them that collected major names such as Kevin Harvick, AJ Allmendinger and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. It was one of the day’s many wrecks and came not 10 laps after a 12-car Lap 181 wreck that ended Matt Kenseth’s and Danica Patrick’s races.
The largest wreck came on Lap 161, when Busch tapped Jimmie Johnson’s bumper and sent the Chevy driver into a spin that took out the No. 48 of Paul Menard and 18 other cars. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also fell victim to crashes Sunday, losing control and hitting the wall on Lap 50 and later getting pushed into the wall by Carl Edwards after he blew a tire.
Rookie Chris Buscher had perhaps the most spectacular wreck of the day after he became involved in seven-car wreck on Lap 96. He was sent into a spin that rolled his No. 34 Ford Fusion three times and ended his day. He was one of three Fords that crashed out Sunday, with the other two being the No. 22 of Joey Logano and the No. 43 of Aric Almirola.
Behind Keselowski and Busch in the running order was Austin Dillon in the No. 3 Chevrolet. The only other Fords in the top ten were those of Ryan Blaney and Trevor Bayne, which finished ninth and tenth, respectively.