BRISTOL, TENN. – Brad Keselowski has a new crew and is fighting for a new contract at Team Penske. His confidence is still intact and he is convinced he can compete for a championship this year.
Being in the right place at the right time is helping.
Keselowski inherited his second victory in a week when the leaders crashed in front of him with a lap remaining Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. He won the Coca-Cola 600 seven nights earlier at Charlotte Motor Speedway when a caution with two laps remaining helped him get to Victory Lane.
"I felt like I was in Las Vegas," Keselowski said about Sunday's victory. "I went from having a bad hand to a full house real quick."
The victory dropped into his lap when Chase Elliott and Joey Logano collided. Keselowski was third with a lap and a turn to go when opportunity opened. Logano cleared Elliott for the lead with three laps left, but Elliott stalked him while seeking his second victory in three days.
They made contact in the fourth turn and drifted into the wall as Keselowski slid past. He had just one trip around the 0.533-mile concrete bullring to close the victory.
"There's so much going on in the world, I am just thankful I get to be a race car driver and do this," said Keselowski, the first driver to win multiple races in the five Cup events since NASCAR returned from the pandemic on May 17. Clint Bowyer was second, giving Ford a 1-2 finish.
Logano finished 21st and Elliott 22nd. Logano stared Elliott down as the two climbed out of their cars, but Elliott never looked in his direction.
"He wrecked me," Logano said. "A simple apology … be a man and say 'My bad.'"
The two did talk and Elliott took the blame. "Awww, just going for the win," he said.