Brad Keselowski was just cruising along in second place on a Sunday afternoon in Alabama when he saw his chance and went for it. The next thing he saw was the checkered flag waving.
“I had this whole plan if I ever got in that situation where I was leading,” the NASCAR driver said about the Aaron’s 499. “I thought about it and thought about it - dreamed about what to do - and sure enough, going into (Turn) 3, it was just me and (Kyle) Busch. And I knew the move I wanted to pull.”
Keselowski made the pass on the final lap of the Aaron’s 499, a race that had four caution flags in the final 45 laps including a massive wreck on lap 143.
“It was like a wreck at a stoplight,” said Carl Edwards, one of the race contenders caught in the crash. “Everybody started checking up and hitting each other.”
The Talladega win means Keselowski is the third driver to make multiple trips to Victory Lane this season. The other two are Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin. The victory was the sixth of Keselowski’s career that spans 99 Sprint Cup races.
In the end, Keselowski was happy with his second win of the 2012 season. Busch chalked up Keselowski’s win as a spot of racing luck.
“I’m not sure he (Keselowski) did anything,” the second-place finisher said. “If he did, he’s pretty smart, but I think our stuff just came unplugged.”
Greg Biffle continues to lead the Sprint Cup standings, followed closely by Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Only nine points separate the three after 10 races. Hamlin and Kevin Harvick round out the top five in the drivers’ standings.
Next on the NASCAR schedule is the Bojangles’ Southern 500, under the lights at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on May 12.