Keselowski stays alive in Chase with Talladega win
Brad Keselowski moves on to the Eliminator Round at Martinsville.
Talladega, AL (SportsNetwork.com) -
Desperately needing a victory to advance into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Brad Keselowski passed Ryan Newman for the lead on the final lap to win Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
While Keselowski moved on to the Eliminator Round, which begins next weekend at Martinsville, Jimmie Johnson, the six-time and defending Sprint Cup Series champion, and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is NASCAR's most popular driver, have been eliminated from championship contention. Kasey Kahne, also with Hendrick, and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch are out of the Chase as well.
Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion, joined Joey Logano, his teammate at Team Penske, and Kevin Harvick as those drivers who automatically advanced into the Eliminator Round by winning a race in the Contender Round. Logano won at Kansas and Harvick at Charlotte.
NASCAR's elite eight move on
By Chris Symeon, Motorsports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
The Eliminator Round in the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, with the playoff field now trimmed to eight drivers.
NASCAR revised the playoff format for its premier series this year by including a number of elimination rounds to determine its champion. The Chase began with 16 drivers in the field, and then it was cut to 12 following the last race in the Challenger Round, held last month at Dover International Speedway.