Brad Keselowski gives the 500th victory to Team Penske
Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski wins the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the opening race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. It’s his third win in a row this year, the 27th Cup Series victory in a career and the 500th victory for Team Penske in all sorts of racing.
The race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway went to overtime, lasting five laps longer than the scheduled 267. But Keselowski held the top spot through three restarts to beat runner-up Kyle Larson to the finish line by 1.276 seconds on the final two-lap shootout. This victory guarantees a spot for Keselowski in the second round of Playoffs.
Martin Truex Jr, who won the first stage, took the series lead by two points over Kyle Busch. Keselowski is 18 points back in third place, with Harvick 27 points behind in fourth. The four drivers currently on the outside when it comes to advancing to the next round are Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin.
The NASCAR Playoffs continue at Richmond Raceway on Saturday with Federated Auto Parts 400.