Brad Keselowski gives Roger Penske first Brickyard 400 win

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Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald's 50 Years of Big Mac Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 1, 2018 in Darlington, South Carolina.

Keselowski, an afterthought most of this season, used fresher tires and timely late cautions to put Penske in Victory Lane.

Kyle Busch was on the pole and trying to win the regular season championship.

Brad Keselowski celebrates after winning the NASCAR Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The win gives team owner Roger Penske, who has one 17 Indy 500's, his first win at the Brickyard in the NASCAR Monstery Energy Cup Series.

Keselowski easily held off second-place finisher Erik Jones for the victory on Monday - his second of the NASCAR season and the 26th of his career. "I hate that the cars that caused the caution had nothing to do with this race". "To bring it home this way, after messing up a year ago, is just incredible", Keselowski said.

Wolfe said of the win, "It's something that hasn't been done at (Team) Penske".

Ganassi says his offer to McMurray involved running the Daytona 500 in a third CGR vehicle and then taking on a front office role with the team like the one Dario Franchitti is in on the open-wheel side.

The timing couldn't be better for Keselowski. Keselowski has now won two consecutive races headed into NASCAR's playoffs.

And he earned this one the hard way.

Keselowski and Hamlin then bumped and swapped sheet metal a couple of times racing side by side before the former sailed into the lead.

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"We had the fastest vehicle but we just kept fumbling there and having stuff go wrong".

This crash between Jeffrey Earnhardt (96) and Landon Cassill (00) derailed the hopes of race leader Denny Hamlin. Harvick stated, "We had a pit gun break and just had stuff go wrong all over the place but in the end we came back and had a decent finish". Keselowski darted around Bowyer into second, then caught Hamlin.

Fourteen drivers went into the race knowing they would compete for this year's title and now they know how they stack up.

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing, will head into the playoffs as the No. 1 seed after his team clinched the regular-season championship.

His race came to a halt in the first stage when his Toyota blew a right brake rotor and Truex crashed.

The other drivers are: Hendrick Motorsports teammates Chase Elliott (eighth), Johnson (15th) and Bowman (16th), Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing and Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing. It will run at 2 p.m., after the rescheduled Xfinity Series race. A few hours later, the Cup race started with temperatures in the mid-60s.

Following two solid days of rain, the first of two NASCAR races is underway in Indianapolis. No drivers got to practice or qualify before the racing doubleheader began Monday, and the crowd remained sparse for the rare weekday race.

He won by 0.904 seconds over Erik Jones.

Tyler Reddick finished second, Ryan Blaney was third and Chase Elliott fourth.

Kurt Busch led two times for 19 laps and finished sixth while Jamie McMurray was seventh. Elliott finished second and Jones was third.

The stage victory was the first of the season for Bowyer.

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