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Penske Racing

Keselowski races way into 3rd round of NASCAR's playoffs

Brad Keselowski was in trouble when he arrived at Talladega Superspeedway ranked 10th in the playoff standings. He knew he'd need a big finish to keep his championship chances intact.

He delivered.

Keselowski earned an automatic berth into the third round of the playoffs with a victory Sunday at Talladega, where he considered himself lucky to finish after a sloppy day for NASCAR.

"I survived," Keselowski said. "I feel like only eight cars finished the race. It was one of those crazy days ... a lot of attrition."

There were just 14 cars running at the conclusion, and only four were playoff drivers. The race was red-flagged three times for...

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