Brad Keselowski overcame a loose wheel mechanical challenge and passes Kyle Larson with six lapse remaining to secure the victory. Kevin Harvick won the pole position and the first two stages. He also led the most laps 293 of the 325 scheduled in his No. 4 Stewart Haas Racing Ford, however, he faltered at the end when he was penalized for speeding on pit road, forcing him to the back of the field. This was a major mistake on his part and probably cost him the race. He eventually finished in ninth place.
Meanwhile, the win was Keselowski’s first win at Atlanta and the twenty second of his career. The team Penske driver led 21 lapse on the day and especially at the end of the race when it really counts. The winner will pick-up 40 points and five playoff points for his days work.
Harvick was ahead at the end of Stage 1 and Stage 2 during the first 170 laps and earned 10 race points and one playoff point for the 10-race championship run. In fact with the new points system Harvick actually earned 20 race points and 2 playoff points for his day of racing winning both stages decisively.
Kyle Larson finished second, followed by Matt Kenseth in third, who bounced back from two speeding penalties on pit road. The Hendrick Motorsports combination of Kasey Kahne and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five finishers for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will continue next week with more action on Sunday March 12 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the Kobalt 400 starting at 3:30 pm eastern time on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.