With just two laps remaining, Brad Keselowski drove his Dodge Charger around Matt Kenseth on the outside to win the Aarons 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega.
Keselowski teamed up for the run to the checkered flag with drafting partner Kyle Busch, who helped push the Dodge driver past Kenseth and into the lead. In the final lap the second-place driver usually has the advantage with the prized slingshot position, but Keselowski used a novel move to checkmate Busch. He ran high through Turn 3 and then swooped low across the track in Turn 4, breaking the draft with Buschs trailing car to seal the win.
After the race, Keselowski revealed how he had been rehearsing the move in his mind for some time.
“I had this whole plan if I ever had a situation of when I was leading here,” said Keselowski. “I thought about it, dreamed about it. I knew the move I wanted to pull, and it worked. The guy running second should have the advantage but now everyone’s seen it, and they know. It was the right move, and I’m glad it worked.”
Keselowski now has two Sprint Cup victories in the first 10 races of the 2012 season and his fifth win in 34 career starts. The victory also marks the first NASCAR win at Talladega in the long and storied motorsports career of team owner Roger Penske, and the first win by Dodge on the high-banked, 2.66-mi. oval, NASCARs largest superspeedway, since 1976.