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MENCS: Keselowski opens playoffs with third straight win

Brad Keselowski opened the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs with his third consecutive win of the season in Sunday’s South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Keselowski survived a wild playoff opener to score the 500th victory for Team Penske and move on to the second round. He held off Kyle Larson in a shootout to the checkered flag to score his 27th career Cup win.

“500 wins today, huge day for the Captain (Roger Penske),” Keselowski said. “I did it, boss! To start off the playoffs with a win, that’s really strong. It’s really a testament to this team here. They’ve been so strong on pit road and I couldn’t have done it without them. We weren’t as fast as the 78 car (Truex), but we nailed the pit stops and restarts when it counted.”

Keselowski led 75 of the day’s 272 laps.

Larson, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.

Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard completed the first 10 finishers.

Truex Jr. and Keselowski won the first two stages.

Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin are in the bottom four of the playoff standings.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Richmond Raceway for the second race of the playoffs next Saturday night.

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Playoff Drivers in BOLD

Fin Str Car Driver Make Laps Status Laps Led Points
1 13 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 272 Running 75 50
2 11 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 272 Running 24 36
3 10 78 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 272 Running 96 52
4 2 22 Joey Logano Ford 272 Running 46 42
5 6 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 272 Running 35
6 16 10 Aric Almirola Ford 272 Running 33
7 4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 272 Running 1 35
8 19 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 272 Running 29
9 22 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 272 Running 29
10 20 21 Paul Menard Ford 272 Running 27

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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