Keselowski Overcomes Sickness to Win At Atlanta
Brad Keselowski says he was so sick with a stomach flu that he lost six pounds in 10 hours. He was too sick to even practice on Saturday and he was still feeling the effects of his illness when he got into his car for the start of the Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.
In addition to being sick Keselowski was dealing with an overheating engine, but he kept his Ford Mustang in front from the final restart and held off a hard charging Martin Truex, Jr. to win for the second time at Atlanta.
Kurt Busch came in third with Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer completing the Top 5. Kyle Busch rallied to finish sixth after starting in the rear because he crashed his qualifying car in practice on Saturday.
Pole sitter Aric Almirola led 36 laps and came in eighth.
Kyle Larson led a race-high 142 laps, nearly half of the race. He was the Stage 1 winner, but faded to finish 12th. Harvick was the Stage 2 winner.
NASCAR heads west for the next three races. Next weekend's events are in Las Vegas.