Entering Saturday night’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch had expected some retribution from Brad Keselowski after their run-in the week before in the Nationwide race at Kansas Speedway. After all, Keselowski had nothing to lose because he was out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

That retribution never came because Keselowski was in contention all night and went on to win his first race of the season. The defending Sprint Cup champion led only 11 laps, including the last nine, after he passed Kasey Kahne for his first win in 37 races.

Keselowski likely wouldn’t have won if not for a late caution. It appeared Jimmie Johnson was well on his way to his seventh win at Charlotte. He had a big lead, and with a win, would have passed Matt Kenseth for the lead in the Sprint Cup championship. On the restart, Johnson lost four spots while Kesolowski drove his way through the field from sixth to second and finally passed Kahne for the lead.

Kahne finished second, followed by Kenseth, with Johnson coming in fourth and Kyle Busch completing the Top Five.

So after five races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Kenseth stays in the lead, while Johnson remains in second place four points back. Kevin Harvick remains third.

Next up on the schedule – Talladega Superspeedway.

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