NASCAR Barometer: Brad Keselowski Wins Coca-Cola 600 in OT

NASCAR Barometer: Brad Keselowski Wins Coca-Cola 600 in OT

This article is part of our NASCAR Barometer series.

Brad Keselowski earned his first Coca-Cola 600 victory Sunday night in NASCAR's third race in just over a week holding off Jimmie Johnson in an overtime finish. Keselowski's Penske Racing Ford was not the fastest in the field but making the right calls at the right time put him in position to claim the win. There was tremendous disappointment behind him as Chase Elliott again seemed destined to win until teammate William Byron spun and brought out a late caution. Elliott's choice to pit put him deep in the field on the final restart and he simply ran out of distance as Keselowski crossed under the checkered flag. Post-race inspection took Johnson out of the finishing order and promoted Elliott to a runner-up finish, however.

This Wednesday the teams will again return to the Charlotte oval in a 310-mile mid-week race. The distance won't be quite as long, which means teams won't have as much time to overcome any early mistakes. That could serve to push the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet teams to the front again. They were the class of the field throughout Sunday's race and only narrowly missed overcoming Keselowski. Fantasy owners should again expect long green-flag runs and look to which drivers were most consistent through Sunday's 600-mile odyssey.

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Brad Keselowski – Sunday's 600-mile race was Keselowski's second win at Charlotte and his second top-five there in the last three tries. He was generally quiet through the distance but found his way forward to have sight of

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