Noel Lanier For Civitas Media
October 16, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brad Keselowski overcame a loose wheel and a jack that spent one lap under the side of his car to win his first Sprint Cup race of the season and put himself in Victory Lane for the 10th time in his career.
Keselowski led only 11 laps of the Bank of America 500. Kasey Kahne led 138 and Jimmie Johnson led 130.
On four fresh tires to two for Kahne, Keselowski passed for the lead on Lap 326 of 334. Matt Kenseth finished third to add one point to his Chase lead over fourth-place finisher Jimmie Johnson.
Kyle Busch was fifth as the Chase reached the halfway mark with five races to go.
“It was just a never-give-up night,” Keselowski said in Victory Lane. “We didn’t qualify well, but we kept working our way forward.”
Ultimately, it was a decision to get four fresh tires for the #2 Miller Lite Ford that made the difference.
Jimmie Johnson was the leader by more than two seconds and in a position to take over the series point lead when NASCAR called a caution for debris on lap 307 of the 334 lap race. The #48 LOWES Chevrolet restarted third, was shuffled back to seventh and never caught the leader again, having to settle for fourth.