Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski is right back where he started, leading the standings.
Keselowski moved up one spot to retake the lead, now over Dale Earnhardt Jr., with his third-place finish in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday.
The Penske Racing driver led 62 laps and engaged in a riveting battle for the lead, lap after lap, with eventual winner Kasey Kahne before slipping to his final slot.
He did not, however, run amongst the leaders all day. Keselowski and his team steadily worked on his car and moved toward the front before taking the lead for the first time on Lap 397 of the 500.
"At the end it started to come together," he said. "We weren't very close at the start, that's for sure. But the guys on the (No.) 2 team got it dialed in there towards the end, had a shot at a solid finish.
"I don't think I had anything for Kasey, I don't know if anyone did. He was good through the middle, really everywhere. In a league of his ow...