Brad Keselowski couldn't defend his Sprint Cup championship in the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup -- but on Saturday night, he played the spoiler.
Keselowski muscled his way into Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway -- past the dominant Hendrick Motorsports cars and points leader Matt Kenseth to become the first non-Chase driver to win a Chase race since Kasey Kahne at Phoenix, the penultimate event in 2011 -- to end a 37-race winless drought.
But the night was not without incident.
Keselowski tempted fate on Lap 87 when he was penalized after his jack stuck under the No. 2 Miller Ford -- and made a lap around the track. The driver served his stop-and-go penalty, restarted 22nd and fought valiantly through traffic over the next 243 laps.
On the final restart, Keselowski entered the pits fifth and exited sixth after crew chief Paul Wolfe elected to take four tires for the last run. In four laps, Keselowski moved past Matt Kenseth into second place behind Kahne.
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