Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski celebrates his win in the STP500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday.

Team Penske has been the hottest team in NASCAR early in the season, and their oldest driver was the hottest on the track at Martinsville Speedway Sunday.

Brad Keselowski took the lead on Lap 6, and led 446 of 500 on the way to a decisive victory in the NASCAR Cup Series STP500.

The only time Keselowski didn't lead Sunday was the first five laps, when his teammate Joey Logano started up front, and from laps 325-374, when Chase Elliott briefly passed the No. 2 car, and held the lead for 49 laps.

Keselowski retook the lead out of a caution on 374, and while Elliott, Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney battled it out for the next three spots, Keselowski was able to outclass those three on the long runs to come away with the victory.

“I think the stats maybe look a little more dominant than it really was” Keselowski said following the race.

The win is Keselowski's second in his career at Martinsville. He last won in the spring of 2017. It's his second win of the season, and third for Team Penske in six races in 2019.

Cara Cooper is a sports writer for the Martinsville Bulletin. She can be reached at

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