Hot Keselowski wins Vegas playoff opener

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LAS VEGAS (AP) Brad Keselowski nailed the final restart and roared away from the field in the scorching Vegas heat.

With another huge performance in his late-season surge, Keselowski finished up front again - and he's got NASCAR's Big Three drivers looking over their shoulders.

Keselowski raced to his third consecutive Cup series victory Sunday, opening the playoffs by persevering through a wreck-filled afternoon and taking charge of overtime.

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NASCAR Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 M.Truex Jr. 2087 4
2 K.Busch 2085 6
3 B.Keselowski 2069 3
4 K.Harvick 2060 7
5 J.Logano 2056 1
6 K.Busch 2046 1
7 R.Blaney 2042 0
8 K.Larson 2041 0
9 A.Almirola 2034 0
10 A.Dillon 2031 1
11 C.Bowyer 2029 2
12 A.Bowman 2028 0
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