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Brad Keselowski wins a NASCAR Cup Series race for 3rd time since restart in New Hampshire

Driver Brad Keselowski holds a giant lobster to celebrate his victory in a NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP photo)

LOUDON, N.H. — Brad Keselowski won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday for his third victory of the NASCAR season and 33rd of his career.

Keselowski and Denny Hamlin swapped stage wins and had the lead a combined 18 times before Keselowski, who is in a contract year for Team Penske, took the checkered flag by 1.647 seconds. After the win, Keselowski grabbed a U.S. flag and spun his car around in front of a crowd that was masked and socially distanced for much of the race before crowding the fence to chant “Brad! “Brad!”

“It’s so great to be racing back in front of fans again. It feels like forever, so welcome back, guys,” Keselowski said. “We’re just so glad to have them all back. It feels so weird to be racing without fans, but we’re glad you’re here.”

Martin Truex Jr. was third after working his way from the rear of the field because of a penalty for a runaway tire in the pits. Joey Logano was fourth and Kevin Harvick fifth.

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