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Brad Keselowski treated for stomach ailment after practice

HAMPTON, Ga. -- Brad Keselowski has a stomach virus that has left his status uncertain for NASCAR's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Keselowski was ill Saturday at the start of the final practice, so Team Penske had Austin Cindric start the session in the No. 2 Ford. Keselowski got in the car midway through practice and completed two runs. He sat inside his cockpit for several minutes then slowly jogged to his team hauler.

He waited inside until a medical team arrived and took him to Atlanta's infield care center for treatment.

Team Penske said Keselowski is still scheduled to race Sunday, but crew chief Paul Wolfe said the driver "is not doing too well." It is unknown if he'll be able to complete the entire race.

Cindric said he will be on standby Sunday should Keselowski need a relief driver.

"It's such a wild card because no one knows what to expect," Cindric said after finishing 10th in the Xfinity Series race. "From everything I understand, Brad is in good condition. Brad is definitely a tough guy, so I don't see him backing out."

A team representative said Keselowski began to feel ill late Friday night after surprising fans in the rainy infield. Keselowski's wife is also under the weather.

NASCAR's second and final practice session Saturday was held in a steady mist.

Kyle Busch quickly posted the fastest lap of all Toyota drivers but then hit the wall and had to go to the garage with damage that sidelined him the remainder of the session. Erik Jones, his teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, later headed to the garage with a power steering issue.

Clint Bowyer was the fastest Ford driver, while Austin Dillon the fastest Chevrolet. In a surprise, Michael McDowell and Corey LaJoie rounded out the top five of Saturday's final session.

McDowell irked Joey Logano last week when he didn't push Logano on the closing laps of the Daytona 500, then argued he has no obligation to help Logano win races.

LaJoie was a headliner at Daytona because of the paint scheme on his car, which was his entire face as Old Spice pushed its dry shampoo. The exposure was strong enough that Old Spice returned to sponsor LaJoie at Atlanta.