Keselowski Perseveres and Wins at Kentucky

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A long weekend for Keselowski ended in triumph. Keselowski dominated the second-half of the race and took the checkers at Kentucky Speedway Saturday Night. Keselowski had a bunch of issues throughout the weekend like a backup car and a broken steering wheel but the Miller Lite team did not give up, they persevered and hard work paid off. Overall, the race wasn’t too exciting but it did include some action.

The passing stared early when Kyle Busch passed pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson on the first lap for the lead. Tony Stewart started experiencing ignition issues in lap 26. He would be in and out of the garage for most of the night, he ended up finishing 32nd. Brad Keselowski took the lead for the first time on lap 35 when he got around Kyle Busch. The first caution of the night came out on lap 42 when debris was spotted in turns one and two. Kyle Bush would win the race off it road and re-gain the lead.

On the restart, Kyle Busch lead followed by; Johnson, Hamlin, Keselowski and Earnhardt Jr. On lap 96, the first round of green-flag pit stops began. After the stops cycled through, Kyle Busch was the leader. The next yellow-flag came out on lap 124 for debris. Kyle Busch would once again be the leader coming to the restart. On lap 130, Hamlin scooted around Busch for the lead.

On lap 149, Dave Blaney’s engine expired and the caution came out once again. On lap 160, Ryan Newman ran up into the slowing Logano on the front-stretch and tapped Logano down into Bowyer, no cars would spin and no caution came out. The result of this scuffle was Logano slowing even more on the track and Bowyer having to pit to repair the damage. On lap 189, Jimmie Johnson became the new leader. The top five on lap 190 included; Johnson, Hamlin, Keselowski, Gordon and Earnhardt Jr.

The next cycle of green-flag stops began on lap 201. Fuel was tight on this stop and Keselowski and Kyle Busch both ran out before making their way onto pit road. The next caution flew on lap 210 when Ryan Newman blew an engine and spun up into the wall. Newman left behind some oil which Regan Smith slipped in and he also tagged the wall.

The dominant car from the first part of the race was Kyle Busch and now the No.18 crew had struck trouble once again. Busch was complaining of a shock issue, the team just told him to keep running. During this caution, the team pitted to evaluate the issue. Nothing seemed severely wrong so Busch continued the race. Coming to the restart, Keselowski was the leader followed by Hamlin, Kenseth, Edwards and Johnson. Just after the restart, Hamlin would get around Edwards for second and he began to chase down Keselowski. Hamlin never reached Keselowski but Kahne reached Hamlin for second with three to go. Kahne got around Hamlin for second with three to go but time had run out for Kahne.

Keselowski would pick up his third win of the season and his first Cup win at Kentucky. In victory lane, Keselowski said that his team had “fought through adversary all weekend.” This win essentially put a lock on a Chase bid for Keselowski. With three wins before the official halfway mark of the season, Keselowski is looking pretty good. Kahne said after the race that he “wish(ed) we could of caught Keselowski, we need these wins.”

After the highs and lows for Kyle Busch during this race, he ended up finishing tenth which isn’t too shabby of a run considering all the trouble that occurred for him throughout the race. The Hendrick organization had a great night with all four of their cars placing finishes in the top six. Keselowski is likely the first of many drivers to essentially clinch chase births throughout the summer. Perseverance was the name of the game for Keselowski this weekend and he ended up in victory lane. Next week we go down to Daytona to celebrate a Fourth of July tradition, NASCAR action at Daytona. The fireworks will definitely be going off next Saturday Night.

Results via Nascar.com

FIN

ST

CAR

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 8 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 47/1 267 Running
2 19 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Quaker State 42/0 267 Running
3 3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 42/1 267 Running
4 7 88 Dale Earnhardt   Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard 40/0 267 Running
5 9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 39/0 267 Running
6 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s Dover White 39/1 267 Running
7 20 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Fifth Third Bank 37/0 267 Running
8 10 56 Martin Truex Jr.   Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 36/0 267 Running
9 16 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 35/0 267 Running
10 2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Red, White & Blue 36/2 267 Running
11 4 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Folds of Honor 33/0 267 Running
12 15 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Sylvania 32/0 267 Running
13 12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Mac Tools 31/0 267 Running
14 31 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 30/0 267 Running
15 17 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 29/0 267 Running
16 6 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 28/0 267 Running
17 34 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King 28/1 267 Running
18 21 13 Casey Mears Ford Valvoline NextGen 27/1 267 Running
19 14 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 25/0 267 Running
20 25 99 Carl Edwards Ford UPS 24/0 266 Running
21 11 16 Greg Biffle Ford American Red Cross 23/0 266 Running
22 18 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 22/0 266 Running
23 38 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Outsourcing in the USA@TMone 21/0 266 Running
24 29 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 20/0 266 Running
25 23 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 19/0 266 Running
26 13 43 Aric Almirola Ford Eckrich 18/0 266 Running
27 28 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Scott Products 17/0 265 Running
28 40 38 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 16/0 265 Running
29 33 34 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports 15/0 263 Running
30 39 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 14/0 262 Running
31 41 32 Ken Schrader Ford Federated Auto Parts 13/0 262 Running
32 22 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 12/0 231 Running
33 26 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row 11/0 209 Accident
34 5 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Tornados 10/0 208 Accident
35 42 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap 9/0 144 Engine
36 32 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 8/0 71 Vibration
37 30 26 Josh Wise * Ford MDS Transport 7/0 60 Vibration
38 35 98 Michael McDowell   Ford Presbyterian Healthcare System 6/0 58 Brakes
39 24 195 Scott Speed Ford Leavine Family Racing 5/0 55 Brakes
40 27 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 0 52 Overheating
41 43 33 Stephen Leicht * Chevrolet Little Joes A
utos.com
3/0 47 Vibration
42 37 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 0 18 Overheating
43 36 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 1/0 12 Electrical

 

 

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