Taking the Checker: Kentucky

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Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag and the trophy from Kentucky Speedway this past weekend in his backup car. Keselowski wrecked his primary car in the first practice session Friday when he made contact with Juan Pablo Montoya’s car and then he ran into the outside wall. Keselowski visited victory lane for the third time this season which gives him the most wins in the Sprint Cup Series this season. Keselowski took the checker in Bristol and Talladega earlier this season.

Throughout the last year, Brad Keselowski has proven he is a contender for the championship. He has driven the Miller Lite Dodge for Roger Penske since the beginning of the 2011 season and has gotten six wins in it, including Saturday night’s race, all starting close to mid season last year with a fuel mileage win at Kansas.

Keselowski and the whole Penske Racing team, including teammate A.J. Allmendinger are making the switch to Ford in 2013. Penske has been fairly solid this year and are currently sitting in a Chase spot with Keselowski. Allmendinger has been running well all year, but luck has not been on his side. With the switch to Ford next year, a lot of people think Penske may struggle nearing the end of the year and next year. Only time will tell though.

With three wins and seven top ten finishes in 2012, a career season could be headed Keselowski’s way. He will easily be one of the favorites in the Chase for the Sprint Cup later this season. We’ll see if Keselowski can rack up some more wins and earn the No.1 spot in the standings to start the Chase in only ten weeks.

By Tyson Lautenschlager

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