Taking the Checker: Dover

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Brad Keselowski grabbed his fourth win of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season Sunday afternoon by conquering the Monster Mile. Not only did Keselowski win on Sunday, but his win gained him the points lead. Keselowski only led a total of 14 laps on Sunday but he led the most important lap; the last one. We will find out in about seven races how important those 14 led laps truly were.

Keselowski came into the race at Dover with so many people doubting him and his ability to win the championship because like fellow title contender, Denny Hamlin, Keselowski had a bad average finish at Dover. In fact, Keselowski had never even gotten a top 10 at Dover in the Sprint Cup car posing as a worrisome problem. However both drivers came out of Dover with great runs. Keselowski ran about sixth all day long but when fuel mileage became a factor in the race, Keselowski came out with a win.

Hamlin ended up finishing eighth one lap down after leading 39 laps. Hamlin was not very pleased. Hamlin was upset about having to pit and that pit stop costing him a win. Hamlin’s teammate Kyle Busch led 302 of the 400 laps that day and had the dominant car but the Toyota’s are known to have poor fuel mileage. Busch was also heard on the radio being upset with Toyota Racing Development (TRD). Clearly, it was a spur of the moment thing. They can’t control the races or the fact that the races become fuel mileage races. It’s a part of racing now that we have become all too familiar with.

Keselowski will head into Talladega as the points leader. We all know Talladega is a huge wild card race so Keselowski will come into the race with the lead but who knows where he’ll exit. Anyone could exit that race as the point’s leader and anyone could exit a winner whether they happen to be a chaser or non-chaser. That track will eat up cars all day long and we’ll have to wait to see how things shake out. One thing is for sure, If you’re around at the end of that race and you’re a chaser, there’s a good shot that you’ll be fighting for the championship at Homestead and if you don’t make it through to the end of Talladega and you’re a chaser, you’ll have a lot of ground to make up and a lot of work to do to put yourself back in championship contention.

By Tyson Lautenschlager

 

 

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