Brad Keselowski snaps winless streak: The Feed The Children 300 Review

Brad Keselowski and the No. 22 Discount Tire team celebrate winning the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Credit: Tom Whitmore/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com

Brad Keselowski is sure making a name for himself as a fuel mileage expert.  Keselowski got his second Cup series win a few weeks ago by playing the fuel mileage game, and he got his first Nationwide win of 2011 by doing the same thing.  Does NASCAR need competition cautions with 25 to go?  I don't know.  The problem that NASCAR will always face is that crew chiefs will always try to find a way to win.  Always.  If you do a caution with 25 to go, then teams would do a splash and go with 27 to go, and wait for others to pit at the caution, then try to stretch the fuel to win.  That's the nature of competition. 

Keselowski has had a wild ride in NASCAR.  Keso started as an underdog trying to make it in an underfunded team.  He was driving for Keith Coleman, a team that doesn't exist anymore.  Brad would find the ride of his life with Dale Earnhardt Jr. though.  Having finally found good equipment, Brad's finishes finally started to show his talent. 

In 2008 Keselowski finally found victory lane, leading 33 laps at Nashville before taking the checkered flag.  Brad would win again at Bristol later in the year.  Keselowski had arrived, and he was the fan favorite underdog.  In 2009 Keselowski won 4 races for JR Motorsports, and won his first Cup Series win thanks to a brilliant move at Talladega. 

Last year everything changed, Keselowski left JR Motorsports and joined Penske Racing.  Brad was no longer the underdog.  Now a full time Cup Driver, Keselowski became yet another Cup driver running the Nationwide Series full time. 

Then came the feuds.  Keselowski and Edwards, Keso and Busch, the list goes on.  Suddenly, the three time Most Popular driver was getting headlines for the wrong reasons.  Even when he won the 2010 Nationwide Championship, the last Cup driver to ever do it, Keselowski was still known more for his flipping of Carl Edwards and his run ins with Busch than he was for winning a Championship.  Brad's terrible first year in Sprint Cup led many to question the decision to run both series.  This year, Keselowski's Cup career is looking a bit better, but he's still working on getting into the top 20 in order to make the Chase as a wildcard.

Results and Points after the jump!

 

Fin Sta Driver Team  Laps Status
1 5 Brad Keselowski  22 Discount Tire / Dodge Dealers Dodge  200 Running
2 6 Kevin Harvick  33 Rheem / Menards Chevrolet  200 Running
3 41 Kyle Busch  18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota  200 Running
4 18 Kasey Kahne    7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet  200 Running
5 1 Elliott Sadler    2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet  200 Running
6 19 Kenny Wallace  09 UNOH Toyota  200 Running
7 21 Michael Annett  62 Flying J / Oakley Toyota  200 Running
8 2 Carl Edwards  60 Valvoline / Fastenal Ford  200 Running
9 3 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.    6 Blackwell Angus Ford  200 Running
10 4 Joey Logano  20 Wipeout / GameStop Toyota  200 Running
11 10 Trevor Bayne  16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford  199 Running
12 13 Joe Nemechek  87 D.A.B. Constructors Toyota  199 Running
13 14 Jason Leffler  38 Great Clips Chevrolet  199 Running
14 12 Mark Martin  32 Dollar General / Hellmann's Chevrolet  199 Running
15 7 Brian Scott  11 Shore Lodge Toyota  199 Running
16 17 Mike Wallace  01 Cowboys & Aliens Chevrolet  199 Running
17 11 Reed Sorenson  30 Rexall / Dollar General Chevrolet  199 Running
18 26 David Reutimann  64 Aspen Dental / Oakley Toyota  199 Running
19 8 Justin Allgaier  31 Brandt Chevrolet  199 Running
20 20 Aric Almirola  88 Grand Touring Chevrolet  198 Running
21 9 Steve Wallace  66 5-Hour Energy / Oakley Toyota  198 Running
22 27 Blake Koch  81 Daystar / RizeUp.us Dodge  198 Running
23 23 David Stremme  70 Keen Parts Chevrolet  196 Running
24 16 Mike Bliss  19 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet  196 Running
25 22 Derrike Cope  28 Becker Law Office Chevrolet  196 Running
26 34 Timmy Hill  15 Lilly Trucking Ford  195 Running
27 32 Eric McClure  14 Hefty BlackOut / Reynolds Chevrolet  194 Running
28 39 Charles Lewandoski  40 Key Motorsports Chevrolet  193 Running
29 35 Kevin Lepage  52 Means Motorsports Chevrolet  193 Running
30 38 Jamie Dick  02 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet  193 Running
31 42 Jeremy Clements  51 Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet  176 Running
32 29 Jennifer Jo Cobb  13 Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing Dodge  169 Out of race
33 40 Robert Richardson  23 R3 Motorsports Chevrolet  119 Out of race
34 30 Morgan Shepherd  89 Racing with Jesus Chevrolet  104 Out of race
35 15 Will Kimmel  39 Go Green Racing Ford  62 Out of race
36 28 Scott Riggs  03 R3 Motorsports Dodge  20 Start and Park
37 25 Jeff Green  44 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet  18 Start and Park
38 36 Tim Andrews  42 Key Motorsports Chevrolet  11 Start and Park
39 37 Johnny Chapman  75 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet  10 Start and Park
40 43 Mike Harmon  74 IPT Pellet Grills Chevrolet  7 Start and Park
41 33 Chase Miller  46 Key Motorsports Chevrolet  3 Start and Park
42 24 John Jackson  72 James Carter Toyota  3 Start and Park
43 31 Dennis Setzer  49 Jay Robinson Racing Chevrolet  2 Start and Park

 

After a great race for Elliott Sadler, he is now the new points leader. This is the second time Sadler has sat on top of the points.  Elliott leads the three Nationwide Winners. Here's how things look:

 

Rank  Car #  Driver  Make Points  Wins 
1 2 Elliott Sadler  Chevy 641 0
2 32 Reed Sorenson  Chevy 637 1
3 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 614 1
4 31 Justin Allgaier  Chevy 598 1
5 38 Jason Leffler  Chevy 568 0
6 88 Aric Almirola  Chevy 553 0
7 09 Kenny Wallace  Toyota 532 0
8 66 Steve Wallace  Toyota 490 0
9 62 Michael Annett  Toyota 483 0
10 11 Brian Scott  Toyota 483 0

 

Kyle Busch has pulled the #18 team back into first in the Owners' Championship.  Here's how things shake up:

 

Rank  Car #  Driver Points 
1 18 Kyle Busch 675
2 32 Reed Sorenson 666
3 60 Carl Edwards 651
4 2 Elliott Sadler 641
5 20 Joey Logano 615
6 6 Ricky Stenhosue 614
7 33 Kevin Harvick 606
8 22 Brad Keselowski 600
9 31 Justin Allgaier 598
10 38 Jason Leffler 577

 

Again, things haven't Changed in the hunt for the top 33.  Here's how it looks:

 

Rank  Car #  Driver Points 
31 89 Morgan Sheperd 280
32 40 Scott Wimmer 246
33 52 Kevin lePage 241
34 41 Carl Long 197
35 12 Sam Hornish 159
36 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb 105

 

We head to New Hampshire next week.  Come back later in the week for the Preview of the Nationwide Race.  Enjoy!

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