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!
|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:
|3||6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||614||1|
Kyle Busch has pulled the #18 team back into first in the Owners' Championship. Here's how things shake up:
Again, things haven't Changed in the hunt for the top 33. Here's how it looks:
|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!