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The Kez kicks it at home: The CarFax 250 Review

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Brad Keselowski wanted nothing more than to win at his hometrack, Michigan.  He got that wish in dominating fashion.  Keso led 89 of 125 laps to take the CarFax 250 and is well on his way to his first Nascar championship, which could be also be his last in the Nationwide Series.  It's been discussed within Nascar about limiting the number of races that full time Cup drivers can race in the Nationwide series.  So Brad may be the last double duty champion ever.  He's also the worst. 

Brad's Cup career is off to a very shaky start.  In 22 races Keso has 4 DNFs, only 32 laps led, and a best finish of 12th (twice).  It's not a terrible start, but it is a pretty big chasm between Brad's Cup finishes and his Nationwide finishes.  Next year will be the biggest chance for Keso to succeed, as he will take over for Kurt Busch in the famous blue deuce.  If Keso can't perform in the# 2 Dodge, I think he could be on his way out of Penske Racing.  With that being said, I may be too quick to call Keso a Cup Bust after all the #12 team ran bad last year with David Stremme, and running both Cup and Nationwide does take it's toll on a driver.  Time will tell.

I am contractually obligated to discuss Danica Patrick, the world's most famous 4 laps down driver.  Patrick continued her streak of 6 straight starts of failing to finish on the lead lap.  This was a level playing field for her, since everyone was driving the COT.  Patrick still hasn't been able to master the handleing on a Nationwide Car, nor has she been able to communicate what the car needs to be better.  I feel like, if Patrick was running full time, that we would have seen some improvement by now.  At least more improvement then we have seen. 

I want to see more female drivers in Nascar but, is it just me, or does it seem like to you that women need to be pretty or they do not get a chance to run with competitive teams?  If so then that's not right because there are a whole lotta real ugly male drivers who day in and day out get their chance at victory lane - not that I'm looking mind you (or that there's anything wrong with that).  I better stop now because I'm opening up a whole big can of worms here.


Results and more after the JUMP!

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Pts Bns Driver Rating Winnings Status
1 1 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge 125 195 10 150.0 $38,545 Running
2 14 60 Carl Edwards Valvoline Ford 125 175 5 120.5 $37,600 Running
3 10 18 Kyle Busch Z-Line Designs Toyota 125 165   108.9 $25,875 Running
4 7 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Wireless Dodge 125 165 5 104.1 $27,193 Running
5 11 98 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards Ford 125 160 5 117.6 $18,475 Running
6 9 20 Joey Logano GameStop Toyota 125 150   101.6 $19,100 Running
7 23 88 Elliott Sadler GT Vodka Chevy 125 151 5 88.1 $17,110 Running
8 13 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Stores Toyota 125 142   96.5 $24,113 Running
9 3 16 Colin Braun # Con-way Ford 125 143 5 92.9 $24,418 Running
10 15 33 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevy 125 134   97.3 $17,775 Running
11 8 99 Trevor Bayne Out! Pet Care Toyota 125 130   107.0 $26,168 Running
12 2 00 Ryan Truex NAPA Toyota 125 127   99.0 $17,300 Running
13 6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Roush-Fenway Ford 125 124   86.6 $22,468 Running
14 19 10 Tayler Malsam Iron Horse Jeans Toyota 125 121   83.7 $21,943 Running
15 12 11 Brian Scott # AccuDoc Toyota 125 118   80.2 $22,668 Running
16 17 15 Michael Annett Germain.com Toyota 125 115   83.4 $21,693 Running
17 21 09 John Wes Townley Zaxby's Ford 125 112   67.6 $21,843 Running
18 22 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 124 109   72.9 $21,593 Running
19 34 40 Mike Bliss Westerman Companies Chevy 124 106   67.7 $21,543 Running
20 26 01 Mike Wallace JDavisMotorsports.com Chevy 124 103   62.6 $22,643 Running
21 18 87 Joe Nemechek HostGator.com Chevy 123 100   69.5 $21,418 Running
22 30 70 Shelby Howard Foretravel Chevy 123 97   66.4 $21,368 Running
23 25 35 Jason Keller TriStar Motorsports Chevy 123 94   62.2 $21,718 Running
24 37 34 Tony Raines Long John Silver's Chevy 123 91   59.6 $21,268 Running
25 29 04 Jeremy Clements Boudreaux's Butt Paste Chevy 123 88   49.9 $21,668 Running
26 28 49 Mark Green FX Network/Sons of Anarchy Chevy 123 85   56.0 $21,143 Running
27 33 7 Danica Patrick Hot Wheels/GoDaddy.com Chevy 121 82   46.4 $21,093 Running
28 38 81 Michael McDowell MacDonald Motorsports Dodge 121 79   45.9 $21,443 Running
29 42 28 Kenny Wallace Federated Auto Parts Chevy 121 76   35.8 $20,993 Running
30 39 24 Eric McClure Kroger Ford 121 73   38.0 $21,243 Running
31 31 68 Carl Long FleurDeLis Construction Chevy 119 70   40.2 $14,420 Running
32 16 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota 116 67   68.6 $20,828 Power
33 41 23 Robert Richardson Jr. R3 Motorsports Chevy 112 64   42.2 $20,793 Accident
34 4 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips/Old Navy Toyota 71 66 5 95.2 $23,723 Fuel Pump
35 35 43 Chase Austin Forgotten Harvest/Walgreens Dodge 59 58   48.5 $14,290 Engine
36 5 1 Ryan Newman Phoenix Construction Chevy 43 55   45.7 $14,495 Accident
37 40 21 Morgan Shepherd RCR Chevy 20 52   36.1 $14,225 Vibration
38 20 26 Brian Keselowski K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge 10 49   43.7 $14,185 Vibration
39 32 73 Derrike Cope Odyssey Extreme Batteries Dodge 10 46   34.6 $14,140 Ignition
40 36 27 Josh Wise Baker Curb Racing Ford 4 43   34.5 $14,110 Transmission
41 43 07 Danny Efland Danny Efland Racing Chevy 3 40   30.4 $14,080 Engine
42 27 56 Kevin Lepage RaceDaySponsor.com Toyota 2 37   30.9 $14,030 Electrical
43 24 05 Willie Allen Cash America/Owens Corning Chevy 2 34   29.3 $13,984 Transmission

It was interesting to see Joe Gibbs Racing struggle so much in the COT.  Well, struggle by thier standards.  Neither Busch nor Logano led a lap.  It was the first Nationwide Race in which Kyle didn't lead at least on lap since Phoenix of last year, which was the second to last race of the year.  It was the third time this year that Logano hasn't led a lap.

Nothing changed in the fight for the top 30:

28 Wes Townley 09 2,025
29 Keller 35 1,976
30 Howard 70 1,976
31 McDowell 81 1,941
32 Allen 05 1,829
33 McClure 24 1,818

Robert Richardson pancaked the wall hard and had to be taken to a local hospital.  He was released this morning - everything looked fine.

Next week we go under the lights of Bristol.  Bristol is one of my favorite tracks.  It's short track racing at it's finest.  You can expect to see some tempers flare.  It could possibly be the return of Edwards vs. Keselowski or is that Keselowski vs Edwards?  Tune in at 730pm to ESPN on Friday, August 20th for the Food City 250 from Bristol, TN.  Enjoy!