Found April 22, 2013 on
I am really impressed with the way Martin Truex Jr. has turned things around so far this season. He led a lot of laps in the NASCAR Sprint Cup STP 400 on Sunday at Kansas Speedway and brought his NAPA Toyota home in fourth.
At Texas Motor Speedway in the previous race, he was second.
His 2013 campaign really got off to a rough start. He blew a motor in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway. Then he had a rear-end problem the very next weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. I know he wants to win and is frustrated he hasn't, but to have back-to-back top-five finishes has to make him feel really good.
Aric Almirola, who finished eighth at Kansas, now has put together back-to-back top-10 finishes and finds himself 13th in the points.
Another driver who just keeps on keeping on is Paul Menard. We've had eight races with Paul placing in the top 10 in half of those. One of those was Sunday at Kansas where he finished 10th. It's those kinds of runs that have him 10th in the points right now.
I think the "Atta Boy" of the race, and quite honestly for all of last week, has to go to Brad Keselowski and his crew chief Paul Wolfe. This is a team that is going to go through the appeals process on the severe penalties levied against them for infractions discovered at Texas. To have that distraction, then qualify 33rd last weekend plus go a lap down to the leader on Lap 21 on Sunday, only to fight back to a sixth-place finish is nothing short of phenomenal in my book.
Now we all know that Penske Racing has a lot of depth, but there is no doubt in my book that should it lose the appeal, the biggest loss Brad will feel is that of Paul Wolfe not being up on the pit box making those gutsy calls like he did on Sunday when he rolled the dice. It sure paid off this past weekend in a big way. especially when you consider the uphill battle the team faced all week just getting to Sunday.
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(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer Brad Keselowski wasn't daunted by going a lap down Sunday at Kansas Speedway, or by having the rear end of his car ripped off after an early-lap incident.
He wasn't daunted by looming NASCAR sanctions, either, which could leave his team without some of its most important pieces for nearly two months.
Instead, he drove...
Brad Keselowski and his Penske Racing team were hit with some stiff penalties after the last race from the Texas Motor Speedway. Right before the start of the race, both he and teammate Joey Logano’s rear ends were removed from the cars and confiscated by NASCAR. They were deemed in violation of multiple NASCAR rules and the hammer came down from the top. Fines, suspensions, and...
After Brad Keselowski spent part of 2012 being very vocal about Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports organization, it was only fitting that Johnson would chime in on the penalties handed down to Keselowski and his team. Johnson did take the bait and had some strong words for their teams.
“When you have success on your side the magnifying glass the viewpoint for everybody...
It has been a week since the severe penalties were handed down by NASCAR on the No. 2 and No. 22 cars of Penske Racing. I think some of the interesting twists have been the comments made by driver of the No. 2 car, Brad Keselowski, along with owner Roger Penske.
Keselowski said that the parts and components were shown to NASCAR beforehand and he feels the Penske teams weren'...
BRAD KESELOWSKI – No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion
ON HIS RUN: “My seat belts came undone. It was just one of those weird deals, so I had a chance and I fixed it and got back going.”
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CORNELIUS, N.C. — Who is ready to get lucky with Martin Truex Jr.?
The driver of the No. 56 NAPA Brakes Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing is ready for your help. Since his first NASCAR Sprint Cup win in 2007, Truex has dominated several events, has posted six runner-up finishes and seen several wins slip out of his grasp. All he needs to change the result is a little luck, and...