Found July 01, 2012 on Start 'N' Park Blog:
PLAYERS: Brad Keselowski

SPARTA, Ky.  – Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS), finished seventh in the Feed The Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night. Keselowski overcame a penalty on pit road during the first pit stop of the night to record his eighth top-10 finish of the 2012 season.

Keselowski began the 200-lap race from the third position based on his lap of 31.651 seconds, or 170.611 miles per hour, during the Friday afternoon time trials. It took only 10 laps after the drop of the green flag for Keselowski to display a fast Discount Tire Dodge as he began turning the fastest laps on the racetrack, while holding down the third position. He radioed to crew chief Jeremy Bullins that he was loose on the entry to Turn 3, with slight front-tire chatter in the center of both ends of the track.

A lap 25 caution gave Bullins the opportunity to bring his driver down pit road for two tires and an air pressure adjustment. As he left his pit stall, the team was penalized for the driver running over the air hose, along with the right-front tire not being rolled back to the pit wall. During the subsequent visit to pit road to serve the penalty, Bullins elected to also change the left-side tires. Keselowski restarted the race from the 29th position at lap 31.

While still being loose in Turn 3, Keselowski was able to mount a march to make up the lost track position. At lap 71 he re-entered the top 10. Keselowski recorded the fast lap on the track at lap 78 as the Discount Tire Dodge began to show good speed as the run progressed. Keselowski made his way down pit road for the second time at lap 85, in the fourth position, for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. As the green-flag stops cycled at lap 87, Keselowski maintained his position inside the top 10.

As the race moved past the halfway point, Keselowski maneuvered his way inside the top five, despite handling issues that developed in Turn Four. However, he was able to once again show good speed as the run moved into the later stages. The team made its final pit stop, under the green flag, at lap 141. Keselowski radioed that he felt his ride quality getting worse – resembling the feel of a broken shock – over the final 50 laps. He was able to hold on and garner a respectable seventh-place finish for the night.

Penske Racing teammate, Sam Hornish Jr, finished sixth in the Feed The Children 300 on Friday night.

Following Saturday’s result, Keselowski and the No. 22 team dropped to ninth in the NNS owner point standings.

“We had an okay night,” said Keselowski. “I did pass a lot of cars. We just didn’t quite find the perfect handling on our Discount Tire Dodge. I’m not sure what we were missing, we just didn’t have enough. We’ll have to go back to the drawing board.”

The No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team will next compete at Daytona International Speedway, with driver Brad Keselowski, on Friday, July 6, in the Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola. Coverage will air live beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 90.


Keselowski's 3rd Cup win shakes things up

Brad Keselowski was the only driver at Kentucky Speedway to compete in all three NASCAR races. By late on a hot Saturday night in the Bluegrass countryside, he was also the only one to pick up a third Sprint Cup win of the season. Now Keselowski is elbowing his way into the season-ending Chase picture and making more than a couple of other drivers nervous about their own chances...

Keselowski, team need to keep focus

When you think about the high temperatures at Kentucky Speedway last weekend, you can't be anything but impressed with Brad Keselowski. That man ran every lap in all three of the NASCAR touring series races there. He finished second in the Truck series race on Thursday night. He only had what I would classify as a decent run in the Nationwide Series race on Friday night. Then...

Brad Keselowski Quaker State 400 Race Recap

SPARTA, Ky. – Brad Keselowski, driver of the Penske Racing No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), picked up his third win of 2012 – and his seventh career victory – in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night. The finish puts an exclamation point on a triple-duty weekend that saw the driver finish second in the NASCAR Camping...

Keselowski snags Kentucky victory

Brad Keselowski raced to his third win of the year, grabbing the lead with 55 laps remaining and holding off all challengers Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway. The 28-year-old picked up his seventh win in his five years on the circuit. He won earlier this year at Bristol and Talladega. Kasey Kahne rode a late surge to second place, 4.399 seconds...

Brad Keselowski blitzes Kentucky for third Cup win in 2012

SPARTA, Ky. — Three’s the charm — particularly if you’re Bad Brad Keselowski. Building a big lead during the final green-flag run and saving enough fuel to get to the end of the race, Keselowski won Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race in a backup car.  Keselowski, who wrecked his primary car after tangling with Juan Pablo Montoya on the first lap of...

CUP: Keselowski First Three-Time Winner

Brad Keselowski played the fuel mileage game to perfection...

Keselowski needs talk with Montoya

What's the only thing standing between Brad Keselowski and being a serious contender for the NASCAR Chase to the Sprint Cup? Juan Pablo Montoya. There's no doubt that "Bad Brad" can get the job done. Keselowski and the No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge put on a clinic over the final 56-lap green-flag run at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night as he held the point to the...

Penske Racing Kentucky Qualifying Recap

Penske Racing drivers Brad Keselowski and AJ Allmendinger turned in respectful qualifying efforts for Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 from the Kentucky Speedway. Despite Mother Nature disrupting qualifying, Keselowski put down a lap good for 8th place, and Allmendinger put his Dodge in the 16th place spot. Below is a breakdown of their efforts Friday evening. Keselowski Qualifies...

James Buescher posts decisive win in Kentucky Trucks race

SPARTA, Ky. — Streaking away from Ty Dillon and Brad Keselowski after a restart with 36 laps left, James Buescher recorded his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in Thursday night’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway.  Keselowski passed Dillon with two laps left to run second, 3.805 seconds behind Buescher. Dillon came home third, followed by pole-sitter Matt Crafton...

Stock Watch – July 2, 2012

Welcome to the July 2, 2012 edition of Start ‘N’ Park Blog’s Stock Watch. Each week we’ll take a look at who’s rising, falling, and treading water in the world of NASCAR. This stretches all division and all aspects of NASCAR, including drivers, owners, crew members, media and fans. Finding their way onto this week’s watch includes Brad Keselowski, Justin Lofton, Austin...

Brad Keselowski Uses Great Fuel Mileage To Win Quaker State 400

When the final caution came out on Lap 209 of Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway, it looked like the ensuing race off pit road between Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin would settle the outcome of the 267-lap event. On Lap 211, Johnson, Junior, Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr. and many of the other leaders hit pit road for the...
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.