Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/22/14

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 20: Brad Keselowski, driver of the Discount Tire Dodge, celebrates winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship with his team following the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2010 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Brad Keselowski won't defend his NASCAR Sprint Cup championship this year, but it won't be for a lack of trying. Keselowski came into Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway as the ultimate longshot -- 15th in points and without a victory all year long -- but nearly pulled off a miracle run. After qualifying third on Friday, Keselowski opened the race strong, passing Jeff Gordon to take his first lead on Lap 50. All told, Keselowski led a race-high 142 laps, but as the race went on, the handling seemed to fade on his No. 2 Penske Racing Ford. At one point, Keselowski had worked his way all the way up to 11th in points, and had he held on to win the race, he would have made the Chase for the Sprint Cup for a third consecutive season. But in a season full of woulda's, coulda's and shoulda's, things didn't go Keselowski's way at all. He lost the lead on pit road on Lap 268 and from there began a steady march backward. While he looked so strong f...
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Hank Aaron is trying to buy the Atlanta Hawks

Lions players happy Cowboys lost to Packers

Oregon vs. Ohio State: Who has the edge?

Colts upset Broncos, punch AFC Championship ticket

Packers beat Cowboys after controversial play

Bears expected to make push for Gary Kubiak

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Celtics looking to flip Austin Rivers to his dad's team?

Report: John Fox could be coaching for his job

NFL says Patriots' formations, substitutions were legal

Troy Aikman: I'd take Romo over any QB in playoffs

Report: Rex Ryan to become head coach of Bills

Patriots beat Ravens, head to AFC Championship Game

WATCH: Ducks retire Teemu Selanne's number in ceremony

10 takeaways from the NFL Divisional Playoffs

WATCH: Draymond Green throws food at Seahawks fans

Purported Derek Jeter sex gift basket listed on Craigslist

Paul Ryan trolls Chris Christie after Packers beat Cowboys

WATCH: Brawl breaks out in Cowboys-Packers game

WATCH: 4-year-old recites the entire Cavs intro

WATCH: Hannah Storm stiff-arms her makeup artist

WATCH: Marshawn Lynch toys with the media yet again

Seahawks beat Panthers, will host NFC Championship Game

Willie McGinest expects Darrelle Revis to finish career with Pats

Browns address Kyle Shanahan resignation

NASCAR News
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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Hank Aaron is trying to buy the Atlanta Hawks

Lions players happy Cowboys lost to Packers

Ducks vs Bucks: Who has the edge?

WATCH: NBAer throws food at Seahawks fans

Paul Ryan trolls Chris Christie

Did Cowboys, Dez Bryant get robbed?

John Fox coaching for his job?

NFL: Pats acted within rules

Troy Aikman has high praise for Romo

Marshawn Lynch snubs media again

Report: Rex Ryan hired by Bills

Josh Reddick's great tweet about A's

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

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

Company Info
Help
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.