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A chaotic race at Phoenix blew NASCAR's championship fight wide open Sunday, moving Brad Keselowski to the brink of a first Sprint Cup title for himself and team owner Roger Penske.
Keselowski heads into next week's season finale with a 20-point lead over five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. His car was better than Johnson's, but he capitalized when a tire failure caused Johnson to crash hard and finish 32nd.
But that was the least of the drama.
Kevin Harvick snapped a 44-race losing streak in a crash-marred finish, and the crews for Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer brawled in the garage after Gordon intentionally wrecked Bowyer on the track.
It led to a meeting between the drivers and crew chiefs in the NASCAR hauler with police officers standing guard outside.
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Brad Keselowski was furious after Sunday’s race, despite retaking the points lead…
Driver of the Blue Deuce, Brad Keselowski sits seven points behind one of the great Chase closers, Jimmie Johnson, with two races to go in the 2012 season. The Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-833 during Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. This is a brand-new chassis to the #2 fleet. With just 6 races at PIR, Keselowski has one top five....
By Tom Jensen
Brad Keselowski should have been beaming.
His sixth-place finish in Sundays AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, combined with Jimmie Johnsons crash, meant Keselowski will win the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway if he finishes 15th or better there.
And given that hes only finished worse than 11th once...
Brad Keselowski, currently second in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points, spoke with the media Friday before Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 from the Phoenix International Raceway. Video courtesy of NASCAR Media Group.
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team qualified 14th for Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 – the ninth race of the 2012 Chase for the Championship – at Phoenix International Raceway.
Keselowski toured the one-mile oval in 26.350 seconds, or 136.622 miles per hour, in in the Friday afternoon time trial session. Sam Hornish Jr. qualified 26th in...
Brad Keselowski leads five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson by 20 points going into Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Keselowski clinches his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with a finish of 15th or better; or 16th and at least one lap led; or 17th and the most laps led, even if Johnson wins and leads the most laps.All other drivers have...
Jimmie Johnson's bid for a sixth NASCAR championship took a huge hit when he crashed late in Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Johnson appeared to have a tire problem 77 laps from the scheduled finish, and his car shot hard into the wall. The crash came just seconds after championship contender Brad Keselowski moved into the lead on the track.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- A chaotic race at Phoenix blew NASCAR's championship fight wide open Sunday, moving Brad Keselowski to the brink of a first Sprint Cup title for himself and team owner Roger Penske.
Keselowski heads into next week's season finale with a 20-point lead over five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. His car was better than Johnson's, but he capitalized...
We’re down to the final two races in the NASCAR season. Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski have dominated the Chase and if you’ve chosen them in your leagues you’re probably sitting pretty right now.
Unfortunately, I got burned by not picking them last week and it’ll take a major comeback for me to win at this point. But stranger things have happened.
The Sprint Cup series...
What does Jimmie Johnson have yet to prove?
How about eight Sprint Cup championships?
"I want to be considered the best driver to ever sit in a stock car," Johnson said. "The undisputed way to pull that off is to win eight championships. That's what I said a few months back and I know that I put that mark way, way out there in front of me and it's a lofty...
The battle for the Sprint Cup Series championship is neck-and-neck heading to Phoenix. Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
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By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
NASCAR has gotten exactly what it wanted out of the Chase For The Sprint Cup “Playoff” format — drama. Last...