tss_nscs_vl_050116NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race – GEICO 500
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, Alabama
Sunday, May 01, 2016
1. (7) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 188.
2. (17) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 188.
3. (2) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 188.
4. (30) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 188.
5. (1) Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 188. Continue reading “2016 NASCAR Race #10 Results, Talladega – Brad Keselowski Wins”

tss_nscs_decal_050116Brad Keselowski takes checkers in action-filled Talladega race

May 1, 2016

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Taking control in the final three laps of Sunday’s wreck-filled GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Brad Keselowski claimed his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at the 2.66-mile race track and solidified his spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Continue reading “Brad Keselowski Survives Wreck-Filled Talladega”

lvms_nscs_keselowski_burnout_030616Fans at Las Vegas Motor Speedway got to see episodes of “Breaking Brad” and “Better Call Paul” all packed into one on Sunday.

Brad Keselowski darted past Kyle Busch with five laps remaining to win the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – his first victory in 33 races (Auto Club 2015). Continue reading “Breaking Brad: Keselowski, Crew Chief Wolfe Cook Up Victory At Las Vegas”

lvms_nscs_keselowski_vl_0306161 4 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 267
2 2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 267
3 11 48 Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Chevrolet 267
4 23 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s 75 Toyota 267
5 5 3 Austin Dillon Dow Energy & Water/Intellifresh Chevrolet 267
6 14 21 * Ryan Blaney # Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 267
7 6 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Chevrolet 267
8 20 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide Chevrolet 267
9 1 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet 267
10 8 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 267 Continue reading “2016 NASCAR Race #3 Results, Las Vegas – Brad Keselowski Wins”

TMS_110815_14Nov. 8, 2015

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

FORT WORTH, Texas—For Jimmie Johnson, it was business as usual in Cowtown.

On Sunday, the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion completed a sweep of this year’s Texas Motor Speedway races, powering past hapless Brad Keselowski with three laps left to win the AAA Texas 500 for the fourth straight year.

Johnson kept his record perfect, winning a race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the 12th consecutive season. His fifth victory of the year was also his record sixth at Texas—including the last three in a row—and the 75th of his career, leaving him one win behind Dale Earnhardt, who is seventh on the all-time list.

Johnson, who led six laps, harried Keselowski throughout the final 18-lap green-flag run, finally getting a decisive run on Lap 331.

“I just kept pressure on him,” said Johnson, who was eliminated from the Chase in the opening round. “I could see that he was really tight, and that was the first I had seen him that vulnerable all day. I just kept the pressure on him, kept searching for line. He saw me coming on the top and protected it.

“I just kept trying to put pressure on him, hoping for a mistake. He got real loose off of Turn 2, and I had a big run down the backstretch and drove it in really far into Turn 3 hoping to hear ‘Clear’ (from his spotter). Once I did, I knew I was home free.”

For Team Penske, on the other hand, Sunday’s race could be more aptly named the Heartbreak 500. Needing a victory at Texas or Phoenix after last Sunday’s Martinsville crash at the hands of Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano courted catastrophe on Lap 9, blowing a left rear tire and destroying the left rear quarter panel of his No. 22 Ford.

Logano finished 40th, 68 laps down, and remained last among the final eight eligible Chase drivers heading to the final Eliminator Round race at Phoenix, where he must win next Sunday to advance to the Championship Round.

Fate waited much longer to undo the winning chances of Keselowski, who led 312 of 334 laps but finished in the runner-up spot, 1.083 seconds behind Johnson.

Keselowski held a two-second lead over Martin Truex Jr. when NASCAR called a debris caution with 24 laps left. Those two drivers rubbed fenders soon after a restart on Lap 317, with Keselowski holding the top spot until Johnson passed him for the win through Turns 3 and 4 on Lap 331 of 334.

“The 48 (Johnson) car had mega turn (through the corners) that last run, and I couldn’t keep the turn, and it kept pushing real bad,” Keselowski said. “I did everything I could to hold him off, but he was way faster that last run.

“Their team did a hell of a job and found speed, and my team did a hell of a job, too. We led 300-some laps, and these debris yellows always favor someone, and it wasn’t our day for them to favor us. I’m still very proud of our effort today. We’ll have a great shot at winning next week. We really needed to win this one, and I know I gave it my all.”

Kevin Harvick ran third, overcoming two cut tires and a shifter he had to hold in place with his right hand to prevent the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Chevrolet from popping out of gear. The reigning series champion is third in the standings heading to Phoenix, where he has won seven times, including the last four straight.

Kyle Busch finished fourth and moved into sole possession of second in the Chase standings, two points behind Jeff Gordon, who punched his ticket to the Nov. 22 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with last Sunday’s victory at Martinsville.

Carl Edwards came home fifth, the same position he occupies in the standings, seven points behind Truex in fourth, currently the last transfer position into the Championship Round. After the contact with Keselowski’s Ford, Truex dropped from second to eighth in the closing laps.

314024NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – AAA Texas 500
Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Worth, Texas
Friday, November 06, 2015
1. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 196.929 mph.
2. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 195.993 mph.
3. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 195.716 mph.
4. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 195.419 mph.
5. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 195.341 mph.
6. (20) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 195.298 mph.
7. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 194.988 mph.
8. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 194.890 mph.
9. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 194.665 mph.
10. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 194.475 mph.
11. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 193.313 mph.
12. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 190.402 mph.
13. (19) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 195.341 mph.
14. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 195.327 mph.
15. (55) David Ragan, Toyota, 195.178 mph.
16. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 195.143 mph.
17. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 194.819 mph.
18. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 194.637 mph.
19. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 194.560 mph.
20. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 194.175 mph.
21. (33) Brian Scott(i), Chevrolet, 194.175 mph.
22. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 194.112 mph.
23. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 194.000 mph.
24. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 193.666 mph.
25. (21) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 195.525 mph.
26. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 195.496 mph.
27. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 195.334 mph.
28. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 195.157 mph.
29. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 195.143 mph.
30. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 194.735 mph.
31. (7) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 194.644 mph.
32. (9) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 194.623 mph.
33. (95) Michael McDowell, Ford, 193.472 mph.
34. (26) JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, 192.940 mph.
35. (34) Brett Moffitt #, Ford, 192.651 mph.
36. (40) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 192.445 mph.
37. (46) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, Owner Points
38. (83) Matt DiBenedetto #, Toyota, Owner Points
39. (35) Cole Whitt, Ford, Owner Points
40. (23) Jeb Burton #, Toyota, Owner Points
41. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, Owner Points
42. (98) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, Owner Points
43. (51) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, Owner Points
2 drivers failed to qualify.
44. (32) Joey Gase(i), Ford, 190.617 mph.
45. (62) Reed Sorenson, Toyota, 187.865 mph.

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KS_NSCS_Keslowski2_101615Oct. 16, 2015

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Brad Keselowski’s pole-winning run on Friday at Kansas Speedway was an early Christmas present to second-place qualifier Carl Edwards.

Keselowski saved his best lap for the third and final round of knockout qualifying at the 1.5-mile track, touring the distance in 27.621 seconds (195.503 mph) to edge Edwards (195.454 mph) for the top starting spot by .007 seconds.

But in claiming his second Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his first at Kansas and the 10th of his career, Keselowski didn’t cash in on one of the primary perks that typically accrues to the pole winner.

Because his No. 2 Team Penske Ford had accumulated four written warnings for minor infractions discovered during the at-track technical inspection process, Keselowski forfeits the traditional right of first pit selection, and the choice goes to Edwards for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (2 p.m. ET on NBC), the fifth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

“It’s like getting a nice piece of cheesecake without the toppings,” Keselowski said. “It’s nice to be fast this week. We weren’t anywhere near as fast as we wanted to be at Charlotte (last Sunday), which was frustrating.

“And I’m not sure I could answer why we’re faster this week, but sometimes that stuff just comes and goes, and you don’t really understand why. But when you have speed, you’ve got to make the most of it.”

Getting the last pick of pit stalls won’t help Keselowski’s cause, but Edwards didn’t seem to mind the unexpected bonus.

“So we’ll get that first pit stall (closest to the exit from pit road),” a delighted Edwards said after time trials. “That’ll be huge. That’s a gift — and we’ll take it.”

Both Keselowski and Edwards are among 12 Chase drivers vying for eight spots in the Eliminator 8 Round of NASCAR’s 10-race playoff, with the cutoff looming Oct. 25 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Only 14th-place qualifier Joey Logano, who with Dale Earnhardt Jr. (15th) was one of two Chase drivers who didn’t make the top 12 on Friday, has already advanced to the Eliminator 8 Round, by virtue of last Sunday’s victory at Charlotte.

In addition to Keselowski, Edwards, Logano and Earnhardt, other Chase drivers will line up as follows: Kyle Busch, third; Kevin Harvick, fourth; Denny Hamlin, fifth; Jeff Gordon, sixth; Martin Truex Jr., seventh; Kurt Busch, ninth; and Matt Kenseth, 10th.

Ryan Blaney (eighth), running a limited schedule for Wood Brothers Racing, was the only non-Chase driver to crack the top 10. Blaney posted the fastest lap in the second round of qualifying at 195.164 mph.

Harvick had difficulty getting up to speed during Friday’s opening practice session, but the reigning series champion was relieved by his fourth-place qualifying effort.

“That’s a win for us,” Harvick said. “We thought we were going to have to race our way from 25th, so to be fourth is a big improvement.”

Notes: Timmy Hill failed to make the 43-car field… Casey Mears’ No. 13 Chevrolet broke loose and slammed into the Turn 4 wall seven minutes into the first round of qualifying, forcing him to a backup car for Sunday’s race.