Brad Keselowski Wins the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

By Kevin Van Pelt

Brad Keselowski won at Kentucky Motor Speedway for this third win of the season which leads all drivers this season.

Keselowski had an interesting start to his weekend, as he was involved in an incident in the first practice with Juan Pablo Montyoa that caused him to go to a backup car. Now Keselowski should probably be thanking Montoya for this victory as his backup car was flawless for most of the night on his way to victory lane.

With his win, Keselowski all but guarantees him a spot in the 2012 chase. What it also does is give him a 34 point advantage over 11th place in point Carl Edwards. This means that Keselowski is in position to take advantage of his wins and use the bonus points that he wasn’t able to use last year. It was last season when Keselowski made the chase but it was in the wild card so he was not able to take advantage of his wins.

It has been an up and down season for the No. 2 team. They are either in the hunt to win races or struggle for a top 20 finish. There seems to be a lack of consistency, but they still find a way to win races. One thing that can’t be questioned about this team is how hard they prepare and work for these races.

“This just shows the importance of teamwork, and the group of guys I have on this Miller Lite team that are just badasses,” Keselowski said after the race. “I’ll tell you what, they put together a backup car from last year in 100-degree heat in an hour’s time — not even an hour. It was like 40 minutes.

“Got it on the race track and got to run our laps for practice to make the adjustments we needed to be fast today. That’s what badasses do, and that’s what got us to Victory Lane today, and I’m proud of these guys for it — damn proud of them. I think that sums it up.”

Kasey Kahne finished second after coming back from a loose wheel early in the race. He was followed by Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon who rounded out the top five.

Keselowski’s third win of the season comes on the third different type of track. This year he has won on the short track of Bristol, the super speedway of Talladega and now the mile-and-a-half track at Kentucky. He has proven he can get it done at all tracks which bodes well for this chase contention this year.


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