Brad Keselowski has had a terrific season this year and he is picking the ideal time to get even hotter claiming his second checkered flag of the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup with a exciting victory at the Monster Mile in Dover. Entering the Sunday’s race at Dover, Keselowski was already coming off of a win in the first race in the Chase (Geico 400 at Chicagoland) and putting together a strong race, finishing sixth the following week during the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire now this; his second win in three weeks.
With Keleslowski’s fifth victory of the season he now moves into first place in the standings five points ahead of Jimmie Johnson who finished fourth at Dover. Two victories and a top-10 finish is exactly how any driver who is looking to win a title wants to begin the first quarter of the Chase now it is up to Keselowski and his crew to continue firing on all cylinders and hold off the rest of the pack that is sure to be hot on his trail beginning with next week’s race.
Jeff Gordon finished second, allowing him to move up two overall spots in the standings from 12th to 10th, while Mark Martin (who is not a prat of this year’s chase) rounded out the top three. Amongst Chase drivers Martin Truex Jr. finished sixth, Denny Hamlin eighth, Clint Bowyer ninth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 11th, Kevin Harvick 13th, Kasey Khane 15th, Greg Biffle 16th and Tony Stewart 20th. Matt Kenseth finished 35th due to being knocked out of the race and now his championship hopes have taken a huge blow as he sits in 12th, 71 points behind Keselowski.
In the standings behind Keselowski and Johnson sits Hamlin (16 point back), Bowyer (25 points back), Stewart (32 points back), Kahne (32 points back), Earnhardt Jr. (39 points back), Truex Jr. (42 points back), Harvick (46 points back), Gordon (48 points back and Biffle (51 points back).
Up next is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Speedway presented by Penzoil and ironically Keselowski earned one of three regular season victories at this track. Could the writing be on the wall for him and his crew to earn their first Cup championship?