What can I say? said a joyful Brad Keselowski from victory lane at Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCARs fastest half-mile oval. I love Bristol and Bristol loves me. The happy Dodge pilot had just scored his second straight win on the tough Tennessee track. After winning the previous NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Bristol last August, Keselowski locked down another victory in this years spring race.
Keselowski dominated the high-banked oval, leading 231 of 500 laps in his Penske racing Dodge and holding off a final challenge by Matt Kenseth. Keselowski and Kenseth had run away from the pack as the laps wound down, but Tony Stewart smacked the wall on lap 478, triggering a caution flag that bunched the field behind them. Keselowski aced the last restart and outpaced Kenseth on the final run to the checkers. The Keselowski family enjoys a winning tradition with Dodge: Brads dad Bob and Uncle Ron raced Dodges in the NASCAR Grand National Series back in the 70s.
“I’m just thrilled to death to be here in victory lane at Bristol again, one of my favorite places for sure. If this team keeps performing like they are, we’ll get more, said Keselowski. Last seasons win at Bristol earned Keselowski and Penske Racing a wild-card berth in the 2011 NASCAR chase for the Sprint Cup. This year Keselowski intends to race his way into the title chase through the front door. The goal at Penske Racing is to win a Sprint Cup Championship. One win certainly doesnt achieve that, he noted. But its a great start.