Keselowski Conquers Kentucky


Brad Keselowski drove his Dodge into victory lane at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night, becoming the first driver to win three races in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.


Keselowski’s weekend got off to a tough start as he crashed his primary Dodge early in the first practice, but his Penske team quickly pulled a backup car out of the transporter and got it up to speed.  Keselowski qualified the year-old racer in the number-eight spot, and in the race he muscled into the lead on lap 34. He ran in the top five much of the night, asserting control for good in the final green flag run.


“It wasn’t the newest car we’ve  got, but it runs, ” Keselowski said. “They put together a backup car from last year in 100-degree heat in one hour’s time to get me back on the track.”



Keselowski’s crew chief Paul Wolfe called the crew’s effort “probably the toughest weekend our team has ever had up to this point. I’m just really proud of everybody on this team. To pull out a backup car after having that crash on the first lap on the track just says a lot about all these guys.”


Keselowski currently ranks 10th in the season points standings , but his third race victory of the year gives him more possible bonus points than any other driver, earning him a solid shot at a wild card entry in the final 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.



  • HEMIhead
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Congrats Brad Keselowski and team on a great win! Awesome that your the first driver of the season to capture 3 wins. Too bad Dodge will be losing you to the competition in 2013. Dodge certainly has a way of surpressing loyalty.

      Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      Great job, Brad…you belong with Dodge so maybe Ralph can fix that.  No two door Charger, yet we have a two door Chrysler 200, no convertible Challenger, yet we have a convertible Chrysler 200, no sublime or Petty blue Challengers or Chargers, yet we have that color available for Jeeps.  Come on, my kids want a two door inexpensive car and the Dart comes with four doors.  We are not going to buy a Fiat 500.  Going to have to buy a used mopar when I would have liked to buy a new one. 

  • chuckz
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Technically Juan Pablo Montoya wrecked Brad on the first lap of practice by pulling onto the the track at a slow speed and in front of oncoming Brad.  Kes and the team got the backup car onto the track.  Brad let Montoya know that he didn’t appreciate the move.  During practice, he banged Montoya’s rear quarter twice.  Enough to force Montoya in for repairs (and Brad had to meet with Nascar).  Check out the post race interview.
    Great job, get in the chase, and bring home the championship.

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