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.
Keselowskis 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 weve 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.
Keselowskis crew chief Paul Wolfe called the crews 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.