Keselowski Takes Control of the NASCAR Chase

 

Brad Keselowski is the only Dodge driver to qualify for the NASCAR Chase for the Championship, the final 10-race, 12-driver shootout that will decide the 2012 Sprint Cup title.  But in the first round of Chase in Chicago yesterday, Keselowski and his Dodge took control of the title fight, outrunning five-time champion Jimmie Johnson over the final laps to claim a decisive victory.

 

“There’s no better place to start than in the lead, right?” Keselowski said. “It feels like round one of a heavyweight title bout. It’s a 10-round bout, and week one is done. We might have won the round, but didn’t by any means knock them out.”

 

Keselowski’s Dodge shuffled out ahead of Johnson in the final round of pit stops, taking the lead with 26 laps remaining.  Johnson closed in at times on the 1.5-mile Chicagoland oval, but Keselowski appeared to be comfortably pacing him, restoring the gap.  At the checkered flag, Keselowski was over three seconds ahead.

 

The 28 year-old Penske Racing driver now has his fourth Sprint Cup win of the season and the eighth of his career. With his first Chase victory, Keselowski leads the retotaled Chase points standings with 47 to Johnson’s 44. And with 10 top 10 finishes in the past 11 races, currently Keselowski has the hottest hand of any driver in the Chase.

 


  • HEMIhead

    Way to start the chase Brad K and team! Awesome win. Too bad Dodge/SRT management don’t see no value in Nascar racing. Going to miss you guys next season! BTW, the name of this blog needs to be changed to Redline SRT, in keeping with all the foolish messing around Chrysler management has done to the brands. What’s next? SXT and SE as brands?

  • moparman

    SRT just needs to be renamed, and combined with, MOPAR.  It would make more sense, and would give respect back to the R/T badge that has become synonymous with “the mid level car”.

    Please, take the R/T badge of the vans and the trucks, it does not belong there.

    NASCAR is almsot dead to me now.  I only watch to root for the 43 car, because Richard Petty will always be the king.  Yesterday, when Aric Almirola, driving the 43, was running in 4th, the officials gave hime a penalty that put him a lap down, then said, oh oops, we were wrong, but didn’t put him back in 4th, instead stuck him at the back of the pack, ruinning his chances for the day.  Can’t have a non-chase guy spoiling the news coverage ya know…..

  • SUBLIME

    It is too bad Ralph has messed everything up.  He has been the weakest link in Dodge. This Viper cup is a joke.  Who cares unless you are a multimillionaire.  I can buy a nice house for a hundred grand.

  • HEMIhead

    It’s not Ralph’s call. He’s just relaying the bad news, and the bad ideas. His orders come from higher up.
    If it were up to Ralph, Dodge would still be in Nascar. I hope that Chrysler management wouldn’t be foolish enough to think that the company would survive on Viper sales alone? BTW, a Ram is a Dodge no matter what way you try to spin it. Who are the ad wizards who came up with that one? You’ve also destroyed the R/T designation, way to go!