The Dodge Juggernaut Continues as Keselowski wins Bristol!


This past weekend, our Dodge Charger R/T pilot Brad Keselowski scored his second win in the last four races and fourth consecutive top-three finish with his victory Saturday night in the Irwin Tools Night Race at one of the toughest tracks in motorsports, Bristol Motor Speedway.


Keselowski led the final 80 laps in the 500-lap event on the .533-mile, high-banked track.  He grabbed the lead from Martin Truex Jr. on the restart following the sixth caution and wasn’t threatened the rest of the way.


“This is a race of champions.  I can’t believe it, ” Keselowski said.  “There are races that pay more money and races with more prestige, but this is the coolest damn one of them all.”


Keselowski jumped to 11th in the season point standings, just 21 out of 10th.  His sights are set on one of the automatic berths in the chase that goes to the top 10 in the point standings after the 26th race at Richmond.  Even if he doesn’t make it into the top 10, he has three wins and a near lock for one of the two wild card berths in the chase as long as he remains in the top 20 of the standings.


Teammate Kurt Busch, a five-time winner at Bristol, wasn’t as fortunate.  A pair of speeding penalties on pit road proved costly to the 2004 Sprint Cup champion.  He overcame the first to make it back into the top 10, but the second proved costly.  He finished 17th in the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger.


With Busch remaining eighth in the point standings, Dodge and Penske Racing are in prime position to have both cars in this year’s chase.  Busch has had good success at both Atlanta and Richmond, the final two events to set the chase field.


Keselowski started eighth in the “Blue Deuce” and led seven times, but for just nine laps before his late-race surge.  “What an honor to win at Bristol.  We had a great car all night long.  We were strong.  During that first run, I knew that we had something for them.  We kind of fell off a little bit after that first restart when Matt (Kenseth) and I got together.   I was really concerned from there on because I thought that I did something to my car.  We did some more adjustments on it and got it right.  By the end of the race, we got up to the lead and the sky was the limit.  I’m proud of the effort.  Everybody just kept digging all night long.  The last pit stop was good.  The adjustments were good.  I was driving my butt off and the next thing you know, I find myself in victory lane at Bristol.”


Keselowski was 21st in the point standings just four weeks ago.  He’s scored 178 points in the four races during that span, more than any other driver and now sits in 11th place.



  • HEMIhead
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Congrats again! Brad, Dodge, and Penske! What a great win for Keselowski at Bristol!
    Great pit strategy. Come on Brad, let’s see you get into the top 10 by yourself, and leave those wild card spots behind. Start eating your cigar Jimmy Spencer! Brad should already be in the top 10 by now with three wins. Hate that points system! I think wins should be counted first, then if all else is equal, use the 5’s and 10’s. What’s Stewart and Jr. doing still in the top ten? BS. Brad Keselowski is the most exciting driver on the track. Only Brad and Kyle Busch are worth watching. I hope Kurt Busch can get his act together for the next couple of races and move himself up in the points and not down. I know he was not fuming Sat nite at Bristol with 2 speeding penalties and his team mate winning the race. He needed to watch what Brad was doing on pit road. I don’t care what anybody else thinks, but that kid can race! Great going guys!!!!! Whooo Hooo!

    Posted August 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Great to see the Keselowski’s having sucess! They are longtime MOPAR guys!

    Posted August 30, 2011 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, Brad…I liked the burnout going up the ramp to the winner’s circle.  Great job! Keep’m coming.

  • chuckz
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    From SceneDaily’s Kenny Bruce
    Top 10 reasons for Brad Keselowski’s improved performance:
    10. Feeling a lot fresher on race day now that he’s letting someone else drive the Nationwide car.
    9. Discovered car goes faster when windows are rolled all the way up.
    8. Injured left ankle actually “bionic.”
    7. Strict pre-race diet of Miller Lite and pork rinds.
    6. Has been unstoppable since getting that Facebook friend request from Betty White.
    5. Just realized the higher he finishes, the more money he wins.
    4. Better pit stall locations thanks to use of handicapped parking sticker.
    3. He now has a lead foot. Literally.
    2. More time spent testing, less time spent gazing at himself in the mirror.
    1. Team owner Roger Penske’s warning of “Make the Chase or the other ankle gets it.”
    Amazing climb in points.  From 21st to 11th in four weeks.  The kid won the Nationwide championship last year and has a good chance at the Sprint.  Jimmie Spencer better eat that cigar and swallow.

  • tr4petty
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely fantastic, Brad and team!  You guys are on a roll and on your way to a Cup Championship!  Has anyone ever won the Nationwide Championship and then the Cup Championship the next year before?!?  Just wondering!
    It IS GREAT to see the Keselowski family getting rewarded for being one of the few long-time Mopar loyal families in Nascar.  Maybe Brad’s brother Brian will go back to using Dodge Chargers now.  He recently switched from Dodge to a brand X.
    Anyway, it’s great to be able to brag a little about Dodges in Nascar again.  It’s been a while since we had much to talk about around the water cooler.
    I hope to see more Dodge Chargers on the track next year in the Cup, Nationwide, and the Camping World Truck series.  It’s been too long since we had 10-12 Dodges or Rams in each Nascar series.  Longing to see that happen again and improve our odds for winning races and championships!
    Way to go Brad Keselowski, Blue Deuce team, Penske, and Dodge!  Also, thanks to Miller Lite and Pennzoil for their sponsorships!  I drink only Miller beer and use only Mopar oil (which is made my Pennzoil) or Pennzoil.

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