Keselowski takes back-up car to victory in Kentucky

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Sunday 1st July, 2012 - 12:53pm

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Brad Keselowski celebrates victory

Brad Keselowski celebrates victory

Brad Keselowski has become the first three-time winner in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by taking out the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky.

The Penske Dodge driver led home a charging Kasey Kahne by 4.4s at the end of the 267 laps, with Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jeff Gordon rounding out the top five.

Keselowski had been one of several drivers forced to save fuel in the run to the flag after electing not to stop under the final yellow.

Kahne had elected to pit and scythed through the pack with fuel-to-burn in the closing stages, while Hamlin struggled to the flag with a deflating right-rear tyre.

Keselowski’s victory came after the 28-year-old was forced into a back-up car following an incident with Juan Pablo Montoya in practice, and all but assures the Miller Lite-backed pilot a place in the Chase.

Australian Marcos Ambrose had a solid if unspectacular night to wind up 13th.

Ambrose was one of many drivers to make a position late in the race when top-five runner Carl Edwards was forced to pit for fuel. The Roush Fenway Ford returned to the circuit to finish 20th.

It was a tough night also for Stewart Haas racing duo Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman, who recorded 32nd and 34th place results respectively after both enduring engine problems.

Matt Kenseth continues to hold the points lead after recording a seventh place run. Kenseth, who is in his last season with Roush Fenway, leads Dale Earnhardt by 11 points after 17 of 36 races.

See below for the full race result

FIN

ST

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 8 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 47/1 267 Running
2 19 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Quaker State 42/0 267 Running
3 3 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 42/1 267 Running
4 7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew 40/0 267 Running
5 9 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 39/0 267 Running
6 1 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s Dover White 39/1 267 Running
7 20 Matt Kenseth Ford Fifth Third Bank 37/0 267 Running
8 10 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 36/0 267 Running
9 16 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 35/0 267 Running
10 2 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Red, White & Blue 36/2 267 Running
11 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Folds of Honor 33/0 267 Running
12 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Sylvania 32/0 267 Running
13 12 Marcos Ambrose Ford Mac Tools 31/0 267 Running
14 31 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 30/0 267 Running
15 17 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 29/0 267 Running
16 6 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 28/0 267 Running
17 34 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King 28/1 267 Running
18 21 Casey Mears Ford Valvoline NextGen 27/1 267 Running
19 14 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 25/0 267 Running
20 25 Carl Edwards Ford UPS 24/0 266 Running
21 11 Greg Biffle Ford American Red Cross 23/0 266 Running
22 18 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 22/0 266 Running
23 38 David Reutimann Chevrolet Outsourcing in the [email protected] 21/0 266 Running
24 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 20/0 266 Running
25 23 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 19/0 266 Running
26 13 Aric Almirola Ford Eckrich 18/0 266 Running
27 28 Bobby Labonte Toyota Scott Products 17/0 265 Running
28 40 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 16/0 265 Running
29 33 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports 15/0 263 Running
30 39 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 14/0 262 Running
31 41 Ken Schrader Ford Federated Auto Parts 13/0 262 Running
32 22 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 12/0 231 Running
33 26 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row 11/0 209 Accident
34 5 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Tornados 10/0 208 Accident
35 42 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap 9/0 144 Engine
36 32 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 8/0 71 Vibration
37 30 Josh Wise * Ford MDS Transport 7/0 60 Vibration
38 35 Michael McDowell Ford Presbyterian Healthcare System 6/0 58 Brakes
39 24 Scott Speed Ford Leavine Family Racing 5/0 55 Brakes
40 27 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy 0 52 Overheating
41 43 Stephen Leicht * Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 3/0 47 Vibration
42 37 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 0 18 Overheating
43 36 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 1/0 12 Electrical

See below for the updated points standings

RANK

DRIVER

POINTS

1 Matt Kenseth 633
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 622
3 Jimmie Johnson 610
4 Greg Biffle 608
5 Denny Hamlin 565
6 Kevin Harvick 565
7 Clint Bowyer 557
8 Martin Truex Jr. 556
9 Tony Stewart 545
10 Brad Keselowski 537
11 Carl Edwards 503
12 Kyle Busch 495
13 Paul Menard 477
14 Kasey Kahne 463
15 Ryan Newman 463
16 Joey Logano 463
17 Marcos Ambrose 456
18 Jeff Gordon 453
19 Jamie McMurray 431
20 Jeff Burton 428
21 Juan Montoya 417
22 Aric Almirola 406
23 AJ Allmendinger 400
24 Kurt Busch 356
25 Bobby Labonte 353
26 Regan Smith 349
27 Mark Martin 341
28 Casey Mears 323
29 David Ragan 293
30 David Gilliland 280
31 Travis Kvapil 256
32 Landon Cassill 246
33 Dave Blaney 228
34 David Reutimann 219
35 J.J. Yeley 117
36 David Stremme 111
37 Brian Vickers 106
38 Michael McDowell 89
39 Ken Schrader 73
40 Josh Wise* 66
41 Tony Raines 61
42 Brendan Gaughan 50
43 Terry Labonte 42
44 Michael Waltrip 40
45 Stephen Leicht* 40
46 Scott Speed 36
47 Scott Riggs 28
48 Boris Said 15
49 Hermie Sadler 13
50 Robby Gordon 11
51 Bill Elliott 7
52 Tomy Drissi 6
53 Stacy Compton 5
54 David Mayhew 4
55 Chris Cook 2
56 Trevor Bayne 0
57 Sam Hornish Jr. 0
58 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0
59 Mike Bliss 0
60 Austin Dillon 0
61 Elliott Sadler 0
62 Robert Richardson Jr. 0
63 Reed Sorenson 0
64 Joe Nemechek 0
65 Danica Patrick 0
66 T.J. Bell 0
67 Cole Whitt 0
68 Mike Skinner 0
69 Timmy Hill 0
70 Brian Simo 0
71 Tim Andrews 0
72 Jeff Green 0
73 Mike Wallace 0
74 Kenny Wallace 0

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