Brad Keselowski wins Sprint Cup title at Homestead

  • Monday 19th November, 2012 9:12am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
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Brad Keselowski is the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion

Brad Keselowski has handed legendary team owner Roger Penske his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title in the final race of the 2012 season at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The 28-year-old Keselowski was assured the championship when rival Jimmie Johnson pulled his Hendrick Chevrolet into the garage with a driveline failure with just 40 laps to go.

Johnson had been in a promising position to overhaul Keselowski’s points lead in the closing stages before a bungled final pitstop necessitated a return to pitlane several laps prior to the eventual failure.

Keselowski’s success also marks Dodge’s first Cup Series championship since Richard Petty scored his sixth crown in 1975. The car manufacturer announced mid-season that it will not continue in the sport next year.

The Homestead race was won by Hendrick driver Jeff Gordon, who led home the Waltrip Toyota of Clint Bowyer just one week after the two drivers and their respective teams clashed on and off track at Phoenix.

The result proved enough for Bowyer to overhaul Johnson for second in the points standings.

Filling third through 10th in the final race were Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Martin Truex Jr, Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Australian Marcos Ambrose finished 13th, two places ahead of champion Keselowski.

Result: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Homestead-Miami

FIN

ST

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 15 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 20 Years ‘Celebratory’ 47/1 267 Running
2 6 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 42/0 267 Running
3 19 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 42/1 267 Running
4 8 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 42/2 267 Running
5 13 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / SP Richards 39/0 267 Running
6 7 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 39/1 267 Running
7 5 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 37/0 267 Running
8 23 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 36/0 267 Running
9 26 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Furniture Row 35/0 267 Running
10 16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 34/0 267 Running
11 18 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Duracell 33/0 267 Running
12 4 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 32/0 267 Running
13 2 Marcos Ambrose Ford Black & Decker 32/1 267 Running
14 1 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot / redbeacon.com 30/0 267 Running
15 3 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 29/0 267 Running
16 9 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 28/0 267 Running
17 35 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 27/0 267 Running
18 11 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 27/1 267 Running
19 33 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 25/0 267 Running
20 14 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 24/0 267 Running
21 12 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 24/1 267 Running
22 17 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 0 267 Running
23 20 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane 0 267 Running
24 41 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 20/0 267 Running
25 32 Bobby Labonte Toyota Clorox 19/0 265 Running
26 38 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King 18/0 265 Running
27 30 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 17/0 265 Running
28 21 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 16/0 264 Running
29 28 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 15/0 264 Running
30 24 Regan Smith Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 14/0 264 Running
31 34 David Ragan Ford CertainTeed / 31-W Insulation 13/0 263 Running
32 31 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Florida Lottery 12/0 263 Running
33 40 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 11/0 262 Running
34 37 David Reutimann Chevrolet TMone.com 10/0 261 Running
35 39 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet C&C Audio Video & Appliance, Inc. 9/0 261 Running
36 10 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 9/1 224 In Pit
37 42 Ken Schrader Ford Federated Auto Parts 7/0 219 Out of Race
38 22 David Stremme Toyota Swan Racing 6/0 183 Out of Race
39 27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Fifth Third Bank 0 157 In Pit
40 36 Josh Wise * Ford MDS Transport 4/0 38 In Pit
41 25 Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing 3/0 34 In Pit
42 43 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 2/0 23 In Pit
43 29 Mike Bliss Toyota Plinker Tactical 0 16 Out of Race

Championship standings after 36 of 36 races

RANK

DRIVER

POINTS

1 Brad Keselowski 2400
2 Clint Bowyer 2361
3 Jimmie Johnson 2360
4 Kasey Kahne 2345
5 Greg Biffle 2332
6 Denny Hamlin 2329
7 Matt Kenseth 2324
8 Kevin Harvick 2321
9 Tony Stewart 2311
10 Jeff Gordon 2303
11 Martin Truex Jr. 2299
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2245
13 Kyle Busch 1133
14 Ryan Newman 1051
15 Carl Edwards 1030
16 Paul Menard 1006
17 Joey Logano 965
18 Marcos Ambrose 950
19 Jeff Burton 883
20 Aric Almirola 868
21 Jamie McMurray 868
22 Juan Montoya 810
23 Bobby Labonte 772
24 Regan Smith 747
25 Kurt Busch 735
26 Mark Martin 701
27 Travis Kvapil 638
28 David Ragan 622
29 Casey Mears 612
30 David Gilliland 605
31 Landon Cassill 598
32 AJ Allmendinger 453
33 Dave Blaney 417
34 David Reutimann 373
35 Brian Vickers 250
36 David Stremme 236
37 Michael McDowell 187
38 J.J. Yeley 166
39 Josh Wise* 147
40 Ken Schrader 146
41 Stephen Leicht* 126
42 Scott Speed 124
43 Michael Waltrip 94
44 Terry Labonte 94
45 Tony Raines 71
46 Scott Riggs 56
47 Brendan Gaughan 50
48 Boris Said 34
49 Bill Elliott 14
50 Hermie Sadler 13
51 Mike Olsen 11
52 Robby Gordon 11
53 Mike Skinner 10
54 Kelly Bires 9
55 Tomy Drissi 6
56 Stacy Compton 5
57 David Mayhew 4
58 Patrick Long 2
59 Sam Hornish Jr. 0
60 Trevor Bayne 0
61 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0
62 Danica Patrick 0
63 Timmy Hill 0
64 Mike Bliss 0
65 Austin Dillon 0
66 Robert Richardson Jr. 0
67 Elliott Sadler 0
68 Joe Nemechek 0
69 Reed Sorenson 0
70 T.J. Bell 0
71 Jason Leffler 0
72 Jason White 0
73 Cole Whitt 0
74 Chris Cook 0
75 Tim Andrews 0
76 Brian Simo 0
77 Jeff Green 0
78 Mark Green 0
79 Mike Wallace 0
80 Kenny Wallace 0

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