Keselowski wins with final lap pass in Vegas

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Monday 10th March, 2014 - 9:34am

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Brad Keselowski celebrates Vegas style

Brad Keselowski celebrates Vegas style

Brad Keselowski has driven by a spluttering Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final lap to win the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Keselowski also won the Nationwide Series race yesterday, making it a perfect weekend for the 2012 Sprint Cup Series Champion.

The Penske driver led a total of 52 laps, but none of them mattered more than the last half of a lap when Earnhardt Jr’s Chevrolet ran out of fuel. Ironically both drivers have finished in the top-3 in each of the opening three races, Earnhardt Jr. no worse than second.

The race featured long green-flag runs, with only three caution periods throughout the race. It also set-up a fuel strategy situation where Earnhardt Jr. gambled on the final caution to stay out, while Keselowski pitted. The Ford driver coming through to be on the bumper of the Chevrolet when it coughed on the back stretch.

“We found every way we could to make it hard,” said Keselowski.

“This Ford was flying today. These races aren’t getting any easier to win. I drove as hard as I could, every lap.”

Former Ford Performance Racing engineer James Small left Las Vegas with a smile after being part of the team that steered Paul Menard to third place.

The news was somewhat tougher for Marcos Ambrose who had to start at the rear of the 43-car field after issues in qualifying; he brought his Richard Petty Ford home in 24th.

Next week the NASCAR Sprint Cup heads to Tennessee and 160,000 seat half-mile at Bristol for the Food City 500.

 

VIDEO: Race finish

 

RESULTS: Kobalt Tools 400 – Las Vegas

POS 

Car # 

Driver 

Make 

Start Pos. 

Laps 

Laps Led 

Final Status

Points

Bonus Points

1

2 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 267 53 Running 48 5

2

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 14 267 51 Running 43 1

3

27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 21 267 6 Running 42 1

4

22 Joey Logano Ford 1 267 44 Running 41 1

5

99 Carl Edwards Ford 11 267 1 Running 40 1

6

48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 5 267 34 Running 39 1

7

31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 10 267 0 Running 37 0

8

5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 13 267 0 Running 36 0

9

24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 15 267 0 Running 35 0

10

20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 29 267 2 Running 35 1

11

18 Kyle Busch Toyota 20 267 52 Running 34 1

12

11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 27 267 1 Running 33 1

13

55 Brian Vickers Toyota 9 267 0 Running 31 0

14

78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 12 267 0 Running 30 0

15

1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 7 267 0 Running 29 0

16

3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 4 267 0 Running 28 0

17

66 Jeff Burton Toyota 19 267 0 Running 27 0

18

47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 18 267 0 Running 26 0

19

42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 17 266 0 Running 25 0

20

21 Trevor Bayne Ford 34 266 0 Running 0 0

21

10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 22 266 0 Running 23 0

22

16 Greg Biffle Ford 25 266 0 Running 22 0

23

15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 3 266 0 Running 21 0

24

9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 43 266 0 Running 20 0

25

43 Aric Almirola Ford 8 264 0 Running 19 0

26

41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 23 264 0 Running 18 0

27

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 6 264 0 Running 17 0

28

13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 30 264 0 Running 16 0

29

7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 38 264 0 Running 15 0

30

38 David Gilliland Ford 33 264 0 Running 14 0

31

51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 37 264 0 Running 13 0

32

34 David Ragan Ford 26 263 0 Running 12 0

33

14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 24 263 0 Running 11 0

34

36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 40 262 0 Running 10 0

35

83 Ryan Truex Toyota 39 261 0 Running 9 0

36

26 Cole Whitt Toyota 28 261 0 Running 8 0

37

23 Alex Bowman Toyota 36 259 0 Running 7 0

38

33 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 41 258 0 Running 6 0

39

32 Travis Kvapil Ford 42 253 0 Running 5 0

40

30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 32 240 0 Running 4 0

41

4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 16 237 23 Running 4 1

42

98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 31 212 0 Running 2 0

43

95 Michael McDowell Ford 35 141 0 Engine 1 0

 

 STANDINGS

Position

Driver

Points

Behind

Starts

WINS

Top 5 

Top 10 

DNF

1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 133 Leader 3 1 3 3 0

2

Brad Keselowski 132 -1 3 1 3 3 0

3

Jimmie Johnson 117 -16 3 0 1 3 0

4

Joey Logano 116 -17 3 0 2 2 0

5

Jeff Gordon 115 -18 3 0 2 3 0

6

Carl Edwards 105 -28 3 0 1 2 0

7

Matt Kenseth 105 -28 3 0 0 2 0

8

Denny Hamlin 101 -32 3 0 1 1 0

9

Ryan Newman 97 -36 3 0 0 2 0

10

Kyle Busch 95 -38 3 0 0 1 0

11

Jamie McMurray 93 -40 3 0 0 1 0

12

Greg Biffle 86 -47 3 0 0 1 0

13

Austin Dillon 84 -49 3 0 0 1 0

14

Kevin Harvick 83 -50 3 1 1 1 0

15

Kasey Kahne 83 -50 3 0 0 1 0

16

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 80 -53 3 0 0 1 0

17

Casey Mears 80 -53 3 0 0 1 0

18

Paul Menard 76 -57 3 0 1 1 0

19

Marcos Ambrose 69 -64 3 0 0 0 0

20

Brian Vickers 64 -69 3 0 0 0 0

21

AJ Allmendinger 63 -70 3 0 0 0 0

22

Clint Bowyer 55 -78 3 0 0 0 1

23

Kyle Larson 55 -78 3 0 0 0 1

24

Aric Almirola 54 -79 3 0 0 0 1

25

Martin Truex Jr 53 -80 3 0 0 0 1

26

Reed Sorenson 51 -82 3 0 0 0 0

27

Tony Stewart 48 -85 3 0 0 0 0

28

Kurt Busch 47 -86 3 0 0 0 1

29

Justin Allgaier 45 -88 3 0 0 0 1

30

Cole Whitt 41 -92 3 0 0 0 1

31

David Ragan 38 -95 3 0 0 0 0

32

David Gilliland 38 -95 3 0 0 0 0

33

Danica Patrick 36 -97 3 0 0 0 1

34

Michael Annett 32 -101 3 0 0 0 1

35

Alex Bowman 31 -102 3 0 0 0 1

36

Bobby Labonte 29 -104 1 0 0 0 0

37

Jeff Burton 27 -106 1 0 0 0 0

38

Terry Labonte 24 -109 1 0 0 0 0

39

Josh Wise 22 -111 2 0 0 0 0

40

Parker Kligerman 21 -112 3 0 0 0 2

41

Ryan Truex 18 -115 2 0 0 0 0

42

Michael McDowell 12 -121 2 0 0 0 1

43

Travis Kvapil 11 -122 2 0 0 0 0

44

Timmy Hill 6 -127 1 0 0 0 0

45

Michael Waltrip 4 -129 1 0 0 0 1

46

Landon Cassill 0 -133 1 0 0 0 0

47

Trevor Bayne 0 -133 2 0 0 0 1

48

Brian Scott 0 -133 2 0 0 0 0

49

Blake Koch 0 -133 1 0 0 0 0

50

Joe Nemechek 0 -133 1 0 0 0 0

51

Morgan Shepherd 0 -133 1 0 0 0 1

52

Dave Blaney 0 -133 0 0 0 0 0

53

Eric McClure 0 -133 0 0 0 0 0

54

J.J. Yeley 0 -133 0 0 0 0 0

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