Keselowski defies odds to win Pocono

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Monday 8th August, 2011 - 9:38am

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A broken ankle could not stop Brad Keselowski at Pocono

Brad Keselowski has put a broken ankle behind him to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway.

The driver of the #22 Dodge suffered foot, ankle and back injuries in a high-speed testing crash at the Road Atlanta road course last Wednesday. CLICK HERE for that story.

Prior to the race weekend at Pocono he had to be cleared by NASCAR’s medical staff and the injuries prevented him from competing in the Nationwide Series race at Iowa.

In a race that weather played its part, Keselowski and the other drivers had to wait-out a 90-minute rain shower in the middle of the 200-lap journey. A gamble on not stopping prior to the re-start vaulted Keselowski and Penske team-mate Kurt Busch to the head of the pack. Through the final two pit stops in the race they were able to maintain their spots near the front, with Keselowski taking his second win on the year while Busch finished third behind his brother Kyle.

Kurt Busch held off a fast finishing Jimmie Johnson with the pair ‘trading paint’ on the final lap. A heated exchange followed on the pit road between the two NASCAR stars.

No such issues for Keselowski who is now the top-seed in the ‘wild card’ segment for the Sprint Cup Chase. The ‘wild card’ is reserved for the two drivers sitting between 11th and 20th who have the most wins on the season.

“It’s not me it’s good people it really is,” said Keselowski.

“I just want to get this car in the chase and have a good run for the championship.

“Runs like today show that we can do it. Everyone on this team is working together and turned around Penske Racing; it’s something I’m really proud of and I’m looking forward to many years of success here.

A 20th place finish for Australia’s Marcos Ambrose was not the result he was looking for.

The Tasmanian struggled to find a car balance and even bounced off the wall at one stage.

“It was just a long day today, but we just fought and gouged all day,” said Ambrose.

“I feel like I got the most out of myself and the guys really tried hard. It’s not the day we wanted, but we’re still proud of ourselves and we’ll get ‘em next week.”

Ambrose has every right to feel confident as next week is the second and final road course race of the year at the famed Watkins Glen International. He will race on the Saturday Nationwide Series race, an event he has won for the last three years. The Ford driver will then be one of the favourites for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race after finishes of third, second and third.

RACE RESULTS: Good Sam RV Insurance 500 – Pocono Raceway

Pos Driver Car Sponsor Lap Status
1 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 200 Running
2 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 200 Running
3 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 200 Running
4 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 200 Running
5 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Tornados 200 Running
6 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 200 Running
7 Carl Edwards Ford Ortho Home Defense Max 200 Running
8 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / 811 200 Running
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy /      National Guard 200 Running
10 Paul Menard Chevrolet CertainTeed / Menards 200 Running
11 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 200 Running
12 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 200 Running
13 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 200 Running
14 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 200 Running
15 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 200 Running
16 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 200 Running
17 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 200 Running
18 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Good Sam Club 200 Running
19 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 200 Running
20 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 200 Running
21 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 200 Running
22 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 200 Running
23 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 200 Running
24 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 200 Running
25 Bobby Labonte Toyota Reese Towpower / Highland 200 Running
26 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 200 Running
27 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Phoenix Construction / Thank A Teacher
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200 Running
28 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 200 Running
29 Andy Lally * Ford Interstate Moving Services 200 Running
30 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 198 Running
31 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver’s 198 Running
32 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 198 Running
33 Jason White Ford GunBroker.com 197 Running
34 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics” 149 Running
35 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 79 Out of Race
36 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 30 In Pit
37 Todd Bodine Toyota HP Racing LLC 25 In Pit
38 David Stremme Chevrolet Life is Good Kids Foundation 18 In Pit
39 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 18 Out of Race
40 Scott Speed Ford Max Q Motorsports 16 Out of Race
41 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 14 In Pit
42 Erik Darnell Ford Red Line Oil 8 In Pit
43 J.J. Yeley Ford Front Row Motorsports 7 In Pit

 

CHAMPIONSHIP: After Race 21 of 36

Pos Driver Points Difference Poles Wins Top 5s Top 10s
1 Carl Edwards 720 Leader 2 1 10 14
2 Jimmie Johnson 711 -9 0 1 8 13
3 Kyle Busch 709 -11 0 3 11 13
4 Kurt Busch 706 -14 3 1 5 12
5 Kevin Harvick 700 -20 0 3 6 10
6 Matt Kenseth 694 -26 1 2 7 11
7 Jeff Gordon 668 -52 1 2 7 10
8 Ryan Newman 658 -62 1 1 7 10
9 Tony Stewart 642 -78 0 0 2 8
10 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 641 -79 1 0 3 9
11 Denny Hamlin 618 -102 0 1 4 7
12 Clint Bowyer 600 -120 0 0 3 8
13 Greg Biffle 597 -123 0 0 1 7
14 Paul Menard 587 -133 0 1 4 7
15 Mark Martin 567 -153 1 0 1 6
16 Kasey Kahne 567 -153 1 0 3 7
17 A.J. Allmendinger 562 -158 0 0 1 4
18 Brad Keselowski 558 -162 1 2 3 6
19 David Ragan 556 -164 2 1 3 6
20 Joey Logano 548 -172 2 0 3 5
23 Marcos Ambrose 529 -191 0 0 3 6

 

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