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Keselowski scores IRWIN Night Race win

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Sunday 28th August, 2011 - 12:37pm

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Brad Keselowski's Penske Dodge

Brad Keselowski's Penske Dodge

Brad Keselowski has staked his claim for a berth in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup by taking his third race win of the season at Bristol.

The Penske Racing Dodge driver took the lead of the race at the final round of pitstops before holding a battling Martin Truex and Jeff Gordon at bay over a 79 lap green-flag run to the finish.

Truex had gained track position by opting for two tyres at the final stop, while Gordon’s tyres, and chances of a win, had deteriorated in a scintillating battle for third with Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth.

Johnson, Jamie McMurray, Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top 10.

Keselowski has enjoyed a remarkable run of form since breaking his ankle in a major testing accident last month.

Two wins, a second and a third in the last four races has seen the youngster move up to 11th in the points standings with two races remaining before the Chase cut-off.

Johnson, Kenseth, Edwards and Kevin Harvick all locked themselves into Chase positions with their Bristol performances, joining Kyle Busch as the confirmed contenders.

The Bristol result sees Ambrose moves up one position to sit 22nd in the championship standings, four points away from 20th. The Australian will need to move inside the top 20 and win one of the next two races in order to score one of the two available Chase Wildcards.

See below for the full IRWIN Night Race result

FIN

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 47/1 500 Running
2 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 43/1 500 Running
3 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 43/2 500 Running
4 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 41/1 500 Running
5 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops/Realtree Outfitters 40/1 500 Running
6 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 39/1 500 Running
7 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 37/0 500 Running
8 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops/Realtree Outfitters 37/1 500 Running
9 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac Dental 35/0 500 Running
10 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 34/0 500 Running
11 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 33/0 500 Running
12 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 32/0 500 Running
13 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 32/1 500 Running
14 Kyle Busch Toyota Wrigley’s Doublemint 31/1 500 Running
15 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 29/0 500 Running
16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy 28/0 500 Running
17 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 27/0 500 Running
18 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row 26/0 500 Running
19 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 25/0 500 Running
20 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics” 24/0 500 Running
21 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 23/0 500 Running
22 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Realtree / Bad Boy 22/0 500 Running
23 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 21/0 500 Running
24 David Gilliland Ford Thanks Bristol Fans 20/0 498 Running
25 Andy Lally * Ford Interstate Moving Services 19/0 498 Running
26 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Hamburger Helper 18/0 498 Running
27 David Starr Ford AdvoCare 0 497 Running
28 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Office Depot 16/0 497 Running
29 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 0 497 Running
30 Paul Menard Chevrolet Sylvania / Menards 14/0 496 Running
31 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 13/0 496 Running
32 David Stremme Chevrolet EchoStor Technologies 12/0 494 Running
33 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy 11/0 494 Running
34 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bush’s Baked Beans 10/0 471 In Pit
35 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 9/0 457 Out of Race
36 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Freedom Ride 8/0 430 Running
37 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver’s 0 371 Running
38 Mark Martin Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 6/0 363 In Pit
39 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 5/0 49 Out of Race
40 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com 0 42 In Pit
41 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 0 28 In Pit
42 Scott Speed Ford RetakeOurGov.com 0 28 In Pit
43 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 1/0 10 In Pi

 See below for the updated championship standings

RANK

DRIVER

POINTS

1 Kyle Busch 830
2 Jimmie Johnson 830
3 Matt Kenseth 798
4 Carl Edwards 795
5 Kevin Harvick 782
6 Jeff Gordon 782
7 Ryan Newman 762
8 Kurt Busch 749
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 728
10 Tony Stewart 710
11 Brad Keselowski 689
12 Clint Bowyer 688
13 Denny Hamlin 672
14 A.J. Allmendinger 664
15 Kasey Kahne 656
16 Greg Biffle 649
17 Martin Truex Jr. 645
18 Joey Logano 642
19 Mark Martin 633
20 Paul Menard 631
21 David Ragan 628
22 Marcos Ambrose 627
23 Juan Montoya 621
24 Jeff Burton 572
25 Regan Smith 552
26 Jamie McMurray 551
27 Brian Vickers 527
28 David Reutimann 525
29 Bobby Labonte 509
30 David Gilliland 422
31 Casey Mears 344
32 Dave Blaney 323
33 Andy Lally* 306
34 Robby Gordon 224
35 Tony Raines 129
36 Bill Elliott 100
37 Terry Labonte 92
38 Ken Schrader 87
39 Michael McDowell 83
40 J.J. Yeley 81
41 David Stremme 49
42 Boris Said 38
43 Michael Waltrip 20
44 Andy Pilgrim 18
45 Chris Cook 17
46 T.J. Bell* 14
47 Brian Simo 11
48 Geoffrey Bodine 6
49 Brian Keselowski* 3
50 Erik Darnell 2
51 Steve Park 2
52 Trevor Bayne 0
53 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0
54 Landon Cassill 0
55 Steve Wallace 0
56 Mike Skinner 0
57 Travis Kvapil 0
58 Mike Bliss 0
59 Scott Wimmer 0
60 David Starr 0
61 Hermie Sadler 0
62 Ron Fellows 0
63 Patrick Carpentier 0
64 Joe Nemechek 0
65 Jason White 0
66 Andrew Ranger 0
67 Sam Hornish Jr. 0
68 Johnny Sauter 0
69 Todd Bodine 0
70 Dennis Setzer 0
71 Robert Richardson Jr. 0
72 Scott Speed 0
73 Scott Riggs 0
74 Jeff Green 0
75 Kevin Conway 0
76 P.J. Jones 0
77 Derrike Cope 0
78 Tony Ave 0

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