Keselowski fries the opposition in Kentucky

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Sunday 29th June, 2014 - 12:55pm

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Keselowski takes his second win of the season

Keselowski takes his second win of the season

Brad Keselowski has scored a dominated win with victory at the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Motor Speedway.

The Team Penske driver started from pole position and led a total of 199 of the 267 laps run. It’s his second win of the season and has the 2012 champion full of confidence to chase his second title.

The only disappointment for the Penske operation was the nine place finish for Joey Logano as the duo sat first and second for over half of the race. In the final run to the chequered flag Logano reported high water temperature issues and he had to nurse his car over the final 20 laps on seven cyclinders.

Second place went to Kyle Busch who despite starting 18th used good pit strategy to take the lead as the final green flag flew with 47 laps to run. He gapped the field, but Keselowski had the better car over the long run and he came around to the lead with 20 laps to run.

“Our car was awesome,” said Keselowski.

“The team did a great job and I’m just really thankful to have a car this good.  I don’t know how else to put it.  The Miller Lite Ford Fusion was hauling and I just can’t wait to get deeper in the season and the post-season.

“I think this is where we need to be to have a shot at another championship, so I’m just real proud of everyone right now.”

The only drama for Keselowski came during celebrations when he cut his hand when a champagne battled was smashed.

Keselowski needed stitches after cutting his hand while celebrating

Keselowski needed stitches after cutting his hand while celebrating

Although they didn’t win Hendrick Motorsports finished with their four cars all inside the top-10 with Dale Earnhardt Jr in fifth, Jeff Gordon sixth, Kasey Kahne in eighth and Jimmie Johnson rounding things out in 10th.

The race was all about tyres as a number of drivers suffered front-right punctures including Denny Hamlin who was classified last after a tyre failure sent him to the fence on just the 28th lap. The same fate befell Kyle Larson who also crashed after a tyre failure.

A solid run for Marcos Ambrose who finished 13th after starting back in 27th. The Australian battled a tight condition throughout the race, but good stops from his crew vaulted the Richard Petty Motorsports Ford up the order and in the clean air was as quick as anyone.

Next week it’s back to Daytona for the Coke Zero 400 and draft racing with restrictor plates.

VIDEO: Final Laps

VIDEO: Victory Lane

VIDEO: Celebrations go wrong for Keselowski

 

RESULTS: Quaker State 400 – Kentucky Motor Speedway

POS. CAR DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 1 267 199 Running 48 5
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 18 267 31 Running 43 1
3 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 7 267 0 Running 41 0
4 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 14 267 0 Running 40 0
5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 29 267 0 Running 39 0
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 3 267 0 Running 38 0
7 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 5 267 0 Running 37 0
8 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 20 267 0 Running 36 0
9 22 Joey Logano Ford 2 267 37 Running 36 1
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 25 267 0 Running 34 0
11 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 13 267 0 Running 33 0
12 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 9 267 0 Running 32 0
13 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 27 267 0 Running 31 0
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford 24 267 0 Running 30 0
15 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 12 267 0 Running 29 0
16 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 16 267 0 Running 28 0
17 99 Carl Edwards Ford 23 267 0 Running 27 0
18 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 32 267 0 Running 26 0
19 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 19 267 0 Running 25 0
20 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 26 267 0 Running 24 0
21 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 10 267 0 Running 23 0
22 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 15 266 0 Running 22 0
23 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 11 266 0 Running 21 0
24 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 28 266 0 Running 20 0
25 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 21 266 0 Running 19 0
26 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 17 266 0 Running 18 0
27 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 31 265 0 Running 17 0
28 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 30 264 0 Running 16 0
29 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 34 263 0 Running 15 0
30 38 David Gilliland Ford 41 263 0 Running 14 0
31 34 David Ragan Ford 36 262 0 Running 13 0
32 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 37 262 0 Running 0 0
33 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 39 261 0 Running 11 0
34 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 35 259 0 Running 10 0
35 33 David Stremme Chevrolet 38 257 0 Running 9 0
36 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 33 255 0 Running 8 0
37 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 8 250 0 Running 7 0
38 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota 40 239 0 Running 0 0
39 43 Aric Almirola Ford 22 175 0 Accident 5 0
40 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 6 75 0 Accident 4 0
41 93 Mike Bliss Toyota 42 30 0 Transmission 0 0
42 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 4 27 0 Accident 2 0

 

STANDINGS

POSITION DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Jeff Gordon 618 Leader 17 1 6 13 0
2 Jimmie Johnson 594 -24 17 3 6 12 0
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr 594 -24 17 2 9 12 1
4 Brad Keselowski 560 -58 17 2 8 9 0
5 Matt Kenseth 555 -63 17 0 6 11 1
6 Carl Edwards 536 -82 17 2 4 8 2
7 Joey Logano 519 -99 17 2 6 9 3
8 Ryan Newman 514 -104 17 0 1 6 0
9 Kevin Harvick 509 -109 17 2 5 8 2
10 Kyle Busch 508 -110 17 1 4 7 1
11 Paul Menard 488 -130 17 0 3 9 0
12 Kyle Larson 474 -144 17 0 3 7 2
13 Greg Biffle 474 -144 17 0 2 5 0
14 Clint Bowyer 473 -145 17 0 2 6 2
15 Kasey Kahne 465 -153 17 0 2 7 2
16 Tony Stewart 460 -158 17 0 2 5 1
17 Denny Hamlin 455 -163 16 1 4 5 1
18 Austin Dillon 455 -163 17 0 0 1 0
19 Brian Vickers 442 -176 17 0 2 5 1
20 Marcos Ambrose 438 -180 17 0 2 3 0
21 Jamie McMurray 432 -186 17 0 2 5 2
22 AJ Allmendinger 413 -205 17 0 1 3 0
23 Aric Almirola 405 -213 17 0 1 3 3
24 Casey Mears 397 -221 17 0 0 1 0
25 Martin Truex Jr 385 -233 17 0 0 3 1
26 Kurt Busch 379 -239 17 1 3 3 5
27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 339 -279 17 0 1 3 1
28 Danica Patrick 322 -296 17 0 0 1 2
29 Justin Allgaier 300 -318 17 0 0 0 2
30 Michael Annett 275 -343 17 0 0 0 2
31 David Gilliland 246 -372 17 0 0 0 3
32 Cole Whitt 244 -374 17 0 0 0 1
33 Reed Sorenson 216 -402 17 0 0 0 4
34 David Ragan 211 -407 17 0 0 0 1
35 Alex Bowman 196 -422 17 0 0 0 4
36 Josh Wise 188 -430 16 0 0 0 1
37 Ryan Truex 122 -496 14 0 0 0 4
38 Travis Kvapil 108 -510 12 0 0 0 1
39 Michael McDowell 83 -535 8 0 0 0 3
40 Parker Kligerman 54 -564 8 0 0 0 4
41 Terry Labonte 44 -574 2 0 0 0 0
42 David Stremme 43 -575 6 0 0 0 2
43 David Reutimann 37 -581 3 0 0 0 0
44 Brett Moffitt 32 -586 2 0 0 0 0
45 Bobby Labonte 29 -589 1 0 0 0 0
46 Jeff Burton 27 -591 1 0 0 0 0
47 Juan Pablo Montoya 26 -592 1 0 0 0 0
48 Michael Waltrip 23 -595 2 0 0 0 1
49 Timmy Hill 19 -599 4 0 0 0 2
50 Dave Blaney 16 -602 4 0 0 0 2
51 Alex Kennedy 10 -608 2 0 0 0 1
52 Boris Said 9 -609 1 0 0 0 0
53 Tomy Drissi 6 -612 1 0 0 0 0
54 Landon Cassill 0 -618 15 0 0 0 2
55 Sam Hornish Jr 0 -618 1 0 0 0 0
56 Trevor Bayne 0 -618 6 0 0 0 2
57 Brian Scott 0 -618 5 0 0 0 1
58 Ryan Blaney 0 -618 1 0 0 0 0
59 Blake Koch 0 -618 3 0 0 0 0
60 Joe Nemechek 0 -618 9 0 0 0 2
61 J.J. Yeley 0 -618 6 0 0 0 3
62 Mike Bliss 0 -618 1 0 0 0 1
63 Morgan Shepherd 0 -618 1 0 0 0 1
64 Eric McClure 0 -618 0 0 0 0 0

 

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