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Keselowski wins at New Hampshire

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Monday 14th July, 2014 - 6:46am

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Keselowski celebrates his third win of the season

Keselowski celebrates his third win of the season

Brad Keselowski has scored a dominant victory in the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to earn his third Sprint Cup victory of the season.

In what was a big weekend for the Team Penske driver, he also collected victory in the Nationwide race Saturday at the ‘Magic Mile’.

He led 138 of 305 laps, and even a green-white-chequered finish couldn’t stop the 2012 champion from taking the win.

His biggest challenge came with 52 laps remaining when a number of cars tried to stretch their fuel and not pit under caution. Even though Keselowski re-started eighth he soon got back to the front and was never seriously challenged.

Of the drivers trying to stretch the fuel only Kyle Busch made it to finish second, while the likes of Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin came up short.

With his 13th career victory and fourth straight win for Ford; the first time since 2001.

“This was a hard fought battle passing cars and trying to stay up front all day,” said Keselowski.

“We had a couple bullets to dodge and I am not thinking of anything else right now than how thankful I am to have a team and car that is clicking this well. Hopefully we can keep it going.

“Every once in awhile you get these cars and you are thankful and try like hell to not screw them up.”

The only downside for the Penske operation was Joey Logano who had top 5 pace all day, but was taken out of the race by 72-year-old veteran Morgan Shepherd, who was running 15 laps down.

“The slowest car on the track took us out,” Logano said. “Go figure. I felt like we could have had a 1-2 for Penske.”

“I feel like there should be a driver’s test for Cup to make sure you can drive.”

Another big name not to fingure in the final results was Jimmie Johnson, who finished 42nd after tyre issues early in the race.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose battled a loose race car to finish in 27th. The Tasmanian sat a lap down of the leaders for pretty much the second half of the race, but could not buy a break as each time the caution flew the leader had just lapped another car, meaning Ambrose missed the ‘Lucky Dog’.

New weekend there is no racing with teams heading to Indianapolis in a fortnight for the Brickyard 400.

VIDEO: Keselowski wins at Loudon

VIDEO: Victory Lane

VIDEO: Logano incident

 

RESULTS: Camping World RV Sales 301 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway 

POS. CAR DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 7 305 138 Running 48 5
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 1 305 62 Running 43 1
3 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 13 305 14 Running 42 1
4 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 15 305 12 Running 41 1
5 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 24 305 0 Running 39 0
6 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 8 305 36 Running 39 1
7 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 4 305 0 Running 37 0
8 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 3 305 20 Running 37 1
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 22 305 0 Running 35 0
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 28 305 0 Running 34 0
11 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 10 305 0 Running 33 0
12 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 9 305 0 Running 32 0
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford 14 305 0 Running 31 0
14 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 23 305 0 Running 30 0
15 16 Greg Biffle Ford 27 305 0 Running 29 0
16 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 5 305 0 Running 28 0
17 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 18 305 1 Running 28 1
18 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 20 305 0 Running 26 0
19 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 16 305 0 Running 25 0
20 66 Jeff Burton Toyota 30 305 0 Running 24 0
21 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 17 305 0 Running 23 0
22 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29 305 0 Running 22 0
23 43 Aric Almirola Ford 19 305 0 Running 21 0
24 38 David Gilliland Ford 33 305 0 Running 20 0
25 34 David Ragan Ford 26 305 0 Running 19 0
26 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 11 305 19 Running 19 1
27 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 21 304 0 Running 17 0
28 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 35 304 0 Running 16 0
29 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 32 304 0 Running 15 0
30 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 12 304 0 Running 14 0
31 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 36 303 0 Running 13 0
32 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 39 303 0 Running 12 0
33 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 37 302 0 Running 11 0
34 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 34 301 0 Running 0 0
35 32 Eddie MacDonald Ford 40 300 0 Running 9 0
36 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 38 300 0 Running 8 0
37 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 25 296 0 Accident 7 0
38 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 31 292 0 Running 6 0
39 33 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 43 278 0 Running 0 0
40 22 Joey Logano Ford 6 211 3 Accident 5 1
41 87 Timmy Hill Toyota 42 76 0 Electrical 3 0
42 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 2 11 0 Accident 2 0
43 93 Mike Bliss Toyota 41 6 0 Electrical 0 0

 

STANDINGS 

POSITION DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Jeff Gordon 670 Leader 19 1 6 13 0
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr 658 -12 19 2 9 13 1
3 Brad Keselowski 634 -36 19 3 9 10 0
4 Matt Kenseth 621 -49 19 0 7 12 1
5 Jimmie Johnson 598 -72 19 3 6 12 2
6 Carl Edwards 574 -96 19 2 4 8 2
7 Ryan Newman 573 -97 19 0 2 7 0
8 Kyle Busch 567 -103 19 1 5 8 2
9 Joey Logano 551 -119 19 2 6 9 4
10 Clint Bowyer 548 -122 19 0 2 8 2
11 Paul Menard 541 -129 19 0 3 9 0
12 Denny Hamlin 530 -140 18 1 4 7 1
13 Kevin Harvick 528 -142 19 2 5 8 2
14 Kyle Larson 524 -146 19 0 4 8 2
15 Austin Dillon 524 -146 19 0 1 2 0
16 Greg Biffle 519 -151 19 0 2 5 1
17 Kasey Kahne 515 -155 19 0 2 7 3
18 Brian Vickers 507 -163 19 0 3 6 1
19 Tony Stewart 502 -168 19 0 2 6 1
20 Marcos Ambrose 489 -181 19 0 2 4 0
21 Jamie McMurray 475 -195 19 0 2 5 3
22 Aric Almirola 473 -197 19 1 2 4 3
23 Martin Truex Jr 446 -224 19 0 0 3 1
24 Casey Mears 444 -226 19 0 1 2 0
25 Kurt Busch 440 -230 19 1 4 4 5
26 AJ Allmendinger 440 -230 19 0 1 3 1
27 Danica Patrick 380 -290 19 0 0 2 2
28 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 377 -293 19 0 1 4 1
29 Justin Allgaier 326 -344 19 0 0 0 4
30 Michael Annett 311 -359 19 0 0 0 2
31 David Gilliland 276 -394 19 0 0 0 4
32 Cole Whitt 270 -400 19 0 0 0 2
33 David Ragan 253 -417 19 0 0 0 2
34 Alex Bowman 240 -430 19 0 0 0 4
35 Reed Sorenson 239 -431 19 0 0 0 5
36 Josh Wise 224 -446 18 0 0 0 1
37 Ryan Truex 142 -528 16 0 0 0 5
38 Michael McDowell 120 -550 9 0 0 1 3
39 Travis Kvapil 108 -562 12 0 0 0 1
40 Terry Labonte 77 -593 3 0 0 0 0
41 Parker Kligerman 54 -616 8 0 0 0 4
42 Jeff Burton 51 -619 2 0 0 0 0
43 Michael Waltrip 48 -622 3 0 0 0 1
44 Bobby Labonte 47 -623 2 0 0 0 1
45 David Stremme 43 -627 6 0 0 0 2
46 David Reutimann 37 -633 3 0 0 0 0
47 Brett Moffitt 32 -638 2 0 0 0 0
48 Juan Pablo Montoya 26 -644 1 0 0 0 0
49 Timmy Hill 22 -648 5 0 0 0 3
50 Dave Blaney 16 -654 4 0 0 0 2
51 Alex Kennedy 10 -660 2 0 0 0 1
52 Boris Said 9 -661 1 0 0 0 0
53 Eddie MacDonald 9 -661 1 0 0 0 0
54 Tomy Drissi 6 -664 1 0 0 0 0
55 Landon Cassill 0 -670 17 0 0 0 3
56 Sam Hornish Jr 0 -670 1 0 0 0 0
57 Trevor Bayne 0 -670 7 0 0 0 2
58 Brian Scott 0 -670 5 0 0 0 1
59 Ryan Blaney 0 -670 1 0 0 0 0
60 Blake Koch 0 -670 3 0 0 0 0
61 Joe Nemechek 0 -670 9 0 0 0 2
62 J.J. Yeley 0 -670 6 0 0 0 3
63 Morgan Shepherd 0 -670 2 0 0 0 1
64 Mike Bliss 0 -670 2 0 0 0 2
65 Eric McClure 0 -670 0 0 0 0 0

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