Keselowski Uses Late Pass To Win In Las Vegas
Brad Keselowski blew past the fuel-depleted Chevy of Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the last lap and went on to win his first race of the year. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)
Brad Keselowski passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. – who ran out of fuel – out of the final turn to win Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Earnhardt coasted to a second-place finish.
“We took a gamble,” Earnhardt said of his fuel strategy. “But tough losing like that.”
Paul Menard finished third and Joey Logano was fourth.
Carl Edwards finished fifth and Jimmie Johnson sixth.
The Cup victory was the first for Team Penske’s Keselowski at Vegas but it was his second of the weekend as he won the Nationwide Series race on Saturday.
The victory also gave Keselowski, the 2012 Cup champion, his third top-three finish in as many races this season.
“Yeah, passing the 99 was a huge moment for us,” Keselowski said. “That gave us an opportunity to really put pressure on Dale. I felt like we could run him down. I could tell he was saving a little bit based on the lines he was running compared to where I had seen him earlier in the day, so he was able to save a little bit but once I ran up on him with him not running his fastest line, he was running his fuel-conserve line – once I saw that, we ran him down in I think 10-15 laps, whatever that was, and forced him to get up into his speed line and that was just taking fuel from his car. Once that happened, I knew we were in really good shape.”
Finishing second gave Earnhardt Jr. his third straight podium and second straight runner-up finish. Earnhardt won the season-opening Daytona 500.
“We have got a good thing going, we’ve got to be positive,” he said. W”e’ve got to keep trying to win races. I Read the full story »