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Keselowski Bashes Way To Victory

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 24 2009
Brad Keselowski bumped his way to Saturday's Nationwide Series victory at Memphis Motorsports Park. (Photo courtesy of NASCAR)

Brad Keselowski bumped his way to Saturday's Nationwide Series victory at Memphis Motorsports Park. (Photo courtesy of NASCAR)

Brad Keselowski won Saturday’s Nationwide Series race but probably did not win a lot of friends in the process.

Keselowski, who made liberal use of his front bumper in winning the Kroger On Track for The Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park, was able to hold off a final-lap charge by points-leader Kyle Busch after a green-white-checkered restart.

The victory was the fourth of the year in the Nationwide Series for Keselowski.

Keselowski picked up an additional $75,000 from Nationwide as part of its Dash 4 Cash program. He won a $25,000 bonus for winning the race and $50,000 for scoring the most points in the four Dash 4 Cash races.

Busch, who finished second and inches behind Keselowski, held his series points lead and headed out of Memphis 215 ahead of Carl Edwards and 257 ahead of Keselowski. He came ever so close to heading out with even bigger point leads and also an eighth victory in the series this year.

Busch had moved to Keselowski’s rear bumper on the final lap and appeared to get him loose as the leader’s car wiggled slightly in the final turn. Keselowski quickly got his car straightened out, was able to keep the lead and then grab the victory.

Asked why he did not bump Keselowski out of the way, Busch said, “I could have spun him out and wrecked but I couldn’t put myself to do it.”

Keselowski was able to put it to himself to spin those in front of him at least three times during the race.

One of the bumps he doled out was to Mike Bliss, who came back to finish fourth.

“I got screwed, Brad (Keselowski) got into me, put me up in the marbles and we lost six spots and never really got them back,” Bliss said. “Then Brad went down into (turn) one on a restart and made it three or four wide. He won the race, congratulations, but I don’t think I would have done that. I should have put him down in the wall – I should have put him down in the grass and then through the wall but I didn’t do it.”

The final Keselowski l bump was to the rear of Edwards’ car as Edwards appeared to be about to grab the lead with 18 laps to go.

Asked about his aggressive driving after the race, Keselowski said, “That’s short track racing.”

He said it made for exciting racing and, “The fans love it.”

Edwards was not sure how much he loved it. He said he would need to see replays before deciding.

“I hope it was just a racing deal,” Edwards said.

But, Edwards said, “I’ll talk to Brad.”

He also said he, too, is quite capable of  ”making it exciting”.

Jason Leffler finished third and Mike Bliss fourth.

Edwards finished sixth.

A skirmish broke out in the pits after the race as Steve Wallace, who appeared headed to a top-five finish, confronted Matt Kenseth.

The two drivers had tangled on the track with three laps to go. Wallace spun into the wall, bringing out the final caution of the event.

– Jim Pedley can be reached at jpedley@racintoday.com

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 24 2009
5 Comments

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  • I think there’s a difference between having a personality and wrecking your way to the front, but that’s just me.

    Of course, for some drivers, *cough, Earnhardt Sr. cough* that personality can be defined by certain skirmishes.

  • SB says:

    As long as Brad is willing to suffer any consequences from his aggressive style without whining, I’m fine with how he drives. It’s ironic that Kyle Busch said he couldn’t bring himself (or maybe he just couldn’t reach him) to bump Brad. I’ve not noticed him being particularly shy about it before yesterday. As many fans and media members are moaning about losing the interesting personalities in Nascar, don’t start complaining when someone steps into the vacancy.

    • Jim Pedley says:

      SB:
      Do you not think that some drivers use bumping to make up for a lack of driving talent? The point is, the good drives don’t have to use their front bumpers to make passes. If I want to see bumper cars, I’ll head out to the state fair.

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