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Keselowski Has A Great Night At Bristol

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 27 2011

Brad Keselowski won his third race of the season on Saturday at Bristol. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

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Brad Keselowski grabbed the lead on a restart with 89 laps to go and and went on to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday.

The victory was the third of the season for the Penske Racing driver and his second in the last four races. Between the two victories were finishes of second and third.

The night race at Bristol,” Keselowski said. “This is the race that Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt win.  It’s the race of champions.  I can’t believe it. There are races that pay more.  There are races that might have a little more prestige, but this is the coolest damn one of them all.  We won it!”

Finishing second was Martin Truex Jr.

“We were too tight on the restarts and he just check out,” Truex, who had the lead on the final restart, said of Keselowski.

Finishing third was Hendrick Motorsports’ Jeff Gordon, who led a race-best 206 laps in the 500-lap race.

“Oh, it was an incredible battle,” Gordon said. “I know that there wasn’t much of a race up there for first when Brad (Keselowski) got out there with those four tires and got clear of us, but me and Martin (Truex) and Matt Kenseth and Jimmie (Johnson); we were having a heck of a battle back there. But I’m really, really proud of this race team tonight. What an awesome race car this Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet was. I think we made some huge improvements from the last time we were here. It felt like we had the car to beat; but you know what, we just didn’t get the position that we needed to on that last pit stop. Our pit crew was awesome. Pit road is an interesting place here. We fought hard. That was just a great battle; a lot of fun racing, but just didn’t quite have it there at the end.”

Johnson was fourth and Jamie McMurray was fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, polesitter Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards and Marcos Ambrose.

“That was a lot of work,” Edwards, who clinched a playoff berth, said. “Lots of work for a ninth place. That is a tough race right there.

Point leader Kyle Busch was running seventh with 90 laps to go when he was sideswiped by Terry Labonte. Busch then blew a tire and hit the wall and would finish 14th.

That allowed Johnson to tie him for the points lead and clinch a Chase berth.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 27 2011
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