Saturday, September 6, 2014

Brad Keselowski Dominates in Richmond

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Brad Keselowski won the Federated Auto Parts 400 from Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night to clinch the top seed in the Chase.

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Keselowski was dominant in the race, starting from the pole and leading 383 of 400 laps.  He never fell lower than second throughout the entire race.  Keselowski said his car was so perfect he thought he was dreaming.

“It was just flying,” Keselowski said.  “We want to run for another cup.”

Keselowski won the 2012 Sprint Cup Championship, but failed to make the Chase last year.  He said his team seems poised to win the title this year following last year’s disappointment.

“I think last year was a kick in the butt…enough to push us all and push us to another level.  We didn’t progress enough last year and this year we really upped our game.”

Keselowski started the race on the pole, and he only gave up the lead to Kevin Harvick twice in the first half of the race.  But following a caution for debris on lap 125, Keselowski took the lead and led the final 275 laps on his way to the victory.

The race was slowed with 70 laps to go for a very unusual reason – a fan had climbed on top of the catchfence in Turn 4.  NASCAR had to throw a caution so that security could get the fan off the fence for his safety.

Unofficial results:

1. Brad Keselowski
2. Jeff Gordon
3. Clint Bowyer
4. Jamie McMurray
5. Kevin Harvick
6. Joey Logano
7. Kurt Busch
8. Jimmie Johnson
9. Ryan Newman
10. Aric Almirola
11. Kyle Larson
12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
13. Brian Vickers
14. Kyle Busch
15. Tony Stewart
16. Danica Patrick
17. Kasey Kahne
18. Paul Menard
19. Greg Biffle
20. Austin Dillon
21. Denny Hamlin
22. Carl Edwards
23. AJ Allmendinger
24. Reed Sorenson
25. Martin Truex Jr.
26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
27. Marcos Ambrose
28. Justin Allgaier
29. David Gilliland
30. Cole Whitt
31. Casey Mears
32. Josh Wise
33. David Ragan
34. Landon Cassill
35. Mike Bliss
36. David Stremme
37. Michael Annett
38. Alex Bowman
39. Travis Kvapil
40. Joe Nemechek
41. Matt Kenseth
42. Ryan Truex
43. J.J. Yeley

Next weekend, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway for the first race of the Chase.  The 400 is next Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST on ESPN.

Photo courtesy Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images

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