Keselowski dominates New Hampshire

July 13, 2014 No Comments

Bsc4amACMAE8JrLBrian Wiggins, Senior Writer 

After winning yesterday’s 200-lap Nationwide Series event and having a strong car throughout each practice session of the weekend, Brad Keselowski was the favorite heading into Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS).

Staring seventh, Keselowski quickly made his way up through the field, taking the lead of the race for the first time on the seventy-fourth lap.

From there, the No.2 Redd’s Apple Ale Ford Fusion took command of the race until a caution with less than fifty laps to go which led to a mix of strategies throughout the field.

On the restart, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin were on the front row with Keselowski who pitted for two-tires was mired back in traffic. Quickly, through, the No.2 made its way through the field and passed Gordon with less than thirty laps to go.

With the race well in hand, a caution for the wrecked car of Justin Allgaier with five laps to go led to a green-white checkered finish.

While Keselowski prepared for the final restart, Gordon’s Chevrolet ran out of fuel, dropping him out of contention. On the restart, Kevin Harvick would also fall victim to the same fate that took out Gordon.

Much like Saturday’s Nationwide race, Kyle Busch was pressuring Keselowski. And like Saturday, Keselowski held Busch off for the win.

“He [Busch] was giving me all he had,” Keselowski said. “Thankfully we only had two laps to hold him off.”

Sunday’s win at NHMS was the first for Keselowski at the track in the Cup level, his third win of the season and his second win in the past three races.

“It’s a privilege to have cars like this and a team that is just clicking. I guess you could say we’re ‘Redd” hot,” Keselowski said in victory lane.

“I thought we’d be really good here. We’ve been good here the past few years, just haven’t been able to close it out.”

With the win, Keselowski is now tied for the most wins on the Sprint Cup tour (three) with Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson, after staring second, crashed out of the race after a second flat-tire ended his chances at a win.

The No.48 wasn’t the only championship contender to find his hopes for victory dashed. While running inside the top-five, Joey Logano’s No.22 Ford was hit by the lapped car of 72-year-old Morgan Shepherd, sending Logano into the wall and ending his race.

“I got taken out by the slowest car out there,” Logano said. “You would think there would be some courtesy to the leaders. We were in second place. He gets out of the way on the straightaway and then goes into the corner and slides right up into the lane I was in.”

The next race for the Sprint Cup Series is the twenty-first running of the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Waulding 400 at the Brickyard powered by on July, 27.

Camping World RV Sales 301 Unofficial Results 

1: Brad Keselowski

2: Kyle Busch

3: Kyle Larson

4: Matt Kenseth

5: Ryan Newman

6: Clint Bowyer

7: Tony Stewart

8: Denny Hamlin

9: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

10: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

11: Kasey Kahne

12: Martin Truex Jr.

13: Carl Edwards

14: Austin Dillon

15: Greg Biffle

16: Jamie McMurray

17: Kurt Busch

18: AJ Allmendinger

19: Paul Menard

20: Jeff Burton

21: Brian Vickers

22: Danica Patrick

23: Aric Almirola

24: David Gilliland

25: David Ragan

26: Jeff Gordon

27: Marcos Ambrose

28: Cole Whitt

29: Josh Wise

30: Kevin Harvick

31: Alex Bowman

32: Michael Annett

33: Reed Sorenson

34: Landon Cassill

35: Eddie MacDonald

36: Ryan Truex

37: Justin Allgaier

38: Casey Mears

39: Morgan Shepherd

40: Joey Logano

41: Timmy Hill

42: Jimmie Johnson

43: Mike Bliss

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