Pocono Raceway Race Results: Brad Keselowski Puts “Mind Over Matter” to Win Good Sam RV 500 With a Broken Ankle

August 7, 2011 No Comments

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Brad Keselowski silenced anyone who doubted his mental strength and determination with his win on Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

While leaders hit pit road during a caution with 21 to go, Keselowski and his Penske teammate Kurt Busch decided to stay out for track position. Keselowski’s restart on lap 185 proved instrumental as he was able to hold off a hard charging Kyle Busch to win his second race of the 2011 season.

Keselowski, who was injured in a stunning crash on Wednesday at Road Atlanta, gently lifted himself out of his No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge in victory lane after winning the rain delayed 500 mile race. The 27 year old admitted he couldn’t have completed the valiant effort alone.

“I’m no hero,” Keselowski said. “The heroes are the guys [who] died in Afghanistan this weekend. I want to spend time thinking about them. They’re my inspiration for this weekend, the things that those guys do.

“I’m glad that we could win today, but those are the heroes. I just drive race cars for a living.”

A battle for third and fourth rekindled a feud between two past champions, Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson. Busch and Johnson made contact coming out of turn two on the final lap, sparking a shoving battle which lasted until the checkered flag. Busch edged Johnson to the line but was confronted immediately on pit road by the five-time champion.

Busch stated that it was hard racing and said Johnson overreacted.

“I was racing him, flat-out,” Busch said. “You want to race? Let’s race. I didn’t know we were supposed to pull over when it came to five (laps) to go. I raced him hard, raced him smart, raced him clean and he wants to come over here and bitch about it.”

Johnson’s idea of racing hard was slightly different, and felt Busch had no respect for him even after racing him clean.

“It was a good battle; man, I worked hard to get by him,” said Johnson. “I got to the outside of him off of (Turn) 2 and I don’t know, he ran over the side of me off of (Turn) 2, which I didn’t really understand as I took a lot of patience and gave him a lot of courtesy throughout the course of the day running him down. I could have run into him. I could have moved him a lot of different ways to get that position, but I didn’t, you know?”

A lengthy red flag from weather split the race into two segments, with the first being completely dominated by Joe Gibbs Racing, leading 110 of the first 124 laps. Pole-sitter Joey Logano held off Johnson to lead when the rain began pouring down in Long Pond, PA.

Logano, who’s one career victory came in a rain shortened race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, would have claimed his second victory if the downpour would have persisted.

Despite leading a career high 44 laps, Logano was unable to maintain the top spot after the rain delay and ultimately had a right rear tire go down, relegating him to a 26th starting position. Logano’s teammate Denny Hamlin also was struck with late-race bad luck when a crew member fumbled with a lugnut on the last pit stop, turning a sure top-10 in to a 15th place finish.

Here are the complete results from Sunday’s Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway:
1. Brad Keselowski
2. Kyle Busch
3. Kurt Busch
4. Jimmie Johnson
5. Ryan Newman
6. Jeff Gordon
7. Carl Edwards
8. Greg Biffle
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
10. Paul Menard
11. Tony Stewart
12. Martin Truex Jr.
13. Mark Martin
14. Kevin Harvick
15. 1Denny Hamlin
16. Matt Kenseth
17. Jeff Burton
18. Clint Bowyer
19. A.J. Allmendinger
20. Marcos Ambrose
21. Regan Smith
22. Jamie McMurray
23. David Gilliland
24. David Reutimann
25. Bobby Labonte
26. Joey Logano
27. Landon Cassill
28. Kasey Kahne
29. Andy Lally
30. Dave Blaney
31. Travis Kvapil
32. Juan Pablo Montoya
33. Jason White
34. David Ragan
35. Robby Gordon
36. Casey Mears
37. Todd Bodine
38. David Stremme
39. Brian Vickers
40. Scott Speed
41. Joe Nemechek
42. Erik Darnell
43. J.J. Yeley

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