Brad Keselowski is the newest winner at Kansas Speedway after the inaugural running of the STP 400 this weekend. Dale Earnhardt Jr. comes up short for the second weekend in a row.
Keselowski conserved just enough fuel to beat Earnhardt Jr. to the checkered to earn his second Sprint Cup win in 66 races.
Keselowski’s teammate, Kurt Busch dominated the weekend, winning the pole and leading 152 of 267 laps, but Keselowski passed with nine laps remaining to take home his first victory of the 2011 season.
“It was a team victory today. My teammate dominated, Kurt had them covered on speed and we did on strategy,” said Keselowski.
Earnhardt Jr. finished second for the second consecutive week. Earnhardt appeared to have enough fuel to make a late charge on Keselowski, but Keselowski was able to hold him off and come away with the victory.
Denny Hamlin ended up third, Jeff Gordon fourth and local favorite Carl Edwards rounded out the top-five. Kansas native Clint Bowyer ended up 18th and Jamie McMurray 29th.
Edwards continues to lead the point standings with Jimmie Johnson in second, one point behind Edwards. Earnhardt Jr. is in third, two points behind Edwards. Bowyer, who won the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 one day earlier, is currently ninth in the Sprint Cup Series standings.
Racing action will return to Kansas Speedway Oct. 7-9 for the Kansas Lottery 300 and the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Tickets for the remaining race events at Kansas Speedway are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com.