Brad Keselowski is picking up where he left off after his breakout season in 2011. He picked up his first victory of 2012 this past weekend at Bristol in dominating fashion, leading 232 of the 500-lap race.
Keselowski had a breakout season in 2011, when he won three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and made the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the first time in his career, and it all started at Kansas Speedway last spring. Prior to 2011, Keselowski had only one Sprint Cup series win, that win came in 2009 at Talladega Superspeedway.
After going winless in 2010, Keselowski won the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway and has been on a tear ever since. Now, just a month into the season, Keselowski and his team are focused on collecting victories and winning the 2012 Sprint Cup Championship.
“One win is good; two wins is really good,” said Keselowski, who will be in Kansas City on March 21 to unveil the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Miniland Kansas Speedway model. “We need to keep winning races to lock ourselves in the Chase, but heck, I’d rather just go into the Chase in the top spot. If we run like we have the last few weeks, we’ve got as good a shot as anybody else.”
Keselowski held off Matt Kenseth to win on Sunday, while Martin Truex Jr. finished third, followed by his Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers who rounded out the top five.
Carl Edwards was involved an early race crash that also collected Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Marcos Ambrose and Regan Smith. He eventually made it back on track, but finished 39th. Jamie McMurray didn’t make a lot of noise throughout the day but finished seventh; it was his second consecutive top-10 finish.
Biffle leads the Sprint Cup point standings, where he’s nine points ahead of Kevin Harvick. Kenseth is third, Truex fourth and Denny Hamlin fifth.
Elliott Sadler went 14 years without a victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Now, he has won two in the last three weeks. Sadler picked up his second victory of the season Saturday at Bristol.
“To win two of the first four races is awesome, and we’ve got to keep adding to them,” said Sadler.
Sadler held off Kahne after the final restart with 27 laps to go to capture the win. Keselowski finished third, Joey Logano fourth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. fifth.
Sadler continues to lead the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings by 25 points over defending champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., while Trevor Bayne is third, Austin Dillon is fourth and Cole Whitt fifth.
Fans will have the opportunity to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway with the STP 400 on April 22 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SFP 250 on April 21. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com or by calling 866.460.RACE (7223).